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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hood River Plein Air Preview

My 6 best from the plein air event... Will write more when I get home. All I can say for now is that it's been great and so much fun....

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Painted Roses

Hello all,

I recently completed a new series for a show that will be running at a local tattoo shop. To go with the venue I chose a subject which would fit the place. I like doing things like that; I guess it comes from studying illustration. I do much better with a loose parameter than just telling me to "go nuts."

I painted my friend, the model and excellent photographer Julia. I wanted to continue the process of the "Hip Hop" series yet in a different genre. The names of the pieces are all of species of roses, to further enforce the theme.

"Tuscany Superb," 12"x14", oil on canvas.
"Dupontii," 18"x24", oil on canvas.
"Goldyla," 12"x14", oil on canvas.
"Perle D'Ore," 12"x14", oil on canvas.
"Anastasia," 12"x14", oil on canvas.
"Alba Maxima," 12"x14", oil on canvas.
"Gray Pearl," 12"x14", oil on canvas.

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1: Pencil Sketch

After toning the canvas I did a careful sketch of the figure.

2: Underpainting

I then painted the figure to a finish. For most of these figures I finished in 2-3 layers, but this painting only took me one layer.

3: Tattooage and pattern

I first painted the pattern of the background cloth, then the tattoos on her back, then I fused them together by painting into and out of the figure.

4: Glazing

I didn't glaze all of these, but for ones like this one where I wanted to harmonize everything a bit more or adjust the values I threw an extra layer on it.

The show hangs Saturday August 21, and the official opening reception is September the 4th.  The show will be held at the Buddha's Palm Tattoo Gallery in Sebastopol, California.  I will be showing along with my friend MJ Lindo and Robert Harris.

974 Gravenstein Avenue, Sebastopol, CA‎ - (707) 829-7256

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I just dropped the paintings off at the show, and got the flyers... If anyone wants one (or more) send me your address and how many you want, and I'll mail em out to you...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Magic Hour Redux

This piece had been languishing in the gallery for a couple of months.  I took it upon myself to take it home and redo some of the parts which had been bothering me.  The clouds felt a bit too hard-edged and in contrast to the sky.  I like the composition of the clouds more now, it brings you towards the focal point better.  There were some under-resolved areas in the foreground as well.  There was a tangent in the middle ground tree, which was kinda twiggy and uninteresting anyways...

"The Magic Hour" oil on canvas board. $550.
The piece before retooling:

I'm taking it back to the gallery when I get the chance.  I'll let you know if it sells...


The latest figure study from the Monday morning session:

She's an interesting person to study.  Her torso is very long and her bones are quite angular as well.  Very unique.  I find it fascinating how everyone's body is basically the same yet so very different once you get to really analyze them.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Alameda Plein Air 2010

I'm going to break down my last week in Alameda the same way I did for the San Clemente plein air event. I had a great time and I met a lot of cool artists and fans of art.

Day One:

They set us up for the event Monday morning with all the packets and maps and such then sent us on our merry way to go paint. I found an interesting blue house with white trim that turned out to be quite popular. I know at least one other person painted it.

(Most of my pictures are going to be on the grainy/blurry side unfortunately.  I took these inside of a dim room...)

I then went over to the southeast coast of the island and painted this piece looking out towards Oakland from a small park.

The day wrapped up with an orientation dinner where all of the artists got together to connect, talk shop and drink plenty of alcohol... Fun times!

Day Two:

The US Navy graciously opened up the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to us painters to work our magic for free.  It's normally a museum with an admission fee which is totally worth paying.  There are a lot of neat things aboard the ship, including this Avenger WWII Torpedo Bomber.


This particular gal had its wings taken off and propped up for display.  I spent about 2 hours on this piece.

A few cutters from the east coast had arrived and were docked next to the Hornet.  It started getting pretty windy so I probably could have went further with it than I did.

Day Three:

The beginning of the day was spent at the Hearst Art Gallery in St. Mary's College in Moraga. (Superbly Independent: Early California Paintings by Annie Harmon, Mary DeNeale Morgan and Marion Kavanagh Wachtel)  The show was extremely inspiring.  As a bonus they had a few great pieces of their teacher William Keith.  It was a good show, all 4 artists have a distinct style but had a common thread of Northern California Impressionism that is a nice legacy to enjoy up here.

Even though photography is *technically* not allowed at the show, once I saw someone taking flash photography (eesh) all bets were off, and I snuck a couple nice shots in there...

William Keith:

A Marion Wachtel Oil:

I got back to Alameda and sought out a more natural view that would suit the inspiration I got from the show.  I went to Bay Farm Island and found this view:

I experimented with making the sky a lot darker than I usually do.  It worked to make the ground look more sunlit.  Afterwards I went to Lincoln and Willow and painted this piece of the liquor store on the corner.

After finishing that one I went over to the St. Joseph's elementary school and caught the late evening light on the building.  I'm not crazy about the color relationships on this one.  I like the values but the color not so much...

There are some drawing mistakes on these that I wish I could correct right now, but hey that's the nature of plein air painting.  I'll try to do better next time.

Day Four:

This was the day of the Quick Draw.  We were told we could paint anywhere on Park Street from the bridge to the bay.  While most people found a spot on the street they liked, I chose to paint a scene on the beach.  I woke up in the mornin' feelin' like Charles Chapel Judson, so I painted this foggy windswept scene facing back into the city... I edited out the mundane buildings for a simple composition.  This was definitely one of the most successful paintings of the week.

Once we were done sharing our pieces, I went over to the center of town and painted the First Congregational Church.

I thought this one was also pretty good, it's a fairly simple design once you look at it in terms of light and shadow.  The ratio of the entire piece is about 2/3 shadow 1/3 light.  I use a good recipe for sunlight where you make the light side lighter than you think you see it, and vice versa with the darks, then once you have that set up, paint the reflected light planes a bit lighter and colorful than you think you see them.  What you'll hear is "Wow that looks so real" and the unintentionally-dreadful "It looks photographic."  If its from a layperson, just take it as a compliment...  I finished the day with a painting of the Posey Tube which I am still working on.

Day Five:

Friday had no painting.  Instead it was the first day we showed off our best 3 paintings of the week.  I put up the painting of the bomber, the tree with the dappled light, and the blue house.  The results?  I won the Frank Bette Award Honorable Mention (essentially 2nd place) for the bomber, and a sale of the tree painting.

Day Six:

The big day where we strut our stuff and show off all the paintings we can stick on the walls.  Since I can't stand sitting around and shmoozing with the general public, I set up my painting gear and painted this scene of the wall next to my booth.  I also wanted to try out my brand new batch of Rosemary &Co. Long Flat brushes that everyone is talking about these days, including Richard Schmid and Jeremy Lipking... I painted this with only 3 brushes, all being those mongoose flats.  I love how you can get these extremely unpredictable strokes by twisting the brush around as you stroke, but will come back to its shape every time.  I highly recommend them and am going to try out some of the other styles from that company.  Great stuff.

Overall I had a great time.  There were always a good amount of people making sure the artists were well-taken care of.  Becca Payne, the organizer, genuinely cares about the art and artists participating in the event.

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