Monday, June 26, 2017

Wallace and the Painted Ladies

I brought Wallace to the newly reopened Alamo Park this afternoon.

Back to donating platelets

DCI West at Stanford

I had so much fun at the DCI West show at Stanford last night. I didn't go with my usual group, but took my friend, Sueann, with me and we had a ton of fun.

I was so happy to see Jana, who I haven't seen in well over 15 years, I think. We marched together in Kingsmen in 1991, and have always had such a nice connection.

We enjoyed so many if the shows last night. It's going to be a great season! By far, my favorite was the Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni Corps (celebrating SCV's 50th Anniversary). I have several friends marching in it, and it was so wonderful to see them all out on the field together.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Completed "Wallace" Oil Painting!!

oil on canvas
36" x 36"

I finished my Enormous Wallace Head painting!

This painting has been so much fun to work on, and I'm really amazed at how much I learned from it. I realized early on that it's so much different from any of the other paintings that I've done. Most of my paintings/compositions are much more structured. I often have to take a lot of time measuring and sketching the image on the canvas before putting any paint on it.

This one was so much different. When I looked back at the progression of this painting I realized that I had barely sketched anything at all. Just a very basic outline of Wallace's head. I suppose I could have been a lot more careful and precise with it, but I enjoyed how much more loose this process felt.

One of the things I learned the most about was color and temperature. I've always had a hard time with both, and this one was all about color and temperature. Dean helped me a lot with mixing colors and getting them just right.

For my own notes:

The shadow colors:

warm tones: 2 parts blue to one part orange, mixed with white
cool tones: yellow ochre mixed with a tiny bit of black, then mixed with white

During my last session, I worked on just a few things:

I cooled down the shadows of his chin so that the were softer. I was able to do this with a wash, and it was very effective.

I spent most of the time working on the lettering of Wallace's name on his bandana. I knew it wouldn't be easy, and it did prove to be quite a challenge!

I'm very happy with how this painting turned out, and it was really one of the most enjoyable painting experiences I had. I really did get a chuckle every time I stepped back to look at it.

It was also very fun to have Wallace with me in Dean's studio to model for us. He was patient, and slept a lot as we checked colors up against him. :)

The best thing about this painting is the sizes. It's 36" x 36", which is so enormous for the subject matter. I know the size adds to the "Pop Art" of it, and I'm thrilled with that.

The original photograph

Basic outline on the canvas

progression of the first session

End of the First Session

Second Session

Third Session

Fourth Session

Fifth Session

Wallace passed out on the job during the Sixth Session

Completed Painting

Modeling is hard work!

Wallace with the finished painting

Happy Pride!!


First Training Walk of the Season

We had our first official training walk for the 2017 Immediate Impact Walk this morning. For some reason, my walking app (Walkmeter) didn't send me a link to show a map like it usually does, so I had to take a smaller screenshot. We did a 8-9 mile walk from the Presidio to the Ferry Building and back. It was a foggy morning, but a fun and leisurely walk!

Milpitas High School Class of '87 30th Reunion

What a fun evening!! Many thanks and kudos to the Reunion committee who worked so hard to put the Milpitas High School Class of '87 30th Reunion together!

The reunion was held at Brandon's Restaurant in Milpitas. We had the entire restaurant, which was really fantastic. We also had a record-attendance for any of our class reunions: about 140 people!!

It was great fun to catch up with so many friends that I hadn't seen in 20 or 30 years!!