The painting above is on Montgomery Street, in the Financial District in San Francisco. The tall buildings block the sun, except in a few places. I liked the contrast of the sun shining on the street with the dark buildings in the shadows.
The cliffs are very dramatic on the westside of Santa Cruz - a good subject for a painting. As I setup to paint, it was a beautiful clear day and a wave was coming in from the right. The surfers were just behind me at Steamer Lane.
There were two main challenges with this painting. The first was to edit out details of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the distance. And the second was to emphasize the solid rock shapes in the foreground. Emphasizing the rocks was easy because of the sharp contrast in values on the cliffs, the light yellow ochre color contrasts against the black shapes. Simplifying the background is part of composing a scene. I repeated some of the same shapes and used grayer values to make the background recede.
The Penny Ice Creamery on 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz, makes small batches of delicious ice cream completely from scratch. There's an open kitchen where you can watch the process of making ice cream. They use flavors that change with the seasons and feature local organic ingredients.
Next door is Pink Godzilla, a sushi restaurant. I like the name and weird logo of a graphic pink godzilla on a surfboard. Together I think the buildings make an interesting painting with the warm and cool color combination. The people add life and movement to the composition.
This small painting shows a street in Capitola called Monterey Ave. The yellow building on the left is El Toro Mexican Restaurant and in the middle of the painting is a grassy area called "Lawn Way". I liked the contrast of the buildings against the lawn and landscape in the distance. I also liked the weird angles of the cross walk that draw you into the composition.
This painting is in a show is called "Tiny" and runs through December 24 at Studio Gallery, 1815 Polk Street, San Francisco. Studio Gallery is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this month.
Hyde Street has stunning views of the San Francisco bay, Alcatraz and Angel Island. I took a reference photo while I was plein air painting on Hyde Street in San Francisco, which I turned into a painting in my studio.
I chose this composition because I liked the two cable cars crossing paths on Hyde Street. Also, the dark cast shadow on the tree on the right contrasts nicely with the rest of the bright, colorful painting. A cast shadow is a darker shadow, created by another object blocking the light- in this case, a building out of the picture frame on the right.