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Friday, July 1, 2011

Watercolor Demo #4: July 2, 2011

Imagination Landscape loosely based on daytime oil  landscape painting by James McNeil Whistler. I used two colors only: Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.

Demonstration Painting for Kaaren Robertson's Watercolor Class
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education
8"x12" June 2011
Collection of the Artist 

Watercolor Still Life Demo #3 July 1, 2011

In 1989 I returned to the Gardens of Giverny to the home of Claude Monet. I purchased a large quantity of silk flowers at the garden, which I had shipped home, thinking I would use them for still-life painting, some day. It's funny they've been sitting in that box, unopened, for 21 years, until I was asked by Kaaren Robertson to substitute for her watercolor painting class...

So, with a single light sourse, I set up a still life for the class to work from, using the flowers I've been saving for all this time.

I kinda like painting in watercolors (again)

Vase of Flowers
14x12 June 2011
Private Collection 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Watercolor Still Life Demo #2 June 30, 2011

Watercolor Still Life painting

Demonstration painting for Kaaren Robertson's Watercolor Class
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education
June 2011

Vase of Flowers
15x12 2011
Collection of the artist

Watercolor Demo #1 June 29, 2011

Demo for Kaaren Robertson's Watercolor class.
14x11, 2011
Private collection 

Monday, June 27, 2011

LA Painting: Mas Graffiti Art. June 28, 2011

Graffiti Art is everywhere. No wonder it is an actual form of art, earning it's place in post modern 20th Century.

Some of it is pretty darn good, too!

I once helped hang a show consisting of Graffiti Art at the Cabrillo Arts Center in Santa Barbara. The Curator of the exhibition informed me of the following: Tagging, is when one person spray paints his mark, or graffiti, over another's mark, or graffiti. The sprayer is the "Tagger".

In some gang circles this is considered an act of war, and blood must be spilled.
In dark neighborhoods the graffiti lasts a longer time, but eventually it gets whitewashed over; destroyed, like a Tibetan Sand Painting...

Nothing lasts forever.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

L.A. Painting: Oprah's Magic Bus June 27, 2011

Money isn't everything but it can sure move you into the right neighborhoods.

In the darkened streets of the LA Arts District, we were surprised to see this iconic box-car on wheels stuffed away under a street light.

This bus, appeared out of the shadows. Judging by the size and grandeur of the names painted on it, it it was like a rolling Hollywood walk of fame.

I couldn't help but compare this concept to Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's Magic Bus called,"Further". Only today, few know or remember who Ken Kesey was, and who in the hell were the Merry Pranksters?

What did William Shakespeare say? "What's in a name?" (This was a loaded question).
The bus is like a rolling Black and White Billboard where the name of the game is: the names in the game draw fame. I thought it was the Oprah Bus (The Biggest name gets Top Billing of course), but I was mistaken. The prankster's have the names plastered on its side: names like, Steven Colbert, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, etc., which is cool. Apparently they put out more money toward this cause than most).

It's all about ADVERTISING! I've seen Buses at Rock Concerts with marques on them stating, "Know One You Know". So there's the dichotomy; famous names verses the nameless.

This bus has a history worth checking out. Google "". The whole concept is based on international collaboration; to create a one second animated film showing 12 paintings, documenting it, then show a list of names of supporters/producers up on the silver screen at the end of the show, for one hour! Kind of a strange idea, but... it's a non profit fund raiser with good intentions; the money raised will go to a worthy cause to benefit The Global Fund for Women.

I noticed the bus was tagged by a graffiti artist. (Is nothing sacred any more?) I guess not, if you are a graffiti artist vying for fame; all the world is your canvas!