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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Transamerica Pyramid at Sunset

Transamerica Pyramid at Sunset
original oil painting, 14x11 $450
Elliott Fouts Gallery

The Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1972, is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building is a four sided pyramid with two wings that house the elevator and stair case.

The warm light on the pyramid's crushed quartz facade, gives the building a warm glow at sunset.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cliffs at the Hook, Santa Cruz

Cliffs at the Hook, Santa Cruz
original oil painting, 11x14  $450
Elliott Fouts Gallery

The cliffs in Santa Cruz at the Hook - at the end of 41st Avenue on a sunny day. An angle from the beach, usually I paint from above.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fort Mason, San Francisco

Fort Mason, San Francisco
original oil painting, 6x6, $175
Elliott Fouts Gallery

We've had warm sunny weather this winter, so I've been painting with a friend at Fort Mason. The buildings above are part of the Golden Gate National Park Headquarters.  I believe it was all part of the Presidio - at least the architecture is the same.

The low sun angle and dry weather create more intense colors in the landscape.  The Canary Island Date Palm casts a striking silhouette against the white stucco buildings.

This painting is reminiscent of my Southern California paintings.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sea Swings at the Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

Sea Swings at the Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
original oil painting, 6x6, $175
Elliott Fouts Gallery

The Beach Boardwalk is only open on weekends until the end of March, then it's open daily.  The Sea Swings extend out high over the beach with the Monterey Bay below.