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, April 26, 2016

The Magic Hour: A Group Show at Christopher Queen Gallery

Just letting you know that I'm in a show at Christopher Queen Gallery with some brand new studio landscapes. The theme of the show is "the magic hour," so-called because it is that often-photographed/painted time of the day that fascinates us as humans. I often wonder why we are so drawn to it; is there some sort of biological imperative? Anyhow, these were all finished recently, and were done from a combo of plein air studies and reference photos I shot.

 "Vermillion Cliff, Timber Cove" 10x28 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $1800
 "Golden Marsh" 16x24 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $2400
"Waking Up In The Evening" 20x24 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $2800

Along with my new paintings, you can see what else is going to be on display by the other artists in the show. The color and detail is nowhere near what they are in person, so I encourage you to take the trip out there to the gallery if you are in the area.

Christopher Queen Gallery
"The Magic Hour"
Sunday May 1st. 2016
1-3 PM
#4 John Orr's Garden
Duncans Mills, CA 95403

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kern County Plein Air 2016: Fraught With Peril

Before The Event

On my way to the event, my car started to overheat. I was on the 101 between King City and Paso Robles before I stopped at a rest area. I waited a few hours to turn my car back on to see what would happen. I heard some crazy rubbing noise, no idea what it was but it didn't sound like something I should try to go very far with. I got towed over to Paso Robles and stayed the night with a friend until I got to take it to a mechanic the next morning.
The next day I learned that I had a broken heater hose along with other things. It was going to be until Friday before they made the repairs and I got my car back. From there I rented a car to get me from Paso Robles to Bakersfield. So once I got there I settled into my host's place(where I stayed last year). I was exhausted from stress and worry at this point so I had no mental energy to try and do any painting that day, but I was able to hang out with my buddies Anton Pavlenko and Greg LaRock. We had the best host, who left us a stocked fridge and dinner for us every night. I went to bed early, hopeful for the next day when I can finally get some painting done.

Tejon Ranch

We got to the gate of Tejon Ranch at 8 am in the morning, ready for what the day might have in store. Last year was pretty here but dry. This year was a lot more green on account of the extra rainfall. It did not disappoint! 

The poppies and lupines were in full bloom! So pretty!

"The Shrinking Creek" 16x20 inches.
This was where I painted from this morning. This creek was withering away as I was painting near it. The stream was literally vanishing before my eyes.

"Starved For Rain" 14x18 inches.
This was a painting I did near the entrance gate. The rain was coming so I didn't get to spend enough time really refining this like I wanted to. It's a little mushy. Had I more of a chance to work  on more paintings, I probably wouldn't have turned this one in.


Friday morning I drove my rental (I miss you, Dodge Dart!) back to Paso Robles in the morning. I got my car back and went back to Bakersfield, but not before I stopped at Kern National Wildlife Refuge near the I-5.

"Kern Wetlands" 11x14 inches.
This was a nice grassland area, sort of a desert plain with this wetland area in the middle of it. Not sure what feeds the water into the land, but it has all kinds of neat wildlife here. Lots of ducks and wild birds. If I had more time I might spend a whole day there. I liked this view but I wish I had a different format of panel to paint it with. I can tell that they can get some beautiful sunrises and sunsets here on the right day.

As soon as I got back to the house, I finished framing things and took my paintings over to the show so that they can be hung for tomorrow's gala.

Before The Gala

It was Saturday morning and the car was still holding up. It turned out to be a beautiful day that we all wished we could have had a couple days before, in order to make some real gems out of.
This was the view from the host house in the morning.

"Pastoral Idyll" 8x12 inches.
This was the "quick draw" I painted for the silent auction portion of the event to turn in for the evening. It was fun to paint, though the end result is a little colder than I wanted it to be.

Some of the lovely flowers that were growing in the area.

The Show

The show was held in the Bakersfield Museum of Art. They have a nice collection there! This was the current show, can you spot your favorite California Impressionist??

Here is my "quick draw" on display. Being a museum, I was totally hoping that the show would actually be in one of the display rooms, rather than what looked to be some sort of conference center, perhaps. The lighting on everything was so flat, and really didn't do the paintings much justice, which probably contributed to the meager sales. We still did ok, overall, but last year's event taking place in a gallery (with good lighting) made for a better show.

A decent chunk of what was shown.

The Drive Back

I had business to attend to in San Luis Obispo, so I took the 58 West. It was pretty barren and not especially picturesque until I got to the hills separating Kern and SLO county. It immediately got more green and lush. Had I known about this spot I definitely would have come this way to paint this area; it's quite beautiful.
A typical view of the foothills in the area.

The descent marked the beginning of SLO county east and what is known as California Valley. It was very picturesque and like very few other places in California I've been to. In fact it reminded me more of the plains around Idaho and Wyoming, especially with these clouds.

Heading south into valley you can reach the Carrizo Plain National Monument. This place is most known for its lush wildlife blooms in the springtime, but unfortunately, I think I was too late for them. The ground was drier than I expected it to be... at least right then...

Some of this looked like a movie set...

This was a view I painted. 12x16 inches.

This was from Soda Lake Overlook. the smudgy part on the left side of the painting is the impending rainstorm that passed through. I had fun with this one even though I got rained on for part of it.

Some more clouds as I neared Lake Santa Margarita.
After stopping at my gallery in SLO to drop some paintings off, I went up the 1 North to go to one of my new favorite roads: Old Creek Road, which connects Cayucos to Paso Robles. There is a gorgeous reservoir that has tons of pullouts for people to gaze at in wonderment. This is a road I can see myself painting over and over again.

Here is a 6x8 in. study that I want to make into a large painting for Paso Arts Fest this year.

Even though I faced major setbacks that threatened my ability to even participate in the event, I think I ended up doing ok. I always tend to do my best work on my way from events (takes me that long to get warmed up ya know?) but you do what you can and cross your fingers for every event. 

Next one is in Los Gatos in June, see you there!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

My Charcoal Drawings are now on Storenvy!

Oh my god. I didn't even realize it, but the last time I posted a bunch of figure drawings on here was back in 2014! I guess you get busy and that's what happens... Anyways, I've been busy trying to really nail down my method of getting a lot of info down quickly. I will probably do a video tutorial of it when I get a chance.

I'm also starting to list my new charcoal drawings on Storenvy! I'll continue to list them on Zatista, but buy them from Storenvy gives me all the profit, so I would appreciate people buying them from Storenvy instead. To commemorate this, the first month of listing my drawings there I will have a code (MLDRW) to get 25% off everything. Even if you're just here to look at the new drawings, I hope you enjoy!

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