Oil on Panel 8″x8″
I am very lucky to be surrounded by people who love art. I met Marian at the Sean Cheetham workshop, and she invited me to work in her studio once a week. We get together with some very incredible artists and practice speaking Mandarin and English, teaching each other about painting, and learning from Masters. Here is our selection this week, with my Edge Pro Gear Paintbook Pro as my go-to for longer sessions, although with the 8″x8″ size of my panel, the Sketchbook Pro would have done very well.
Our setup, some rich, luscious papaya slices and grapes! Looked delicious.
Here is a picture with my palette part of the way through. Here you can see each “section” has it’s own area on the palette. I can use these to mix with one another in order to show things like bounce light. Ex, the green went into some of the shadows because the grapes were getting the light through them onto the fabric shadows. Think about these things and mix enough of your colors that you can use some of it in unexpected areas.
I almost would have loved to do a larger piece of this – get in there with a small brush and add detail, but I’m always on a time limit. I do enjoy the way this looks finished, particularly the grapes!
Come check it out! Here are my five paintings for the show.
Flower Pepper Gallery
Summer Group Show
410 Bamboo Lane Los Angeles
June 23 through July 19th.
The creation of this painting was inspired by reference photos of my lovely model. I also had an idea that I wanted this cool theme, but wanted some major areas of contrast so her body wouldn’t be the focus of the painting. To do that I surrounded her black hair with a white “halo.” This adds the pop that lets you look at her face before you move to the rest of the painting. Lately, I have been considering my composition a lot in advance of painting.
This is the final painting, although the white balance on this photo is a bit on the warm side. The background is a dark, dark blue, which is enough to really come out with the strong contrast of golds and yellows I used in the background that are mirrored in her headpiece. She is wearing a rattlesnake tail with turquoise – reminiscent of her background of growing up in the Southwest, and her spirit animal, the Rattlesnake. She wears shells in her hair to show that she has traveled to the ocean, and moved a long way from the desert she first belonged to.
Also she’s hot.
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The Sailor, 6×6 Oil on Panel – Available for purchase here.
One of my other obsessions is fountain pens. This is a Sailor 1911 Extra Fine with a beautiful gold nib and it writes like a dream. Had to paint it, of course.
You can find the digital version of this study a few posts back. I may do yet another – this stunning study by Sargent uses a very limited palette, almost a Zorn palette, and yet it conveys so much. His is unfinished, and so is mine. 6×6 Oil on panel.
My Sketchbook pro setup in the wild. What an easy setup – I was on, painted, and cleaned up in under an hour!
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Check out PhiladelphiaGalleryofArt.com to find some great artwork from Philadelphia artists! They also have a facebook and a twitter, although I think as just starting there aren’t too many posts right now. If you’re in Philadelphia, they’re accepting applications for representation, it’s on the contact on their website.
On an equally awesome note, check out my still life. I bet you thought I would never paint one (again.) But I did, and in fact ENJOYED it. That’s right, the mandarins stood completely still while you move your head around and talk a lot. The mandarins had very little to say, and honestly putting these on the wall will be cheaper in the long run than buying new oranges every week to replace the dried ones. I mean, these are like $5 for 3 lbs! You don’t want that kind of recurring tax on your plate, but if you buy this painting (available at the previous link) you are basically getting an ikea bowl, three everlasting oranges, and a partially opened orange included in the price. Granted, you can’t do anything with them but look, but imagine how they will brighten up your fancy foyer table, and you’ll never have to change the water.
Since I’m in school now, as well as teaching, I have been busy. Btw if you want to learn, I have proof that my teaching method is good, and in four weeks I promise your portraits will improve (unless you are David Kassan, then I can’t help you.)
Here is some inspiration (for you to go to AFTER you visit philadelphiagalleryofart.com) www.jefflegg.com It has music, but if you mute it you will find some beauty. Maybe you will be inspired to buy a still life as well.
Oil on Linen
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This is the finished figure of Sophia. She is a phenomenal model, gorgeous and lovely. I hope to paint her again soon! Have a wonderful weekend everyone~