Having some fun painting these surfing scenes. Playing with tone, warmth, contrast, sharp edges, lost edges, cool colors, composition all good fun. I've been listening to some Flamenco Guitar music while painting which kind of gets me going and enthused.
This is the only pic of me I have painting during the demo. Last Saturday was a lot of fun. We had quite a group show up even during all the rain we've been having. I want to thank all who came out, and enjoyed talking art and having fun. Here I am putting some strokes down on some foreground figures on the beach. Not quite finished with this painting yet and will post later on this week after noticing some areas that could be improved upon once I took a fresh look at it.
I have two of my Seascape Books on hand if you would like one email me. It has 64 pages full of my seascape paintings. The book is 8" x 8" and I just now realized that if you multiply those two figures you get 64, lol. More about the book on the link to the right of my blog. The book is $35 including shipping.
This is my first Diptych, two paintings that go side by side. Ever heard of a Triptych? Yes, that's right, three paintings side by side. Not sure if I will go for one of those or not. I tried to make these two paintings be able to stand on there own as separate paintings in there own right and I think I chose a scene that does just that. Obviously the top painting goes on the left side of the bottom painting. Also, if you don't know, Indo is short for Indonesia.
Had these awesome oranges today, my favorite to eat. So I decided to set one up and paint it next to the easel. I didn't add any special lighting and painted it as is except for the background which of course needed to be greatly simplified.
Had to toil away on this one. It started all from a simple sketch of a boat and some references of some water scenes all compiled to make this painting work out. Had almost two times I was about to call it finished however after taking a break and coming back to it I knew it needed more work. After halfway through I realized it was looking sort of similar to Edgar Payne's work and I mean loosely.
On Saturday December 21'st I'm having a seascape demo at the Galveston Art League. This is an Indoor event, no need for supplies just show up and enjoy the refreshments served. I'm painting an 18x24 seascape of Galveston and will take it from bare canvas to finished painting. I'll answer any questions you might have during the demo and after and feel free to chit chat and watch as I paint.
I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to let this painting go since it's a first of first's type of a painting. But first, before I get into what I mean by that, let me briefly explain why I decided to put it up for sale. Like all artists we love looking at other artists work. It's at least one way to get inspired. On this occasion an artist in the November Issue of Plein Air Magazine, named C. W. Mundy, had a nice article about his passion for paintings to have an abstract quality to a scene, an impression. His style reminded me of this painting I did and made me think that others might enjoy seeing it as well.
This painting is a first of first's. More like the first of few. On a trip to paint on the 27th Jetty, the day seemed more wet and hopes of the rain clearing seemed iffy. Gearing up for possible rain I trekked down the seawall to the beach and soon realized I had left, at the house, my brushes. Oh, geesh! I have left things before on trips, like turps, a palette and yes my brushes. I was determined not to give up and if I had to I might have just used my fingers and rags if it was not for having with me my palette knife. So this painting became my first seascape painting done with my palette knife.
To make things even more challenging it started to sprinkle. I was soon battling drops on my palette halfway through the painting. As you might know water and oil don't mix. Lucky me I stuck it through to the end and came home with a nice impressionistic painting.
Evening surf can be dramatic but even more interesting with some fog rolling in. Ever watch Endless Summer 2 the surf movie? One of my favorite surfers in there is Pat O'Connel. The guy was always hyper and loving every wave. This guy remember me of him, paddling like crazy and bouncing all over the wave.
Ever been in some thick fog while in a boat? I've been in that situation a couple times and it's kind of nerve racking having to look all around an make sure you don't get hit by another boat. This is a view from the 53rd jetty during the fog overtake of Galveston Island.
Ever decide to go to the beach just for fun? Oh wait, that's probably how most vacations start right? You drive down to the beach, go surf, swim, fish, search for shells on the beach, or whatever floats your boat. Not wanting the day to end you decide to make that trip down further south along the coast to Freeport. Have the munchies, get a snack at Valero at Surfside. Then you realize you stayed out in the sun to long without enough sunscreen, or it will be twelve o'clock midnight before you have to wake up fiver hours later to go to work. But it's all good because you love the beach. Go wander on the beach the next time you go out and have fun.
Two ways to get to Bolivar Peninsula where this lighthouse still stands. One way, I call the long way, all the way around through Houston, Baytown down I-10 and off to High Island, hang a right and head down the long road to get to the lighthouse. The second way by ferry from Galveston Island. Take your pick they both have there pros and cons. One by sea the other by land. To get this view you go by ferry. A fun trip if you haven't been on a ferry for a while.
Great news! I'm excited to announce I will have three paintings in the Randy Higbee 6x6 show out in Costa Messa, California. The event is an Exhibition and Sale by a Collection of some of the Finest Artists from around the Country. Gala Artist’s Reception: December 7th and the show is open for viewing until the 20th.
Sailing around in Galveston Bay during a lot of fog and heading out the channel to the Gulf Of Mexico. Ever wonder where some of these sailboats are going. A cruise out and back, sail down the coast to another city like Corpus Christi, or how about a sail to one of the Caribbean Islands.