Thursday, July 3, 2014

Peggi Kroll Roberts' workshop

Lesson: Limited Strokes
from Peggi Kroll Roberts' workshop

I just completed a three day workshop with Peggi Kroll Roberts.  My favorite lesson was "limited strokes," you only have 20 brushstrokes to complete a painting.  It forces you to keep big areas of shadow and light together, so that each area reads as a big block of value.  It also forces you to use a lot of paint on the brush.  For example, if you want to cover the whole background with the same color of paint - in one brushstroke - you have to load up the paint on your brush so you can keep going.
  
I highly recommend Peggi's workshops.  She's an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable about figures and still life painting.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay
original oil painting, 11x14, $400
Viewpoints Gallery
 
I've been lucky enough to paint at Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay recently.  One of the dramatic rock formations looks like a shark's fin.  If you walk around the cliffs on the beach you will see this view at low tide.
 
I tried to get the range of colors in the sand in this painting.  When the sand is wet, it has purple and blue tones and gets darker.  The color of the sand is much lighter and warmer  when it's dry.  Also you can see the tide pool on the right with the dark rocks that trap some of the water which reflects in the sunlight.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beach Volleyball 4


Beach Volleyball 4
orginal oil painting, 6x6, $150
Viewpoints Gallery

Summer is here, everyone was in Santa Cruz last weekend.  Beach Volleyball 4 is part of the Hello Summer show at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

California and Polk, San Francisco

California and Polk, San Francisco
original oil painting, 11x14
Viewpoints Gallery
SOLD

I started this painting about a year ago for a show in San Francisco.  I was intimidated by the complex composition, so I set it aside.  I picked it up again a couple of weeks ago.  The wide asphalt street, the grooves for the cable cars and magenta building on the right were challenges . . . but I finished and I really like the painting.

It's on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Surfboards for Sale, Santa Cruz

Surfboards for Sale, Santa Cruz
original oil painting, 11x14
Viewpoints Gallery
SOLD

I was walking along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz and noticed this little beach cottage with surfboards for sale in front of the house. I liked the color and composition of the surfboards in contrast with the small house.

The painting is in a show at Viewpoints Gallery called "Hello Summer" through the end of May.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chestnut St, San Francisco

Chestnut St, San Francisco
original oil painting 20x20
Viewpoints Gallery
SOLD

I painted recently in San Francisco on the corner of Hyde and Chestnut Streets.  I have painted at this corner before and decided to paint the view looking down Chestnut Street.  The Bay Bridge is in the distance where it crosses Yerba Buena Island.  Across the bay are the hills of Oakland and Berkeley.
The dark shadows in the foreground draw your attention to the San Francisco Bay and the hills in the background.  I tried a different color palette for the hills, viridian green and ultramarine blue.  It does a nice job of pushing the hills back.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

View of Coit Tower

 

 View of Coit Tower
original oil painting, 8x10
Viewpoints Gallery
SOLD
 
The view on Filbert Street in San Francisco has the Bay and Coit Tower in the background.  Coit Tower is a classic icon of San Francisco. Built in 1933 the tower is 210 feet tall, art deco style and located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.