Friday, September 23, 2011

Digital Landscape with Mike Humphries

6 x 8 in. Gouache on Illus Board. 2011

Today was our first day to go plein air painting at the Arboretum in Arcadia, CA and our instructor is the amazing Mike Humphries. He painted a demo that morning, emphasizing on painting background first and foreground last. Painting with opposite elements was also a key factor in his approach. Soft against hard, cool against warm, saturated against de-saturated, light against dark. I also noticed that he would push or pull certain objects to make for a more clarified painting, even if it wasn't true to what was really in front of him. The above painting was my work for the day. Thanks for the help Mike!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pause & Paint 1

Term 4: "Pause & Paint"
Assigned by Mr. Richard Keyes

Objective: Watch a movie, preferably in color! Pause the movie that has an interesting sense of color, value, and composition. You have 10 minutes to paint the entire scene. Go!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Colorado Bridge

Colorado Bridge. 3 x 10 in. Gouache on Paper. 2011

Every now and then the ACCD guys will head out to paint some landscapes. On this occasion Mr. Pavin Chaisua landed us a pretty sweet spot under the Colorado Bridge in Pasadena.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Heather. 16 x 20 in. Oil on Linen. 2011