May 11 - 12 , Site: 145
491 W. Dana Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
My artwork (mainly oil) captures people in the moment in landscapes, gardens and cityscapes. I prefer oil because of its plasticity and brilliance and the way colors interact with each other. I paint for my own pleasure and enjoyment, having retired from the tech industry in 2012 and started oil painting in 2013. My artwork was on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts from August 14 through October 15, 2018.
My studio art starts with photos I take in the course of my ramblings. I isolate the images that attract me and start the work of transferring the image in my mind's eye into an art piece seen by others. I begin with a charcoal drawing to create the design, followed by an oil sketch to make sure the design works as a painting. Next, on a linen canvas, I create a broad under-painting in red-browns to establish light and dark values. I then lay the color in detail on the dried light/dark values using bristle and sable brushes. I check that the painting works when seen close up and at a distance. A painting can take me 1 to 3 months to complete.
I also do plein art studies of the Palo Alto Baylands and Foothill Park. These are done on 8x10 linen canvas panels and completed within 2-3 hours. I try to capture the moment of light in the landscape. Unlike the studio work, these works are down quickly to capture the fleeting moment seen before me.