Noir Painting Celebrates Anniversary of “New” Gallery Space

“Grand Opening on Townsend”
30 X 40 acrylic on panel

UPDATE: This piece was just accepted into the “Nocturne” show at Arc Gallery, San Francisco!

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About one year ago I snapped a photo at the grand opening of 23-year-old Arthaus' killer new gallery space on Townsend Street in San Francisco. Later, when Arc Gallery put out a call for a night-themed show, I just knew it was time to paint this piece!

I love the multiple after-dark stories contained in each window, the general movement, and of course that single light on the front of the building. It took me about a month to complete (scroll down to see the work in progress), and I finished just in time to submit it for the juror’s consideration!

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it began with sketches on a neutral background

it began with sketches on a neutral background

Then I blocked in the windows and laid down some color that would bleed through the sidewalk. I chose to widen the middle window substantially compared to the actual storefront, in order to open up the interior

Then I blocked in the windows and laid down some color that would bleed through the sidewalk. I chose to widen the middle window substantially compared to the actual storefront, in order to open up the interior

I outlined the lettering and started to establish the mid tones. This is the last photo taken before I added the foreground figures,

I outlined the lettering and started to establish the mid tones. This is the last photo taken before I added the foreground figures,

Coming to Town's End Restaurant & Bakery

I am thrilled to announce that my ethereal drawing of the Ferry Building will be on view October and November 2019 at the esteemed Town’s End Restaurant & Bakery - on the Embarcadero, across from Pier 38 (click HERE for restaurant info).

Proud Ferry - 18 X 24 - ink, pencil, impressed line, and charcoal on bristol

Proud Ferry - 18 X 24 - ink, pencil, impressed line, and charcoal on bristol

Town’s End will host a Super Hub group show as part of the 44th annual SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. Open Studios is an annual, free, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists.

Charcoal and Impressed Lines

It’s been quite some time since I played with charcoal and I’m once again drawn into its smokey charm. A nice atmospheric effect can be achieved when combining impressed-line drawings, ink, colored pencil, and charcoal. Here are a few choice examples from this new series. Enjoy!

New Painting On Exhibit

You are beautiful. Are you beautiful?

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This piece has been accepted into the Chico Art Center 2019 National Juried Exhibit. Click here: for show details.

The coat hanger hook floats a question mark above both phrases, as if to ask, “Well?”

To produce this piece, I started with a white background, then several layers of transparent chartreuse acrylic paint. I then placed a wooden hanger on the face of the panel and sprayed the entire surface with an eggplant acrylic (from Montana Gold). The rounded edges of the hanger create d a nice overspray effect. I then busted out my sign painting skills and did my best to accommodate the rough surface.

I like the self-affirmation of this piece and the question, which asks as much, “Are you being beautiful?” as it’s asking if you think you ARE beautiful.

This painting is a bit of a sidelong glance at fashion and appearance, intending to evoke a sense that we are more than what we wear…are still beautiful despite the garments.

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Drawings on Exhibit through 4/12/2019

I just installed some drawings at DADA (65 Post St, San Francisco).  These pieces, while not urban in nature, hold the wall nicely, taking the place of sold paintings for the duration of the “Urb” group show.

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Abstract Painting in Progress

After several focused weeks creating representational paintings, it feels great to work loosely and abstractly.  

Here’s a 24x20 acrylic piece on panel that I’m purposely keeping loose.  I’m kind of chasing after whatever it’s going to be, which is a total blast!

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Meet The Artist(s) - Thursday March 7, at DaDa

To coincide with First Thursday gallery hopping this month, and for those of you who could not make last week’s opening, Steve Piasecki and I  will be at DaDa (click here) for a meet and greet with visitors to our group exhibit “URB”. 

WHERE & WHEN:  DaDa Gallery Bar - 65 Post Street Thursday night from 5-7pm. 

The exhibit features works by local artists Steve Piasecki, Ricky Mendia, and yours truly.  Come enjoy urban art, photographs, a very unique video installation, and  my new painting series (click here to see)

The show runs through April 15 at DaDa Gallery Bar  --  65 Post Street, San Francisco.

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URBan Lan D Scapes

I am filled with gratitude and humility for the enormous show of support last night!  What a great turnout.

The show looks wonderful, with work from Steve Piasecki, Ricky Mendia, and yours truly.  It runs through mid-April.  Visit Dada Bar at 65 Post Street, San Francisco.

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Here are shots of my pieces in-situ.

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Here I am on the way to install the show last week. 

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March 1 Art Opening - New Paintings - "URB" Urban Landscapes

I am excited to unveil several new paintings as part of a threeway show with Steve Pi and Ricky Mendia at Dada Art Bar!

The show features urban scapes — photos, paintings, video installation and street art. Here’s a preview of one of my favorites, which I just finished for the show.

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OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 1 - 7 TO 10PM - DADA ART BAR - 65 POST ST - SAN FRANCISCO

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URB - Urban Landscapes - Threeway Show March 1, 2019

I am super excited to announce my upcoming exhibit of five new paintings! They’ll be part of a three-person show at San Francisco’s art bar, DaDa Bar.

The show includes three distinct exhibits focused on contemporary urban landscapes, rendered using various creative approaches such as street art, video, photography, and painting.

On view will be this 20X24 painting I just finished of Thee Parkside. Come to the show to see what else we have in store! It’s a bar, which is fun enough, and we’ll have a cool DeeJay, so stop by and hang out with friends and see some cool new art for 2019.

7 to 10 pm - March 1

65 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

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New Series - Urban Landscapes

Here is a newly started piece - an acrylic palette knife painting - the first of several paintings in progress, for a February show in San Francisco!  This one is of THEE Parkside, an infamous dive music bar in SF, before the new buildings surround it.

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new construction currently in progress

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cranes are a dominant feature in this series