Open Studios is a city-wide annual art show with multiple locations and hundreds of artists participating each year.
I participated in November last year and obtained a show at the Imago Dei Gallery inside of the Trinity Church, on Franklin at Bush Streets here in San Francisco.
The place is amazing. A medieval-styled castle established in 1849, made of roughly-hewn stones in the middle of a very modern, bustling city block just off of Van Ness street in SF; it is a relic to some former time and a beauty to behold.
There is an enormous pipe organ where the services are held, with the pipes built out inside the walls for maximum acoustic effect when being played. There is a hundred year old wine cellar there as well, long in disuse but still completely serviceable; dating back to a time when social conventions around alcohol and church were very different.
There I met Kay, a fantastic transgender woman and clergy member at this Episcopal Christian Church, who has become a dear friend to me. She thought highly enough of my work to offer an extended show throughout the month of December last year, which I happily accepted.
These slideshow pics are from this time around Christmas last year.
New work in progress, "Quiet Moment", Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 30" x 15"
Still wrapping up some of the details and color, but this one is close enough to include in this weeks newsletter, and will be shown next week at Open Studios :)
And as per usual, below are the many steps taken to get to this current stage- Click on any image below to start the slideshow :)
This one will be finished and shown alongside about 20 other pieces next weekend at SF Open Studios!! (See below and in the preceding post for details.)
See you all next week!
Shameless Promotional News Bulletin!
I will be participating this year in 'San Francisco Open Studios', a city-wide event featuring hundreds of artists showing their works either in prearranged locations across town, or in their own private studios.
I will be out at 1668 Bush Street at the Imago Dei Gallery right next to and connected to the Trinity Church, on the corner of Gough Street in San Francisco. I will be joined by Richard Menendez and Leon Sun, also participating artists.
Come on out for some coffee, tea, some Ritz crackers and fantastic new art!! I will have between 15-20 works on display, including 6 to 7 new pieces and prints as well! If you are free on this weekend and can drop by, it would be great to see you.
Check out the Artspan link below for more details on the larger event:
Thanks everybody, and hope to see you there!
Here 's a fun new and evolving project; a Frankenstein's Monster Portrait!
Still working out what the final composition will be, so here are a few possible directions for where this project will go, including the film references used to get there:
This 1st idea is taken from a candid shot of Boris Karloff in between takes on the set for the original Frankenstein film in 1931, having a smoke and a cup of tea. I thought it would be fun play with the color a little in Photoshop. Below the image is the original photo and black and white rendering, before adding color:
Next up is a straight forward portrait of Karloff as the Monster, taken from a still of the original film; after the sketching I made some rough coloring and highlights in Photoshop to get a sense of what a painting might look like.
Here are the photo references and black and white treatment before the colorized version:
And here is the last one I worked out so far, also taken from a film still, this time from 'Bride Of Frankenstein':
Here are the photo references and the pre-Photoshop highlights:
This one is still evolving, so drop me a line with your thoughts!
Peace to Everyone.
Latest painting! "Lion With Fireflies", Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 15" x 30"
I woke up one morning recently thinking to myself, " It's come to this. I really need to paint a lion today." So, that's how this whole thing happened... what else could I do? Some days, ya really just have to paint a lion, by golly by gum.
I started out with a photo reference, and then let the work evolve from there, with the fireflies and the night time scene happening sort of intuitively. The fireflies just happened by chance, when I found a firefly image online while looking for forest and tree photo references. When the fireflies came on, other issues like whether to make it day or night, and whether or not to include a sky became more clear. They solved everything! Fireflies are great, I tell you.
...And below are all the steps it took to get to the finish:
This painting will be shown with a collection of my other work at Open Studios on October 13-14, at the Imago Dei Art Gallery at 1668 Bush Street in SF! Save the date and more info as it comes closer :)
Thanks for looking, you guys!
Have a great day,
New Star Wars Painting!!! Super excited about how this came out. Check out "Leia and Artoo" below:
This painting was sketched freehand from a still frame reference off of the original Star Wars film. Here is the original reference below:
And below, these are the steps I took to get to the finished piece:
Most of the work was done in black, white and grey-tones only, with color being added only at the very end, using matte mediums to make layered transparent washes and color passes. Let me know what you think!
Bye for now,
New Piece: Desert Night Walk, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 15" x 30"
Just finished this new piece! -I have no idea where it came from or what it means, therefore it must be a metaphoric representation of some deep-seated subconscious issue or idea within me.... or maybe I just thought it was a cool scene to paint. Maybe it is both, or neither. Couldn't tell you for sure because I'm not sure myself, ha!
I will be participating in Open Studios here in San Francisco this year, and this piece will be on display along with about 15 other pieces for that weekend. Keep you posted as more details emerge :)
Here are some step by step pics of the work as I went along below:
As ever, thanks so much for taking a look :)
'Two Cats: Troy and Tab Hunter', Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 24"
This is a new pet commission for Jan, featuring Troy and Tab Hunter, her favorite cats!
Started out with a solid pencil sketch and then built up all of the values in black and white first, afterwards adding colors using matte mediums for transparent color layers and finally highlights with pure color.
Fun fact for this particular painting: After selecting my main source and sending Jan a pic of the pencil sketch on the canvas, she pointed out out that in this particular shot, Troy in the back was holding Tab down, and Tab was getting ready to bolt. Since normally they are best buds, I used secondary references of a happier Tab, and widened his eyes as I progressed with the painting.
Your can see the gradual changes in Tab's eyes from pic #4-8, after the 3 photo references.
Check out my main source images, as well as the step by step process I took below:
Thanks for checking my work out, you guys! Please feel free to share your thoughts below.
Next, I took the image into Photoshop and made a stencil out of 8 separate pieces of 8 1/2 " x 11" papers, taping them together as seen below. The stencil had a lot of subtle 'noise' on it, because the original smaller file was blown up to match the size of the canvas I was preparing to work on. (Normally not the best scenario, but for my purpose it worked perfectly.) I guess the best way to describe it is that the stencil was a rough approximation of the original, much smaller image. Then I mixed a LOT of blue. The back color coats had to be done in one session because I wouldn't be able to match the blue exactly again if my supply dried out before the canvas was done. (Had to be a flat color, no deviations.)
The actual canvas I am working on is 24" x 30" (See below) :
Here you can see the composite stencil, before I taped it together, next to the canvas:
After this step, I put charcoal all over the backside of the stencil, and traced the message onto the canvas with a pencil:
And then finally, I filled in the letters by hand below:
The challenge here was to NOT make a SINGLE mistake on any letter, at any time. I had no more blue, and any attempt to match the back color to correct a lettering error would not have been a perfect match, and would be plainly visible to the eye. So, I had to make each letter right, the first time every time. This canvas required that I go over the letters three times, with three coats. So it really didn't let up until it was done. (Whew!)
This effort was made as a present, btw :)
As ever, thanks for looking you guys!
New work! This was an exploration in the color red, and just kinda grew from there, with the sky and mountains evolving from the colors. After a while, I saw that I could not tell whether it was day or night, and it hit me that I have explored that concept in other painting in the past, so I pushed it further with that in mind. I started filling the sky with stars, and then thought it would be cool to highlight the constellation of Gemini (the twins) in the mix. Let me know your thoughts!
And here below are a few stages I captured along the way:
As ever, thanks so much for taking a look, and let me know your thoughts on this one!
Andrew Carson is a local Bay Area artist with a focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork, as well as landscapes, animal and pet portraits!