Thursday, July 25, 2013

Best Golf Course View in San Francisco - Lincoln Park - 17th Hole

Golden Gate Bridge View

One of my customers ordered this commission painting of the gorgeous view of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. I have not realized at the beginning that the park was a famous golf course on a top of the hill. And that precise view was from 17th hole of Lincoln Park

I liked the idea that the given picture had good three points of visual interest plus the personal meaning to the customer of course.

Starting the painting from the skies and the Golden Gate Bridge, I gradually moved to the foliage of the trees. When these two backgrounds were completed, I continued with paining the bushes and the flowers maze in the front. They had to be painted with the most details; and, by the way, took me the longest time "to build".

Here are a few pix of work-in-progress that I supplied to the customer along the way. As usual, commission paintings take much longer time (compare to the artist's choice art) due to the communications (agreements, suggestions, approvals), and constant updates:
sketches

Panorama

California Trees

Bay Area San Francisco

The Original Painting Lincoln Park - San Francisco is 9"x12" Watercolor


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pink Rose Buds

blossom

This little pink Lady named Rose was blooming in my garden a couple of month ago.. The morning Sun just hit the petals, and the background was still dark from the shadow of the fence. 

The challenge in this Pink Rose painting was that I wanted to leave the geranium on the background but keep it very vague, not popping-up so to speak. Instead, I wanted to make my Pink Rose shine. Any professional artist will tell you that if you want to have something on the back ground make it cooler than the front; and, vise versa: make the foreground warm to pop-up. 

In this painting of the Pink (almost purple) rose everything is opposite to the usual rules: the rose color is cooler than the background colors. 

How did I achieve the contrast? I've loaded my brush with very juicy red. After masking the rose drawing, I've applied wet on wet technique, in several layers, until I was satisfied with the deepness of the red geranium. Then, I've painted the rose in a very light washes, ending the session with almost dry-on-dry application.
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Original artwork Pink Rose Bloom is 10"x8" on Fabriano Extra White 140lb painted with Winsor&Newton Watercolor 


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Italian Restauran - Sunflowers Of Venice

Italy Still Life

Preparing for the trip to Italy, I am getting my "Italian" brush strokes sharpen.. In this painting I literally re-painted the walls with the dry brush loaded with color not worrying about the brush marks; after all, the walls in that Venetian cafe were old... 
I've got the photo reference from my friend who went to Italy a couple of years ago. They were sitting in the cafe and waiting for the meal to come. The guy was wearing red t-shirt and was looking at the vase above his head. I made a few changes; and, even though I left the pitcher with flowers above and "almost" falling, I replaced the guy with the Red Venetian Chair to add a little less personal look to the painting but remain an Italian feeling to the atmosphere...

Now I don't know what is the focal point in this painting: the red chair, the blue bottle, or these cute Sunflowers:

Yellow Still Life

Oh Italy, I am excited to go there. So far I was just painting from the photo's of my friends and relatives. And now it is the time to meet this country in person.

Here are my previous paintings.

Beautiful hills of Positano:
Flowers at the Bay
SOLD
(prints are available HERE)

Gorgeous Dome in Vatican Rome:
St Peters basilica
SOLD
(prints are available HERE)

And multiple roofs of old town Siena:
roofs
SOLD
(prints are available HERE)



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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Winery in Martinez - My Travel Watercolor Palette Test

Sketch

As this Summer I am planning on traveling to Europe, I've decided to practice sketching. The painting above is done outside in 90+ degrees with my new Travel Watercolor Pallet that I've created specifically for this trip.

It was fun to paint Viano Winery combining only limited colors, and thinking about weight and comfort on my future trip.

The new travel watercolor set weighs only 11 oz and will fit a small purse. 
(I've placed step-by-step instruction in the post HERE)

DIY project

More Plei-Air paintings are HERE


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Making Life A Little Brighter - Fun Tree Of Life Series


abstract
With all the recent serious things such judging, writing for CWA, preparing for the shows, and meantime working on a couple of commissions; I really wanted to loosen up and make something just for fun.

Here is my little Fun Tree of Life series

First, I placed some random swirls on Strathmore 140lb Cold Pressed paper, then I washed them off. Next, more swirls were coming, and more and more using dry-on-wet technique. When this was done, I applied wet-on-wet nice juicy wash of rich colors such Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, and all what I felt is right for this project from my pallet.

Still sounds too serious?
Ok, ok.

Here is when the fun came. When paper was dry, I looked at each swirl and it basically "dictated", moved my hand to where I felt putting the branches of the tree, plus a little cute additions to the trees that made it fun.

Impression I and Impression II (above) are all about birds and flowers.

Impression III and Impression IV have hidden birds, plus one of them is full of fruits and has a curious cat:
red yellow painting

In Impression V the cat is hiding on a tree. And Impression VI is caring two hearts and two love birds:
hunting cat and bird


Just like in real life, we grow, we thrive, sometimes don't see things right in front of our eyes, sometimes are happy just by looking at a simple flower or a birdie, or find love where we least expect it... 

Oh, I am getting again too serious.. better stop and keep working!
:0)


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Recent Bestsellers - Art For Home Decor and On Merchandise

The last few weeks were very busy at my Online Gallery . Many art pieces from abstract to hyper realism were sold for a home interior ...