Hey everyone! I have recently finished a few more pieces in preparation for my solo show at the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, California. The Epperson Gallery is mostly known for showing local landscape painters, specifically the group of colourists known as “The Outsiders.” However, Gerald Epperson, the gallery owner, has decided to the move the gallery toward a more contemporary direction. In the past I wouldn’t have thought the gallery would be interested in exhibiting my figure work, but Gerald has been a fan of this series for so long that he wants to show it there.
As with “Aorangi” and “Heliotrope”, these new paintings are moving toward a better sensitivity of the form of the model as well as the handling of the pattern. The more I do of these, the more I learn of shortcuts and streamlining of the process.
For the figures, rather than trying to paint the skin too thickly in the beginning, I will scrape down a lot of the transition areas between light and dark tones. The reason I do this is because I know I am going to paint a cleaner tone that will need to link the light and dark shapes together in a convincing way. In order to do this, I will need it to dry, and if the paint is too thick, the wet-on-dry paint won’t blend nearly as well.
Invest in a good-quality sable if you’re going to do a lot of precision detail work. Rosemary and Co. is famous for making those mongoose-hair brushes but they also make high-quality sables as well. For the thicker areas of the patterns I use a #3 flat mongoose brush, and for the thinner areas I use a #1 sable half-rigger brush.
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Here is a map of where the Epperson Gallery can be found. It’s not the easiest place to get to without a car, but it you have the means, it’s about a half hour away from most north Bay Area locations.
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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