Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

Upcoming Shows and Events

-April: Braving The Elements - Landscape Group Show, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC.
•Indelible - Group Show, Alexi Era Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
-May: "California Light" - Landscapes. Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.
•May 15-18: Carmel Art Festival
•May 21-24: Paso Robles Art Festival
-September 2014: Sergio Lopez/Mia Bergeron - Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC.
-October 2014: "The Traveling Painters," 3-Person Show - Christopher Queen Gallery, Duncans Mills, CA.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Valona Paintout Preview

These are the paintings that I have done for the Valona 2010 Paintout hosted by the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, California. For those who don't know (I'm guessing 90% of ya) Crockett is a sleepy little town across the bridge from Vallejo.

If you drive across the bridge on your way from Richmond to Vallejo, you will see this icon:


"The Sugar Factory." 12x16", Oil on Canvas Board.


...in case you ever wonder where your C and H pure cane sugar comes from...

The Carquinez Shoreline is the most scenic area of Contra Costa county. The Carquinez Strait runs between San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay and is surrounded by steep eucalyptus-lined hills.


Carquinez Shoreline, 12x16", Oil on Canvas Board.


The paintout was not limited to Contra Costa county; we could go wherever we wanted.


Bodega Head Trail. 12x16", Oil on Canvas Board.



Point Reyes Limantour, 12x16", Oil on Canvas Board.



We get a choice of 3 different paintings that we want to enter into the exhibition.  I can't really decide between the Limantour one and the Carquinez Shoreline one...

Sale – Starting on October 23rd

Reception – Saturday, October 23rd 4pm-7pm

Epperson Gallery, 1400 Pomona St., Crockett CA 94525

For all info dealing with the gallery go to:




I am considering making a series of prints for sale.  I have put up a couple of polls for everyone to check out.
Your feedback would be hugely helpful, as I am trying to figure out which of my series are most popular.

To vote, you have 2 options:

The blog has on the top-right corner a poll which will have you choose your favorite out of 5 different series. 








OR:

You can go to my Facebook fan page and follow the link to the "separate but same" poll there.



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Preview /// Update /// Poll /// Figure Drawings

Hey everyone, I am working on new pieces for the Painted Roses series.  I will be showing them at a new venue soon.  This time I thought I would experiment with doing some of these in gouache.  Also the scale of these is a lot larger.  For example, the following picture is a portion of a 40" tall piece. Here is a preview of the first finished piece:


I will post up more info sooner to the opening date.   The show will go up November 6th.

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It's been a little while since I have posted new figure drawings.  Here are a bunch to look at.  They span from the last 3 months or so.
















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I am considering making a series of prints for sale.  I have put up a couple of polls for everyone to check out.
Your feedback would be hugely helpful, as I am trying to figure out which of my series are most popular.

To vote, you have 2 options:

The blog has on the top-right corner a poll which will have you choose your favorite out of 5 different series. 



OR:

You can go to my Facebook fan page and follow the link to the "separate but same" poll there.


Thanks everyone!  Back to work!



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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

87 Nudes - Old City Art Studio - Sacramento

Good news, I will have a few pieces up for show in Old City Art Studio, the newest gallery in Sacramento. This show will be curated by my friends Amy and Phillip Altstatt. The reception is this Saturday and will have live music.

2512 Franklin Blvd Sacramento CA (just south of Broadway)

Here's the flier:



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Monday, October 04, 2010

New Studies + Don Ealy Retrospective at Christopher Queen Gallery

Here are a few pieces I have been sitting on for a little while now.


This piece was from the Sebastopol Monday figure session.  I like to experiment there more than anything.  This one I tried to get more variation in texture and thickness.  I lost a bit in drawing quality during the focus on edges and texture.  And so goes the practice...


My friend Amy was gracious enough to pose for myself and her now-husband at their new art studio in Sacramento.  The sessions they run are open to anyone willing to pay the fee, which is pretty reasonable compared to others.  They have a pretty decent setup which is due to their extremely hard work renovating the space they rent.  If anyone in Sacramento is looking for a new place to paint the figure, let me know and I'll point you over to their studio.

This was about 5 hours or so.  I shoe-horned her foot into the composition unfortunately.  I am pretty satisfied with the way her breast came out, but the still life was actually the toughest part for me to paint.







This was painted at the Peju Winery in Rutherford, up the 29 from Napa.  It's a neat quirky building that I wish I knew what style of architecture it was.  The day was pretty scorchy... I tried to evoke the feeling of the heat, maybe I should have keyed up the warm tones in the light for a more effective attempt?  I admire Sorolla's ability to do that...  I'd say a good way to study is to hold your painting side-by-side to a good reproduction of a painter you admire and try to analyze what you guess they would have done to your painting to improve it.

I painted this alongside the other painters from our North Bay Plein Air Painters Meetup group. We meet every month, usually the last Sunday of the month. Join us, we're painting in Bodega this month!


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Don Ealy Retrospective at Christopher Queen Gallery

I want to let everyone know about the new show at the Christopher Queen Gallery. Nancy, the gallery owner, has put together a brand-new book about the art and life of the late painter Don Ealy. I didn't know the guy; all I know about him is what I have heard from Nancy and others who knew him. What goes without saying is that he loved to paint. No subject was too mundane. No painting was too precious.


Most of these paintings were on display at the exhibit. I can tell you that these brochure scans don't give you a great feeling for his paintings.


His paintings have a nice surface quality and looseness in technique that sometimes borders on abstraction.









Here are some more scans of past brochures:









I do have some pieces on display in the back but the majority of the gallery is dedicated to Don Ealy for the remainder of the show. Even if I didn't have anything showing I would recommend you check it out. I have been a fan of the gallery since way before I started showing there.



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