Indeed, I have much to be thankful for and the time to get out and sketch is one of them! I thought the flat effect caused by the sun being right behind me, was interesting. The dry hillsides and brush made for a harmonious palette.
Sketch 2: End of Eureka Street
8" x 6" oil on RayMar canvas panel
A white house in shadow is a nice challenge. I used a toned canvas which is not my usual approach. Sorry Len Chmiel. I had in mind to be careful to keep my values in distinct 'families'.
I love this view which is very close to my home in Yorba Linda, CA. The weather was very quick to change as it was windy and partly cloudy. I'm still trying to get the hang of the medium and in this case was surprised at how long it took for each layer to dry. I've committed to paint in a transparent (traditional) fashion for a while to take advantage of the beautiful translucent quality of the medium. This "waiting to dry" time was to my advantage as I was able to really just observe and mentally record the different light and shade patterns which were constantly changing before me. It was a glorious day though I've been frustrated many times trying to paint in such weather.
I am a surfacing artist working for Dreamworks. In the past I've worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Imageworks doing Texture Painting/Look Development, and Matte Painting. Since graduating from the Art Center College of Design with a major in Illustration, I've been blessed to work steadily in the Animation Industry. I also greatly enjoyed painting landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works. Here I'm pleased to share my latest work as well share insights I've gained over the years.