Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

Upcoming Shows and Events

•Spoke Art: April 7, 2016. "The 5th Annual Moleskine Show." San Francisco, CA.

•Bakersfield Museum of Art: April 9th, 2016. "Kern County Plein Air." Bakersfield, CA.

•Christopher Queen Gallery: May 1st, 2016. "The Golden Hour." Duncans Mills, CA.

•Abend Gallery: May 13th, 2016. "Contemporary Figuration." Denver, CO.

•Paso Arts Fest: May 26th, 2016. "Signature Exhibition." Paso Robles, CA.

•Los Gatos: June 18th, 2016. "Los Gatos Plein Air." Los Gatos, CA.

Sonoma Plein Air: September 10th, 2016 "Sonoma Plein Air." Sonoma, CA.

•Modern Eden Gallery: September 17th, 2016. Beautiful Bizzare Invitational Show. San Francisco, CA.

•Christopher Queen Gallery: October 2nd, 2016. "A Splendid Journey: 40th Anniversary Show." Duncans Mills, CA.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Paint San Clemente

I am participating in this year's Paint San Clemente, put on by the San Clemente Art Association.

Show on Display June 26th ~ August 13th, 2010

at the San Clemente Art Gallery.

OPEN DAILY: Monday-Friday 12:00PM-4:00PM & Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA, 92672

Quick Draw on Display June 19th ~ June 25th.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Smooth Newsprint YAY (Figure Drawing)

Finally finished off my canson biggie sketch pad. It's a good surface to work on for charcoal pencils, but I love smooth newsprint.. I say to hell with archivability!!

Something about the feel of compressed charcoal on smooth newsprint, the way it glides, the amount of control, the ease of workign with it...... favorite thing ever.

A rare pastel study from me... I could not resist, the blue robe reflecting on to her back was too beautiful to resist...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Tonight I am doing something a little different.  I'm posting up a painting of mine which I don't like and am going to try and explain what I don't like about it and how I would change it.

This is a painting that I worked on two separate days, 1.5 hours each, approximately.  The thing I like the most about this view is the two clusters of trees opposite of each other.  I don't much like the foreground mound very much, but I do sort of like the mustard plants in the foreground.

The two main problems I have with the piece are the lack of separation between the middle ground and the background, and the awkward shape shooting off of the cluster of eucalyptus trees in the middle ground.  Also, there is an overall flatness characterized by a lack of atmospheric depth.

Here's what it looks like after some Photoshoppage:

I added a bluish glaze to the entire background and also added some violet tones to the shadows in the eucalyptus.  It sits that way further back in space. I also darkened the mound and resolved the shadow pattern to make it more 3-dimensional.  I added some orange and violet to the light side of the eucalyptus cluster just to separate them some from the hills in the background.

I didn't like how the line of the shadow ends in the bottom right corner either so I tweaked that up with the distort tool...

This view has potential, but I will have to find a more interesting foreground to go with the parts that interest me the most before I attempt a proper painting of this view.

A humble tree study I did on the same day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Can't stop won't stop updating

I've got a few oldies and some newies too... This first one was painted in Auburn. It has a pretty cool looking courthouse in the middle of town that I painted as the afternoon was coming to a close...

This second painting I might have posted before, but I have never scanned it, I don't think.  I painted it last October during my "Fantastic Titanic Art Week" aka Capitol Plein Air Festival.  This was for the Quick Draw event.

I painted this last week at the Sebastopol Monday afternoon painting session.  The lighting there is just horrible, but it kinda forces me to do things I wouldn't normally do, such as inventing color combos, inventing backgrounds, etc.  It's made me pretty good at painting a portrait fairly quickly, since I rarely show up on time...

I painted this last week in one of my favorite areas of Santa Rosa.  I like the color.  It was painted at a time I don't normally paint because the light and color changes so quickly.  What you have to do in this situation is anticipate what is going to come next and adjust your painting accordingly...

I got a couple of these pads of OLD HOLLAND CANVAS PAD (10 SHEETS) 6X8" which I am loving.  They feel great on your brush and they are a very good surface for quick studies.  I painted this guy in about a half hour.  I did a few more on these which I will post once they dry.

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