On display through December 5th, three of my paintings are at the Geo Gallery in Glendale, California. The art association’s theme is “Pop Art”, which fits my latest paintings. I’ve thrown together a flyer for it:
I did a rough draft painting en plein air last week at the Los Angeles Union Station. I’ve been working on converting the watercolor-like painting to a more abstract one in my cloisonnist style.
I began this canvas many months ago, just doodling and messing around and somehow ended up with four HHRs floating down a road with a green landscape. This is probably because I have those two things on my brain, due to my daily commute in my HHR. This week I decided to finish this wacky landscape off with a flat building, some palm trees, and a tricolor sky.
I will admit that I like yellow a lot. Maybe too much. I decided to re-do an earlier painting I called “City Park” but instead add yellow to all the colors just for fun.
Eaton Canyon is a park at the base of the Angeles National forest and Mount Wilson. Its creek was full of water from the recent rains, which apparently weren’t over because it rained enough on me to smear my under-painting. When the rain-cloud passed I was able to salvage it by using my painting style from last year.
The original painting was done en plein air and in a hurry. Off and on this week I worked on painting over the right side. Then I realized I would have to re-paint the sky to make it even. I removed some of the confusing background. I finished up the painting today by adding the trees and making the stepping stones natural-looking. I think this painting leads the eyes from the bottom right to the top left.
I was thinking of painting over the whole right side of this painting because it’s so unclear and undefined. It might be accurate, though, last weekend when I painted it the wind was blowing so hard the grass and trees were a blur.
I was painting with the Warrior Painters yesterday. After a short hike I did a plein air study of the Observatory sitting on the hills. After raining all week, it was nice to be out in the sunshine. An hour or so later, I wished I hadn’t left my hat in the car.
Today I painted “en plein air” on San Fernando Boulevard in downtown Burbank. I like the colors and the lines of the city scene and don’t mind the passerby’s who think it’s novel to see a painter live. I used my old “painterly” technique on top of the complementary under-painting technique I was using.
Yesterday I did a quick plein air painting at Brace Canyon Park. It was after 3:00 PM and the sun was making its way down the sky through some haze. It washed everything in a pale yellow light.