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 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 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.
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.