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, October 28, 2011

Valona Plein Air 2011 - My Contributions

Last year I participated in the 2010 Valona Paint Out in Crockett, California. It was a good time. I nabbed 1st Place for the painting of the C+H sugar refinery. This year I returned to Crockett and painted these scenes around town.

Whereas last year the boundaries of the event were open, this year they had us stick to northern Contra Costa(Valona, Crockett, Port Costa). With my paintings I basically stuck to Crockett for more of a local feel. This part of the Bay Area has a certain quality of light that is made from the amount of moisture in the air. There is a white softness to the light that is very distinct.

I found that the shadows casted in this scene made an interesting pattern for a painting.

"Industrial Patterns" 8x10 Oil on Canvas Board. SOLD

I feel like even in black and white the light and dark pattern holds up:
EDIT: "Industrial Patterns" won 1st place at the Valona Paintout 2011!

This next painting was done from the other side of the factory. I was trying to take advantage of the quality of air that I mentioned. The paint in the sky is much thicker than it looks in this picture.

"The Carquinez Air" 8x10 Oil on Canvas Board. $550

This painting was done at the end of the factory. I enjoyed the shape of the tree and the composition between the tree and the building on the right. I've been trying to push for a more unified color harmony, so I pushed the muted yellows a lot more than how I saw them. It's pretty fun to push yourself beyond what you see while still making it feel natural.

"On The Strait" 8x10 Oil on Canvas Board. SOLD

These paintings will be on display at the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, CA.  The opening reception is from 2 to 5 pm, so if you have Halloween party plans and you're in the East Bay, there will be plenty of time to check them out before the festivities.

Reception and Silent Auction - 2:00 to 5:00 Pm, October 30th.
Awards Reception - 2:00 to 5:00 Pm, October 29th.

If you want to go check it out earlier, from 11 to 1 there will be a model at the plaza near downtown Crockett which we will be painting. It should be a good day with the weather tomorrow so you should come check it out if you can.

I also heard that the Artist Choice and People's Choice winners will receive a weekend workshop with Randy Sexton. Sweet!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Figure Drawing - Further Exploration

Here are a bunch of new drawings from the past few weeks. Still playing around with different drawing tools.

10-minute drawing:
He could not stop talking about how I did the hair:
I usually don't do well with drawing the head at this angle, but I liked how this one came out:

The first drawings were done with one model, then they switched.
A rare bald female model:

Last week's Wednesday night figure drawing session:

Yesterday's session. I felt "on" for most of this one. I started off with a lot of energy that I think helped set the tone for the rest of the session. These first three drawings were done in 3 minutes.
5-minute drawings:
A ten-minute drawing:
20-minute drawings:
She did some weird thing with her boots on this one. If I had another 5 minutes I could have made them read better....
Finishing off with a ten-minute drawing:

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Monday, October 10, 2011

1st Annual Calistoga Plein Air Paintout

This weekend I participated in the 1st Annual Calistoga Plein Air Festival. It was great to participate in an event so close to where I live. It's literally a half hour away from where I live. Napa Valley is beautiful at this time of the year. Even though it's raining right now, we had perfect weather the whole weekend. It was neither too warm nor too cold.

For this event I decided to start my palette from scratch, and not use any cadmiums or other bright colors. I put down white, a neutral cool grey, and ivory black. My primary colors were ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna as my red. My secondary colors were Gamblin Radiant Yellow, viridian, and alizarin crimson. To finish it off, I added Winsor Newton Green Gold and dioxazine purple(which I used very sparingly). It's just way easier to harmonize color (if cheaper) and what you observe is usually way grayer than how people paint it. I've been looking at a lot of 19th Century landscape painters lately so it's been influencing what I want my paintings to look like.

I painted these next two paintings in Bothe State Park, which was on the outskirts of where we were allowed to paint. I'd never been there before, and I don't know why. It's a very underrated park, and a relatively easy hike. Most of the trail goes along a creek, which I bet looks a lot more impressive after some winter rain.

This painting I like, although it might be a bit abstract for most. I think the feeling of light breaking through the forest canopy on to the wet rocks reads well here. The inclusion of ivory black in some of the shadows worked well.

This might be my favorite painting I did of the weekend. I even put it in a frame. The reason I liked it so much was the way it came together in the very beginning block-in. Rather than what tends to usually happen in these situations, every stroke tended to strengthen the piece. There are parts where it got dangerously close to doing the opposite, but the balancing act that is trying not to ruin a strong start is one of the great thrills of painting if you ask me. This painting is 6x8 inches and I did this piece in about 45 minutes or so.

On the second day I started off by going to the outskirts of Calistoga and painting this view of Mt. St. Helena. I actually came back after the exhibity to work on it some more to try and fix the drabness of the painting that occurred when viewing it indoors instead of outdoors when painting. It's still one of the hardest things to honestly capture the feeling of midday sun in a painting. I constantly study how other painters tackle it. I think it has a lot to do with the sky color. I will say more about it once I learn more about it.

This was one of my least favorite paintings of the weekend. I had higher hopes for this scene, but it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. Hills full of pines are still very difficult for me to pull off. It's something I still need to work on. That tree ended up coming out too generic.

This painting was the definite crowd-pleaser. It's another one I went back to touch up afterwards. I got some critiques on it, which I didn't totally agree with, but it was still strengthened by going back and painting on it the next day. 


I actually included the older versions of the paintings that I ended up exhibiting. See if you think they were improved by extra work.

I won an "honorable mention" award (less than 3rd place), though 5 separate people came to me and told me I should have won 1st place. Go figure... Sales were good for a lot of people who had paintings under $500. Note to self: paint smaller next year?

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Figure Drawings - Tonal on Sketch Paper

A few weeks ago, I said I would try some more tonal drawings this time around. I started off this session  with the usual Derwent pencils that I enjoy. These are 10-minute drawings. I pushed the feeling of the forms on the one of the right. I think I'm just getting used to compensating for bad lighting.

This was a 20-minute drawing that started off pretty tonal. I indicated the overall shapes very lightly. I didn't put in the sharp outlines until after I had layed in the large tones.

I switched my tools on these next ones. The darkest darks are made with Char-Kole black pastels. The midtones are done with Conte crayons. I would like to know if there are other compressed charcoals that you prefer. A lot of this was smudging with fingers, but I started to introduce the blending stump more and more as I went along.


On this drawing it was basically a combination of every technique that I used on the previous drawings of the night. The blending stump almost makes it look like I am using a felt marker, right?


I finished off the night with a 10-minute line drawing with a slight bit of tone added in for good measure.

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