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, 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 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 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
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

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

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

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

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! 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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Sunday, November 18, 2012

South Carolina Trip + Upcoming Art Shows

I went last week to visit a friend in South Carolina. It was a fun trip, though I didn't get as much painting done as I thought I would. The leaves weren't in full Southeast splendor; I was unable to come to see the real fall show until too late. But there was still plenty to see, and much to find quite interesting.

Some shots from around where my friend lives. Ooh la la.

I did a painting in the morning of my friend's dog's favorite creek :P
Downtown Greenville is pretty interesting. I didn't expect it to be the metropolis it was, nor did I expect it to be as lush and green as it was either. They have this really cool park with a waterfall running through the middle of it.

Next time I'll paint it. I didn't feel like lugging my paint gear all around downtown.

Asheville had a cool vibe to it. It was about an hour north of Greenville, and was an artsy sort of town. To me it felt like a sunnier Portland. Could use more bridges, though :P I can see why artists are attracted to the area. It's high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by forest and old maple-filled mountains that feel more like really tall hills. But the air is cleaner and crisper than the lowlands. I saw some interesting galleries full of what the Southeast art scene vibe is. Saw some great Lynn Boggess paintings that have great texture when viewed up close.
Lynn Boggess
Great places to eat here. I enjoyed the vibe. I painted from Haw Creek Overlook out in the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a highway that goes through all the state/national parks in the area. It must be amazing in the height of the fall colors. My attempt at tackling the blues of the mountains:
We spent the weekend in Charleston. I was most interested in visiting Charleston for the first time because of its reputation as an "art town" meaning "full of galleries." You never know if you will find a gallery that is a good fit. I saw a lot of them, but one in particular I could possibly see myself in, in the future, and that is Robert Lange Studios. The M Gallery was great because of the opportunity to see so many "art stars" in the same building. Go to their website and check out their roster. I guarantee you are familiar with most of the artists if you pay attention to fine art.

I did some paintings from a boat launch just outside of town. I did a quick painting of a sunset one evening, then a painting of the sunrise from the next morning. Discipline!

Well I would have painted more, but I came down with a cold for the remainder of the week I was there. If you are interested in more of the photos I took there, go here. Nothing beats California, if you ask me, but I would love to come back either in the spring or earlier in the fall. Will keep you in the loop if anything develops in Charleston.

I am stoked to tell you about some awesome group shows I am going to be in.
#1: Safehouse Show 6: Rooster Benefit

Friend and awesome artist Patrick Mathews has an adorable little pit named Rooster. 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! 
#2: Another good friend and rising-star Rodrigo Luff invited myself and a ton of other awesome artists to participate in his curated show "The Moleskine Project #2."
Look at the lineup!

I'll post more info right before the show. I've see a lot of the work already, and it's sooooo killer! Follow Rodrigo on Tumblr to find more of the work.


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