The de Young Open is now — open! This well-designed show is a delight, and will be up until January 3, 2021.

There are so many (over 800) wonderful works of art from talented and creative local artists, you really should go see it if you are in the San Francisco Bay area. See the current exhibition list. The artist opening day was fun, but busy and I plan to return to see more. My artwork is in Gallery 8. Many of the artworks are for sale (mine is not). Support artists in the time of COVID-19!!

The de Young Open
by my selfie in Gallery 8 – amidst good company!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a tireless and courageous advocate for women, “minorities”, workers; she was careful in crafting her arguments, she was strong, but civilized in the way she wrote her opinions and dissents, and she brought about justice in many important cases. This is my tribute to her. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice of the USA

Sonny Rollins’ 90th Birthday—and he’s still around!

It’s Sonny Rollins’ 90th Birthday September 7. He can no longer play his horn, however, he seems to have grown a lot of wisdom about that and many other things over the years. Listen to his music, starting Friday on KCSM and there’s an interview in the @nytimes called Sonny Rollins knows life is a solo trip. #sonnyrollins #drawingmusicians #honoringbirthdays #procreateart @kcsmjazz91 #jazzmusician #saxaphoneplayer #tenorsax

days 3-6 Sktchy

I think I’ll be playing catchup quite a bit…it seems to always takes me longer than an hour to do these portraits, but I’m learning a lot about the app Procreate. Now, I just hope I remember them. Another great thing about this Sktchy class is that you can go back and watch the recorded video “forever” (forever is a very long time, but whatever). I really kind of like the more wacky models, such as this guy with the beard, below, but again, whatever, it’s all a learning experience!

Model Sandro Nakashidze
Model: Sandro Nakashidze. This was a fun exercise in loose drawing with big brushes for a little abstraction. I tilted the whole picture because it was more fun that way!
Model: Lisa Skater Cruz
Model: Lisa Skater Cruz. A more traditional approach almost entirely in black & white.
model: Alex Mortensen
Model: Alex Mortensen.
Model: Tori Nasiri.
Model: Tori Nasiri. This exercise used three different kinds of masks. Unfortunately, I had forgotten how one of the masks worked towards the end, so was unable to complete it.

day 1. a painting challenge

a painting a day for 10 days? Well, strangely enough, I’m too busy to create a new one every day, but I will try to post a past painting each day. Since it’s still spring, I’ll start with an iris from about 2004. It’s a “black iris” which still had enough color to make it fun to paint.

Alla prima sunset

Late in the afternoon a couple of friends of mine and I set up our tripods and paints and casually began painting the scene across the bay towards the Golden Gate and Marin, knowing that soon the sun would be sinking behind those distant hills and bridge. We sketched in the basics, thinking we had lots of time. Suddenly, the sun was just an “inch” above the horizon!! Painting as quickly as I could go, I got this in before it disappeared completely into the dusk.

The San Francisco Bay Area is such a trove of amazing views! Sunsets are so spectacular in nature, and so trite in paintings, but, I love them, and had to give it another try. I could work on it some more, but I like the freshness the way it is too.

two shows coming up

The East Bay Plein Air Painters are having a group show at the Berkeley Yacht Club. I will be participating with a dozen or so other artists. “East Bay Views” will be on their walls from Dec 5th 2019-Jan 28th 2020. Reception Sunday Dec 8th, 4 – 6 pm at 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley CA 94710 Come join the party and see all the lovely art from these talented people!

In Benicia, on the main drag (1st Street), they have an annual Holiday parade and art/craft market. The HQGallery, of which I’m a member, will have two booths near the gallery to show our works. It should be a fun event, for kids as well as adults. Saturday Dec 14th, from 10 am – 3 pm. 333 First Street, Benicia, California 94510.