Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Chinatown Alley

Here is the stuido version. 16x24 oil on wood.

Here is a little alley painting (6x8 oil on linen) I did in LA's Chinatown. I like it enough that I did a larger version that I will post in when it dries. I really enjoyed painting this one. I was able to let quite a bit of the "wash in" show through and it has an abstract quality I'm striving for. Edward Sego is a big influence and I hope this one for the first time would give me the right to lick the bottom of his dung covered shoes.
What was cute was a group of old Chinese ladies were taking there daily walk about, but I guess they don't like to cross street as they kept going around in a circle, passing by me and J- Mac about every 10 minutes for two hours. Talk about creatures of habit.

There was a little man sewing in the alley, but the figure would have been too small to see. I did put him in the big version. The spots of color are hanging clothes.

Justin sweetness

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Here is a carport in my little town of Sierra Madre one of the few spots left that hasn't be re- developed. Give them time. ;-)

I was trying to see how far I could push the color. Oil on wood 16x 24. I'm not totally happy with the shadow on the right forground. I think all the texture keeps it from working as well as it should.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Green Train

Here is a studio painting of a old train that is parked in Monrovia on a section of track destined to be renovated when they extend the metro. I'm not sure who uses the little grill, homeless or local workers. 24x25 on wood. Drawing is a little off on the top part of the car, I have to get to fixing that. My nocturnal reference photo had a greenish tinge to it so I pushed that aspect, turning it into a green train.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Two Tree Stand's

The Eucalyptus stand was done in San Juan Capistrano relaxed with my old friend Mark and the other behind the Autry Museum next to the 5 freeway with my class. The Evergreen stand acts as a screen for the golf course there. I'm so oblivious to the world that I didn't even realize that the noise of the freeway might bother some of my students. A few complained about not being able to concentrate, I feel bad about that, I forget I can zone out anywhere. I did have the paranoid thought that I might get hit by a stray golf ball.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

DIRTY Beauty

I've been trying to capture the dreamy dirty beauty of the hazy California light in some industrial areas.
Here is a big one of Azusa at the train crossing at Azusa Blvd. in Azusa. 24x 36 Oil on wood.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Roses in the Rain

These are the Roses in by backyard during the rainy season. I'm not a big floral type dude, but decided I wanted to enter a International artist magazine contest. 9x12 oil on linen.