Probably one of the better pictures I’ve taken of late…
Was invited to a concert at the America’s Cup Pavillion in San Francisco on the Embarcadero. The concert was alright, I didn’t know the band but the ticket was free. These are some of the pics I took with the iPhone and a Fuji camera. The light show was great. Everybody in the crowd knew them, knew the words, and there were lots of screaming young girls.
Thought I would try something that I haven’t done in a long time – try to accurately draw something in pencil. At my studio, people are always interested in my objects, so I decided to draw them. I usually don’t do photo-realism but thought I would challenge myself. White panels with objects sort of lab specimen like.
So I have this camera app on the iPhone that has filters you can apply to a photograph. Results are unexpected. I never really know how it will turn out, but I’ve been getting some interesting effects with shooting the back of the muni bus. These photos were taken on the 5 Fulton bus coming from Ocean Beach in San Francisco.
So my room that I moved into has no view. I’m an artist – I’ll paint my view. My first thought was something Caspar David Friedrich – I am a romantic at heart. So I’m doing a spin on this painting for myself. I was surprised to find out it was painted in Dresden, where my father’s family was from.
I’m working on a commission that’s been hard to get into – so I started this today to remind myself I can paint. The challenge here is I usually work in oil but am doing this in acrylics because I need to master them. The start of something inspired by Friedrich – I may combine a couple of these into something – I’m not sure yet. He did winter – I’m following my gut on color. I’m tackling this not knowing where I will end up.
The Abbey in the Oakwood (German: Abtei im Eichwald) is an oil painting by Caspar David Friedrich. It was painted between 1809 and 1810 in Dresden and was first shown together with the painting The Monk by the Sea in the Berlin Academy exhibition of 1810. On Friedrich’s request The Abbey in the Oakwood was hung beneath The Monk by the Sea.