Wednesday, October 31, 2007

tootsie pop #2 5.5x7

I installed a new operating system tonight and Photoshop stopped working. I managed to transfer the image to my wife's computer and then edited it there. What a hassle! I hope I can fix this.
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ponderosa Bridge 7x7

This is a great place to swim. In the summertime there's a rope swing hanging from the bridge.

This painting is available through my new gallery, Kasini House.

Monday, October 29, 2007

cut pomegranate 8x4

There's not as great a variety of produce this time of year but there are some interesting things that you can't find during the spring or summer. I like the insides of pomegranates. they remind me of wasp's nests.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

spicy tuna 7x5.5

I went out to Tokyo Sushi with my son this evening. We had a fine meal and I showed my other sushi paintings to the owner. She really liked them.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rattlesnake Bar 7x7

I finally had time to get out and paint another landscape. Rattlesnake bar is a fer miles from my house. It's where the north fork of the American River enters Folsom Lake.

Friday, October 26, 2007

reese's 4x4

painted some more candy, Halloween is the only time that we have any around. Peanut butter cups have always been among my favorites. If I eat more than two i tend to get a little sick.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

rose #3 8x4

I'm not sure what kind of rose this is. My wife planted it. It was still blooming at 10:00 p.m. when I picked it for this painting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

jolly rancher #2 4x4

I broke out the halloween candy a little early tonight.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

radish 8x4

I like the complimentary color scheme of this one. I think roots make nice subjects when the plants are still attached. The contrast between the radish and the leaves was a kick to paint.

Monday, October 22, 2007

egg #6 6x6

I always like painting eggs. Their combination of textures is always challenging.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

sushi #5 5.5x7

This is the final painting in my sushi mini series. I like the warm pinks and oranges in this bit of shrimp.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A zombie a day?

here's a little side project I started with my students a week or two ago. Ostensibly created in anticipation of halloween, I suspect it was more to assuage my growing desire to draw monsters. I've set up a blog as a gallery that you can see here.

sushi #4 5.5x7

Another sample from Tokyo Sushi. Octopus.

Friday, October 19, 2007

sushi #3 7x5.5

This is saba (mackerel). It's one of my favorites. I picked this up from Tokyo Sushi in Folsom. It's a great sushi bar, one of Folsom's best kept secrets.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

sushi #2 7x5.5

I had so much fun painting the one last night that I went out and bought this at a local sushi bar this evening. Sushi is a great subject. It has lots of interesting colors and different textures.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

sushi 7x5.5

My wife treated me to sushi this evening and I saved some for painting this evening.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

mirror ball #2 5.5x7

This is a stainless steel ball used for contact juggling. I don't know how to contact juggle. I bought it on line specifically for painting

Monday, October 15, 2007

sledge hammer 5.5x7

This is a small sledge hammer I found the other day. I was attracted to the distressed handle.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

pumpkin 5.5x7

I'm surprised that I hadn't painted a pumpkin until now. This is one of the really small ones that seem to be all shell. It seems like they're mostly used for decoration. I'm glad it had a nice long stem. I like the cast shadow that the stem makes on the pumpkin. I think it really helps to define the volume.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

gourd 7x5.5

I like how orange this thing is.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Rick 5.5x7

Rick is the manager of Chicago Fire Pizza which opens downtown October 16. He's also a super nice guy.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Paul 5.5x7

This is my friend paul. We were both working at Chicago Fire Pizza tonight trying to get ready for the opening this weekend. I just had to do some last minute work on their mural. I had intended on painting another landscape this evening on the river but it was kind of overcast and the light was pretty flat. Instead I managed to talk Paul into sitting still for me for an hour or so.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Folsom levee 7x7

This is the road on top of one of Folsom Lake's many levees. There were a few joggers and cyclists out on it this afternoon after a pretty hard rain this morning. It's a nice vantage point. I'll probably paint out there again sometime.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Cool limestone quarry 7x7

This is the view from across the canyon of Middle Fork of the American River just outside of Auburn. I had just set up my easle and was getting ready to start painting when a truck and trailer pulled off at my turnout. It was my mom and her husband Richard who were on their way home from a ride in Cool. Auburn's a small town but it's not that small! It was a nice coincidence seeing them.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

apple #2 6x6

This is a pink lady apple left over from a cycling event that my wife created and promoted. I knew I wouldn't have time to get out to paint any landscapes this weekend so I defaulted to what I could control. Yesterday's strawberry was also from her event. It was a lot of work but very fun and a big success for the first year. It's called the Princess Promenade and you can read more about it here.

Friday, October 05, 2007

lake 5.5x7

I'm not sure what this little lake is called. The Bear River Canal empties into it near highway 49 in Auburn. I got rained on while I was painting this. It was actually quite cold.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

No Hands Bridge 6x6

This is No Hands Bridge. It's just down stream of the confluence of the north and middle forks of the American River. It's an historic landmark in Auburn. There's a pretty interesting history of it here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bear River 6x6

This is the bear river at Dogbar. It's just down stream from the bridge. My mom used to take my sister and I here in the summer time when we were kids. It's still a pretty nice area. I think I'll come here to paint again. I like this one. I came pretty close to what I was shooting for.
The thing about landscapes is that I have to plan a bit more otherwise I waste a lot of time driving around looking for something to paint. With still life, I just set something up and go for it. No travel necessary.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Folsom Lake 6x6

Well, I guess this is what's left of Folsom Lake. It's pretty low right now.

Monday, October 01, 2007

palm #3 4x8

I like painting palms. This one is near my house by a park called Poenix Field. The clouds today were a nice bonus.