Thursday, December 31, 2009

Point Molate, Richmond CA

Miniature painting from Pt. Molate, Richmond Ca. These houses are currently fenced off...I'm hoping they restore them, they have so much character. The rumor is this former Naval Fuel Depot might become a Casino?!

(2" x 3" gouach on watercolor paper)

Monday, December 21, 2009

9th North Bay Plein Air - Results

This was more like a quick draw for most of us. The clear weather granted us just about an hour to paint in Japantown. The clouds began to roll in, which happened to be our que to head over the Thomas Reynolds Gallery. Just minutes after we entered the gallery, it began to rain.

Artist: Katie
(photo by Janice)

Artist: Katie
(photo by Gerald)

Artist: Len Brandt
(photo by Janice)

Artist: Len Brandt and Cameron Chun
(photo by Gerald)

Artist: Cameron Chun
(photo by Gerald)

Artist: Cameron Chun
(photo by Janice)

(photo by Janice)

To see all the pastel, oil and gouache gallery paintings were just amazing and inspirational. I highly recommend visiting the Gallery, Thomas was a great host and is very knowledgeable of all the artists and paintings. Great suggestion Janice, thanks Sergio for setting up the gallery visit, and thanks to all the artists that were able to make it out.

Gallery Curator: Thomas
(photo by Janice)

Artist: Cameron Chun and Gallery Curator: Thomas
(photo by Janice)

Gallery Curator: Thomas
(photo by Janice)

(L-R) Jim (hiding in the back), Sharon, Len and Cameron
(photo by Janice)

Thomas Reynolds Gallery
(Corner of Pine St. and Filmore St. - Next to Johnny Rockets)
2291 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 441-4093
Open Wed - Sat (or by appointment)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

9th North Bay Plein Air Session

Thanks for your patience smile Because it was raining last week we have been working hard for an indoor plan. Sergio has spoken to the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco and they have graciously allowed our group to visit between 3:00pm - 4:30pm. The Gallery is usually closed on Sundays, so this will be a great opportunity to have the place to ourselves. Bring a sketchbook or just hang out and admire the inspirational plein air paintings.
Now that clear skies are in the forecast, we will paint before the Gallery Japan Town (corner of Buchanan and Post St), 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Note: Feel free to arrive earlier if you need more time to set up and paint. Gerald will definitely be there by 1:00pm.
Exhibit Details: CA Art Club show on Pine Street "Treasures of the East Bay: Paintings by Local Artists" A Centennial Exhibition of the California Art Club.

Thomas Reynolds Gallery
(Corner of Pine St. and Filmore St. - Next to Johnny Rockets)
2291 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 441-4093

Gallery Times
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Meeting Location
Front of Gallery (Corner of Fillmore and Pine)

There is ample free street parking on Sundays. Parking Garage available at Japan Town (hourly rates apply).

Finding us
We are available anytime by phone/text: (415) 342-6764 or (707) 304-3265, email: Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are lost or can't make it...even if it's the middle of the day during the paint out. No worries :)

Thanks and see you there!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hills of Hawaii: Win Hou

Artist: Win Hou

Last we painted with Win was a few months back at Sandy Beach, Vallejo. He's been back home in Taiwan but made a recent visit to the islands of Hawaii. Win was so kind to share some photos of his plein air painting during a sunset along the majestic hills.

Mahalo Win!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Counter Point" Gallery - Novato, CA

It’s urban sketching from 6000 ft :) Here’s the view as you come into SFO airport…ok ok, it’s not really plein air – yes, it’s from a photo…but hey – it looked just like that!

30×40 oil on canvas, with palette knife…this is part of what I’m submitting to a group show we’re doing at the office.

Here’s the deets on the IMD art show – which we’re calling “Counter Point”:

Reception December 17th 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The gallery is in offices of the Marin Community Foundation
5 Hamilton Landing, Novato CA 94949

5th Annual Local Artist Collection

The 5th Annual Local Artist Collection is a diverse, non-themed mixed media exhibit of artworks featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. In its 5th year, the show is a local favorite; providing the community an opportunity to view and purchase art during the holiday season.
... The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 W. 1st Street in Antioch (across from the Amtrak Train Station) and is open Fridays and Saturdays, during exhibits from 12 noon - 5 PM.

Pastel Paintings by Artist Janice L-H on display:
"China Camp Beach Shack" and
"Marshview Afternoon"

Check out the website above for more pictures and a list of participating artists!

Miniatures Exhibit - Napa Valley Museum

An exhibit of original art work (paintings and sculptures) no larger than 8" x 8". Participating artists from all over California. The theme is "Take a Chance on Miniatures!"

Basically....stop by the museum and purchase a raffle ticket $5/each (or 5 raffle tix for $20). Just fill out your contact info on the ticket stub and drop in the box below the painting you'd like to take home! ----------->

The winners will be contacted at the end of the exhibit (Jan. 10, 2010).

Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Circle
Yountville, CA 94599

Click Here for Directions

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

At the Petaluma Marina

The weather conditions for the day were really tricky to work with. The uncertainty in the beginning of the day, and then the sudden complete change of conditions made it a tough day to work... It forced me to be a bit more experimental. I'll let you decide if it was succesful or not.

I did this study in about an hour. It was hard getting the blue paint to cooperate for some reason.... The reason? It was a tube of oil paint that got mixed into my bag by accident! I pushed the fog effect way more than what was there in reality, mainly so I'd hafta paint less (just being honest here) but also to make it more interesting.

In the middle of this piece is when the sky started clearing up. The clouds and the light was totally different from when I started. The clouds did not hold still long enough to paint them very faithfully, so I had to fake them...I did a lot of lifting off with a wet Viva paper towel. Gouache tends to be easier to lift off than transparent watercolor.

This was a half-hour quick study done just for the value and drawing's sake. Didn't want to get into the color. It was mostly monotone greens and grays, I can probably throw a wash of green in photoshop over it and it will look pretty faithful.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

8th North Bay Plein Air - Petaluma, CA

It was a gloomy afternoon, with drops of rain briefly in Novato. Although it was a bit chilly, that didn't stop 9 North Bay members to trek out to the Petaluma Marina. Cloud formations were amazing and scattered lighting along the hills were great! During the late afternoon, the sun decided to peak out and cleared a path to some blue skies.

Here's our results for the day.

Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli

Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli

Artist: Gerald de Dios

(photo by Janice L-H)

Artist: Janice L-H

We gathered around 3pm and shared our findings around the Marina.

Such a great display of different mediums used on location.

Thank you to Alfredo's hospitality and opening his studio doors to our paint out group members!

Beautiful studio and school, perfect for anyone interested in learning to paint figurative and landscapes.

Artist: Sergio Lopez and Maura admiring the amazing plein air paintings high up on the walls.

(Artists: Alfredo Tofanelli, Cameron Chun, Jackson Dryden, Maura, Janice L-H, Sergio Lopez)

(Artist: Alfredo Tofanelli, Sharon Lutz, Maura, Cameron Chun and Jackson Dryden)