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.
469,470,471,472

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.
459,460,461,462,463,464,465,466,467,468




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.
When:
Saturday August 6, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Where:
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.



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Duck duck at Laguna Art-A-Fair
















"Duck Duck 1"
oil on panel, 2016
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.78cm)

Here is a new work for Laguna Art-A-Fair.
The worlds largest rubber duck and her duckling when it visited the Los Angeles Port in 2014.

If you know my work you might wonder, a rubber duck? Well yeah, if it's 61 feet tall, weighs 11 tons and sits in the Los Angeles Harbor. It's a no-brainer! And it's a nice complement to what may be The Worlds Largest Pumpkin, "Smilin' Jack", which I also painted.
Fun industrial.
Suitable for all ages.
I-N-D-U-S-T-R-I-A-L !
Have a newborn? Duck Duck is perfect for the new nursery!
Have a 5 year old? Smilin' Jack is it!

At that size She had a certain presence.  I wanted to have a little fun here so I painted in the yellow halo and kept the paint application crystal clear with high chroma and saturated color to give it that presence for the paintings diminutive 5"x7" size.451


Friday, June 24, 2016

Preview Night Pics

My booth just before the floodgates were opened.

Friends on the big night!
Painter Wendy Wirth, Terry DiLisi of King of Frame, Painter Amanda Fish,
Myself, Artist/Concept Designer Larry Bates and Designer/Painter Anthony Salvo.





















Wednesday's Preview Night at Laguna Art-A-Fair was packed again and these pics don't show how chock-full it was in the aisles at times. The overall atmosphere was one of festive celebration by us artists and the patrons I'm sure in part due to our 50th year Anniversary.
You can see the professionalism of the artist booths, their work and especially the grounds themselves which requires a ton of hard work by a lot people who don't get credit publicly but work behind the scenes nearly year round to make it all happen.
Laguna Art-A-Fair is largely volunteer so the hard working dedication of the staff is especially appreciated by us artists on the big nights like these!

Second pic down some friends and I managed to get a group shot in Amanda Fish's booth to kick off the first big night of the festival season.
Amanda is a great still life artist and the friend who encouraged me to apply for Art-A-Fair last year, so when you visit be sure to stop and see her work, right around the corner from my booth.
Acrylic Landscape Painter Wendy Wirth is across the street exhibiting at Festival of the Arts so make it a day and visit her too.
Laguna Beach has so much great art to see, especially during festival season so get down, or up, or over here!




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Laguna Art-A-Fair Preview Night

























Here we are again, all ready for Laguna Art-A-Fair 2016, the 50th year Anniversary!
Preview night is tonight, the public opening on this Friday June 24th then the opening weekend.
The show looks great with many new artists this year so the first weekend will be exciting to see.

With my watercolors juried in this year as an additional medium I have not only been extra busy but I am looking forward to showing patrons I'm not a one-trick pony.

See LAAF's calendar to plan your visits around the many events and live entertainment scheduled.

Start your engines... see you there!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Marker Drawings 28


Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers, Magnum, fine point, ultra fine point, 2016
envelope 4¼" x 5¼" (10.795cm x 13.335cm), sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Marker sketches, having some fun experimenting with the huge Magnum marker, especially at such a small scale.
The top two sketches are on gray envelopes.
Yeah, I started doing these at Art-A-Fair last year and here we go again for the 50th Laguna Art-A-Fair as it is now known and I'm still doing them.
I can't believe it is already upon us. 447,448,449,450
You can see my page here.





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Splash 17 Release









































Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects published by North Light Books is due out this July. You can pre-order the book here on North Light Shop. My previous post here of my above watercolor accepted into the book
Special thanks to Editor Rachel Rubin Wolf and Sarah Laichas Editorial Coordinator of F + W Media.





Saturday, May 21, 2016

Laguna Art-A-Fair

























I am back in Laguna again this summer for the Art-A-Fair festival, now known as Laguna Art-A-Fair. It is the  50th Year Celebration so there are all kinds of events planned during the festival so visit the website and plan your trips around those or visit all summer long!

I was juried in for a second medium of watercolor this year so I am excited about hanging my watercolors alongside my oil paintings. So much work to do still so pardon me if I rush off and don't chit-chat right now... I promise more updates soon!
Paint, must paint... now.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Marker Drawings 27































Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet, fine point, ultra fine point, Dick Blick Studio markers, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Well, I can't seem to stop, for now, with the marker sketches so here are some more. I keep telling myself to jump to another sketching medium for a while like pencil or india ink but I am able to get into these on a moments notice. Just uncap and go. Perfect when I am out and about. I know that is also true of other sketching mediums but I like being able to go pure black with just a swipe of the tool. No pens to fill, pencils to sharpen etc. I also like ballpoint pen for its quick and permanent application except for its fine-point-only limitation. Markers, from thin to bullet to nice wide swaths of tone. Black with no fuss, no building of tone. Commit to it and lay it down.

I suppose I should post some of my works in progress, something I don't do very often in part because I don't usually think about photographing them as I am working and because, well, I usually hate the way they look in progress.
This is especially true of my watercolors. Maybe its me since I enjoy seeing watercolors in progress from others but don't see mine the same way. Mine in progress are just scary. I don't like looking at them and will push them as quickly as possible through those beginning stages. If I didn't know better I would give on them early in the painting process. But I do and just keep pushing until I can bare to look at them.441,442,443,444,445,446


Monday, March 28, 2016

Marker Drawings 26 - Juries




























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet, fine point, ultra fine point, Dick Blick Studio markers, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Juried and Jury Duty days.
I always have the sketchbook in the car and when I can or have waiting time I'll sketch. No problem concerning the word jury. It means waiting. Just cooling your heels as my Dad used to say.

Surprisingly though when I was called for jury service I ended up with less waiting time than I expected. Good? No. I was called to a court room for the interview process almost right away and was sure I would get seated on a jury and I nearly did but 'escaped'. I really don't mind jury duty, I have sat on 3 cases over the years. I don't dread it except for the loss of income. This time I could not afford the time. Whew!

The jury room sketches could be better but from where I was sitting all I could see was the backs of peoples heads. I had just begun drawing from my imagination, the third page down, when I was called up.
The top page I was sitting outside at the cafe' for lunch and had a nice view of the old courthouse which I thought was being re-furbished. Then I later overheard it was being demo'ed, demolished, razed, hence the notation correction.
As I returned inside to the courthouse after lunch security took away my wide marker. They had missed it in the morning but not this time. I guess the wide ones are not allowed because of the putz taggers who like to graffiti where ever they can get away with it, mostly in the bathrooms.

I thumbed this new courthouse when it was being built, see this post, so it was fun to be able to sit at it drawing the old one now. The top thumbnail from it would be roughly the same view looking back the other way from the old courthouse. In it, I would now be sitting right about where the far right of that angular structure meets the ground, looking back at the old courthouse. Does that make sense?

My other brush with jury was jurying in a second medium for this years Art-A-Fair. Drop off in the morning, pick up in the afternoon. In between, wait.
I drew the hillside and rock formations across the street from my car for a short while but dang-nab-it it was one of those days when it just wasn't flowing so the bottom sketch is all I have to show for it. The other sketches just died on the page.
It's okay though. I was in Laguna, art galleries galore. I visited a couple of those, including two painters I got to know at Art-A-Fair last year and also had the chance to visit with a third friend who was sitting in her artist co-op gallery for the day.
If I could not make the art I could at least talk it.

On a good note the second medium was juried in! Watercolor.
It is Art-A-Fair's 50th year so I am happy to have two mediums in my booth for 2016.
But that's a story for another day!437,438,439,440