Monday, September 15, 2014

Boardwalk at Night, Santa Cruz

Boardwalk at Night
original oil painting, $400
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a seaside amusement park that has been operating since 1907. In my painting you can see the 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, the Boardwalk's most popular ride. The unique location spans a wide sandy beach where it’s not unusual to see otters, dolphins, sea lions and even whales.

I was interested in the light and colors at night at the amusement park. As the sun was setting, the neon signs and lights contrasted with the evening shadows. There were hints of purple and yellow in the clouds reflecting the sun setting in the sky.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
original oil painting, 10x8 SOLD
Viewpoints Gallery Sept 2-27 
 
On Sunday, as I was hanging my paintings for my show at Viewpoints Gallery, I sold this painting of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Several people came into the gallery, one woman who came through owns several of my paintings and she picked this painting of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stop by for the Reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-8 at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St, Los Altos, CA.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

19th Ave at Dusk, San Francisco

19th Ave at Dusk
original oil painting, 20x20 $950
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27

Heading South on 19th Avenue near Ulloa Street at dusk.  This area is just outside of the Golden Gate Park.  The Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beach are down the hill on the right.  The sun was setting on the ocean and causing the warm light on the homes and trees on 19th Avenue. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shark Fin Cove, Davenport



Shark Fin Cove, Davenport
original oil painting, 6x6, SOLD
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
The cliffs along the PCH near Davenport are sheer and dramatic in scale.  The color of the water is a mixture of greens and blues that look clear and pure.  This area is called Shark Fin Cove, because one of the rocks looks like a shark's fin, it's on the right edge of the painting.
 
We visited the Bonny Doon tasting room recently, which has excellent wines and a laid back rustic charm. Across the street are views of the ochre cliffs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ellis St, San Francisco

Ellis St, San Francisco
original oil painting, 14x11 $400
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
A view on Ellis Street near Larkin on a sunny day in San Francisco. The Hotel Essex is the gray building on the right.  It has a cool sign that lights up in neon at night. This is the Tenderloin district, which has been historically kind of rough.  This particular part of the street looks like it's been evolving or gentrifying, or at least it looks pretty good to me.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Santa Cruz Apartments

Santa Cruz Apartments
original oil painting, 12x12, SOLD
 Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
These colorful apartments are off of 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz. They have an ocean view and are steps from the surf spot called the Hook - so they are popular with surfers.  I loved the turquoise color of the apartments against the vibrant colorful flowers.

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." Each artist was asked to complete a painting in 20 brushstrokes.  It forced me to keep big areas of shadow and light together, so that each area read as a big block of value.  It also forced me to use a lot of paint on the brush.  For example, to cover the whole background with the same color of paint - in one brushstroke - I had to REALLY load up the paint on my brush.
  
I highly recommend Peggi's workshops.  She's an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable about figures and still life painting.