The jumping off point for this painting was a photo taken over the labor day holiday. This young man was part of a church group from Sacramento, California. I took photos of him on his skate board from the hotel balcony. They occupied a large percentage of the rooms. They were easy to spot as they all wore yellow hoodies. They had adult supervisors too and lots of activities for the young adults. This young man would hang out on the deck while I painted from it in the mornings. Uart paper and a variety of pastels.
I love painting still life pieces. I like to work from life rather than photos. Pam always has interesting objects around the house plus she has an organic garden and lemon trees. Add the California light and you have instant inspiration. I worked on Canson paper.
My sister called my attention to the moon on Thanksgiving night. I took photos with my phone. This is the first painting from that series of photos. Night time paintings are really a great challenge with regard to values.
This painting was inspired by a car sketch and Frank Reaugh. I often execute small ACEO trading card paintings and sketches while Pam is driving us around. We were exploring the Point Reyes National Seashore and I made a small painting of three cows. We also went to see the Frank Reaugh exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. I took that small painting and what I learned from the exhibit to create this piece.
My friend Roy lost his mother recently. I was in Commerce and stopped by his place to pay my respects. He was clearly hurting and all I could do was listen and offer hugs. Losing your Mom is very hard; I know. I really needed to capture this emotion so of course I drew him.