Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"An Evening On Nan St."
oil on board
18 x 24

I was helping my brother move. It was either a Saturday or Sunday, we were moving stuff the entire weekend. On one of the last trips to the new house with a packed truck, tired and blank in the head, i got off the truck, looked up and saw this spectacular sight.

Wow! was the first thought that entered my mind, followed by a peaceful and serene feeling.

Scenes like this are very typical this time of year, and all one has to do to see them, is step outside, and look up at the right moment.


this painting, along with many more to follow, will be part of a solo show at Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, on November 19 2011, from 6pm to 8pm.

Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

show runs from Nov 19 2011 to Jan 14 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

oil on panel
6 x 8

(no roaches were harmed while making this was already dead when i found it)

Found: Failed Dream
oil on board
8 x 8

this is the first in a series of paintings of objects I find while out in the streets.
I found this lotto scratcher while out on my bike one day.

This piece of paper was very valuable to someone. So much hope was put into it, until it failed to make dreams come true, then it was torn and tossed away with anger. $2 down the drain.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"This Was Once A Tree"
oil on board
9 x 12

The power went out in my neighborhood the other day. I figured that since all of my electronics that usually serve the purpose of distracting me were now useless, I'd set up my easel outside and paint en plein air.

As a subject, i chose the one responsible for not delivering said electronic devices their power, this giant pole that was once a tree, now burdened with the task helping our power cables make their way around our world, one of thousands, if not millions, that dot our landscape and have become part of the many modern things that we completely ignore.

I drew my composition with raw umber, and begun painting the sky in when i had to somewhere so i couldn't continue. The next night i was looking at the progress I had made, and decided on working on the painting from memory.

It came out great, thanks to my initial lay in during the composition part, i had enough information on the board to be able to comfortably continue with not much of a problem as to the details, the colors i took a liberty with and simply remembered what they looked like. No strenuous thought as to remember the exact colors, i just used the first impression that came to mind.