Jun 19, 2015

A Few More Balboa Park Paintings

Marston House

Alcazar Garden Archway

Off The Beaten Path - Balboa Park


Jun 15, 2015

Balboa Park Paintings

Hey folks just a reminder......

This Sunday the 21st, Fathers Day, I'll be participating in Art of the Park Garden Show at the Marston House at Balboa Park.  Me and 6 other artists will be showing and selling paintings of Balboa Park from 11am to 4pm.  The event commemorates the centennial of the San Diego Exposition of 1915.  Music and food will be available as well as plenty of art to see. 

More info at http://www.sohosandiego.org/main/expogardenart.htm 

This painting, "Botanical Building" 11x14 - Oil, will be amongst my paintings.  Should be a nice day to be outside, hope to see you there!

Jun 7, 2015

A Few Recent Ones

This nice vista is only a few blocks from my home here in Hillcrest.  I titled it "Trail Off Curlew Street" and it's a 9x12 oil painted en plein air.  I love these little pockets vistas that just pop up in San Diego urban neighborhoods.  Sometimes you don't have to venture too far from your front door step to find a nice scene.

This 11x14 is the "Turf Club". located near down town San Diego in Golden Hills.  I was commissioned for this one and the client is more than stoked to have this one hanging on his wall.  It's a studio painting showing the restaurant/bar at dusk.  Loved doing this painting!

Been preparing a group of paintings of Balboa Park in celebration of the of 1915 World Expo.  All are invited to go the Marston House, located in Balboa Park to see not only my works but other local artists as well.  All paintings will be of Balboa Park.  The dates I will be there are June 21st and July 19th, from 11am to 4pm.  Click here to visit the Save Our Heritage Organisation website for more info.  This one is titled "Balboa Park Blues" and is 11x14.  I'll be posting more Balboa Park paintings soon.

Jan 29, 2015

More Urban

Wow, I cannot believe the month of January is almost over.  My wife and I returned from Colombia on 1/7 and I immediately dived into work, feels like I haven't had a chance to catch up on my art projects.  For what it's worth, happy belated New Year.  So here's the first post of 2015.  This one is titled "Urban Haze" and is 16x20.  I'm still exploring the bottom of Washington street here in San Diego, an area with endless painting possibilities.  Looking forward to doing more. 

Dec 8, 2014

Pacific Highway Glow

"Pacific Highway Glow" is a 12 x 24 painted in oil.  It's one I've been slowly painting for a while, nudging it this way, nudging it that way.  You know how it goes.  It is a scene underneath the Pacific Highway in San Diego at the bottom of Washington street. Behind the wall on left is a skateboard park.  I pass by this area a lot, and this particular time I stopped my car and took some reference pics.  The sun was setting and the concrete was aglow, just blazing orange.  The fact that the somebody's car lights were left on added a bit more interest.  That palm tree was so much fun to paint.  Love this area, a lot to paint there.

Nov 22, 2014

Here's a 12x12 that is one of the paintings featured at my current show at Bread & Cie Cafe.  It's of a restaurant in my neighborhood in San Diego.  It is iconic as it has a colorful history.  It opened in 1950 and closed in 1985.  It was once the most popular location in a family chain of pizzerias and was also a hot spot for movie stars, famous athletes and special events.  It recently went up for sale so I thought I'd document it before it goes away forever.  See "Moon Over Pernicano's", along with other paintings before the show ends on November 30th.  Bread & Cie is located at 350 University Avenue in San Diego.  Click here to read my latest newsletter and to see which paintings are still available from this show.

Nov 6, 2014

Outdoor Painter is a weekly digital newsletter that features artists, news and tips about plein air painting.  It is part of Plein Air Magazine, the premier magazine for the craft of plein air painting.  Editor/writer Bob Bahr did a little blurb about my use of limited palettes, complete with one of my recent paintings.  Thanks Bob and the folks at Outdoor Painter and Plein Air Magazine.  Click here to see the article.

Nov 5, 2014

This painting is of the main street in the neighborhood I live in.  Again, I chose my colors by using the gamut mask method.  I had an awesome time painting this.  I like how it's full of atmosphere.  Someone on Facebook described it as "that moment just before you reach up and pull down the visor in your car".  Thought that was pretty cool.  I'm really learning a lot by choosing my colors via the gamut mask, choices I probably would not have chosen otherwise.  This 8x10 painting is titled "92103" and was painted in oil.

Oct 30, 2014

This one was awesome fun!  I chose the gamut (colors) on site which consists of yellow/orange, blue/violet and blue/green.  With my normal warm/cool primary colors palette I probably would have dipped into each color.  The limited gamut palette kept me in check and I was still able to achieve the mood I was shooting for (a partly cloudy colorful San Diego fall morning).  8x10 - Oil.

There will be a artist reception on Friday, November 7th from 5 to 7pm for my next showing at Bread & Cie Cafe.  I know it's kind of an odd day and hour but I hope you can drop by. Bread and Cie will provide food and there will be alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages provided. The cafe is located in Hillcrest at 350 University Avenue.  The show will hang on November 5th and will continue thru the first week of December.  There will be 12 paintings total, all  new, including my last few posts on the this blog.  Would be nice to see you so come on out if you are able to!

Oct 28, 2014

Continuing the gamut masking method by James Gurney I tried this Donut Nocturne painting.  I used orange, violet and blue for this gamut mask.  Working from a photo I can see how the gamut mask can be a very useful tool.  It really helped to decide on a set color scheme and to not be so literal in trying to get the actual color in the photo.  This oil painting measures 8x10.

Oct 25, 2014

This was a fun one to paint here in my neighborhood.  For this one I used yellow ochre, transparent red oxide and ultramarine blue.  I like the sunlight and shadow conveyed in the this one and to me it fells like early morning light in a calm and tranquil alley.  I normally don't use transparent red oxide on warm/cool palette.  I was surprised how strong it is, like burnt sienna on steroids.  A little go a long way.  I'll be going back to this palette for sure.  This one measures 8x10. 

Oct 21, 2014

This 8x10 was painted at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego on the Pt. Loma peninsula.  Amazing how much color you can get with only three colors.  In this case I used ivory black, titanium white and burnt sienna.  It was a great lesson in making the most of a very limited palette, especially in terms of subtlety and tone.  Less is more in this case and I am looking forward to using the palette again.  In the small time I have switched over to try a variety of limited palettes I am very pleased with the results.  The last few paintings definitely have a different feel to them and by default each palette I have used creates a natural harmony.  Looking forward to exploring this more.

Oct 18, 2014

Hillcrest Mustang
8x10 - Oil

Here's one I'm pretty excited about.  I started experimenting with the gamut mask method from the teachings of James Gurney.  In this one I made red my dominant color and used greyed out blue and grey out green as the subordinate colors.  This limited palette helped me to keep the painting unified and furthermore helped to set a mood to the painting that I really like.  Though painted on site, the colors I chose were limited (only three) so I couldn't match exactly all the colors before me, I only got as close as I could.  Doing more with less in my opinion.  It was a huge departure from the warm/cool primary palette I normally use.  The car owner was super nice, he plugged the meter and didn't move his car so that I could finish the painting. 

Oct 14, 2014

This 8x10 plein air was painted at Balboa Park.  Just up the street is the Laurel Street Bridge that leads into the park.  Trying to inject mood and colors schemes I normally don't think about or use in my recent efforts.  After hanging the Benchmark Brewery show I realized a few things.  When all the paintings were hanging on the wall all the paintings pretty much looked the same in regards to shadow colors, sky colors, saturation of colors, values, etc.  Though the paintings did read nicely from afar and up close, I felt that there really wasn't any variety in terms of color, mood, values, etc.  So I need to work on that and hopefully this painting is the first of many down that road.  So far it's been a positive challenge trying different colors schemes and limited palettes.  Looking forward to posting these efforts.

Sep 30, 2014

The Benchmark Brewery paintings are now hung and ready for your viewing pleasure!  You can visit the brewery in person to view the exhibit, or you can click here to see online.


Sep 24, 2014

Morning Light Bath

On Tuesday the 30th of September I will have around 20 or so paintings hanging at Benchmark Brewery.  It finally happened, my paintings and craft beer has finally come full circle.  I have been a home brewer since 1989 so it was inevitable that some day those two worlds would meet up.  Most of the paintings are nature scenes like the one pictured here.  The venue requested the paintings from my website, plus I painted a few new ones as well (urban, cityscape).  I pulled all the paintings recently and it was interesting to see this grouping together because there is a span of about 6 years between the oldest paintings and the most recent paintings.  Interesting to see how much has changed, like a timeline of artistic growth.  There won't be an opening for this show so if you'd like to see it you can visit the website to view their hours.  And by all means contact me if you'd like to meet up for a brew and chat about art, that would be awesome!  It will be up for a while, probably through the rest of the year.   Sometime in late November they will be hosting several artisans at the brewery to promote their works.  Not sure of the date but I will post that later.  The brewery is located at 6190 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92120.  And their hours are Monday thru Thursday 3:00 - 8:00 pm,  Friday and Saturday 12:00 - 10:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 - 6:00 pm.  So drop by and enjoy some great beer and see some cool art!

Aug 26, 2014

This one is titled "Abierto", 18x24 painted in oil.  It's a liquor store in Baja California, Mexico.  One of many curious roadside attractions you will see if you travel south into Mexico from San Diego.  A lot of cool stuff to paint along this stretch.  This painting will be part of a show I am preparing for which will be at Benchmark Brewing Company in late September.  They have a nice tasting room at the brewery, as well as tasty beers whilst you enjoy the art.  More on the show and the exact date to come.

Jun 11, 2014

Awards & Telluride

This years art show at the San Diego County Fair is a strong one.  I was fortunate to have my 2 entries receive awards.  Congrats to all the artists for such a great show!

Been getting ready for the Telluride Plein Air Festival which is June 29th thru July 5th in Colorado.  Will be heading out via road trip on the 25th of June.  Haven't done a plein air event for a few years so I'm looking forward to doing that.  Also looking forward to taking my wife with me to see the beauty (her first time going) of my home state.  Been hitting the "art gym" preparing for the plein air fun that's just around the corner.  It's a strong group of artists and I'm looking forward to making some new acquaintances.  Gonna be awesome!

Apr 28, 2014

Freeway Sunset

This is a 12x16 of a freeway at sunset.  Just under the I5 North at the Pacific Highway on ramp at the bottom of Washington Street.  This area has some cool industrial elements like concrete tubes, old trucks, feral cats, etc.  I have painted plein air there a lot.  Recently the city has been cleaning up the area.  Bummer for me.   I was super attracted by the snake-like thrust from the shape of the bridge, and the colors of sunset really made it interesting as well.

Apr 11, 2014

My Dear Friend

This incredible lady is Ruth Savig. I have called her incredible since I was 16 years old. She's the first person who really encouraged me to do art, and eventually was my first mentor in scenic painting for the theater back in high school. I remember her bringing me art supplies back then as we simply could not afford them. One of my favorite persons in this world. This depicts her in a pensive moment in her painting duds. Been thinking about her more than usual because her husband passed away a few weeks ago. It was a spiritual experience doing this portrait of her. 8x10 - Oil - Linen

Mar 3, 2014

Earth Tone Palette

To change it up a bit I used and earth tone palette of burnt sienna, yellow ochre, black and white.  I was in the mood to simplify my palette and try something different.  With simplifying the palette the painting is more unified and harmonious.  This view is seen while driving west on I-8.  I managed to find this spot on a frontage road.  The building, the Serra Junipera Museum is usually painted from the side, in Presidio Park.  I also like this view off the side of the road.  It's a 9x12 plein air painted on a linen panel.

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Feb 7, 2014

Sunny Path

This is a plein air from another trip into the underbelly of Balboa Park, meaning an area of the park not visited by tourists.  Locals know areas like this for biking, walking and running.  And the occasional artist like myself likes to get lost in these windy trails as they provide endless painting possibilities.  This is a 6x8 painted in oil on linen panel.

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It looks like I'll be heading to Colorado this summer for the Telluride Plein Air Festival held June 29 - July 5, 2014. I haven't done a plein air event in a while so I'm pretty fired up about this one. Again, I'm honored to be juried into this popular event. Telluride is a beautiful little town in the mountains, an oasis for the outdoor painter. Last time I was there it was all work and no play and I wished I had my plein air gear with me. This will be a great time! Since I'm from Colorado I'll probably make it up north to see friends and family. Something to look forward to!

Also as of December I joined an online gallery called UGallery . They have been around since 2006 and represent around 500 artists. You have to get juried in to be a part of this gallery. I decided to try this to try my hand at online sales. They are based in San Francisco and have an office in New York. They are rapidly growing and sell art in over 35 countries. And they promote the artist, which of course is beneficial to me. Some of my more refined paintings will be at this gallery. You can check out my gallery here. You can also search other artists, genres, colors, styles, etc.  A lot of cool stuff there!

For my smaller paintings I opened a Daily Paintworks page where these pieces can be purchased for a decent price. It's a auction type art site where people can buy just about any style of art. I like how this site offers both an auction or "buy it now" option. Again, this is new and interesting to me so I'm going to try it and see how it goes. You can click here to visit the site or click the "Daily Paintworks" Gallery box on the right side of the page. Available paintings are also priced on my blog and website.

Jan 24, 2014

Alley Delivery

Wow it's been a busy start to the new year thus far.  I received some art books for Christmas and have since buried my nose into these gems.  That and a busy work schedule means a little less painting for now.  But reading books about artists and also books about technique seems to stir the pot for me in a good way.  For me I feel recharged and eager for the next phase of my artistic development.  Here's a 6x8 oil painting on linen panel  It's an alley scene that caught my eye, especially the bold diagonals and strong shadow pattern.  I have a few alley paintings in mind that I hope develops into some larger works.

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Jan 16, 2014

Amazonian Lily Pond

First post of 2014!  Ringing in the new year with an old image (painted from a photo) and one I've been wanting to paint for quite a while.  The pic/reference is from a trip I took to Peru back in 2001.  It's a 6' x 6" painted in oil on linen panel.  I was looking at pics from that trip, a lot of possibilities for other paintings. Back then I had a small Elph camera but it wasn't digital.  Managed to take a few hundred pics from that trip.  Funny, on my few trips to Colombia these last few years I've taken thousands of pictures with my digital camera, not having to worry about how many pics I can take because I'm not limited to a 36 exposure roll of 35mm film.  Anyway, hopefully more paintings will result from that trip.

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Dec 4, 2013

New Painting, Holiday Sale & Upcoming Event!

Signed Out

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With the beginning of December my annual holiday art sale is in full gear.  Get 40 percent off almost everything on my website that is unsold. Give the gift art or own a piece of San Diego real estate!  Nothing over $300 for these unframed sizes:  6x6, 6x8, 8x10, 9x12, 11x14 and 12x16.

Please note with the exception of "Signed Out", (pictured), all my 6x6 and 6x8 paintings are currently on view and for sale at Artisan Collection Gallery for upcoming Holiday on Adams Avenue event scheduled for Saturday, December 14th. Inquiries about 6x6 and 6x8 sizes please contact the gallery owner Shirley at 619-294-7089.  If you go to the event on the 14th and visit her gallery between 3:30 and 5:30pm receive 10 percent off any of my paintings.  More info below.

Inquiries for paintings 8x10 or larger can be made directly to me.  I can send you a price list.  Slap a piece of awesome up on that bare wall!

Dec 3, 2013

6" Squared Art Show

This Saturday the 7th will be an artists reception for 6" Squared at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA.  As the title suggests, all works in the show will be 6" x 6".  This is the fourth year for the show and my first time entering and participating in the fun.  Hundreds of works of framed art will be on display and reasonably priced for the holidays. My two entries are Glazing in the Sun and Foggy Commute.  I am excited to be a part of the show and I look forward to the reception.  The gallery is located at 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  The reception hours are from 6 to 9 pm.  Click here to see the online show.  The show runs thru December 20th.


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Nov 24, 2013

Made In The Shade

Here's on I painted just outside the Mt. Woodson golf course in Ramona.  It was a nice crisp morning, the air had a fall bite in it.  It is 6x8 and is a plein air piece.

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Nov 19, 2013

A Couple Of Recent Ones....

The flower fields of Carlsbad, CA is an awesome sight to see. Pure color for the senses. I like this for the workers on the horizon line.  6" x 6" - Oil

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The one below is a view of Petco Park at downtown San Diego, CA.  I see this view each morning when taking my wife to her job.  6" x 8" - Oil

Oct 25, 2013

Festival Time!

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Well I'm finally going to try an art festival.  Not sure what to expect but what the heck, sounds like fun. The festival is the Ramona Art & Wine Festival and it will be held for one day only on Saturday, November 2nd at the Amy Strong Castle just outside of Ramona.   Aside from wine and art, the festival will also have food, including local chefs from various restaurants. Click here if you'd like more info about this festival. I got lucky for my first festival as I didn't need to purchase a tent because the organizers put me inside of the castle on the second level balcony.  There will be artists inside the castle and also outside the castle.  So to prepare for this festival I've been painting small and affordable works, mainly 6x6's and 6x8's.  I will also bring many of my larger and framed works which will be for sale as well.  Pictured in this post are three painting I'll be taking up there with me.  The first is of the organ pavilion in Balboa Park.  The second is a small portrait.  And the third is a painting of the castle itself, which sits next to a golf course.  I plan on selling these unframed with the option to the buyer to purchase a mini easel to put the painting on.  Well that's that.  Hope all goes well!

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Sep 28, 2013

California Art Club Show

The San Diego chapter of the California Art Club will host Landscapes of the West, a showing of original paintings by San Diego artists.  Two of my works was accepted for the show, which opens on October 8th and runs thru January 11th, 2014. Artist reception is October 5th from 4:00 - 6:00pm at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum located at 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon, CA. Glad to be a part of this strong group of artists.  Come out if you can!

Sep 19, 2013

Washington & Pacific Highway

Oil/masonite panel
Plein air


This was painted at a bus stop at Washington and Pacific Highway in San Diego, CA.  Another bridge painting in my continued fascination with these structures and how they integrate into the landscape. I like the different angles in this as well as the sign in the extreme foreground, which pulls the viewer into the painting.  This area is awesome, lots of junky and interesting things to paint.  Will be back there soon enough.

Sep 12, 2013

Cabrillo Bridge

Plein air


This one was painted on Cabrillo Bridge, the bridge that goes into Balboa Park.  This was a plein air commission.  Glad I got to do it as I've been wanting to paint this view for some time now. For a plein air painter, you pretty  much can't go wrong from painting in any location in the park.

Sep 5, 2013

Sunset At Balboa Park

Oil/masonite panel
Studio painting

This painting is of a section of Balboa Park at sunset, the building east of the lily pond.  Under the eucalyptus tree on the left, the woman who commissioned it asked her then boyfriend to marry her. She is going to give this to him for their anniversary. Pretty cool!  This is painted a bit tighter than I would normally paint as the client wanted a little more detail in the building and trees.  She is happy with it so I am happy with it as well.  Love doing the commissions!

Aug 29, 2013

Trail At Marian Bear Park

Oil/masonite panel
Plein air


Marian Bear park is a place where you forget that you are in San Diego. Because the park is so tranquil, you also forget that 2 major highways straddle the east and west side of the park. Natural San Diego at its best! Love painting there, no doubt about that. In the mornings it's so colorful, with the light raking in and softening the foliage. When I'm in the mood for something non architectural this is the place.  Plenty of little critters to keep you company as well.

Aug 23, 2013

Bread & Cie 2

Studio painting

Since the first "Bread & Cie" painting sold, I was asked to do another for a couple that relocated from San Diego to Oregon.  They wanted a piece of San Diego to take with them and this cafĂ© was a favorite spot of theirs for many years.  Ahhh the memories.  But now they own a piece of San Diego real estate.  This version is different from the first one I painted (click here) as the view is farther away and at a slight angle.  I like the way the cars help to frame the painting. 

Aug 15, 2013

River Valley

Oil/linen panel
Plein air

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There are tons of beautiful farms nestled in the valleys of Darien, Colombia.  I was fortunate to have stumbled upon this one.  On this day the clouds were hanging low and the air was breezy and refreshing.  The terrain is amazing, with tall rolling hills and lush green meadows, with many lakes and rivers.  I often think how much fun it would be to get a group of artists together and plan a trip to this area.  The hotels and transportation are affordable and the people are very friendly.  Truly a plein air painters paradise.

Aug 8, 2013

15FT - 2IN

Oil/masonite panel
Plein air

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This is a typical scene of late for plein air painters in San Diego:  marine layer, marine layer, marine layer. Usually this time of year the sun is out early in the day and paintings full of sunshine and shadows abound.  But this year it's obviously different, and that's okay because I'm still doing what I love to do.  Though most plein air painters I know prefer the sunshine, I can take it either way. Though I'm slow painter in general I can be a little more patient on overcast days because there are no shadows to chase and bright sun glaring upon me.  This particular scene is at the bottom of Hawthorne near India Street.  Looking forward to more grey paintings in the near future.

Jul 30, 2013

Cat Nap

Oil/masonite panel
Studio painting

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I caught this gentle giant relaxing from a long day while chilling out to another glorious San Diego sunset.  I really like this one and it was a joy to do.  It looks really sharp in its dark chocolate frame with pale gold interior border. It's been a construction frenzy here lately.   A lot of construction in my neighborhood equals more of these paintings to come.

Jul 23, 2013


Oil/masonite panel
Plein air

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This painting was done on a hot morning in Colombia, in the neighborhood of my mother-in-law.  Though it was painted in Colombia you can get the impression that it could have been painted anywhere.  Buried in all my recent San Diego plein air paintings, I found a few more from Colombia that I haven't posted yet.  The high horizon line and the ascending path caught my eye for this one.