I drew the underlying sketch while riding shotgun on a trip to downtown San Francisco. I caught buildings and people to add in as the scenery changed. Noah's Bagels was sketched in while we were at a stop. I added the watercolor later.
This painting was made in January of this year. We were hanging out at Point Richmond and this group of birds were foraging for food. I tried to capture a variety of poses as they flew in and out of the area. I worked with a variety of pastels on Canson paper.
Another addition to the counter top series. I used an ink pen to get the drawing down. I wanted the painting to be loose so I didn't give myself room to make corrections. I laid in watercolor and filled the interior part of the flower in gouache. As to the title, that was my first impression when I saw the flower on the lower right on screen.
Pam and I went to Papadeauxs here in Austin for lunch a few weeks ago. Of course I asked her if it would bother her if I sketched. She held up her e reader and said yes. I did a number of sketches of the waiters as they were tending to customers or waiting in their area. I worked in oil for this first painting. I did consult the sketches and phone photos for inspiration.
I was experimenting with new paper and with using a lot of water. I like this yellow building near Point Richmond. The light in that little park area is beautiful. Even when its a bit flat you can still find some rich shadows.
I like painting tulips because they move around a lot. These guys ducked down for a while. I liked the positions of the flowers and that was my focus. The next morning they were completely different. Another in the counter top series.
I made this painting standing in my younger sister's yard in November of last year. I was interested in capturing the foreground shadows and the green tree entryway into a field. Commerce has beautiful trees too they are almost lyrical in this area.
Another addition to my "Counter Top" series. Pam was in town while I was painting this series and of course she always tells me when its finished as she did with this one. She actually is of the opinion that this one is a bit overworked. I always value her opinion on these matters.
During the summer Pam and I visited this dog park not far from where I live. It has lake views and you can also play around in the woods. I was attracted to the light and the rock formations. Those who follow this blog know that I love the woods...as long as I don't see a snake. I drew the basic outlines in and started out with a gouache underpainting. I later covered most of that with pastel.
I was sitting on the beach at Point Richmond and decided to paint this scene after the fishermen that I posted a while back. I liked the light reflecting on the rocks and the various reflections in the water. Looking back on this I am reminded of how the water sounded coming in and going back out.
When I finished this painting one of my first thoughts was the song "What If God Was One of Us". I try hard not to prejudge people so I tend to treat homeless people with respect. You never know. I drew this sketch downtown at 6th and Congress while sitting on the steps of Starbucks. I used my current favorite paper Moulin du Roy made by Canson.