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Bel Bacio Featured Artist for February

What you see when you walk into Bel Bacio this month

What you see when you walk into Bel Bacio this month

I just finished hanging a dozen pieces of art at Bel Bacio coffee shop in San Jose’s Little Italy. There’s an entrance wall and a front room with three walls (and a window), so I chose a mix of paintings, illustration, and prints for each of the four walls. I matched nearby colors wherever possible and grouped them together in four themes:


The "pleasant outing" wall

The “pleasant outing” wall

The "working man" wall

The “working man” wall

The "focus on photography" wall

The “focus on photography” wall

The Raven

The Raven

The Raven • 28.125″ x 34.125″

This moody piece came together from many different sources. I found this gothic (or possibly medieval)-looking frame at a Goodwill attached to a beaten-up print from JCPenney. Around the same time, I was working on a UI design that needed sample content and had picked the phrase “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” to use. It occurred to me that both this Alice in Wonderland riddle and Poe’s poem “The Raven” reference the same themes: writing, ravens, and a touch of madness. I envisioned a frustrated writer toiling in the late hours by candlelight – a good fit for the heaviness of the frame.

While making the initial sketch, I decided it would be interesting if the writer was himself a raven and was using his own quills to attempt to write. I liked the idea of arranging the pose so this wasn’t obvious at first, but a closer look at the back of the head would look more like feathers than hair, and what could have been seen as the arm would actually be a beak.

I gathered up dozens of photo references for desks, candlelight, and ravens, but I knew it’d be tricky to get the perspective, pose, and lighting right without a proper mockup of the full scene. I briefly considered getting a 3D program to set up a scene and ultimately decided it would look too artificial. Instead, I built a scene out of a shoebox, a tiny flashlight, a 9″ posable model (the excellent A9 Ranger from Digital Double), a few odds and ends, and lots of paper and cardboard. After taking about 50 photos from every conceivable angle, I whittled it down a winner and enlisted my husband and frequent model Alan to mimic the pose for additional clothing/lighting reference.

The frame is pretty shallow so I tracked down a 24″ x 30″ canvas on panel for the painting. The beginning process was pretty similar to my other paintings. I’ve come to realize that after my tone layers & ultramarine blue, I often go to either greens, purples, or whites as the next few layers. These are usually the ones that start bringing individual areas much closer to a finished state. I also set the frame around the painting in the later stages to make sure the tonal range matched.

Like previous paintings, I’d restricted myself to using ultramarine blue for the dark areas initially; it, combined with burnt umber, can often make a rich and interesting dark color (to see this in action: every painting in the Statement series uses this blend except Statement III, which uses a carbon black for the helmet and jacket to make it stand out). Near the end the overall tones still looked a bit too soft, so I browsed through paintings of candlelit scenes for inspiration. This helped me shore up the candles, and this painting by Pehr Hilleström in particular made me decide to use carbon black to make the figure and feathers stand out.

The back of the painting is papered over with a copy of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem. I ended up leaving out references to “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” but will leave you with the solution I’d come up with and still prefer most: because they both have inky quills.

 

Concept & reference

Concept sketch w/ reference

Unlit scene with A9 ranger

Unlit scene with A9 ranger

Primary reference

Primary reference

One of dozens of alternates

One of dozens of alternates

Initial sketch for canvas

Initial canvas sketch

Yellow ochre

Yellow ochre

Burnt sienna

Burnt sienna

Burnt Umber

Burnt umber

Ultramarine blue

Ultramarine blue

Pink tones

Pink tones

Green tones

Green tones

Yellow & cream

Yellow & cream

More blues

More blues

Yellow and black accents

Yellow and black accents

~For Sale~

 

Original Paintings and Illustrations

In addition to the pieces below, I do commissions! See (example 1 / example 2).
Send me what you’re thinking about and I’ll mock up possible layouts/size options for you.

Elevate

Elevate • acrylic
48″x36″
~
$3700

The Raven

The Raven • acrylic
28.125″x34.125″ framed
~
$1200

Untapped

Untapped • acrylic
25.5″x13.5″ framed
~
$650

Emilio Sets Type

Emilio Sets Type • acrylic
19.5″x25.5″ framed
~
$1200

Omid & Ashlea See the World

Omid & Ashlea See the World • acrylic
25.5″x19.5″ framed
~
$1200

Marcela Animates

Marcela Animates • acrylic
25.5″x19.5″ framed
~
$1200

Deb Trims the Screen

Deb Trims the Screen • acrylic
19.5″x25.5″ framed
~
$1200

Jillian Adjusts the Tone

Jillian Adjusts the Tone • acrylic
25.5″x19.5″ framed
~
$1200

Steve Plans the Transition

Steve Plans the Transition • acrylic
25.5″x19.5″ framed
~
$1200

Escalation

Escalation • charcoal & ink
25.25″ x 14.75″ framed
~
$250

Loki I

Loki I • ink & colored pencil
9″ x 11″ framed
~
$80

Loki II

Loki II • ink & colored pencil
9″ x 11″ framed
~
$80

Cat's In the Cradle

Cat’s In the Cradle • acrylic on vinyl
12″ x 12″
~
$120

Roots: Carrot

Roots: Carrot • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Garlic

Roots: Garlic • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Ginger

Roots: Ginger • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Lettuce

Roots: Lettuce • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Onion

Roots: Onion • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Potato

Roots: Potato • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Roots: Radish

Roots: Radish • watercolor
8″ x 10″ framed
~
$80

Harvest: Papayas

Harvest: Papayas • colored pencil
5.75″ x 5.75″ framed
~
$80

Edith O'Gorman

Edith O’ Gorman (Language of Flowers) • 10″x12.5″ framed
~
$100

Shadow Puppet: Deer

Shadow Puppet: Deer • ink & charcoal
10″ x 12″ framed
~
$60

Shadow Puppet: Eagle

Shadow Puppet: Eagle • ink & charcoal
12″ x 10″ framed
~
$60

Shadow Puppet: Wolf

Shadow Puppet: Wolf • ink & charcoal
10″ x 12″ framed
~
$60

Peace, Love, and Understanding I

Peace, Love, and Understanding I • colored pencil
7.5″x8″ framed
~
$60

Peace, Love, and Understanding II

Peace, Love, and Understanding II • colored pencil
7.5″x8″ framed
~
$60

Peace, Love, and Understanding IV

Peace, Love, and Understanding IV • colored pencil
7.5″x8″ framed
~
$60

Bathers I

Bathers I • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bathers II

Bathers II • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bathers III

Bathers III • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bathers IV

Bathers IV • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bathers V

Bathers V • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bathers VI

Bathers VI • watercolor
9.75″x11.75″ framed
~
$80

Bob Marley

Bob Marley • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Weird Al Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

Tina Turner

Tina Turner • charcoal & acrylic
~16″x22″
~
$175

 

Paintings on “Found” Items

The Dragon God

The Dragon God • 12.5″x29″
~
$88

The Monkey's Loss

Monkey’s Loss • 12.5″x30″
~
$88

The Farmer's Fence

The Farmer’s Fence • 12.5″x30″
~
$88

Ye Xian

Ye Xian • 12.5″x30″
~
$88

The Rooster's Crown

Rooster’s Crown • 12.5″x29″
~
$88

Bay Bridge \ Anonymous

Bay Bridge \ Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
25.5″x21.5″
~
$295

Underwater \ Anonymous

Underwater \ Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
25.5″x21.5″
~
$325

Winter Forest \ Anonymous

Winter Forest \ Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
21.5″x25.5″
~
$295

Pumpkin \ Anonymous

Pumpkin \ Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
15.5″x13.5″
~
$135

Amaryllis \ Anonymous

Amaryllis \ Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
13.5″x15.5″
~
$155

Heartwood – JH

Heartwood – JH • acrylic on found canvas
21.5″x25.5″
~
$295

Burnt Forest / Anonymous

Burnt Forest / Anonymous • acrylic on found canvas
15.5″x13.5″
~
$155

Tropical Sailboat / Annie M

Tropical Sailboat / Annie M • acrylic on found canvas
15.5″x13.5″
~
$135

City Sunset / AP

City Sunset / AP • acrylic on found canvas
25.5″x21.5″
~
$325

Ocean Arches / Leslie

Ocean Arches / Leslie • acrylic on found canvas
25.5″x21.5″
~
$325

Snowpeak Lake / Tammy

Snowpeak Lake / Tammy • acrylic on found canvas
19.5″x16.5″
~
$225

 

Fine Art Prints & Books

Prints can be on watercolor paper, maple, or metal. The base prices shown below are for watercolor paper prints.

Prior Art (signed book)

Prior Art (signed book) • 53 pages, full color
8″ x 8″
~
$25

Corridor

Corridor • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

A Seat At the Bar

A Seat At the Bar • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

The Complete Tomato

The Complete Tomato • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

Edna and Barbara Have Coffee

Edna and Barbara Have Coffee • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
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Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

Lena and Manny After Dinner

Lena and Manny After Dinner • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
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Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

Barbara Makes a Wish

Barbara Makes a Wish • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
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Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

Reino In Focus

Reino In Focus • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

Statement I

Statement I • fine art print
8″x10″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement II

Statement II • fine art print
10″x8″ original size
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Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement III

Statement III • fine art print
8″x10″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement IV

Statement IV • fine art print
10″x8″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement V

Statement V • fine art print
8″x10″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement VI

Statement VI • fine art print
10″x8″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement VII

Statement VII • fine art print
8″x10″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Statement VIII

Statement VIII • fine art print
10″x8″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 8″x10″
(up to 50″x64″)

Tahuya

Tahuya • fine art print
24″x36″ original size
~
Starting at $100 for 12″x16″ (up to 20″x30″)

Tobey's Gaze

Tobey’s Gaze • fine art print
12″x12″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 40″x40″)

The Big Yawn

The Big Yawn • fine art print
20″x16″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 10″x8″,
or $80 for 15″x12″

Phases of the Peach

Phases of the Peach • fine art print
21.5″x21.5″ original size
~
Starting at $70 for 12″x12″
(up to 48″x48″)

Force of Habit

Force of Habit • fine art print
30″x24″ original size
~
Starting at $40 for 10″x8″,
or $80 for 15″x12″

Electromagnetic

Electromagnetic • 2015, 15″x30″ orig.
~
Starts at $100 for 10″x20″

Inktober week 1: Roshan

I’m participating in Inktober, an annual event since 2009 that’s an excuse to practice inking. I decided to practice facial expressions as a counterpoint to my Statement series of paintings.

Here are the rules I’m following: pick one person from the excellent Facial Expressions reference book, and each week, focus only on that person and draw a different expression every day. The book is a wonderful reference of people of a mix of ethnicity, body type, and gender, from 20’s to 80’s.

This week I chose Roshan, a 47-year old woman. I started off by penciling first and then inking. I’d barely started on the eye when I quickly realized that the Uniball Vision I was using put out too much ink for the notebook I’m using (a blank thin-paged paper-cover Moleskine). I switched to a Micron 02 (0.3mm) since the paper is so delicate. It’s much easier to draw creases and wrinkles when drawing with thinner lines overall. It feels slightly like cheating to me because I’ve been drawing with thicker (more unforgiving) lines. I figure if I do this for a while I can get more confident about working back to the thicker lines. I felt like it lost a bit of the expressiveness by drawing it in two stages (pencils & ink) so for the rest I used ink only. Week 1 is done!

A good starter post.

Smiling

I can imagine the sound she's making here.

Oh boy

This is my favorite one, with the head tilt, wide-eyed, with a tiny bit of a grimace.

Concerned

A little more subdued, thinking or resting.

Resting

Or possibly defiant.

Deep in thought

Fine Art

Live Painting at the Cinequest Film festival

Elevate

Elevate • 48″ x 36″

Prior Art series

Typesetting

Typesetting • 3 pieces

Stereoscopes

Stereoscopes • 3 pieces

Zoëtropes

Zoëtropes • 3 pieces

Darkroom

Darkroom • 3 pieces

Transfers

Transfers • 3 pieces

Reel-to-Reel

Reel-to-Reel • 3 pieces

Mixing

Mixing • 3 pieces

Statement series

Statement I

Statement I • 2014, 8″x10″

Statement II

Statement II • 2014, 10″x8″

Statement III

Statement III • 2014, 8″x10″

Statement IV

Statement IV • 2014, 10″x8″

Statement V

Statement V • 2014, 8″x10″

Statement VI

Statement VI • 2014, 10″x8″

Statement VII

Statement VII • 2014, 8″x10″

Statement VIII

Statement VIII • 2015, 10″x8″

Figures

Corridor

Corridor • 2017, 12″x12″

A Seat At the Bar

A Seat At the Bar • 2016, 12″x12″

The Raven

The Raven • 2016, 28.125″x34.125″

Edna and Barbara Have Coffee

Edna and Barbara Have Coffee • 2015, 12″x12″

Untapped

Untapped • 2014, 24″x12″

Lena and Manny After Dinner

Lena and Manny After Dinner • 2014, 12″x12″

Barbara Makes a Wish

Barbara Makes a Wish • 2014, 12″x12″

Reino In Focus

Reino In Focus • 2013, 12″x12″

Abstract

Electromagnetic

Electromagnetic • 2015, 15″x30″

(re)Release

(re)Release • 2014, 20″x20″

Nature

Tahuya

Tahuya • 2017, 24″x36″

Tumultuous

Tumultuous • 2016, 5″x5″

Over the Shoulder

Over the Shoulder • 2015, 30″x20″

Tobey's Gaze

Tobey’s Gaze • 2015, 12″x12″

The Big Yawn

The Big Yawn • 2014, 20″x16″

Weathered

Weathered • 2014, 40″x48″

Phases of the Peach

Phases of the Peach • 2009, 21.5″x21.5″

Down to the Shore

Down to the Shore • 2010, 24″x12″

The Complete Tomato

The Complete Tomato • 2014, 12″x12″

Experimental

Force of Habit

Force of Habit • 2009, 30″x24″

It’s a Backpack; No, a Bag; No, a Hat

I’m not a knitter. I gave it the old college try, and two hats, a wallet, and a scarf later I’ve realized I’m just not into it. I had two rectangular-ish pieces from a half-done knitting project that’s been languishing for the last year that was supposed to become a little backpack. But alas, the backpack was not meant to be.

So, their second life began: I decided I would make little bags out of them and felt them. I’d felted once before using a kit to make zippered wallet-type bag with sushi on it. It involves agitating the heck out of the piece in the washer with hot water until it shrinks. I ran it through once…and again…and again. And nothing was happening. Apparently I forgot to check what kind of yarn it was. Wool will shrink, and therefore felt. Acrylic will not. And the 20% wool/80% acrylic blend I’d been using merely scoffed at my attempt to felt it. The bags, too, were not meant to be.

A few days later, while looking at the decidedly-not-felted larger piece, I picked it up to puzzle over its shape and, inexplicably, put it on my head. And…it fit. And the two corners stuck out like ears, almost intentional. So I grabbed some of the remaining pink yarn from the sushi wallet, filled in the ears, and sewed the ears closed so they’d keep their shape. And that is how this hat came to be.

Mystery knits

Orphaned knitting projects

hat of the cat

A perennial fashion statement