I won’t be updating this blog anymore. It’s moving to a new address in my website: http://www.artandsurf.com
Thank you for following my art!
I’m offering a holiday discount on prints and sales items (www.artandsurf.com), which lasts from now until December 25th. When you checkout, use promo code: “holiday” for 15% off. I also have a sales area where this code can also be applied. The piece featured is titled “I’m done…”.
We had a stretch of nice weather on the Oregon coast recently. To change things up, I’ve been starting plein air pieces on these nice days. I’m a slowish painter, so I finish them in my studio. When I’m on location painting I learn so much about color, and when I return to my studio I have the time to think through how brushwork should be layer down.
One nice aspect about painting on wood is that I didn’t need the lower section of this art to make a good composition, so I’ll cut it off. You can see the piece simoultaneously in a rough state and a finished one. The rough area won’t be there much longer…chop, chop.
Join me and world-class shapers and the industry’s top brands showcasing the latest technology and design at The Boardroom. The Boardroom event is held at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA, October 5-6, 2013.
I’ll be displaying new works alongside the furniture of Pacific Wonderland Inc. Pacific Wonderland Inc. is the work of my friend Steve Nasker and his wife Charlotte Stone. Their stuff is amazing I encourage you to check out their website.
I will have originals, canvas and archival prints which will be available for purchase. Find me at booth number 509.
I’ve posted three new pieces on my website. This is one I started at the U.S. Open of Surfing this summer. I wasn’t too happy with it at the time. I brought it home, worked on it some more, and now it’s one of my favorite new pieces.
I was recently asked about the color palette I use while painting. I thought it would be a good post for the blog. Here’s what I told this person:
Thanks for writing! I’m really excited to hear that my artwork has inspired you to paint! I think that could be one of the best things someone could tell me.
Many painters have a well thought out color palette that they use on a regular basis. By creating those parameters for themselves, they essentially create within a box. This gives their art continuity. They’re able to in their own way master certain aspects of those colors. I’ve always envied artists who can stick to their guns like that. I lack that sort of discipline. I don’t have a well thought out palette. When I visit the art store I say, “ooh, that’s a cool color!”, and usually buy accordingly. I do use certain colors more regularly than others, and I’d be happy to share those with you. My brand of choice is Gamblin oil paints. I think it’s a quality brand, better than most, but maybe not as good as some others. Some brands and pigments are too expensive for me as well. I use Winsor and Newton’s Liquin as my medium. Many people think I use paint pens, but I don’t. I use script, pinstripe, and numerous other brushes.
I try to buy artist grade paint whenever possible. It has a higher pigment load. I find student grade frustrating on many levels. I sometimes use student grade to initially coat my wood surface. Since most of my artwork is labor intensive line work, the higher pigment load helps me not have to repeat my lines as much. The colors I use frequently are all of the Gamblin Radiant colors, Brown Pink, Ultramarine Blue, Olive Green, Cobalt Teal and Violet, Burnt Umber, Permanent Green Light, Quinacridone Magenta, and Cadmium Red and Yellow. According to the label, the Cadmium colors give you cancer in California, so I wouldn’t use them there…just kidding.
Color is very dynamic, and for me it’s probably the most interesting part of being an painter. I don’t claim to have any mastery of it, and I still learn a lot every time I experiment with it.