Thursday, May 5, 2016

SUNSET AT BACK BAY by TOM BROWN

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Mark Webster - Canary Islands Palette Knife Acrylic Landscape Painting

Mark Adam Webster

Mark Webster - Canary Islands Palette Knife Acrylic Landscape Painting - Av Rafael Puig, Arona,Tenerife, CN, España.  11x14" Acrylic on Canvas





Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mark Webster - Abstract Geometric Futurist Peacock Oil Painting


Mark Webster - Abstract Geometric Futurist Peacock Oil Painting.
12x12" Oil on Stretched Canvas.






TIPS ABOUT SKETCHING PEOPLE IN PUBLIC by TOM BROWN

One of the fastest ways to improve your skills at drawing or painting the figure is to sketch people in public places. Cafés and coffee shops, waiting rooms, bookstores, grocery stores, parking lots, wherever.
     Be aware that you won’t be able to complete most sketches before the person leaves or changes position. That’s okay; any practice helps. Get down whatever you can, starting with what’s most important at that moment with that particular subject. It could be the overall gesture, or their clothing or hairstyle, or whatever caught your attention. Get that down first.
     It’s okay to leave lots of sketches incomplete. Many of mine are incomplete, but they’re still good practice. And if you can take a sketch a bit further by working from memory, go for it.
     I sketch whenever I get the chance; mostly because I enjoy sketching. It’s my version of doodling. But most of the people I start to sketch in public places move or leave before I’m finished, so I just move on to the next one. And I’m fine with that.
     I like to look for people in situations where they look settled in, at least for a short time. Then I capture whatever I can, sometimes completing a nearly-finished sketch from memory. That’s great practice too.
     Often I get the pencil portion complete but the person leaves before I finish the “painting” part I planned to do. So I just complete the final touches from memory. That’s what happened here.
     This guy was the real deal, and seemed totally unselfconscious despite his dramatic appearance. He was chatting with a truck driver over lunch at an outdoor fast food place where my wife and I had stopped.
     At places like this I often carry my pocket-sized “stealth-kit” for just such an opportunity, and in a flash I did the quick pencil sketch shown below. Then I began painting directly on top of the pencil sketch while he was still there. I got much of it done before they left, and completed the final touches while everything was still fresh in my mind.
     One neat thing about my “stealth-kit” is how compact it is. So it’s easy to take anywhere, even into coffee shops, restaurants and other public places without calling attention to it.
     It’s small enough to fit in my pocket, yet it holds a very small palette of paints, fresh panels like this painting is done on, a thin storage box to carry the wet paintings, a couple of brushes, pencils and a couple of other items I use.
     People don’t usually pay any attention to me because I probably look like I’m making notes in a journal or notebook while I’m actually sketching or painting. And when I’m finished, everything fits inside, including the wet painting.
     I’ll be sharing details about all this in my new Figure Drawing & Painting Workshop that starts soon. If you live in the area you might want to join us. I have SO MUCH TO SHARE, and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. Here are the details in case you’re interested:
     WORKSHOP DETAILS:
Meetings are on Saturdays May 14 to June 18 from 1pm – 3:30pm in a large studio at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. To enroll today call the Irvine Fine Arts Center at 949-724-6880, and refer to class #166138.
     If you have more questions, email me at tombrownstudio@cox.net   I’d love to see you there!
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Abstract Mixed Media Seascape Painting "MANHATTAN BEACH SUNSET" by California Artist Cecelia Catherine Rappaport

 FRESH OFF THE EASEL....


 Abstract Seascape Painting

 16"x20" Mixed Media on Board/Available

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Mixed Media Painting "Painted Head" by California Artist Cecelia Catherine Rappaport



 Abstract  Painting

 12"x10" Mixed Media on Paper

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Mark Adam Webster - Adrina - Abstract Geometric Futurist Figurative Ink Drawing

Mark Adam Webster

Mark Adam Webster - Adrina - Abstract Geometric Futurist Figurative Ink Drawing.

9x6" Ink on Bristol Board.





SIGN UP NOW, NEW FIGURE WORKSHOP with TOM BROWN

Painting and drawing the figure is exciting and fun. Even if you are a first-time beginner you will find it very easy because of the way I’ve designed new this workshop. And I’ll give you lots of personal attention if you wish.
     We’ll be painting or drawing clothed figures, working from photos I provide. Or if you’d prefer to work on your own projects like family portraits or other subjects that’s fine too.  
     Plus I have loads of other exciting things to share with everyone. Like how I use my pocket “stealth kit” to sketch in cafés and coffee shops. It’s great fun, and it will improve anyone’s drawing and painting skills more than you could guess. Check out tomorrow’s blog post for more about that.
     WORKSHOP DETAILS:
Meetings are on Saturdays May 14 to June 18 from 1pm – 3:30pm in a large studio at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. To enroll today call the Irvine Fine Arts Center at 949-724-6880, and refer to class #166138.
     If you have more questions, email me at tombrownstudio@cox.net   Hope to see you there!
CLICK HERE for today’s 12x9” oil painting.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE UGLY AND THE PRETTY by TOM BROWN

CLICK HERE for this original oil painting in my eBay auctions.
     What I found so interesting here was the contrast between the “ugly and pretty” elements of this scene. The plain concrete structure with no artistic ornamentation or decorative qualities and the beautiful palm tree gracefully swaying in the breeze next to it.
     I discovered this on a backstretch of what had been the famous El Toro Marine Corps base here in Southern California.
     It’s a historic location. During its active years every US President since WWII had landed at this famous airfield in Air Force One.
     I had painted on this airfield in the past, during the filming of a couple of episodes for my plein air TV show. I had felt very honored to have been asked to do so.
     The base had then been decommissioned and was to become the site of the Orange County Great Park, and the buidings I captured in paintings during those shows were scheduled for demolition.
     In fact during the last episode we shot here the TV crew filmed me painting one of the control towers even as it was being destroyed. The next day it was gone forever.
     Somehow the ancient building in today’s painting seems to have been temporarily overlooked, so when I happened upon it I decided to preserve it in this oil painting before it disappeared too.
     As a point of interest I’m showing a photo of the site along with my interpretation of it. Other artists who follow my blog often comment that they appreciate seeing both the “camera’s view” as well as the painting, so the photo is for them. Enjoy!
If you have questions or comments I’d love to hear from you. Email me at tombrownstudio@cox.net

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