Thursday, April 28, 2016

6th Street Bridge Reflections - Los Angeles Bridges - Los Angeles River Bridges - Urban Art

 
"6th Street Bridge Reflections" 24"x 24" oil on panel

Another view of this Los Angeles icon - this time at night. To learn more about the 6th Street Bridge in L.A. read the recap below from my last post.

If you are interested in seeing a quick video showing how this painting came together then CLICK HERE to see it on my YouTube channel.

If you follow my work on Facebook then you are probably aware of my current bridge obsession. It started when I heard that the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was being torn down. Sadly, it is no longer structurally sound so the city is replacing it with an amazing new modern structure that promises to be more unique than the original.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6th Street Bridge on a Saturday - 6th Street Bridge Artwork - Original Painting of the 6th Street Bridge - Historic Bridge Painting




"6th Street Bridge on a Saturday" 8"x10" oil on panel
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If you follow my work on Facebook then you are probably aware of my current bridge obsession. It started when I heard that the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was being torn down.

You know this bridge even if you don't "know this bridge" because it's been in dozens of movies and commercials. Grease was probably the most watched movie it made an appearance in. It's an iconic location in downtown L.A.Sadly, it is no longer structurally sound so the city is replacing it with an amazing new modern structure that promises to be more unique than the original.

I'd always wanted to paint it and after learning of the bridge's imminent demise I had a pressing reason to do so. I called up a painter I knew that lives in the area and a small group of artists met up to paint there.  All of us were so taken with the views in the L.A. riverbed we vowed to return and paint the heck out of it while the bridge was still standing.

This is the first in a series of L.A. bridge paintings from the area.




Sunday, April 10, 2016

Small Painting Experiments on Paper - New Artwork Added to Website - Art for the Home



"Road to Town" 9"x12" oil on paper
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After a long break from blogging I'm doing my best to make time to post new work here. Where have I been? Wondering why I'm asking because you didn't notice I was gone? No worries, I'll tell you either way.

First, the painting shown here is one of many in a new category of available artwork on my website. They are all oils on paper. Most are 9"x12" with a white border. The actual image area is approx.  8"x10." I consider these experiments where I am able to try new ways of working, like the colorful painting you see above, some are demos from painting classes and some are studies for larger paintings. All are very reasonably priced and include U.S. shipping. CLICK HERE to see all the works on paper.

At the end of 2015 I was asked to work on 4 large commissioned paintings that had a tight deadline. Those paintings took a lot of my time, but, I'll write more about them in a later post.

I started two exciting new ventures with my partner Kelley Sanford. The first is InTheArtistStudio.com where experts in the art field answer questions submitted by readers. The site goes beyond the "how to" Q&A and often answers some of the more difficult questions about this unique field we work in.

Kelley and I also started ArtMuseContest.com a new type of monthly online art competition where artists compete at their skill level for the opportunity to win cash prizes, 6 months of gallery representation and much more. Cash awards are given every month with a new judge each month. Art Muse Contest offers low entry fees and now, while we are still building our business, the number of entries is extremely low compared to other monthly art contests so your opportunity to win is very high.

O.K. long post, hopefully you hung in there until the end and it was worthwhile.