Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Riley Street 5-10 minute poses

It has truly been ages since I've attended any life drawing sessions. The previous week was.... rusty.... that's a good way to describe it. Here's from my second week warm ups.

5 minute pose

10 minute pose

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quixote Winery

(5" x 7" gouache on watercolor board)

Quixote Winery - Napa, Ca

This way.... to Quixote Winery (pronounced kee-hoh-tee)
It's a private winery, but the kind folks at Quixote granted access to paint their wonderful landscape and building. The weather has been great all week but on the day I decide to paint, it hits 100 degrees!! Although I found a cozy spot under a tree I think it was only 10 degrees cooler.
Struggled with this one a bit - pushing and pulling the plants was tricky. Obviously I wanted the garlic shaped dome to be the main focus because it really catches your eye... especially with that intense glare from the sun. I could have easily gotten carried away with the whispy bushes but I didn't want the foreground to take away from the golden dome :)

Wow, that turned into a self critique? Hahaha. I'll be sure to scan in the finished painting and add to the next post, Thanks!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No Sketching Allowed

Had a blast of inspiration while visiting the deYoung Museum Exhibit "Birth of Impressionism". Started off with free pastries and coffee hosted by La Boulange Bakery. Now time for some sketching ....wait......there's a sign that says....."no sketching allowed" !!!

I've encountered this rule at last year's King Tut Exhibit. A security guard stopped me as I just started. It was at the end of the exhibit that I find out I should have been allowed to sketch. Has anyone heard of this rule at other museums?

Well, it's still worth the visit to see these paintings up close. Masterful lighting and brush techniques.

Gerald's Sketch Cards

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