Friday, March 4, 2016

Golden Gate Avenue at Dusk

Golden Gate Avenue at Dusk
original oil painting 12x12 $550
Plein Air Painting and Beyond
An Exhibit of Eight California Painters
Castilleja School Art Gallery, Palo Alto

I was invited to participate in a show at Castilleja School.  It's an all girls, private school in Palo Alto. The show is titled "Plein Air Painting and Beyond, An Exhibit of Eight California Painters."

The art teacher asked us to write something about our approach to plein air painting.  Here's part of my statement:

Plein Air Painting and Beyond

Plein air painting relies largely on spontaneity and intuitive reaction. An artist must paint quickly outdoors - usually in two hours from start to finish - to capture the light in a scene. There is no better way to learn to see and mix colors than by studying them directly in nature. By standing on a street corner in San Francisco, painting outdoors in natural light and struggling to match colors, the job of mixing colors in the studio for other works becomes infinitely easier. My plein air paintings are generally sketches that can be used as references for future studio compositions.

The painting above was completed in my studio from a photo and a quick study on location.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

View of the Bay Bridge

View of the Bay Bridge
original oil painting 36x36 $3,000
Viewpoints Gallery

A view of the Bay Bridge from Pacific Avenue in San Francisco. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and connects Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco. It has one of the longest spans in the United States. Pacific Avenue has a great view of the Bay Bridge.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset
original oil painting 12x12 SOLD
Viewpoints Gallery

My show is hung at Viewpoints Gallery. "Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset" sold on the first day. My reception is Saturday, December 5, from 2-5 and open to the public.

I liked the view of the bridge from this angle and the warm light at sunset. I used alizarin crimson mixed with ultramarine blue to paint the sky in the distance.  I don't use alizarin very often because it's a cool red, but it worked in this painting. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Beach Cruiser and Surfboard

Beach Cruiser and Surfboard
original oil painting, 12x12 SOLD
Viewpoints Gallery

You won't see this anywhere, except at the beach - a surfboard strapped to a bicycle. An orange beach cruiser bicycle, a board with a little wax on it, and ready to surf. 

I'm finishing up paintings for my show at Viewpoints Gallery, titled "Santa Cruz to San Francisco." This painting and many more will be in the show December 1 - January 2, with a reception on Saturday, December 5, from 2-5 pm.  Come by and say hi!  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Evening Commute

Evening Commute
original oil painting 6x6 SOLD
Studio Gallery

Driving North on the 101 Freeway, I liked the warm light of sunset and the rhythmic patterns of the cars on the freeway. Although everyone hates to commute, there is beauty in the repetitive patterns, shapes and colors. I like the way my eye bounces around from warm to cool colors and shape to shape.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hyde Street View

Hyde Street View
original oil painting 11x14, SOLD
Studio Gallery

Another painting of the view on Hyde Street in San Francisco. This view is always inspiring to me.  I continue to try different compositions and to play with color combinations.

The painting above is at Studio Gallery in San Francisco and will be part of an annual show called "Tiny."  Details for the show are listed to the right.

I am working on paintings for two other shows. In December I will have new paintings at Elliott Fouts Gallery in their small images show. Also in December, I'm the featured artist at Viewpoints Gallery in a show titled "Santa Cruz to San Francisco."

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Summer Reflections


Summer Reflections
original oil painting, 11x14 $475
Viewpoints Gallery

Summer is almost over - the last day of summer is only two weeks away - September 22. Recently, I painted with the Woodside Plein Air group at Ann Hogle's house in Woodside.  Ann's home is on an acreage with native oaks and redwood trees.  Ann and her husband have a big vegetable garden, flower garden, lemon and lime trees. They are kind of self sufficient, which is good because they are up in the Santa Cruz mountains.  I chose a view of her swimming pool because I liked the organic shape, the orange retaining wall and the reflections in the water.