Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pasadena Alley

12x16 oil on Linen

Here is a back alley in Pasadena off or Fair Oaks on the north side. Lots a new apartment buildings going up in this area, but there are still some old houses around that haven’t been renovated.
I threw the drawing out the window on this one. Just pushed paint around by feel and let shadows become shapes and left out a bunch of stuff. I kept the pallet simple and barely looked at the reference and embraced abstraction as much as I could. I had a friend start to politely break it to me that the drawing was off so I quickly nipped him on his bud and told him drawing is not an issue here.

Also some more good news I got a painting accepted into the OPA show coming up! So I'm in at least six shows this year. Whew!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Title? Which title?

oil on linen 16x12
I haven’t pulled the camera back for a little while, so here is a long shot in Downtown L.A. This is a view of the parking lot behind the old Palace theater on Broadway at twilight. I’m sort of torn on a title... I like the vaguely enigmatic “Behind the Palace” or the generic “Lot Booth.” In my continuing quest to do less and get more, this one is mostly thin washes with rags and some limited brushwork to define the both cars and clouds. While I had reference on this, I edited, abstracted, made up colors and let the washes textures flow free as much as I could.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Group shows, I'm in Group shows

Alone in Chinatown
oil on wood 16x24

I'm in two local group shows coming right up the first is a show featuring mostly work by the late Ben Abril filled out by other Segil artists like myself. the second is At the CAC gallery at the old mill on March 1st.

Ben Abril; A Retrospective
Segil Fine Art Gallery Artists
Show dates:
February 23, 2008 - March 22, 2008
Artist's Reception:
Saturday, February 23, 5-7pm
See the link for Segil fine art--------->>>>>>>>>


Celebrating the Golden State:
Recent Artwork by Contemporary Members of the California Art Club
Se the CAC link--------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>
Opening February 25, 2008
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, March 1, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Featured Artists: Amery Bohling, John Brunnick, Jackie Chiu, William Churchill. Jr., Timothy Geisen, Ken Goldman, Millie Greene, Debra Holladay, Dali Higa, David Jenks, Anna T. Kelly, Frank Lennartz, margot Lennartz, Simon Lok, Carolyn Lord, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Michael mao, Jason Mayr, Richard Probert, Barry John Raybauld, Junn Roca, Carol Tarzier, Millie Tsai, Timothy Tien, Tom Voss, William Wray, and Yisun Wei.
California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill
1120 Old Mill Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Information and R.S.V.P. for the Artists’ Reception: 626/449-5458

Behind Chinatown 9x12 oli on linen

Monday, February 11, 2008

Lucky Doughnuts and Dirty Little Jar

Lucky Doughnuts, Monterey Park 12x16 oil on linen is sort of an experiment on how little can make a painting. I think perhaps the camera could be pulled back a little, but for some reason I felt like painting this. I did it rough and fast, literally grinding the brushes down. Not a strong as some I've painted, but worth posting I hope. The still life is my turps jar, it was clear at one time, now it's foggy with paint filth.

6x8 oil on linen

Monday, February 04, 2008


Oh and I almost forget there is a article on me with a truncated demo of this little painting in the new issue of Artists Magazine on the stand now. Run out and buy it or order it on there web site. Please, I'm begging you. ;-)

Convair 990 16x24 oil on wood

Lots of great news, the big one is I’ve been invited to have a one-man show at the Bakersfield Museum of art in December. I’m taking it very seriously by focusing all the paintings on Bakersfield and the surrounding area. I’ve printed up a hundred little promo postcards of the jet above. Send me a stamped self-address envelope and I’ll send you a sighed one. Look for the museum link under my links under BMOA------>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I’m also happy to say I’ve been accepted into the Greenhouse Gallery’s contest this year and the California Art Clubs Gold Metal show. I’m 50 and I can still KICK!!! ;-)

The jet is another Mohave painting, a Convair 990 This one was a testbed aircraft for the Space Shuttle Landing gear. It now been retired as a display piece for the front of the airport. I think all airports should have a big ass jet at the entrance.

For all of you who don't like jets, here is a painting of a brick.