Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
During my afternoon painting session on my first day at China Camp State Park, I met an artist associated with the North Bay Landscape Painters. During our brief chat she told me about where she would be painting. When I had finished I found her and she too had included the sailboat in her painting. I could spend days painting there but that can be said about just about all of California...Texas too.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
This vessel appeared to be abandoned. While I was painting it two men showed up and started looking at it. One man appeared to know the owner. It had many holes in it and to me that screamed paint me. I also liked the light on the hillside and the water. I sat in the shade for this one as I forgot my hat and didn't wear sunblock like I had intended. Yes, sunblock is a good thing to wear for African Americans too.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This one was completed without an easel. It was at the end of our excursion to Bodega Bay in Northern California. If memory serves me correctly it was the only pastel that day. Pam saw this scene and pulled over. She looked down and saw this little scene and suggested that it would make a nice painting. I pulled out the pastels and my paper and went to work. I held the board in my hands and put the pastels on the ground. I didn't take the time to do a value sketch as I was tired and ready to head home. I did work on it a little after we got back home.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I love a time limit. When Pam gets tired hanging out when I'm painting,she will come up and say you have 40 minutes to finish. I produce some of the best paintings when she challenges me. This took about 25 minutes from value sketch to completion on site.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I have been away for a while painting and without access to my blog. I had a good time painting in California these past few days. It was warmer than usual but more manageable than Texas. I worked in all mediums this time. Bodega Bay and China Camp State Park were the focus of my attention this visit. China Camp State Park was due to close due to budget issues. People came together and kept it open. It's a nice place close in proximity to Pam's home. I am sure we will explore it more in the years to come. This one has been brewing for a few years. It started out as a failed emulsion transfer. The image is from the grave yard in the Norris Community in Commerce, Texas. I finished it last week. Many years in the making.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I liked everything about this composition. Of course the hay bale but the sky and trees overhead were all in the mix.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Yes I am still playing with the hay bales. I just love the shapes. I'm working with a view catcher and 8 by 10 color photos to design my composition along with a value sketch. I usually work with copic markers for my studies. I decided on pencil just to change it up a little.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Whenever I can I watch a little bit of a trial to steal ideas from other lawyers and to sketch. I've posted about this trial before. It involved a young woman accused of beating a child to death. The person in the foreground is a local defense lawyer and in the background is the judge that presides over the trial.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Over the years I have created images using alternative process photography and processing. This was a polaroid transfer on watercolor paper. This year I made the marks I needed to in pastel and here we are. Its brightly dark.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Fellow tourists taking pictures and enjoying the ocean. The values need some work. I'm enjoying the 8 by 8 inch format for studies and final pieces. The format also translates well en plein air.