Sunday, June 22, 2014

RECORDANDO A PIAZZOLA, watercolor on Arches

RECORDANDO A PIAZZOLA, watercolor on Arches paper, painted with a sponge and a credit card, 16x12". It doesn't sound possible to paint with a sponge and a credit card? It is not easy, but it is possible. The color was splashed and spread on the paper with the sponge, and the border of a credit card was used to make marks on the wet color, like for the  accordion, and some parts of the head of the player. Painted quickly, with secure strokes.

This painting is at the San Diego County Fair, in the DelMar Fairgrounds, till July 6. For sale, $450.-

Sunday, June 8, 2014

RED UMBRELLA, acrylic on canvas

RED UMBRELLA, acrylic on canvas, 16x12 "
This painting is part of my solo exhibition at Petrini's Restaurant, in Little Italy, San Diego.

Reading Ariana Huffington's recent book:  THRIVE, I found many pearls of wisdom, her own, and others' :
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." --Mikhail Baryshnikow.
 "You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace, that is already around your neck." --- Rumi

Friday, June 6, 2014

Asuntos de Familia, after Sofia Ruiz, watercolor

"Asuntos de Familia, after Sofia Ruiz", watercolor in my art-notebook.

Sofia Ruiz is a Costarrican artist. I learned about her in Costa Rica when I was there a couple of months ago. Her solo show: Asuntos de Familia, is a series of family portraits with the common denominator of internal tension within and between each family member. Her theme was: "who am I?" and Who am I for others? Who am I for me?
The question of identity is frequently seen in contemporary art. She affirms that "the loss of memory is the loss of identity", and cultivates her memories of her childhood as the inspiration point for this series.

Monday, June 2, 2014

NICE, FRANCE, watercolor

NICE, FRANCE, watercolor, 5x7"
This small watercolor was painted on location in Nice a couple of years ago. It is framed, and available in my studio-gallery at The Glashaus, in San Diego, California.

Remember: Balance, Unity, Movement, Proportion, Emphasis are the keys to your composition. And simplify, simplify, simplify!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CATEDRAL DE SAN MARCOS, Chile, watercolor

CATEDRAL DE SAN MARCOS, CHILE, watercolor on Arches paper, 9x12 in. painted on location during a cruise from Los Angeles, California, down South on  the Pacific Ocean to Chile and Argentina, in 2013.

Chasing the light. That's the key to watercolor: 1, Make a preliminary value sketch. 2, Adjust the composition to accommodate light and darks. 3, allow each layer to dry in between.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Puerto Varas, Chile, watercolor on Arches paper

PUERTO VARAS, CHILE, watercolor on Arches paper, 9x12 in.
This is one of the five paintings accepted for exhibition at the San Diego County Fair, THE FAB FAIR!, which opens June 7, and goes till July 6. Fine art, fun and games, in Del Mar.

At the Watercolor Biennial in Shenzhen, China, the need for international exchange was very strong, according to comments in the June issue of Watercolor magazine. There were people from all over the world. Linda Baker said: "I was moved not by the differences but by the sameness. We were one in the pursuit of art."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

READY TO GO, watercolor on Arches

READY TO GO, watercolor or Arches paper, 14x20 in. Painted on location in Säxnas, Sweden, last summer, READY TO GO has been accepted at the San Diego County Fair Fine Art exhibition 2014, along with four more paintings. SDCFair opens on June 7th, and lasts one month, till July 6th. Come visit us, have fun at the fair, and buy a painting!

"People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills...There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind...So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself."        --- Marcus Aurelius