Monday, June 17, 2013
Here is the page that shows one of the escaped prisoners washed up at Fort Point in San Francisco. He did survive (for details you'll have to buy the book :). The main challenge here is that this is a true nocturne. He probably arrived here after 9 PM in December. Quite dark. So I used a bit of license with the phosphorescence of the waves.
I also must confess that I used Photoshop for the figure. I painted him separately, scanned him and dropped him in. It's a pretty nice painting with him or without him.
Fort Point Nocturne
Monday, May 6, 2013
This escape took place the evening of December 16. I don't have any weather records, but I think it's a good chance that there was some winter fog around the bay, hence this treatment.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The most enjoyable project has been a comic book about an escape from Alcatraz prison. A comic book? Yes, a comic book.
Last fall I was approached by a friend and artist, Wren Nowan, to collaborate on a comic book commissioned by the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy. Little did I know that he was an aficionado and talented comic book artist. My job, if I decided to accept it, was to do a few full page illustrations to help the story along. Naturally, I said yes.
The first task was page 3. Wren had already developed a script and story board. The intent is to show the island in its isolated setting in the middle of the bay. I always do a pencil study sketch before painting. I chose a large sky to emphasize the solitary aspect of the island. For my final I increased the size of the sky. It will be cropped for the book, but I get to keep the original, so who knows?
The classic view of Alcatraz is seen from San Francisco. I chose to look the other way, and used a San Francisco skyline from 1960 or so, the time when this particular escape took place.
More to come later.
Friday, February 1, 2013
The details have been finalized for a ten day watercolor workshop in the heart of Tuscany, September 24-October 5, 2013. We will be housed in wonderful villas at the Borgo Corsignano just outside the hill town of Poppi. I expect it to be a fun time, with outstanding subject matter and a great location to explore, not to mention a place to eat and drink well.
For more information, visit http://www.artroads.net/. This is the tenth workshop in Italy organized by ArtROADS. You'll be well taken care of. There is an early bird (uccello in anticipio?) if you register by February 15, 2013.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I received a couple of requests to print these larger. So here they are.
Dockside at the Posada
Same viewpoint as above, only looking a bit to the left.
The Church of Santiago Atitlan
The Fountain at Quinta de las Flores
Poolside at the Quinta
Outside the Quinta
Monday, January 21, 2013
Here are the nine paintings I got done during my recent two week trip to Guatemala. I used my new Escoda number 12 nylon brush for all of these. It was a bit of a challenge doing large washes. The nylon just doesn't hold a lot of pigment and water. Next time I'll bring a mop.