Friday, April 29, 2011

Chicago Ribs Restaurant

The above image is a modified version of the painting. The main changes were done in the foreground. I also did some landscaping with my brush.

This is a beautiful art deco building on Main street in Ventura. I have no idea how good the ribs are.This was painted in the morning. It is another 8"x10" and took less than an hour to paint.

Candlelight Restaurant

This is a restaurant just off the Mission Plaza in Ventura. I worked on this painting for a very long time because the initial design was flawed. 11x14"

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bus Garage Office

This is another painting from the same location as the bus lift. I just turned the easel and did another quick sketch. 8x10"

Bus Garage

This is a garage in Ventura that works on the school buses. It is 8x10" and painted in the morning.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blue Xz476

I know very little about airplane specifics, but like to paint them whenever I can.8x10"

Work in Progress

In the Ventura boatyard there are a few ships which take a long time to complete. This is one of them. It is usually an issue of time or money. 9x12"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mission Bell Tower

This is the San Buenaventura mission bell tower. 9"x 11" oil on canvas board.

Brick House

This old brick house is located on Thompson Ave. in Ventura. It faces north, so it is difficult to create a well composed lighting scheme. 8x10"

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Farm Workers

Our studio is near farm fields and the harbor. I view the workers and remember striking images and make notes. Here are workers with lunches in hand. They are in a strawberry field that has been covered with plastic, ready for planting.

Emma Wood Beach

This is also an 8"x10" study of a view from the beach north of Emma Wood State Beach. The trees line the on ramp to the 101 freeway. Karen can be seen strolling above the high tide line.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Circus Tent

The Clown circus came to Ventura. Here is a study of them setting it up. The lower tarps have not been hung on the sides at this point. It was a cool morning and this is a view from the Fair Grounds Parking Lot looking towards the mountains.

Santa Paula Helecopter

One may ask; how did he paint this helecopter flying? Did he use a photograph. No, I used my imagination. Your brain is the most powerful computer in the universe. This helecopter was sitting on the other side of the runway, covered with a tarp. I created an image I wanted to view.
Take a chance with your subjects. Don't be a slave to what is in front of you!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Train Trestle

This trestle has allot of graffiti on it. It will be painted over soon, so I painted it from the pedestrian bridge over the 101 freeway.8x10"

Filmore Caboose

This is an 8x10 inch quick sketch at the train station.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mayan Temple

I titled this the Mayan Temple because it has some details on the exterior walls that have the Mayan influence. I does serve as a spiritual center. This is looking east on Santa Clara Street in Ventura.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Santa Paula Airport

First Sundays of the month the Santa Paula airport opens up the hangars and pulls out old planes.
Here's one that was used for training in ww2. This is 8x10 oil/canvas.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Magestic Marquee

Here's a study of the marquee in Ventura. It holds 1200 in the theater and books music events.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ventura Freeway Sign

Here's the neon Ventura sign on California Street. This view is looking east. SOLD

This is another version of the sign painted with a different composition. 

Ventura Liquor Store

Here's a liquor store on Thompson Blvd. Notice the patron seated in the middle.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rusty's Pizza Delivery Truck

Here's a "monster truck" which sits out front of the pizza store. I don't think they use it for deliveries of late, with gas prices being what they are. 8x10"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Freeway Close

Many houses and buildings remain after the freeway system was put in. Here's one with some nice palms and an old VW.

Parked Trailer

I worked several times on this painting. Sometimes it is not as easy as it looks.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Black Cadillac

Ventura has it's share of old cars. Here is an 8x10 quick sketch of a Cadillac.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ventura River Train Overpass

This is a view looking west towards the river overpass. I had to move a little when the train passed through. SOLD

Saturday, April 2, 2011

City Hall Detail

The San Buenaventura City Hall has quite a few sculpted features. Here is one above a door. 8x10"

Friday, April 1, 2011

Parking Booth At The Pipe

California Street has several parking lots. The one for the point or "pipe" has a ticket booth.

Buffalo Records In Ventura

This is the new home of Buffalo Records on Santa Clara Street. It has some nice details in the building and would be a good subject for further paintings.

Bowling Alley

This is another 8x10" sketch done of the bowling alley looking west on Thompson Blvd.
I want to go back and paint it at night, because it is has interesting lighting.