I have not posted work here in a long time, so just going to put some of my really recent work. This is probably 10% of what I've done this month, and to be frank, I can not really stand the work prior to this month.
These are all done in a twisted type of plein air, no idea what to call it, live painting seems trite, often in the dark, inside, while I am reporting on what is happening around me, trying to capture the impression. Unplain air? None of this is planned, its just haphazardly started in the center. Every once in a while its an actual real plein air. Often its done at the jazz jam, painting the local jazz scene which includes some world class musicians.
I have adopted an attitude of just doing, often these are done in 10-20 minutes, a few take 30-40 mins, and in a few hours will have 10-15 paintings piling up, my goal here is mileage. These are mostly done on arches 10x14 pads, which I am getting 2-3 pads of a week, or on my canson mixed media sketchbooks ( again 1 or 2 a week ).
I see lots of mistakes in these, things which I really would just fix, but then I'd have to slow down. If I were to carefully draw a figure, it would be a lot more accurate, but I am often just swooshing with a big wet romp of paint. Every so often I do this just to get myself tame, but the goal is the momentum, the energy. I am trusting the practice, after I do this week after week, I am noticing that I am just getting knack for it just working out, this is what I am trying to develop.
My goal is to just keep this up, and trusting that the work will improve. I see them are somewhat good, somewhat lacking, they are what they are. Its that judging, being critical, which is the enemy of being creative, so I just want to let the pictures speak for themselves - if I didn't catch a likeness, its kind of like, well duh, I saw you for 10 seconds, or course I didn't, these are gestures.
And yes I am seeing myself improving, but I think I got to keep this pace up for a few years before I get where I want to go.
Again a lot of what I am describing here, comes from how jazz is taught, it is all about improvisation, about just not judging, rather just being in the moment and if you get a wild hare, you run with it. There is planned music, but its also planned in a way that lets the solo show off. Watercolors are my solos. The pencil marks are my plans.
I have discovered a new way of making a mark. I take my brush, often a flat or a neptune dagger, and I load it up with juicy paint. Then I watch the drummer and copy how he hits the drums, so I am making marks, improvising along with the music ( that is a jazz thing, I am treating how I do my art, as if I am a jazz musician whose instrument is the brush ). There is mark where the brush hits, but there is also a splatter line of paint that escaped the brush in motion. But its controllable in a very loose way, and it feels like the music around me.
I am really liking the black and whites, they seem stronger, I am hoping to have my color work catch that same feeling eventually. Everyone who comments mentions the black and whites.
now for the pieces.
This was a political committee meeting, I sketched all the politicians coming to speak, and the crowd. At the end I painted a few watercolors, this is the local head of the party. Great figure drawing opportunity, we need more art in politics.
A jazz jam up in vista at a brewery
Another beach, this is la jolla cove, there are Rex Brandt paintings done from this exact spot.
Art show by a local gallery in a bar
These are done at the Jazz jam, a live music event where the audience is called up to play.
Art museum event ( based on their exhibit of spanish art )
Finally a plein air ( this was done outside of san diego pride, the statue is of Kate Sessions, the founder who planted our Balboa park )
And some real plein airs, done with the SDWS at a paint out, in Coronado.