Painted Roses: Ispahan Progress Shots

Beside all the plein air painting I’ve been doing, meanwhile at the studio I have been also working away at some more pieces for the Painted Roses series. Those of you who follow me on Instagram saw my most recent effort.

I put out a little call before my trip to Los Angeles to see if anyone would be interested in posing for me. Rivi Madison and I have wanted to work together for months now, so she graciously and enthusiastically offered to work with me. I got some good reference for future paintings. I did want to strike while the iron was hot, so I went ahead and started to paint on this one. The ulterior motive for getting started was also that the Scottsdale Fine Art Salon was coming up on the 26th, and it was the 24th when I started this one, so I had to work quickly. My reference manipulation is down to a science, so I whipped it up in about an hour. Compare that to when I first started and it would take a whole month to prepare a batch of photo reference.

For a few reasons, I decided to take a photo for Instagram after every hour of painting. One, for education. Two, to see how long it would take me to finish. Three, to be able to make an animated GIF with the end photos.

Beginning from the drawing.

I had an old 8×10″ panel I prepared a long time ago, so it was perfect for what I wanted to do. I spent about an hour or two on the drawing.

Hour 1

Putting in the darkest darks in the entire painting, rather than exclusively the figure in the beginning as I usually do. I usually dont draw out most of the patterns in the beginning either but I thought I’d try to switch it up.

Hour 2

Also switching it up by starting to block in the entire background first before the figure.

Hour 3

Almost finished with the background.

 Hour 4

Blocked in the pattern and started on working on the darkest parts of her that aren’t in complete shadow.

Hour 5

Decided to paint her face by just working for darkest to lightest. Very methodically done with a focus on edges. Color is restrained to my limited palette with very subtle temperature changes.

 Hour 6

Working on blocking in the rest of her skin(but at the same time trying to finish it as much as I can on the first pass).

Hour 7

Now that the canvas is completely covered and everything is well-defined, I am working on refining the patterns.

Hour 8

Much progress on the left-side patterns of the painting.

Hour 9

The bottom-left part of the painting is coming together.

Hour 10

The center-right part of the background is coming together.

Hour 11

Now the background is completely finished and I am starting to come in and finish the patterns over her body and her “tattoos.”

Hour 12

“Ispahan” 10×8 oil on linen mounted on cradled panel.
 
Here we are, finished! Just finishing the patterns, refining loose areas, and adding my signature.
I put these photos together and made a GIF:
For the technicals: I pretty much painted the entire painting with #1 flat Rosemary and Co. mongoose brush. With it being such a small painting, I was able to do a lot with it by using short choppy strokes that blended together just by sheer value control and brush handling. My paint palette was white, Sennelier Yellow Ochre Light, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Violet, Transparent Earth Orange, a combo of Ultramarine and Manganese Blue, and a concoction I made that resembles Holbein’s Violet Gray. As you can see, this palette really leans cool for obvious reasons. The Earth Orange, Ultramarine and Dioxazine Purple made quite the sufficient dark.
Let me know what you think about this painting. Do you enjoy the refinement?

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North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings. http://www.themainloop.com

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Sierra Pack Trip 2013: Lake Ediza

Last week was one of the best times I’ve had in a really long while. At the last-minute, I was able to get a spot with this group that included Paul Kratter, Pixar artists Bill Cone and Ernesto Nemesio, Julia Lundman, Eric Merrell, Jeff Horn, and Michele De Branganca. Every year, this group makes a mid-August trip to the High Sierras for camping, painting, and lots of laughing. I have always jealously looked on the sidelines at the blog/Facebook posts about these trips, so when I was asked to join this year, I was so happy to have the opportunity to go. Never knowing what my money sitch is going to be from month-to-month however, I couldn’t pony up the money in time to get a spot… until last-minute circumstances opened up a slot for me, and a ratchet-up in sales/commissions afforded me the chance to join. Paul let me borrow some camping gear, and we were off to Mammoth Lakes on August 10th, 2013.

Nighttime at Mammoth Lakes. Get a good night’s sleep before the big hike!

 

We celebrated Bill Cone’s birthday at Nevado’s with some strong margaritas (or was it just the altitude?) because what better way to aclimate to the 7000ft. elevation than with lots of alcohol?

The Hike Up

Ernesto and Eric waiting for our gear to be packed on the mules.
We were going to hike 7 miles into the wilderness and stay there for 5 days. Imagine lugging all of your painting supplies, tent, sleeping bag, and food up for a 2000ft. hike? Better yet, don’t. Hire a pack station to load 10 mules and a cook instead. Makes things sooo much better!
To find Lake Ediza, head through Shadow Lake.

A view of Mammoth Mountain from a tough switchback part of the trail.
Paul and Michele surveying the scene.
A pretty outlet of Shadow Lake about a third of the way up. Catch your breath, and maybe check your email for the last time…
Traversing the stream to get to the last leg of the trail.
 
We made it! There is no way to convey the difficulty of this hike in words, but there are some rough spots. Especially for those who aren’t regular avid hikers, but I will make sure next time to do some more hiking beforehand to warm up. The scenery is spectacular! I really didn’t do much for the rest of the day than rest and get used to being that high up on this Earth.

Getting Adjusted

The next morning was spent exploring this beautiful area in the morning. I wasn’t quite ready to paint yet, but I was feeling better about walking around and assessing just what we had to work with up here.
An incredible sunrise.
Paul getting ready to paint the morning light on the Minarets.

 

Mountain penstamons.

 

Beautiful trees in the morning.

 

Some of the interesting flowers of the area.
A waterfall in front of Mt. Ritter.

 

An alternate view of Ediza.

 

 

Figuring Out How To Paint These Things

Much of what I dedicated my brain power to as I painted up there was to figuring out just what sort of color I was really looking at on these rocks. Although from a distance they look like a uniform bleached gray, you can imagine how incomplete the depictions would be if you painted them so simply. There is a wealth of subtle color in these rocks, mainly because of a little principle called reflected light. A lot of warm color gets bounced into the ground-facing planes because of the warm green/yellow grass and sunlight-facing rocks. I found that I was using a lot more cobalt blue than usual as well. That primary blue color turned out to be very useful in the shadows.
Oil #1. 6×8″
Oil#2, 8×10″.
One of the neat things about going up there with so many other artists was watching everyone else’s approaches to painting this exotic scenery. Take Eric Merrell here for instance. He had a very deliberate methodical approach to painting outdoors. I don’t know if he always does this, but he staked a place that had a variety of subjects to paint, and did multiple studies from the same area, rotating his easel for every new painting. He found some very interesting designs and colors out there.
Oil #3, 11×14″.
Later on in the day I returned to a meadow I found higher up along the river which I believe is the San Joaquin. I had warmed up from the day’s painting and went a bit more ambitious on this one. This was one of my favorite paintings of the trip. I think I captured some of the early evening light in it and got a decent sense of scale and distance in it.

Continued at my blog………………..

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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

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One Year Later..

It’s been over a year since my last post. Admittedly, it’s just really hard to maintain and update a personal blog, a group blog, a cghub account, Facebook, tumblr, etc. Sorry I’ve once again neglected you, Gorilla Artfare!

So here’s some select pieces that I’ve done during my absence. I’m currently in search of a new full-time job and I’m more than happy to take on any freelance work in case anyone is looking for some art!

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A photo study
A photo study

marvel_vs_dc
land_of_streets
land_of_badguys
jungled
growth

A study from "Game of Thrones"
A study from “Game of Thrones”

garage_interior_final
bravefighter_advanced
bravefighter

A study from "Boardwalk Empire"
A study from “Boardwalk Empire”

the_hunt

 

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Concept artist and illustrator. More at http://www.robin-chyo.com

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Telluride Plein Air 2013: An Introduction To Mountain Paradise, Pt. 2

Thanks for following me along to the 2nd part of my trip to Telluride. If for whatever reason you missed the first part, click here: Link

Day 5

Today was the day of the infamous “Quick Draw.” The morning was spent framing everything so I didn’t have to worry about it in the evening. There’s nothing like being free of responsibility for at least a little while when it comes to these events, if even for a short while.

We had 1.5 hours to execute our quick-draw for the event. I actually shaved off even more time for this one because after I set up in the desired spot, I realized I had the wrong sized panel in my box for my frame! So I had to race back to my car, grab an 8×10″ panel and run back to my set-up, losing about 20 minutes in the process. So technically I executed this one in a little more than an hour. Pretty successful of a painting of this complexity for the time spent. I packed up as quick as I could to run back to the park where we were supposed to set up our painting for display and sale.

“Coffee Cowboy” 8×10 oil on linen mounted on board. Sold.
Congratulations to Erich Neubert who won the best quick-draw award. His was a sweet little painting of alleyway near the Opera House. Ok. NOW the responsibilities were over.

The event of the evening was the Artist Choice Award Gala and Sale. Another success for me! Not only did I win Second Place for Artist Choice(and a half-page ad in Southwest Art Magazine to go with that ribbon) but a sale too! Although it retailed for $550, the bidders drove it up to $900! Quite a shot to the arm wouldn’t you say??

After this, we went to Brown Dog Pizza to celebrate. I hung around and talked to Josh Been about art and business. Very interesting person to talk to about these things! Not only is he a really good painter, but he has some very unique, dare I say revolutionary ideas on how to market and sell work successfully as an independent landscape painter. He’s doing very very well and I hope someday he writes about what he knows, because I think he may have the potential to help a lot of artists with what he knows.

Day 6

The first day of the sale was a good test to see whether or not my strategy of painting a lot of small “affordable” works to show as many as possible. I would say it worked out well for me. After doing so many events where so few paintings sold, it was nice to see some come off the walls. On this day I sold “Coffee Cowboy,” “Swift Silhouettes,” and “Poppy-Art.”

Day 7

The next day was the 4th of July holiday, which brought many more people to downtown and the event with it. This meant many more sales to make up for yesterday’s thinner sales for the other artists. I sold “Lyrical Liquid” and “The Final Capture” early in the morning, but I think I was too engrossed in the painting I did to try and sell a whole lot to the passer-by’s. This painting took me all day to do, but I was happy enough with the results.

“Purple Petunias” 14×18 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $1500 Inquire here.
 
The show was now over and the artists were reasonably happy with the event and the sales. We said many goodbyes and got a little group together to go to Jill Carver’s place in Rico, which is about a half hour away. I just met her the day before, but she was super-nice to me and so I was excited to head over to her home and have a final pow-wow with other artists. She has some killer views being nestled in the Rockies, and her walls are very impressive! Not only did she have a good collection, but she had some of her great paintings up for display as well. It was so cool! I was so glad to spend the evening with her.
The view from Jill Carver’s house.

The Journey Home

Rather than re-trace my trip back through Salt Lake City and northern Nevada, I went south instead through northern Arizona. This meant that I could see parts of some areas that I had really wanted to see for a while.

On the outskirts of Monument Valley.

I got a chance to see the Grand Canyon for the first time! This was a very worthy detour, as you would expect it to be. It was weird, just as soon as I got near the canyon, it got very stormy with major rolling downpours passing through the area. It made for some very dramatic eye-candy.

Best believe I took plenty of photos!

Such a beautiful area, and fun to paint for someone who loves depicting atmospheric distance as much as I do! I met Bill Cramer in the Telluride event, and his Grand Canyon paintings are among some of my favorites. So his were fresh in my mind as I did my humble study. It would be a dream to come back and spend a week painting here. As luck would have it, there is a plein air event in the area. I will have to apply next year once I create some paintings of the Grand Canyon to put in my portfolio.

I got tired of getting sometimes-rained-on at the Grand Canyon so I went down to Flagstaff to check it out. I was pleasantly suprised at how much I enjoyed the area. I was not expecting an alpine community with mountains, ponderosa pines and aspen trees. Totally not what you think when you consider Arizona. I really ought  to come back and paint in this area. Very picturesque and possibly underrated due to its proximity to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. A thorough exploration of Arizona is definitely on the list of things to do in the future.

Mt. Elden and a farm in a pretty meadow near Flagstaff.
I stayed in Kingman along Route 66. The nostalgia of that number is the only thing they had going for themselves.
Desert Rain.
Once I made it back to California there wasn’t a whole else to excite me. Apologies to the fans of Barstow, Bakersfield, Fresno, and Modesto.
I loved my trip to Telluride. There was much to see along the way, there were a lot of good artists, the organizers were good, sales were good, and the location is beautiful. Does it live up to its reputation? I believe it does, although I do believe that as far as careers go, it’s more of a destination than a launch pad to greater things. It’s too early to say whether or not it will be a boost to my career, but the ad prize can be to my advantage if used smartly. Being an award winner I believe I will be asked to come back and I definitely would. I would urge serious plein air painters to keep applying to this event because I believe it does live up to its reputation as one of the top plein air events.

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Aurora Prints

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Hey guys!
I have a new print out now, click the image below if you’re interested in buying.
I also have a new facebook page www.facebook.com/artofrodluff if you’re interested.

Aurora print


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