I usually don’t do a full on watercolor painting. Watercolors are hard. I usually do a drawing with washes which is much easier. This is for a project I’m working on. It reminds me of old fashioned book illustrations. Something I have never done before, but seemed appropriate for this project.
Initially inspired by a Moroccan tile that I saw in a photograph. I did my thing with it -intended to stage homes for realtors. I’ve been working with NSD for three years now and only twice have I missed the mark and had to repaint something. When I showed them this, they said “maybe it could work, we won’t know until we try it”. I liked this one and did not want to repaint it. Trying something new is a risk. When I texted them today they said it worked wonderfully. I then looked at the website and found this photo. The colors I used worked perfectly for what they did. This makes me happy.
My commercial work is abstracts that stage homes for realtors. If you know me, I’m all about old stuff and antiques. This shows up in my personal work. I love patina, age and character. It is funny for me to see myself being so modern. I’m the lead artist for Nurture Source Designs that stages these homes. They’re requesting more from me ASAP because they’re so busy. I’m not coping today, but I have to be on point and do some more of these over the weekend.
The previous two paintings were out at my studio for the Gilman Art Walk. We had a lot of people come through. Nobody noticed them. Nobody talked to me about them. It really depressed me. It took me a few days to post about them on here and Instagram. The day I posted to Instagram, I had a curator for 1340 International Art Magazine suggest I submit to their Instagram. I did that and then had another curator suggest I submit to their magazine. They wanted four images. I had three and needed another one. So I did this one quickly to have a series. Response has been minimal, but I have to follow my vision. I’ll be posting more about this on Patreon as I go forward.
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The painting below is the second in my series and I recently touched up the foreground. I thought this would be a good project to take to Patreon and see if I can develop any support around it.
I started a new series of Oakland at night. I pass through Oakland on the way home and take pictures. First up was Lake Merritt. I’ve done two. Originally inspired by a book I read on Van Gogh. I’m doing my own thing with it and not trying to copy his style. Usually it takes me a month to do an oil painting. I’ve done these faster. Underpainting in a day – wait til it’s dry (3 days) – then final painting in a day. These are so different for me, I’ve been unsure of them.
I read a pretty thick book on Vincent Van Gogh by Marc Edo Tralbaut. It covered the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his work. I got to the point where he killed himself. I stayed up to finish reading – it was probably 2am. I went out on the back porch for a cigarette and saw this. Oakland in a hazy night. I decided to paint it. I kinda became obsessed. I told my roommate I was not going to try to paint this like Van Gogh. In working on it I just decided to give it a Van Gogh sky – without looking at the book. It just seemed right. I did not know where I was going with this but this is what I did. It’s Oakland not Arles, France so it’s just what it is. My view ala Vincent.