Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Real Food

Real Food
original oil painting 12x12, $475
Studio Gallery

While I was painting for an April show at Studio Gallery, I walked along Polk Street in San Francisco looking for interesting compositions.  The Real Food Company in Russian Hill had great colors - oranges and yellows.  I also liked the depth created by the darkness inside the market, contrasted with the bank of lights.  An old gray El Camino was outside on the street along with a motorcycle.

This painting is part of the "Delicious" show at Studio Gallery in San Francisco. The show runs August 27- September 14. The reception is Sunday August 30, 1-6 pm a 1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco. Stop by to see the work, it's a fun show!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz

Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz
original oil painting, 12x12 SOLD
Elliott Fouts Gallery

This is my fourth painting of the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is advertised everywhere during the summer in the Bay Area and it's a fun subject to paint.

The Giant Dipper above is a red and white, 1920s wooden roller coaster. It's a fan favorite, located on the beach with an unobstructed view of the ocean. 

I always look for some bold colors to make a strong composition. However, an amusement park has too much bright color and too much stuff. So I have to make decisions about toning down the color, harmonizing the color and simplifying the shapes. To suggest the atmospheric conditions of fog at the beach, in the background I added a little pink, yellow and pale blue color to the sky. Overall, I try to paint the shapes of color as I see them with tonal variations to suggest depth.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rocky Point, Carmel

Rocky Point, Carmel
original oil painting, 11x14 $475 framed
Viewpoints Gallery

In April, I took a painting workshop from Ray Roberts in Carmel.  We had perfect sunny weather for plein air painting.  On the last day of the workshop we painted at Rocky Point, located between Carmel and Big Sur. We ate lunch at the restaurant on the cliffs with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. I painted some small studies on site and then created the painting above back at my studio.

Ray was talking to me about the warm reflected light on the rocks in the shadows.  I always think of shadows as being cool, but you could see the warmth in the shadows.  The number 1 lesson from Ray was to get your shadow shapes in first, when painting plein air.  

While I was painting the cliffs and ocean, Peggi Kroll Roberts was painting me.  She was working in goauche - I believe starting with a pencil sketch and laying in big areas of color to represent the different values.  How cool is that to be painted by Peggi Kroll Roberts!
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Kathy McGuire
original gouache by Peggi Kroll Roberts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Longboard Line Up

Longboard Line Up
original oil painting, 12x12, SOLD
Elliott Fouts Gallery

A group of vintage longboards, lined up on the sand, before a surf competition in Santa Cruz. A classic longboard is the most traditional surfboard shape. Surfers originally rode longboards in the 1950s and 1960s in Malibu and Waikiki. They typically range from 8 feet to 12 feet in length. 

Painting surf boards is a challenge, similar to painting a portrait of a face. Everything is symmetrical and every surfboard is different.  There's a stringer, a thin strip of wood that runs down the middle of the surfboard and increases the strength and rigidity of the board. The front of the board is called the nose and the back section is the tail.. The fins are positioned inside a fin box in the tail and come in many different shapes and sizes.  The sides of the surfboard are called rails and vary in thickness according to the design.

The most complicated variable of the surfboard is the rocker. The rocker is the curvature of the surfboard in profile. It has been labeled as the single most important design element in a surfboard. It is a complex combination of compound curves. The rocker certainly complicates a painting of a surfboard!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Polk and Broadway, San Francisco

Polk and Broadway
original oil painting 12x12, $475
Studio Gallery

This is a cityscape of Polk Street on Russian Hill in San Francisco.  The Russian Hill neighborhood got it's name in the 1850s when settlers discovered a Russian cemetery at the top of the hill.  Russian naval ships had visited San Francisco beginning in 1806 and buried crew members in the cemetery. The cemetery has been removed, but the neighborhood name has remained.

The painting above is for the "94109" show at Studio Gallery in San Francisco  I was trying to get the feel of the bright sunlight on the street and buildings.   

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Studio Gallery, San Francisco

Me and Karen White at Studio Gallery dropping off paintings for "94109" show.

My paintings at Studio Gallery.  Stop by to see the show - it runs through May 11th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Local Organic

Local Organic
original oil painting, 12x12 $475
Studio Gallery

Real Food Company is a market on Polk Street in Russian Hill.  Local Organic is a painting of the oranges and lemons on display on the sidewalk.  This month, Studio Gallery has a show called "94109" that features paintings in the zip code where the gallery is located.  I was originally drawn to the color of the fruit, but after I started painting, I found the reflections and shadows in the window to be interesting.  There are some long flourescent lights and small spotlights that you can see through the windows.