Sunday, September 29, 2013

Last Summer Days

I painted with the California Art Club this Saturday at La Jolla Cove.  It was a perfect morning, we had a Santa Ana condition - so with the warm wind the usual marine layer was nowhere in sight.  I have been focusing on painting and drawing figures lately.  I did a few practice sketches which I won't post here, and then went on to paint this brother and sister, playing in the shallow waters of the cove.  The boy, older, sat most of the time while his sister was more interested in running around in the shallow water.  And that's the fun about sketching people that are not sitting for you - trying to get the gesture, the proportions in the moment.  

Below are some 10 minute oil sketches I did of my daughter, well, more like 12-15 minutes sketches but by the last one I got down to 12 minutes.  In 10 minutes all I'm trying to do is get the gesture, the proportions and the values (light/dark).  Nothing else.  The last one is a sketch of my daughter, Ali, using Casein paint. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Egg Lady - Farmer's Market, Del Mar

Spent the afternoon at the Del Mar Farmer's market this past Saturday.  As everyone was setting up, I was sketching.  Once it opened I started painting.  The sketching was challenging, again trying to capture gestures as people moved around.  It's good practice - I need to get to the point where I am familiar enough with the angles and proportions that people in motion are easier to sketch.  The bonus of painting at a Farmer's Market is being around good food - I grabbed a couple sambusas from the stall next to me while I was taking a break and a french baguette on the way out.  All around a satisfying day!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Surf

I went to the beach today to practice sketching people, I took my watercolors, watercolor pad, my sketchbook and my camera.  It was a hot day with pretty big surf all day so the surfers didn't leave.  I sketched or tried to sketch people walking, but damn, they just won't stay still long enough.  It was frustrating with pencil, I had more fun at it with the watercolors.  I painted this when I got home from one of my reference photos.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Maritime Museum - Harbor Drive, San Diego

I painted with the San Diego Plein Air Painters this weekend, it was an early morning - I started about 8am.  It has been as hot as Miami in July for the past two weeks, this Saturday was no exception.  Must have been about 80 degrees by 9am down by the Harbor, with nary a breeze.   What looks like a building in the back is the main part of the Maritime Museum, and is a boat itself, looks like one of the old river boats.  There is also a sub here, a Swift boat used in Viet Nam and other boats.