It’s that time of the year where all of us fine art painters break out the the small canvases and do our best to create little jewels for the holiday season. Small works are popular, well really any time of the year, but in the spirit of gift giving they become even more popular for those looking for a good gift for art loving friends and family.
There are many different galleries doing small-works shows this time of the year, but my favorite one to participate in is Randy Higbee’s 6 Inch Squared show. He always attracts a few of the best landscape painters around and does a really great job promoting the show. I am always happy to be included, and I have even won an award in the competition for best 6×6″ painting last year. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it. If you are not friends with Randy Higbee on Facebook, I highly recommend being one if only for the “awards ceremony” he puts on when he announces who were the best submissions.
Here are the 6 of mine which made it in this year.
This was painted in my hometown of Santa Rosa on Mountain View Road, which is one of my favorite places to paint in town. The rain clouds were clearing out, which is one of my favorite weather conditions to paint. I love the way the light looks and the shape of the clouds after a good rain.
This one was done at the Annadel Winery off of Highway 12 just southwest of Santa Rosa. It’s got a ton of different places to paint. This was painted at the OPA paintout. I tried to convey the hot midday sun as best as I could, using a high-key palette, and subtle grayed-down violets against electric yellows.
This was painted in the morning right after I painted “Carolina Sunrise.” We woke up super-early to catch the amazing sunrise, and capture the scene as best as I could. It was neat to catch the pinks in the distant clouds.
I was going for a nice Early California Painter feel with this one, with the chunky block strokes and unorthodox color scheme. Again this was in between storms so I had to work quick to capture the essence of the light here.
This one was on the beautiful grounds of the Annadel Winery between Santa Rosa and Sonoma. I think the sunlight and time of day is pretty accurately portrayed in this painting.
If you want to see all 600+ paintings(!) you can click on this link. Hope you have a couple of hours to spare… If you want to see the paintings in person, you can visit the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA.
A pic of last year’s show:
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