The trees on my block turn orange, red, golden yellow at different rates, the tree in front of my house being one of the last to turn—just stubbornly hanging on to summer I guess, so I painted one tree over. I basically got drawn in to playing with color instead of trying to be realistic and following all of the precise colors and shapes.
Several years ago I started this painting, finally got back there last week. It is a busy shipyard, with workers biking and golf-carting themselves back and forth on the piers. There was spray-painting, pounding, banging and shouting going on.
Guard at the gate at Golden Gate Fields. I liked the simplicity of this scene, and simplified it even further. Midday. This is a lonely job these days. Many people pass on the new Bay Trail section which follows the shoreline just a few feet away, but few go up the hill towards the race track, mostly trainers, vets, other support people. We chatted for a short time, his wife is an artist, but paints only horses, and more horses. I think he hopes she’ll branch out and try a new subject some time. I may work on this more, add some detail, or maybe not, it is ok with me.
The freeways that we drive on are much-ignored marvels of engineering. They are (mostly) angled to shed water properly, amazingly smooth, have occasional beautiful (yes, beautiful!) overpasses and truly amazing tangles where major routes cross each other. Plus, they have safety structures, signs, striping and lighting. We are so lucky, and (mostly) we don’t even know it, and never think about it. As a kid spending some time in Mexico, I marveled at these roads each time we returned home. These giant structures support the south side of the Carquinez Bridge, in Crockett. Some of these pillars sit next to modest houses, making an interesting juxtaposition.
At my mechanic’s recently, I saw a really sweet old car, just seven years older (and way more interesting) than my first car — a 1965 Fiat. He allowed me to take a photo or two, and I ended up making a painting of it against an abstracted version of his shop.
What’s special about this car? It was the first Fiat Nuova 500 Coupe to be exported to America. In Italy, they had a different standard for placement of the headlights, so to comply with U.S. standards, they moved them to the right height without re-tooling the body. Result: the Frog-eyed Fiat!
This painting is now a part of the family of art and music at the Argonaut Garage! Thank you Jason!
my fiat looked like thisNot nearly as much fun, but it got great gas mileage when it ran! (Even better when it didn’t!)
This was pretty fun, they actually thought to include an artist-focus on a quiet race day last Saturday. They were good to us, gave us coffee in the morning, lunch at noon, some cool schwag, and a show at the end of the day. ArtSpan was a partial sponsor, and documented the day http://www.flickr.com/photos/artspan/sets/72157635362810297/
Here’s my second 2-hour oil sketch from the day — the water needs work, but I like the colors. It’s an impossible view of the Bay Area, with Mt Tam in the background just for fun!
It starts tonight, and goes through Sunday.
We’ve gotten a bunch of media coverage in local papers around the East Bay and beyond. I think this is going to be a fun event. Event website http://wcuskskcrawl.blogspot.com/
One of our members wrote a review, http://oak.lc/jM6ms and here’s one from the BerkeleySide http://bit.ly/1azZTmr
This Saturday the local Urban Sketchers group, of which I am a member, will be doing a talk and demo of our sketching kits at the main branch of the Oakland Public Library at Lake Merritt from 3 – 5 pm.
The following weekend, the 1st Annual West Coast Sketchcrawl will be happening in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Oakland.
Our talented member Carrie McLish, who is also a journalist, wrote about them in Oakland Local. Read more about both events
This poor hulk has been sadly neglected in our driveway for more years than I care to tell you about, but it is getting some attention today. It drove here, but as Tim says, you don’t go for a drive in it, you go for an adventure! Gino will be helping Tim to fire it up. Will it really run again??
And, is this painting finished, what do you think?
If you are a sketcher, would like to try sketching out doors, or are not a sketcher….
There is an exhibit of sketches by my Sketch Group at the Albany Library this month.
Come by and see it during Library hours.
The Library is at the corner of Marin Avenue and Masonic (at the BART tracks).
Hours are :
We are having a reception Saturday the 19th at 3pm.
Come sketch with us before the reception from 12-3 on Solano near Masonic.