This painting alludes to a goddess of the sea, with this boulder somehow scooped out and eroded over time to create a throne of sorts.
The design of this painting is bisected down the middle, with one side very busy due to the rocks. The other side of the painting is starkly contrasted by being a nude against a very simple rock face. I wanted her pose to be abstract in order to fit into the background. I could not imagine a static pose that would fit this painting better than this pose. Interestingly enough, neither side works quite as well without the other side next to it.
This painting features some of my own favorite work to date. I really like the rendering of the foreground rocks and cast shadows. I feel like there is some really nice color temperature shifts in order to show the structure of the rocks and color of the evening at the same time. Even though she is almost completely in the center of the composition, she has a subtle lean to counteract the potential static of the design. Also, the triangular shape of the cast shadows at the bottom of the painting has an imbalance to it that also counteracts the symmetry as well.
I will be showing these paintings along with a bunch of other figurative pieces in Calistoga for the month of November. My friend J. Kirk has been a big supporter and patron of my work since before I started pursuing my career in fine art full-time. He’s doing a good job with bringing independent artists out of the shadows of the wine-and-polo-shirt region known as Napa Valley. There is a ton of undiscovered talent in the area, and J. Kirk has been doing a good job of creating an artistic hub along with the rest of the independent art scene in the area.
If you are near Calistoga and want to come check out the new paintings in person, here are the details: “Of The Occident”
Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00pm until 11:00pm
Yo el Rey Roasting
1217 Washington, Calistoga, California 94515
I am hoping to have some other cool exclusive things to check out as well, so please come out if you can!
About Sergio Lopez
North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings. http://www.themainloop.com