Birds of Prey

On a recent trip to the San Francisco Zoo we went to the Children’s Zoo as well. They had birds of prey out with zoo keepers feeding them. It was really interesting to hear the stories of how these animals came to be at the zoo. Here is a European Owl and a Turkey Vulture.DSCF0112 DSCF0113 DSCF0119

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Lana

So this is a painting I’m working on for my show Dark Glamour coming up in September at Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery. I was going through some old things and found a xerox (remember those?) of a movie still with Lana Turner from  1950. Working from a xerox is not the best but I loved the composition.

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Snow Leopard

So we were at the San Francisco zoo, I was trying to get a good picture of the snow leopard but we were working with a new camera. Shooting through dirty glass that had scratches on it, I wasn’t sure anything would come out. I was trying the zoom feature on the camera but alot of them came out blurry. It was all worth it to get the last picture which came out beautifully from being totally random.

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Peacocks

I have lived in San Francisco for many years and have never been to the zoo. I was struck today by the many peacocks walking around and doing their thing. Beautiful, especially when the sun hits them. This is the first of a few posts about what we saw at the zoo.

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Process

Tuesday night is sketch night. We were faced with a beautiful model. I’v drawn him a couple times and have yet to do him justice. Anyway I got these two sketches and put them together in Photoshop with other images. I play around with layer controls until I get something interesting.

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Ode to Fendi

I’ve always kept sketchbooks. Some from college days are filled with sketches and things that inspire me. One of those things was a Fendi ad from the 80’s. I decided to paint a crop of it for my show Dark Glamour. This is the first painting I’ve done since taking a month to do the Clarendon Heights ceiling project. Painted in metallics with a background paint that has mica in it. Somehow he looks Pre-Raphaelite to me.

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San Francisco Ferry Building

I found an old photo – probably from the ’30s – of the Ferry Building. On a whim today I took the F Market streetcar to the Embarcadero to try to recreate the photo. I wondered if it was possible to stand in the same place after all these years. With camera batteries dying, I snapped some photos looking at the old picture. After getting home I found the perspective of the tower lined up pretty well. I played around with layer controls in Photoshop to show the difference. Thought this was a cool thing, hope you enjoy it.

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