Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Art-A-Fair Website Page

You can now visit my Art-A-Fair page on the website by clicking the link at the top of the right column at any time. It is exciting to see it all coming together. My booth is B20 and I will be near the friend who recommended I apply, oil painter Amanda Fish.
Also be sure to visit Art-A-Fair on Pinterest, Twitter and facebook.

Stay tuned for more updates as the show nears.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Accepted into "Splash 17 : Inspiring Subjects" !

"E 4th St, Bridge"

I just received the great news that my painting "E 4th St. Bridge", which I mentioned earlier here on my blog, has been accepted into "Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects", the annual watercolor book published by North Light Books.
As follower's of my blog already know I am always inspired by industrial subjects and my city of Los Angeles. All cities have their own great landmarks and little treasures and I love seeking out the ones in my own. I have seen paintings of the 4th St. Bridge before but I hope that by focusing on the section that splits to E 4th Place I caught a unique view that has not been painted too often. I loved this view for its dramatic composition.

Since I have been super busy preparing for this summer's Art-A-Fair and with so many other projects happening all at once this kind of news is a boost to my weary bones, sore back and tired eyes. Exactly the shot I needed right now!
From the way things have been going so far it looks like 2015 will be a high watermark year for me, even with our extreme drought!  ; ).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Digital Sketches

digital, SketchBook Express app

Here's some quick iPad gestural sketches done in the SketchBook Express app. I have been working at it more recently so I'm getting a little more comfortable with it. Previously I would work on it then not touch it for a long time, never really getting the hang of the medium. I still don't have a good stylus though. I have tried 2 or 3 and they don't feel as natural to me as pen or pencil on paper. I am still getting used to the way they drag across glass, that tactile sense.

As I work on multiple projects, like my upcoming summer show at Art-A-Fair, I am finding that working on the iPad is a great way to take a break from them briefly while still keeping my head in the game and just letting it flow. If I don't like one, DELETE.
These were done from life. The top one he was watching a TV mounted to the wall at a laundra-mat, the others folding clothes.
It can be hard to work from life and still find some kind of action instead of stationary or posed figures. The Laundra-mat proved to be a good place because even though they are moving they are doing the same repetitive motions, making gestural drawings easier to do because I don't have to get it all at once or remember the action entirely.299,300,301