Sunday, March 30, 2008

SketchCrawl #18

I went to the 18th SketchCrawl here in SF yesterday, we gathered by the fountain of Ghirardelli at 11am. The pictures turned out different than how I want them to look, but this is the first time I painted outside after practicing painting photos at home, and I almost didn't panic! There were a lot of tourists gossiping and peeking, but it wasn't as bad as I imagined. It was very cold and windy, and I have to blow my nose a lot.
These are painted from photos of my Hawaii trip, in the comfort at my own home, without nose-blowing.

Bunny found a place to set up his slide, weeee!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Keep practicing

Why does plein air painting has to be done so early in the morning? Of all the plein air groups I've heard of, none of them starts in the afternoon. I'm sure lots of plein air painters has regular day jobs, so how come they don't want to sleep in on the weekends?? Is the lighting in the morning really that much better? Surely painting outside anytime of day would be just as good.... Zzzzz....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Oh no! Not that super nice guy!!

I read the news about Justin Wright passed away yesterday. I was staring at his picture and I thought "Nooo!"

I met Justin once, during last summer's SketchCrawl. We were at a cafe exchanging sketch books and listening to Ronnie del Carmen talking about art. Justin saw my 2 headed baby sticker on my sketch book and he's like "You work at Double Fine? You work for Tim Schafer??!!" I was a new hire at the time and I was grinning with pride that someone from Pixar was jealous of me! (I think he's hard core gamer).

Bye Justin, you would've liked our new game. :-(

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Landscape Practices

Bunny got himself stuck in a garbage bin and was trying to get out.

My dad said I should practice painting landscape from photo first before I panic when going out to paint real things. Good thing I always took photos of lots of landscape before.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Bunny and practice

There was this phoneless phone station by the train platform, and I thought it would be fun to imagine how a bunny would be disappointed if there's no phone available for him.
There was going to be a series of pears, but I ate them all before it was done. :-D

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Plein Air Bay Area?

Does anyone know if the Bay area have any Plein Air group? I saw them PA Austin and PA Sonoma even has their own website, and was wondering if we have something like that around the Bay area.

These two studies took me more than one hour each, yikes. I guess painting more will help me go faster? One can only hope.