Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Endless Summer Show

Endless Summer Show
50-50 III, Sanchez Arts Center

The fifty 6"x6" paintings are finished and the show is installed at the Sanchez Arts Center.  I painted beach scenes, beach volleyball games, surfers, sailboats, cyclists, motorcycles and a few vintage cars.  My theme expanded to include things that I came across or happened upon while painting for fifty days.

Two days before I began to paint, I picked up 50 6"x6" small wood panels for my artwork.  I chose to paint on gessoed canvas rather than the wood.  Each painting started with a transparent red oxide tonal underpainting to help me with value.  I really have to think about value while I'm painting, it doesn't come naturally to me. (Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color.)   

After each painting dried, I glued the finished paintings to the wood panel.  At the end of July I was getting behind schedule when my brother and his family visited.  My niece Ann helped me glue many of the paintings to the panels.

To see more of my paintings in the show visit my website on the available paintings page.

Below is a photograph of the installation of the fifty paintings.  The show runs through October 2nd at the Sanchez Art Center.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On the Beach

On the Beach
6x6 original oil painting
50-50 Show, Sanchez Art Center

As the sun angle gets lower in the sky, it signals the end of summer.  The light is brighter, the shadows longer and the days are starting to shorten.  But sometimes, this is the warmest time of the year to be at the beach in California.  I like the composition of this painting because it makes me feel like I'm sitting on the beach people watching and soaking up the sun.