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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Charcoal Drawings: A Simple Update

Hey everyone, I'm posting some drawings from the past few months. As always, you can see them posted in real-time on my Instagram page.
These were done in graphite.



2 10 minute drawings of the same pose.


This one is one of my favorite studies in recent memory.


I thought this was an interesting angle for this pose.


For those who were curious, the vine charcoals I used here were Nitram Fusains soft(the green ones).

I wish her foot wasn't covered, otherwise I'd really like this one.

Done with a Lyra Color Giant pencil. Sometimes it's my favorite pencil to work with.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Painted Roses: Ayama (WIPs + SF Group Show)

Hey everyone, here is a new painting of Vaunt from the Painted Roses series. This one was done for the Gauntlet Gallery's 12x12 Show.

I took some WIP shots of it while I was painting it. You can see the grid method I use to help with accuracy. You can also see what it looks like once I tone the canvas. I'm working on developing a more interesting textural surface as a starting point. Click on the photo to get a close-up look at the surface.


Check out the video I made about how I toned this canvas without completely destroying the underdrawing.



Here is the finished piece. In terms of color, it's one of my favorites I've done of Vaunt. I also like some of the direct brushwork in her face, especially the nose.


The show is "CA 12X12" and it's open-theme. The only stipulation was that we painted our pieces on a 12x12 in. board. There are some good names participating in the show. Lots of familiar names and heavy hitters, including:
  • Akira Beard
  • John Wentz
  • Justin "Coro" Kaufman
  • Kate Zambrano
  • Kieran Collins
  • MJ Lindo 
  • So Youn Lee

And many others. I encourage you to check out the whole lineup and maybe RSVP if you're in the Bay Area.

Gauntlet Gallery
1040 Larkin, San Francisco, California 94109
Opening Reception March 8th 2014 7-10 PM

View the event on Facebook HERE

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Plein Air: A Show For Frugal Collectors

The year starts off for me with a bunch of new plein air paintings out the gate. These were all local Santar Rosa scenes, with a few locations revisited. Other subjects were of places I've gone by many times without ever painting. The only good thing about the drought is the abundance of sunlight in winter months. I took advantage by going out most of my free days to "bike&paint." 

"A Touch of Class" 9.5x6.5 in. oil on linen mounted on board. SOLD
I liked this one enough right after doing it that I put it in a frame immediately.

"The First Of The Year" 6x8 oil on linen mounted on board. $475
This one has a freshness to it that is really appealing to painters. It's rare that I nail the atmosphere and color while keeping it so loose with the brushwork.

"Through The Thick" 9x12 in. oil on linen board. $700
This one took the longest to do. I spent a few days 45-minutes to an hour at a time trying to get it right, and ultimately took some reference photos to finish the leaves and branches. 

"A Short Day" 11x14 in. oil on linen. $900
After a good rain is my favorite time to paint. The moisture in the air, the retreating dark clouds, the spots of light... All "painter-porn."

"Liquid Gold" 9x12 in. oil on linen board. $700
This painting I started from life, then it rained a lot, thus covering my vantage point with water. I had to come back afterwards with my camera. In this painting I pushed the golden light quality to the extreme.

"Same As It Ever Was" 8x10 in. oil on linen board. $500
I really like the way the grass came out on this one. Although the paint is thin, it took a lot of layering to get that effect.

These paintings are all going to be for sale at the Frugal Collector show at the Christopher Queen Gallery in Duncans Mills. Reception is Sunday March 9th. I hope to see a few of you there!


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