Saturday, August 5, 2017

Laguna Art-A-Fair 2017

We are almost half way through Laguna Art-A-Fair and I am just getting around to posting. Busy.
Pics from Preview night. Friend Amanda Fish in her booth near mine and another friend Yuri Kuznetsov, standing center bottom photo, across from my booth.
Both great artists.
The layout was changed this year and is so much better for flow, seeing more booths from any given spot and not as confusing as before. Love it.

See my Laguna Art-A-Fair page here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Nocturne from Marker Sketch

"Suburb Nocturne"
watercolor on paper, 2016
4" x 7" (10.16cm x 17.78cm)

Marker sketches
black markers
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)
Not for Sale

Here's a small watercolor from my marker sketches and another imagined nocturne landscape.
You can see the marker sketch original post here.
I am working from the marker sketches as an excuse to experiment in a variety of paint applications or treatment of the medium, taking my cue from the manner in which I drew with the marker.
The marker sketches were experimental in themselves and often were dictated the complexity of subject, my patience for careful study vs quick sketch and even by my mood at the time.

I am back to posting on a regular basis again so stay tuned. For now I will be posting these watercolors from the marker sketches.492

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Watercolor and its Marker Sketch

"Tree w/ Lightning"
watercolor on paper, 2016
4" x 7" (10.16cm x 17.78cm)

Marker sketches
black and value markers
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)
Not for Sale

A watercolor painted from one of my marker sketches, original post here.
Most of the marker sketches were done while sitting in my booth at Laguna Art-A-Fair the last two years.
These sketches allow me to draw from my imagination. It is drawing for the simple pleasure of drawing.
I also enjoy the marker because it is so direct and forces me think ahead while still having the freedom to let it flow onto the page. It is very much like watercolor since you must plan on preserving the light areas and whites of the paper.
As you can see the watercolor is stretched out horizontally from the marker version. Having done the marker sketch first allowed me to see the proportions and make adjustments before the painting. I decided it needed to be more elongated for its simple composition.
Maintaining the value pattern was important and in this one, the textural quality of the tree.491

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Marker Drawings 36 - LAAF Collector Thank You's

Sharpie markers, Magnum, king size, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
card 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

Drawn on the inside of the Thank You cards... to collectors who bought my work at Laguna Art-A-Fair 2016. I had a heck of a time photographing the glossy cards so forgive me if the image quality is not great. 485,486,487,488,489,490

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Marker Drawings 35

Sketchbook Drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, king size, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

I'm back up and running again after my computer debacle. We have come to rely on tech so much I felt a little lost without it. I was able to Restore System from backup after all and a few little glitches remain I'll have to fix but now all is working. Other than that I have to learn the new OS which I updated as well.
I will start more regular postings as soon as I can.
Here's some more marker sketches for now. 481,482,483,484

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Where have I been?

My hard drive crashed a month ago. Instantly no computer.
Really wierd. We expect it to be there always.
Yes I do have an iPad but it is the first version and likes to crash (shut off) while I'm using it but of course it likes to wait until I am in the middle of writing a comment, on your blog?, or researching or visiting the art sites I go to and especially while I was researching my computer woes and how to fix it.


I got in there, replaced the hard drive with a better SSD but am still slowly restoring the system from the back up drive, with many annoying little snags along the way. Restore System with one click? Nooooo. I got message, something about there is not enough space on the new drive even though it was the same size as the old one.
Missed it by that much?! I should have went bigger with it.


I will get back to posting something soon. I am behind.
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Marker Drawings 34

Sketchbook Drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, king size, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

And a few more.477,478,479,480

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Marker Drawings 33

Sketchbook Drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Once more, marker sketches primarily done at Laguna Art-A-Fair.473,474,475,476

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Marker Drawings 32

Sketchbook Drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

More booth drawings done while at LAAF this past summer. The third page down from top was done elsewhere.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Marker Drawings 31 - LAAF Ephemera

Sharpie markers, magnum, kingsize, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
cup " (10.795cm) high
LAAF fan 8" x 8" (20.32cm x 20.32cm)
LAAF pamphlet 4¼" x 11"(10.795cm x 27.94cm)
envelopes 3½" x 6½" (8.89cm x 16.51cm) 

I'm a little behind in posting since Laguna Art-a-Fair ended over a week ago but none-the-less here are some more I did while down in Laguna.
I'll draw on anything I can get my hands on when the sketchbook is not handy and nothing laying around Laguna Art-A-Fair was safe from me and my markers. I joked with my fellow artists that if they stood still too long they would be next!

The cup was fun but drawing on a round cylindrical surface was a bit harder than I thought.

And again drawing with a near dry marker which yields that great soft-edged dry brush affect. Love it.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marker Drawings 30 - LAAF Thank You's

Envelope drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
(top) envelope 3½" x 6½" (8.89cm x 16.51cm)
(bottom three) envelope 4¼" x 5¼" (10.795cm x 13.335cm)

More marker sketches drawn at Laguna Art-A-Fair. I have done some watercolor painting in my booth too but I do enjoy doing these for their quickness.

I draw directly with the markers without any pencil lay-in. It's a good way to work because it forces me to think differently than painting. Similar to working traditionally in watercolor I really have to plan ahead to preserve the whites.
I generally have some vague idea of what I will be drawing and just start blocking in the large dark masses to find the graphic shapes for compositional purposes. From there I look for suggestions of smaller shapes and forms and let it develop on its own somewhat. Drawn from my imagination, and of course plenty of experience in industrial subjects, I am using no reference of any kind.
Satisfying simple drawing.

The top one done on a white envelope (my photo is off a little in its tint) and as the large Magnum marker begins to die I can get these great soft edges. Love it.
The other three were done on a heathered putty gray envelope.

Why am I drawing on envelopes and signing them unlike the sketchbook marker drawings? Because these were given as Thank You's for various reasons. To collectors, a supporter of Art-A Fair and fellow Art-A-Fair artists who did me big favors.455,456,457,458

Last weekend for Laguna Art-A-Fair! Don't miss your chance to pick up some great art or just visit and have a relaxing day near the beach.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Marker Drawings 29 LAAF

Sketchbook/pamphlet drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
LAAF pamphlet 4¼" x 11"(10.795cm x 27.94cm)
sketch page 5" x 8"(12.7cm x 20.32cm)

More maker sketches done while down at Laguna Art-A-Fair.
The top one done on the cover of the LAAF pamphlet simply because it was what was at hand.
I do like the yellow showing as it does in the drawing.
The other sketch was done on a page torn from Moleskin sketchbook.453,454

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Laguna Art-A-Fair Seal Sculpture

Thanks to artist and friend Amanda Fish for the pic of me painting the seal sculpture at Laguna Art-A-Fair yesterday. The seal was donated then brought to the fair so artists could donate their talents to embellish the seal as a tribute and to raise awareness for the health of our oceans.
There are additional pics of various artists at work on Art-A-Fair Facebook as well as a contest to name him.

This Saturday August 20th the seal will be moved to its permanent home at The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

I'll post some pictures of my work and the other artists later so stay tuned.

*I added a second pic from Amanda.

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Work Cityscape at Laguna Art-A-Fair

"Old LA 1"    SOLD
oil on board, 2016
6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

You can always find the mix of the old and the modern in the city.
It is endlessly fascinating, richly layered and textured from time.

I left out quite a bit from the actual location, which was far busier, like wires, clutter on the left sidewalk and a huge railroad crossing signal in the background. Instead I focused more on the vertical strip compressed between the power pole and building with all the intricacies of the fire escape, the hint of the yellow sign, the AC unit hanging from the side of the building, the stop light and pedestrian crossing light and especially the strip of sunlight piercing the buildings shadows. That was where all real visual action took place.

The freeway, multitude of yellow poles and fencing, signs, streetlight and utility poles, antennae and left side buildings have a similar intricacy and although laid out across two-thirds of the composition are dwarfed in scale by the entire right third of the painting.
I played down the whole left side slightly while the deep shadow, high contrast, harder razor-like edges gave the right side the punch it needed to describe the compression of time I was seeing crammed into such a small area of the scene.452

Friday, August 5, 2016

National Watercolor Society Paint-Out

This Saturday is the National Watercolor Society Paint-Out  at artist Rirkrit Tiravanija's water pavilion in Van Nuys as part of The Los Angeles Biennial Current: LA Water, a citywide summer event held at various locations.

The paint-out is open to all NWS artists as well as anyone who wants to participate.
Saturday August 6, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Sepulveda Basin, 6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Los Angeles , Ca 91422

I will be there painting away the day along with the site co-ordinator Juliana Lujan from Tiravanija Studio.
Come on out and join us for some plein-air painting or just to see artists at work.
Hope to see you there!

You can read more about this cultural event here.

Thanks go out to Rirkrit Tiravanija and his studio from all of us at The National Watercolor Society for his invitation to this unique Public Art Challenge.