This is from a photo by Sarah Dolliver. I asked her for it because the theme for the Beverly Hills Art Show was extreme weather and they wanted me to do a demo but I joked with them that unless they could whip up a storm I’d be working from a photo. The funny thing was that the weather forecast started predicting thunderstorms for the show…but luckily, for all 240 artists, that did not happen. Someone at the show could tell from the painting that this was of the White Sands Desert in New Mexico. It’s a striking photo and image and I hope I did it justice. I’d have worked from my own photo but as they say “it never rains in Southern California”–except when you’re having an outdoor art show!
This is another version of a piece I did last summer.
And here’s a process shot of the more recent painting. I was tempted to quit at this point, because I kind of liked what was happening. Do you think I should have?
I saw the light streaming through the window on these as the vase sat on the carpet and wanted to try to capture the interesting colors in shadow.
I have painted this bougainvillea plant that has been living on my porch for decades a few times, mostly 20 years or so ago. The color of bougainvillea in light is so stunning but there is no paint they have invented yet that can match it. I caught sight of it though this afternoon as I was debating what to paint and thought I’d be brave and give it another go. I thought I was going to have to scrape this one because the lighting was making it appear strange and I was losing light, etc., but actually once I took it in and photographed it, I was happy with it–and I’ll have to try it again sometime soon. It would be interesting to show you the one from 20 years ago, but right now I feel too lazy to mess with it. If there’s a big demand, I’ll re-think that.
It’s warming up in LA…what a difference a few days makes. We started watching the Back to the Future trilogy…so funny when they go to “the future”: 2015! And hard to believe I saw it all so long ago that I can’t even remember for sure whether I saw the second one 30 years ago…or not! If I remember #3 better tonight, it will mean that I somehow missed it…Gee! I do have excellent recall of the first one…so maybe that’s the proof I need?
P.S. Is Bert cute or what?
Downtown LA Plein Air Festival again–this time with B doing the driving while we scouted locations. Passed by an incredible area of fabric stores–unlike anything I’ve ever seen and had no idea it was there after 30 years of living here. At around 9th and Santee. Looked like I imagine Istanbul looks. Anyway, not too far from there we found a relatively quiet street with a meter at $4/hr. So I set up. Sometime during the process some kids came by and gave me a compliment. Next thing you know, one of them literally skateboarded into my set up sending my turps, paints, etc. flying. Luckily, neither I nor my painting were hurt, unless a near heart attack counts. Have I mentioned that plein air painting is not for the faint of heart? At some point, an African American gentleman wearing a suit and driving a black Mercedes pulled up and got out to talk to me. He said he wished he had a gift. I tried to tell him it’s more about hard work, but people never want to hear that, so he took off. I painted this building many years ago from an office building window and one of the lawyers that worked there purchased it, so of course I have a fondness for it…and besides, it’s a cool color to play with, kind of like pistachio ice cream.
News flash: I typed this up on Saturday night but was too tired to post it with the image. Since then this piece won me First Prize in the First LA Plein Air Festival that ended this Sunday and hundreds of dollars of art supplies. Yippee!