Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plein Air - Nicasio, Ca (Progress Shot)

After a little rain from the previous night... the skies cleared right up and I headed to Nicasio, Ca. Such a pretty drive through Lucas Valley and Nicasio Valley... but due to a local Pumpkin Patch Event, I opted to take another route. 

Parking can be limited at times but don't worry... Folks are mostly stopping by to grab a bite to eat or just to snap some photos. I'd say cars are in and out within half an hour. It was quite busy during my visit... Lots of passerby's all day! Not just cars... but bicyclists and motorcycles as well.

One of the popular landmarks you immediately see is an old church (which is still in use). Although I've painted in Nicasio before... I did not paint this church. Instead I painted a wonderful view of huge ROCKS along a grassy green hillside. See previous post: [HERE]

So this time around I anticipated painting this church. I took a walk up and down the street to select a spot to set up... and just as I walk through the baseball field and back to my car... I see a great view just from across the street! It was a view that practically cropped itself... Now, the main challenge... can I successfully capture that same view and transfer it into my painting? (crossing fingers)

Here's a couple progress shots throughout the afternoon. Laid down a light pencil drawing... followed with a couple of watercolor washes.

Be sure to check back for the final painting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Adventure Time! STEAMPUNK Sketchcards

Here's a recent project I completed for the official Adventure Time! series. I decided to split up my sketchcards into categories... and start off with a SteamPunk theme.
(3.5" x 2.5" ink, markers and gouache)

Character Names
(upper left) Flame Princess
(bottom left) Jake the Dog
(bottom) FINN the Human
(bottom right) Ice King

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Plein Air - Tomales, Ca (Progress Shot)

Rain was in the forecast this past week. And this afternoon showcased lots clouds in the sky. While driving up Highway-1 towards Tomales, the overcast burned off and the rolling hills were brightly lit. But a particular hillside caught my eye so I decided to pull over and scope it out.

Such a great view with a creek along the left side and a handful of barns to the right!

Once my gear was set, I quickly penciled in my layout and immediately started painting the sky. I wanted to work fast because (through experience) once those clouds move in, they will cast numerous shadows over my view.

Luckily for me... today's weather stayed clear of rain and the wind was minimal.

Stay tuned for the finished painting in my next post!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

30th Anniversary - Transformers

September 17, 1984 is the date that the first episode of Transformers aired on television! 

I still remember my dad picking me up after school and asking him to drive home Super Fast! He said, "Don't worry, the timer on the VCR is all set."  LOL!

Happy 30th Anniversary Optimus Prime.... Now, Let's ROLL OUT!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Plein Air Painting: Spring Lake (Santa Rosa, CA) - Finished and Ready for Framing

As fun as plein air painting can be, there's always the struggle of the natural elements. In this case, I battled afternoon blown out lighting over the Lake. And the temperature was 90 degree (in the shade) causing my gouache paints to dry rather quickly and my glazes appearing much lighter than intended. So I decided to pack it up and retouch areas of my painting back home.

(7" x 10" gouache on watercolor board)

It's not the first time this has occurred. Usually I scrap the entire painting and start a new. But this particular experience was really FUN!!!'s given me ideas to finish 2 additional paintings sitting in the recycle bin. Once I give it a go, I'll be sure to share the outcome. But for now.... it's time to get this framed. Thanks again! 

Plein Air Progress shots at Sunny Spring Lake

Have you ever driven through a town and wondered, 
"What if I just drove down a little further?"

That's how if felt when I visited Spring Lake Regional Park located in Santa Rosa, Ca! Located just 15 minutes from the main freeway. Really easy to find, no curvy roads, just a straight shot to the park entrance.

Although it was a  Summer Weekend I had to wait in line (about 4 cars in front of me) to pay the park entrance fee. There are several parking lots to choose but finding an open spot can get tricky due to the popularity of the park.

I walked around the entire Lake to scope out an area to set up. Saw some great views by the Lagoon area,
but lots of foot traffic and all the shaded areas were occupied by picnickers. On the opposite side of the Lake I found a cool swamp like area with algae resting on the top surface, but I could immediately hear the swarms of mosquitos planning their attach on an innocent plein air painter, LOL!

So I ended up setting up where my hike began... just 20 feet from my parked car, haha! So I walked along the shore, where visitors can rent paddle boats. Found some good shady coverage and set up my gear. Had a great view of the Lake, trees, paddle boats and a couple of hills off in the distance.

Stay tuned for my next post featuring the final painting!


Friday, August 29, 2014

ROBOCOP sketch

Warm-up sketch of the 80's superhuman, cyborg,

(3" x 3" markers on post-it notepad)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Darth Maul's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Ray Park!

He's played quite a few movie characters such as Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe) and Toad (X-Men), but his ultimate role was playing the secret Sith Aprentice in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace..... better known as,

(Markers on 3" x 3" post-it notepad)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Deadpool TGIF

It's Friday... we made it!!!

Morning warm-up sketch of everyone's 
favorite mercenary anti-hero... DEADPOOL!

(markers on 3" x 3" post-it note pad)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shark Week!

Shark Week is going strong!

So it's only right I sketch up a SHARKTICON

Razor sharp teeth that can tear through solid steel...Yikes!

(3" x 3" markers on post-it note pad)

©2014 Gerald de Dios. Posted image may not be used or duplicated without artist permission.

Friday, August 08, 2014


Warm up sketch from this morning..... 

Cowabunga Dudes and Dudettes!!!

(Pen and Marker on 3" x 3" post-it note pad)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Weekend!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Porto Bodega Marina

Driving up to the Bodega Head was fun... but the parking lot is small.... and filled up rather quickly! It was a bit crowded due to the Summer time visitors. I'll have to revisit again in sometime in the Fall.

So I decided to drive back down the hill and over to the Marina. Didn't find anything that caught my attention at Spud Point Marina but found a nice spot at the Porto Bodega Marina. I had set up my gear .... and it suddenly started to RAIN! Typical weather along this part of the coast.... So I packed up, parked and painted some studies from my car. 

(top) View at the entrance of  Marina - a boat parked in front of large lush trees. 
(bottom) Squeezed in one more study of a hillside behind one of the vacation homes.
(Gouache studies 4"x6" each in sketchbook) 

Well that was my plein air adventure along the northern California coast! 
I may try for another farm or maybe winery next paintout :)

Monday, August 04, 2014

The town of Bodega

Decided to go on a day trip to the town of Bodega with my wife. We left early in the morning with intentions to sketch and plein air paint at Bodega Head. Just like most road trips... taking a break is in order. But in our case... a sign caught our eye when reaching Bodega. A bright neon sign that read "Big Book Sale Today". Luckily we didn't have to drive far at all... it was easy to find.

There's never a guaranteed to find a gem at each book sale. But one person's trash will eventually become another person's treasure. In our case we each found a couple items that we just had to purchase! 

As my wife quickly found 2 intriguing books, I ventured off to the Arts and Media tables. I don't collect much VHS tapes (wait, what's that?) but a particular box caught my eye... Flipped it around and immediately noticed the sticker price.... only a dollar? Hold on, Are they just selling an empty box?

I guess luck was on my side because the extra collectible contents were included! I have to say the best part of this find was the "Art of Episode I" which is filled with Concept Art from some of my favorite artists!

Full Details: 
1 - VHS Widescreen edition w/ behind-the-scenes documentary.
1 - 35 mm Film Strip consisting of 5 consecutive frames from actual theatrical print.
1 - Collector's book (48 pgs) excerpted from "The Art of Episode I", filled with conceptual paintings, storyboard drawings, and developmental artwork exploring the creative impulse behind the film's astonishing designs!

I later walked over to the Fine Arts table and found several art book based on Impressionist Painters! Most were huge coffee table sized books but I wanted something that I could easily read before going to bed or maybe for a weekend getaway. And that's when I found this...

Although it was published in 1999..... I got it for 2 dollars! It's packed with painters and paintings I absolutely admire! With images of Manet's Olympia and Renoir's The Path in the Grass! It's a 2 part book. The first half discusses the Impressionist movement and the second half gets more personal about each individual artist life and works.

Both great finds! One to enjoy during my stay in Bodega and the other one to enjoy at home while watching Star Wars in the background.

Next post I'll share my paintout at Bodega Head. Stay Tuned!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

What Time is It?

It's ADVENTURE TIME! One of my recent completed projects :) 

Looking forward to sharing my silly doodles of Jake, Finn, Marceline, 
Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, Princess Bubble Gum.... and MORE!

So stay tuned and check back soon, Thanks!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Plein Air Painting - Fort Baker (Sausalito, Ca)

A recent plein air painting during a visit to Fort Baker (Sausalito, Ca). I packed my gear and set up on the grassy parade grounds. 

"Fort Baker"
(7" x 10" watercolors)
Sausalito, Ca.

The house in the background is a former general's residence, which has been renovated to a historic guest-room for a resort. I planned on adding some folks picnicking…but they left early. Instead, I quickly captured someone flying a blue kite! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Plein Air Painting on a Farm (Tomales, Ca.)

"Over the Pond"
(7"x10" Watercolors)
Tomales, Ca.

Had a chance to visit a private farm that specializes in goat's milk and cheese. The owner was really nice and allowed for plein air painting on the property. 

After grabbing my gear, I hiked up and down the main trail and found a nice view above a pond that had a handful of goats grazing and sheep off into the distance.

Immediately after laying my first watercolor wash, a huge gust of WIND came in.... it felt like painting in front of a jet engine!

See video clip [HERE]

I'll admit I almost threw in the towel because my easel continuously was shaking and my paint palette flew away a couple times!

But glad I stuck it out and walked away with a fun painting :)

Mighty Winds of Tomales

Oh the challenges you face when plein air painting! 

Listen to that gust of WIND! My easel was
shaking and my paint pallet flew away! LOL

See final painting [HERE]

Sunday, May 04, 2014

California Poppies

(7" x 10" Watercolors on Watercolor board)

For the past month I would see these bright orange flowers blooming along the North Bay freeway. It was really nice to find these during my recent hike in Petaluma, Ca. If you haven't seen or heard of this flower it's call the "California Poppy" but also goes by "Golden Poppy" and "Cup of Gold". It's the California State Flower :) 

Friday, May 02, 2014

Found some Golden Poppies

Went for a hike and came across these Golden Poppies growing between these cluster of rocks.

The day started off rather warm and my paints were drying quickly. Good thing I always pack a travel size spritz bottle. I kept the painting loose and loaded my brush with lots of water and color.

Just when I start getting into my painting the wind begins to pick up. Here's a shot of some finishing touches to the California Poppies. Stay tuned for the final painting in the upcoming post.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Creatures of the DEEP!

More Creatures of the Sea!!! Here's the final scans of my sketchcards for "The Deep" series.

(Left column) Moray eel, Sand Shark, Giant Squid, Sailfin Tang 
(Right column)  Fire Fish, Oar Fish, Saw Fish, Horseshoe Crab

See previous post for more of my sketchcards completed for this set!
[Link HERE]

Friday, March 28, 2014

Creatures of "The Deep" - Sketchcard Set

Here's the first handful of sketchcards I completed for "The Deep" series. 

Top row: Sea Anemone, Spotted Jellyfish, Octopus
Bottom row: Nautilus, Pink Jellyfish, Yellow Seahorse

Be sure to check back for more!!!
[Link HERE]

Gerald's Sketch Cards

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