I joined a class/challenge 30 faces 30 days. These are quick sketches, using different philosophies according to that day’s instructor. It’s super fun, and since I’m using Procreate, have already learned a couple tips. Here are days 1 & 2.
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.
There are so many visions in this show! Every artist has their own unique way of seeing and interpreting the world, thankfully. This wonderful show opens on Saturday, January 25 at 12 noon.
Opening reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Please come!
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.
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 https://goo.gl/maps/1CasarMV9CRrn2pGA/. 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. https://goo.gl/maps/3DhZbxYL6rCVayiB9
This gallery is starting afresh with a great collection of small art. Check it out before December 14.
While recently in Scotland with a painting group, plein-air painting in the walled garden of a castle in the cold with every layer on I could find, a message came to me in a text in my pocket congratulating me on my award! I was mystified, as I had not heard of this. A short time later another friend sent a photo of a painting I had entered in a Bay Area show, with a blue ribbon! This explained it, and what a fun way to find out!
You can see this painting and the other award winners at the El Cerrito Public Library at 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito CA until December 10.
When was the last time I picked up a pencil to draw with??—it might have been about 4 years ago. I’ve been wanting to return to working on the faces project and drawing with graphite just feels fun. My original goal was 500 faces, just because it sounded neat, but is that even possible at this slow pace? Doubtful. This felt difficult, I was not happy with the blending of tones — maybe it was the paper or the pencils, or just how much time had passed. Here is a portrait of a woman I admire.
I’m not sure how I got so busy, but for now, see it here.