I'm back to making paintings of family members. For this piece, I used Golden's Fine Pumice gel medium to cover a drawing on Bristol paper. Next, I put in a watercolor underpainting. The pastel was added last with the idea of letting some of the process show. This is one of my favorite pictures of my Stepfather. He loved sitting on the side porch. I also see some of my Mother in this piece.
I snagged the photo that inspired this painting with my camera phone. They just had to be painted. Their body language and spacing drew me to the composition. I started with an ink drawing to which I later added watercolor.
Who remembers the Little City Coffee Shop that used to be on Congress? This is an interior painting. I used to love hanging out there. They had good food and interesting patrons. We once met there before a sketch crawl.
I am enamored with this silly log. Plus I am trying to get that green the way I saw it on site. I love this part of the park and this is the only area where you can park your car and explore. I don't do a lot of oil painting but I got the bug for the new year so you can expect to see more.
This is an exploratory sketch for a larger set of paintings. Its from Samuel P. Taylor Park in northern California. One thought is to base my paintings on this actual sketch as opposed to the photo. Those reflections are going to be fun in any medium and I have plenty of work to do to capture that in paint.
As we entered Samuel P. Taylor park we found a legal place to pull over for me to take pictures. I slid down the hill to take a few shots of the beautiful stream that flows through it. I was busy taking photos when Pam said that I would hurt myself. I ignored her and continued shooting. At one point, I took a step without looking and of course fell. I had enough and climbed back up the hill. Of course two more mishaps before I got to the car. "You jinxed me", I told her once safely in the car. This is an old moss covered redwood tree.
These little ones were playing with one another so I of course had to make a little painting of them. The drawing was done on site in ink. I later added the oil. I liked the colors and language of their little forms.