I had some time to spend on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks this weekend, so I packed my paints in my car. I was lucky enough to get a good parking spot on the street and quickly painted the Boulevard from the back of the HHR, with my easel on the street. After 45 minutes or so I had a rough painting:
I was invited through the Burbank Art Association and the Burbank Town Mall to the Mall Terrace last Friday to sell art while they had live music and dancing. Here I am painting the view.
Today I painted at a small memorial at the Olive Recreation Center in Burbank, California. There is a pillar and a bench surrounded by trees and roses. This ended up more loose and impressionistic because I was working fast, mostly because it was a hot day and my acrylics were drying! I particularly wanted to work on color temperature today and I think it turned out OK.
Last weekend I painted with the Weekend Warrior Painters at the annual “BoldPas” event in Pasadena, California. Old Town Pasadena hosted many art events, exhibits, and interactive art installations (fit for selfies etc.) I painted en Plein air along where the installations were on Big Bang Theory Way (an alley in Pasadena named after the show) The view I painted is looking across – I think- Colorado Blvd at the Beanery. I cleaned up the painting this week to sharpen it and here is the result.
This is the painting I did live at the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission booth at the fair. It was a busy day – after I did most of the painting at noon, I returned to my car and took my paintings to the Burbank Art Association ‘booth’ at the mall to sell art. I sold three pieces this weekend. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity to be there!
This is yet another update of my painting from last year’s Burbank Arts Festival. This version has much brighter colors and more defined shapes, such as I clarified that there is a booth to the left up the street.
Yesterday I was in “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” again painting. I’m not sure what exactly draws me to paint these city streets – is it the shapes of the buildings, the colors of the facades, the lines of the road and walkways, or all the above? This was painted in front of the “Urban Press Winery” looking across at the “Tender Greens” store. I have quite a collection of cityscapes, I imagine they would look good hanging in a local restaurant.
The buildings of the city glow brightly in the waning light. The road tears through the green countryside stained pink from the carnage. It’s a future filled with hope, ignorant of the Impending Doom.
Pen and highlighter drawing, scanned and digitally colored.
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.