This was done a month ago in a workshop with artist Frank Serrano, sponsored by the training department at DreamWorks. Though it was pretty late in the season it was still plenty hot -- temperatures in the high 90s. By the time I finished this one I was pretty beat.
The painting on the top is a plein air painting I did while vacationing in McCall, ID this summer. It has bugged me since I painted it for a lot of reasons. So while in the studio tonight I decided to redo the painting and am pretty happy with the result, especially compared to the stinker from Saturday night. 6x8 Oil on board Also this is a shot of my studio space in case you were wondering.
After not painting for what seems like a very long time I painted late Saturday night (12-1am) and banged out this hideous still life. Why am I posting you may ask is that I had a blast doing it even if the result didn't match my energy level. It got me jump started painting again. Thanks to Kevin who committed me to paint at least once a week again.
I had to make a presentation of personal artwork recently so I was digging through some older work -- this one was exhibited in the California State Fair in Sacramento a few years back. Quite a few years actually.
Malibu Creek State Park is where the television show M.A.S.H. was shot, as well as numerous movies, including Planet of the Apes (Charlton Heston version). I did not see any "filthy apes" while I was there though -- just hills.
unfortunately this view is now most likely a charred mess of blackened trees -- part of the area burned by the "Station Fire" that destroyed a good chunk of the Angeles National Forest. This is near Mount Wilson, which survived the fire.
this is right down the street from where I work and after driving past it a thousand times I thought it might make a nice painting. I spent a few hours on a Sunday working on this, getting dust blown into me from passing trains. A few days after I painted this the city came along and trimmed all the extra fronds off the trees, ruining the effect I liked so much about them.
painted while I was working as a background painter at the Disney animation studio in Florida. It's a road stretching off toward the town of Claremont and I have a sinking feeling that this particular scene is covered over with subdivisions now.
our weekly painting session has moved several rooms in the past year, presenting new lighting challenges with each location. Here we tried for a more naturalistic approach. This was about an hour and a half of painting.
the white structure at the end of this beach is a fantasy version of a beach house out of the Arabian Nights -- very mysterious. It's right off the 101 freeway as you're headed south from Santa Barbara.