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Charcoal and white pastel pencil on colored paper 12 x 16
Drawing portraits of mature people is way more interesting as their features become more intricate. He posed for two and a half hours. If I was sitting closer to the model I would have captured more details in his features. Nonetheless, I was happy with the likeness I achieved.
Watercolor 10 x 13.25
A painting that grew organically from an abstract background to enigmatic tree trunks in the foreground to a solitary figure walking along a path. Where is he heading to? An atmospheric an intriguing image. Most likely, my subconscious mind coming to the surface.
Charcoal on white paper 12 x 16
Friends from England came to visit and, after seeing my art work, one of them gave me the commission to make a rendering of them from a collage of his cell pics. With time constraints, I finished it in three days, just a couple of days before their return to London.
I have two drawings in this exhibit: Carrie Again and Katrina. The artist’s reception will be on May 18th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. The library is in Oakland, California.
Watercolor and Pastels on paper 11 x 14
One autumnal evening in 2008 an intense light was the center of attention all around the San Francisco Bay Area, Angel Island, the largest in the Bay, was on fire. The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
“A fast-moving brush fire atop Angel Island shot flames high in to the air and glowed so brightly Sunday night that it could be seen for miles around San Francisco Bay by residents in several counties. Residents in San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties – from the hills in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and El Cerrito to the shorelines along Richmond, Tiburon, Sausalito and San Francisco described the fire as spectacular and massive.” The yellow, orange, and red flames were rising into the sky up to 25 feet to 30 feet high.
As spectacular it was to see it from those places, it must have been a stunning scene to have seen the fire from a privileged, first row seat, in the mostly uninhabited Alcatraz Island.
Charcoal and white pencil on colored paper 12 x 16
Carrie comes back this season for another long pose. I was close enough to catch the drama of lights and shadows created by the spotlight above combined with the defiant feel she is expressing in her pose, as if the absence of clothing does not affect her self confidence in the least.
I joined a modeling/drawing group in Oakland, California. Instead of hiring professional models we, the artists, take turns to pose for the rest of the group. Some dare to bare it all, some don’t. That’s OK, as long as the pose is interesting. These are 15-minute poses. It is just enough time to get the contours. The shadowing is added at home. They are all graphite and charcoal on newsprint.
Watercolor 9.5 x 11.5
This may be an improbable scene in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Golden Gate is usually very well lit at night. But the last rays of sun at dusk still give a glimpse of the silhouette of the iconic bridge right before the light are turned on. A dramatic and atmospheric image.
Charcoal and white pencil on colored paper 12 x 16 inches
This view of Sean shows his back muscles still defined but more relaxed. His butt, however, seems to steal the show…
Watercolor 12 x 18 inches
A fireboat in action is quite a scene to behold. I saw this one crossing under the Golden Gate Bridge throwing water to the air as a welcoming sign as it lead the Queen Mary 2, a huge ocean liner, entering the San Francisco Bay a couple of years ago. I did not want the imposing bridge tower to take away from the action down below so the typical San Francisco fog came in handy.