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.
Over Father’s day weekend I did a Plein Air painting at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank. I’ve been trying to post it, if you can see this then it worked!
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.
At a family gathering, the eldest begrudgingly helps granny in the kitchen. The family prankster, eager to show of the new instant camera they got, barges in on them, yells “Say cheese!”, and poof goes the flash before anyone can do anything else but look up. The photo does not go in the family album, but eventually ends up in a mysterious vending machine with a bunch of other random photos, which is “purchased” by chance by the wife of an artist who find the photo so bizarre he must make a painting of it.
The next painting I did at Zuma Beach in California I used more saturated colors. It’s less realistic because it was foggy and grey out there, but I was having fun.
Painted today at Zuma Beach, California with the Weekend Warrior Painters. The fog was thick this morning and everything was grey. The first painting I did is more of a mono-color painting because it really is only grey and yellow.
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.
When I do a painting of a place, I get to know it’s intricacies. The angles of the land, colors, shadows, and textures are interpreted from my short term memory and on to the canvas. Sometimes afterward it seems my brain is not satisfied with my output. I have to scrawl it out on the page or be haunted by it like a ghost.
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.
The Santa Monica Beach Pier was very crowded this Sunday – the result of a confluence of events: St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, mid 80s Fahrenheit inland, and the first weekend in a while it didn’t rain.
It didn’t stop me from getting in a quick Plein air painting of the beach crowds waiting for the sunset.