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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A New Blogging Venture For Me

Hey everyone! Hope the new year is going well. I am busy and very excited about the new paintings I am working on now. I will be updating the blog very soon with new paintings! But I wanted to let you know about a new blog I am helping to contribute to.

My friend Carole Gray-Weihman is a plein air painter and teacher who helps run an independent art school in Petaluma. She's also a good friend of mine and we get together every so often to talk shop and trade tips and tricks. There are two things I like doing: painting and figuring out how to do things on the cheap. I will be contributing things to this blog and they will probably be short blog posts if I can help it. To kick it off, I reposted an oldie from this blog about how to build a wet panel carrier out of an old ammo box. This is an example of the sort of thing I want to blog about, but I am interested in also sharing knowledge about other things not necessarily about plein air, or building things etc. I would also be interested in talking about the other things I do, such as social networking, website upkeep, surfing the web for inspiration. I've come up with efficient ways of getting certain things done and I would be happy to share. But there will also be contributions on the blog by famous plein air painter Lori Putnam and Linda Rosso, an artist and marketer. Follow this link, and bookmark it:

http://pleinairliaisondiy.blogspot.com/

If there are any ideas for blog posts you want to see from me, I'd love to hear your ideas!
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Monday, December 03, 2012

Spoke Art Gallery (San Francisco) - Moleskine Project #2 - My Sketchbook Paintings

I am eagerly anticipating this upcoming group show that I am going to be a part of. The lineup is absolutely amazing, along with the art I have already seen. Rodrigo Luff is a great up-and-coming artist from Australia who is slowly making his way into the West Coast art scene. His work blends realism and surrealism through mixed-media in way that's all his own. He's made huge improvements since I first started seeing his work on conceptart.org. You're going to see him do big things, so get on board right now. http://www.artofrodrigo.blogspot.com/

Many of his sketchbook pages will be up for sale for this show I am promoting, as well as a ton of other artists who influence Rodrigo, including myself. Check out the flier:


Most of the time my sketchbook these days has just become where I work out compositions and do rough studies for where my finished paintings are going to go. These I worked up a bit more than I would normally, but I wanted them to be as honest to my working process as I could keep them.

These pictures will be framed so that both sides of the page will be displayable. 

Page 1: Painted Roses Studies: Floofie (Indoors)
Side 1:
 Side 2:

Page 2: Painted Roses Studies: Floofie (Outdoors)
 Side 1:
 Side 2:

Not only am I excited to be showing alongside my friend, but I am just as excited to be showing alongside the other featured artists. The quality of the work is exceptional! I am so humbled to have my work hanging next to these heavyweights!

Jeremy Enecio
Akira Beard
 Alex R Kirzhner
 Brett Amory
 Jeremy Mann
Karla Ortiz
Laura Rose Bifano
Sam Wolfe Connelly
Serge Gay Jr.
Tran Nguyen
Ville Ericsson
Want to see this and so many other great pieces in person? The opening reception is Thursday December 6th, from 6PM to 10PM. It is at Spoke Art, 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94109. The show will go until the 29th of December.
Also, interested in collecting any of these great pieces? Email Spoke Art (click link) to request an advance collector's preview.

More info can be found here:
http://spoke-art.com/

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New "Painted Roses" Series Paintings + The Safehouse Show VI: The Rooster Show

Hey everyone! As you can see, I've been really busy working on a lot of things, so I've been updating a lot more lately. I would normally space these posts out a bit, but there is a reason to get these out at this time. I am participating in a number of group shows very soon, so I want to make sure you know before the shows debut.
I have returned to the Painted Roses series after a relatively long absence. Even though it remains by far my most popular series, I made sure that I wouldn't come back to it without having something new to bring to it. I came up with a way to be able to incorporate the pattern in the model without having to have her covered in the "right kind of tattoos." I've also wanted to work with this model, "Floofie", of Portland, for the longest time so I am so glad to have been able to when I was up there. These are only the first two, expect plenty more.

After all the experience of painting patterns in the time between the last paintings of this series and now, I have found it much less of an ordeal to paint these. I think it comes from experience. It felt really good to come back to this series; much more so than I expected. A sign, perhaps? It felt like putting on a good pair of jeans the second day in a row. Maybe not quite as fresh but it fits you better.

"Aorangi" 6x14 in. oil on linen mounted on cradled panel.

 "Heliotrope" 6x14 in. oil on linen mounted on cradled panel.

I got it together this time, so I have these up on inprnt.com already! Buy a print of either of these today!

The reason I am not hesitating to get this post out there is because "Heliotrope" is going to be up for silent auction one night only. Our dear friend and denizen of the Safehouse Studio in San Francisco Pat Mathews (aka Flex Mathews from conceptart.org a million years ago) has an adorable one-eyed pit bull Rooster (named after Rooster Cogburn, get it?) The poor thing needed heart surgery, and because he's an artist, he needs help paying the vet bills. We are all happy to help in whatever way we can, so we are participating in a group auction with a good chunk of it going to the cause. Check out the lineup! 
You know a lot of the names right? There will be a lot of us in attendance, and this will most likely be the only chance to buy some of our originals for a stupidly good price.
John Wentz
Greg Gandy
Kim Cogan
Jeremy Mann
Aaron Nagel
Karla Ortiz
Cody Miles
Coro
Kemp Remillard
Christine MacTernan
Ryan Lee
Shawn Barber
Can't afford a painting? Get some coozies!

There will be no online component to the auction. All sales will be done in-person, in the studio, so please attend if you are interested in buying. "Heliotrope" has already gotten interest from potential collectors, so I am expecting it to sell. Don't miss out! This might be your only shot at it.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Randy Higbee Gallery - 6 Inch Squared Show 2012 - Landscape Paintings

It's that time of the year where all of us fine art painters break out the the small canvases and do our best to create little jewels for the holiday season. Small works are popular, well really any time of the year, but in the spirit of gift giving they become even more popular for those looking for a good gift for art loving friends and family.

There are many different galleries doing small-works shows this time of the year, but my favorite one to participate in is Randy Higbee's 6 Inch Squared show. He always attracts a few of the best landscape painters around and does a really great job promoting the show. I am always happy to be included, and I have even won an award in the competition for best 6x6" painting last year. It's a lot of fun to be a part of it. If you are not friends with Randy Higbee on Facebook, I highly recommend being one if only for the "awards ceremony" he puts on when he announces who were the best submissions.

Here are the 6 of mine which made it in this year.

Retreating Storm
SOLD

This was painted in my hometown of Santa Rosa on Mountain View Road, which is one of my favorite places to paint in town. The rain clouds were clearing out, which is one of my favorite weather conditions to paint. I love the way the light looks and the shape of the clouds after a good rain.

October Sun
This one was done at the Annadel Winery off of Highway 12 just southwest of Santa Rosa. It's got a ton of different places to paint. This was painted at the OPA paintout. I tried to convey the hot midday sun as best as I could, using a high-key palette, and subtle grayed-down violets against electric yellows.

Carolina Sunrise
SOLD

This was painted in the morning right after I painted "Carolina Sunrise." We woke up super-early to catch the amazing sunrise, and capture the scene as best as I could. It was neat to catch the pinks in the distant clouds.

California Hues
SOLD

I was going for a nice Early California Painter feel with this one, with the chunky block strokes and unorthodox color scheme. Again this was in between storms so I had to work quick to capture the essence of the light here.

Annadel Garden
This one was on the beautiful grounds of the Annadel Winery between Santa Rosa and Sonoma. I think the sunlight and time of day is pretty accurately portrayed in this painting.

Carolina Sunset
SOLD

This one was painted at a boat launch just west of Charleston. The colors of the sunset were gorgeous. I only had about 20 minutes to do a quick study before the light left us, then I did the rest in my studio. Sunsets are difficult to capture the true feeling of, so it's a treat when you are able to even get close.

If you want to see all 600+ paintings(!) you can click on this link. Hope you have a couple of hours to spare... If you want to see the paintings in person, you can visit the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA.

A pic of last year's show:

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Figure Drawings: Changing Locations

These next five drawings were the last ones I did in the old drawing studio at the Sebastopol Center For The Arts on Depot Street. That room was the worst; it would get way too hot in there even on cold nights. Had terrible air circulation. Not enough in-front parking either. There were a lot of things that got in the way of the view of the models too, like big concrete beams holding the roof up. The new place is more open, though slightly smaller in terms of space, but I think it's better.

I haven't been hitting the drawing workshops as much as I've wanted to. Too many other things going on have gotten in the way. I think it would take a really long time to actually "lose skill," but true improvement takes constant practice.

A pic of the new digs....
Some 3 minute studies done in pencil.
This 5 minute drawing is where I started feeling comfortable.
Ten minute studies.
A ten and a twenty.
This one was my usual style of mixing line and tone.

This last one was a 15 minute drawing.

Also, this weekend, save 15% on my prints and any other prints at Inprnt.com! The promo lasts through Cyber Monday, so if you always wanted a print of mine, this is the best weekend to do so.

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