Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Real Food

Real Food
original oil painting 12x12, SOLD
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.