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
-June 29-July 5th: Telluride Plein Air.
-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.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

6" Mania: Randy Higbee 6 Inch Squared Exhibition II + Castello Di Amorosa

Hey everyone,

I just sent out my paintings for the next 6 Inch Squared show hosted by the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa. I got the results the other day, and I am pleased to say that 5 of the 6 entries made it into the show.

...and here they are!

"Pepper Road Vista," Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 in. 2011.
"A Whisper of Spring," Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 in. 2011.
"Hagrid's Cabin," Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 in. 2011.
"Penngrove Pastoral," Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 in. 2011.
"Luther's Fountain," Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6 in. 2011.
Here's the flier for the show, in case you are in the Orange County area.


I will see if I can somehow make it down there for the reception.  I will be very busy preparing for a solo show at the Modern Eden Gallery in SF though.


Rainy day! It was the North Bay Plein Air group's monthly meetup today. I am proud of everyone who braved the rain and painted today. Here are the paintings I did. Neither is totally finished but I don't like to take them a whole lot further from this stage while the paint is still wet. I am starting to enjoy this format more and more. Painting this small has its advantages and disadvantages. I'd say the main disadvantage is the lack of ability to paint precisely in alla prima. If you are using a more bravura technique like I am, it would be best to use a stiffer brush to sort of "carve in" details with a stiff straight brush. Almost like you're painting with a chisel.







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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Figure Drawings: Line vs Tone

These are some new drawings from the last week and tonight.   I think you will notice a difference between what I was doing last week and tonight.

Last week's drawings:

This was my favorite, just because I love the gesture she was making.









Thanks to William Wray's blog I came across the Flickr page of Gamlet Koudaverdian who was a previously-unknown-to-me artist with some incredible life drawings. I love what he's doing. So much in fact that I printed out his drawings and took them with me to the life drawing session. I had them tacked up on my board as I was drawing.

Notice the influence?


I kind of liked putting multiple drawings on the same page without having them step on each other.  I'm probably going to keep doing this.


There's a difference between the direct drawing I do with the last week's drawing and the tonal approach I used more in last night's drawing. In every life drawing however, I do tend to use a mixture of direct and structural drawing.

 I usually use the most rudimentary structure in 5-10 minute poses. I use a slightly more measured approach in the 20 minute drawings. Having some basic structure in a quick pose helps especially if you're planning on using a lot of tone because it will help you keep control of your drawing.


 Having a good line quality makes your drawing better when you add in those necessary hard edges to define certain forms and boundaries. Having a reference of what you aspire to helps guide your drawing as you are drawing it.


In order to comfortably finance all of these paint-outs, I am urging you to check out my Zatista store and pick up an original drawing if you can. If you buy something, I'll throw in an extra drawing or two for no extra cost, as a thank you (and to give myself some room in my already-too-small studio, heh). I know I don't have international shipping listed in my store, but if you contact me, I'll work something out with you. Just let me know where you want me to ship it to, and I'll calculate the rest of it.



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Monday, March 14, 2011

Figure Drawing + For Sale

Hey everyone,

Here are the newest drawings from the recent figure drawing session at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (Wed. nights) I do my best to go every week. These are 10 to 20 minute studies.





In case you've missed it before, I am selling a lot of drawings on Zatista. I use the money for drawing supplies, fees, etc. Everything it takes to keep making drawings, basically. If you're interested in checking out what I have, click on the button here:



 Edit:  Forgot to add these pictures, oops!






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In other news, I have sold a few landscapes at the Christopher Queen Gallery in Duncans Mills, CA.  There still are a number of available pieces to check out if you're able to make it out there and want to see these in person.



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