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.
Last weekend I did a painting en plein air at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Union Station and my painting – both under construction.
This is #4 in my series of Random Vending Machine Photos repainted by me in my own style. Two young couples sit posed together on the couch all dressed up for a night out, maybe to a school dance. I printed the photo on the printer and then traced the outlines through tracing paper onto canvas. Then I painted thin black lines over the tracing paper, filled the shapes in with color, and went over it again with black lines.
I was experimenting with a new medium, acrylic inks, and made a colorful background. Then I mixed the colors with some acrylic paint and painted a portrait of my daughter based on a photo.
This painting is based on a collection of random photos purchased from a vending machine in a curio shop in town. The photo is of a young woman and young man, posed to be looking over their shoulders at each other. They could be brother and sister, having holiday photos done. Or they could be a couple. I decided to use pointillism on this one to give it more movement.
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.
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.