Madras Oil painting: WIP

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Madras Oil painting: WIP, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I don't know if Matisse put down an undertone first but the painting feels so warm to me that I mixed burnt sienna and yellow ochre to lay in this undertone.
After it dried for a week I sketched in the figure with vine charcoal and then lightly misted it with water to set the charcoal. I'm ready now to mix up paint and go at it!


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Workspace, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

did some rearranging in the studio today to give me a more efficient work space. Once I begin painting I'll have to see if this set up works for me. I haven't bought an easel yet but my friend Dianne lent me hers.

Perspective Oil Painting: WIP

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Perspective Oil Painting: WIP, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Oil on canvas; 24x30 inches

Still have several hours of work left on this but it can wait till Monday.

Perspectve painting: blocking in color

Monday, October 27, 2008 at 6:59 PM

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Searching for seashells and mica

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We were off-roading through Split Mountain and Elephant Knees. Here is where we stopped to take some pictures and we all got involved in finding pieces of mica and fossilized seashells. Craig is on the left and Rudy on the right.

Anza Borrego SP campground

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Anza Borrego SP campground, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Looking south across the desert at sunset.

Watercolor in Raffine sketchbook

Finding myself at the center of things, as usual

Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 3:09 PM

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The middle of nowhere

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 8:48 PM

The middle of nowhere, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

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Madras study done on scribbler on iphone

Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 9:53 AM

I am doing several studies of Madras by Matisse in order to get 'familiar' with her before I attempt my actual size reproduction of her in oil for my master study assignment.

madras wc study

Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 3:19 PM

madras wc study, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

A quick sketch done in Raffine Sketchbook 9x12 inch.

madre y su hijito study 2

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4:06 PM

madre y su hijito study 2, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

enlarged image printed onto ink jet transparency film then transfered to Guatemala sketchbook with acrylic matte medium. When dry colored in with layers of color pencils.

Madre con su Hijito.

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Madre con su hijito
Madre con su hijito (back)

Life gets busy...

Friday, October 17, 2008 at 9:10 PM
School and life are keeping me very busy.  Last week we enjoyed the beach for a few days, then Sunday in Long Beach for the 5k run which was lots of fun.  Monday began with school again where more assignments were given out in French class and Painting class.  I got the perspective drawing approved and transfered onto a canvas.  I also put together a canvas for my master study which will be 39 x 31 inches.  Rudy helped me put the stretcher bars together and then staple the canvas onto it.  This evening I put on a 2nd coat of gesso and hoping tomorrow to put on the undertone.  I have decided on a Matisse for the study.  
This evening I began my new 9x12 inch Raffine sketchbook.  I began in the back to try it out.  I think I'm going to like it a lot.  I haven't worked a larger sketchbook in awhile so it will be a bit different for me.  Here is the sketch (in the back of the sketchbook) I did tonight.

Studio Stool

perspective sketch

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 8:33 PM

perspective sketch, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I have two new assignments in my oil painting class. One is to do a painting based on geometric shapes using one and two point perspective. This was challenging for me to draw out. I still have to get the sketch approved before I can start to add color. Minimum size is 18x24

Le Weekend!

Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 7:57 PM
Yes, it was a busy weekend!  Yesterday we went to the RV show to window shop.  Eerie as the place looked like a ghost one is buying big RVs right now!  Then we went to the Bower's in Santa Ana to catch the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit before it ends.  It was so crowded but I did get in quite a few sketches.  When we finally got to Long Beach and checked into our nice hotel, we just relaxed and enjoyed the evening while I mentally prepared for the 5k this morning.  It was an awesome weekend!

Terra Cotta Warrior

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Terra Cotta Warrior , originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

A real man dressed as a warrior. Freaked me out when he began to move and dance!

Terra Cotta Warrior

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Terra Cotta Warrior , originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

A Warrior

Terra Cotta Warrior

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Terra Cotta Warrior , originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

A Horse

Terra Cotta Warrior

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Terra Cotta Warrior, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

The Boatman

Terra Cotta Warrior

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Terra Cotta Warrior , originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

The Civilian Official

Run Forrest Run 5k

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Run Forrest Run 5k, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

It was a beautiful morning and despite not running for over a month, I didn't do so bad. After the race I enjoyed a nice hot shower at the Westin Long Beach where we spent the night and then Rudy took me out for a huge breakfast!!! Next month I am doing the Pasadena 5k with Wendee.

All set to run on the morning!

Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 5:39 PM

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Beach Sketches

Friday, October 10, 2008 at 7:40 PM
Joe 3, Rudy 1San Clemente Beachautumn color on the beach

We just got back from spending a few days at the beach with friends.  The crisp October days were wonderful for walking the shoreline or napping on warm sand.  The guys took their fishing poles and we had fun cheering them on when they caught something.  This year Joe beat Rudy 3 to 1.  But Rudy's one was a large lepard shark so I think it out wins Joe's 3 little sand sharks.

I enjoyed sketching Joe as he set up his pole, the distant coastline where the Western White House (Nixon's) sits, and exploring the colors of the seaweed washed onshore.  I haven't forgotten my Guatemala sketches though and will soon find time to get color into those.  But tomorrow I leave again for the weekend to Long Beach as I am running a 5k there on Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Hi from San Clemente

Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Hi from San Clemente, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

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Little Boxes All the Same

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 3:40 PM
Little boxes all the same

You expected a photo of the beach?

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We did leave for a few days at the beach yesterday.  Perfect weather and looking forward to relaxing with friends.  But last week when I came home from Guatemala I had a notice that Social Security now wants me to have a mental status I crazy????  So this morning I left the beach to come back to Riverside (about 80 miles ) for my exam later this morning.  Then I'll drive back in time for late afternoon  munchies and vino with Rudy and our friends Joe and Donna.   I kneaded Nina's Sweet bread dough last night and put it in the oven this morning.  I enjoyed a piece, warm from the oven, before taking off this morning.  Joe likes my bread pudding so tomorrow the leftovers will appear as bread pudding for dessert.

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Taking time to smell the turpentine!

Monday, October 6, 2008 at 6:42 PM
laying in blocks of color finished piece
Oil painting exploration 

I had wanted to share my adventure of Guatemala after getting back last Monday but I was barely home a few hours and got really sick with the stomach flu and an upper respiratory infection.  I had been looking forward to going out for a nice steak dinner and instead drank Gatoraide and ate rice with broth for 2 days.  I am on the road to recovery now and am feeling much better.

Tomorrow we leave for a few days at the beach in our 'casita' (our little trailer).  So the Guatemala escapades will have to wait.  Well, ok, here's the photo of me and the explanation needed right?

Me and my guys
I spent the week catching up with my french homework and studying for today's test.  I also had to catch up in the oil painting class.  They were working on painting from a collage that had been put together from magazine images.  I quickly put something together and then the instructor tweaked it some more and this was the result.

I really didn't care for the collage but with time slipping away I got started.  I soon found that alizarin crimson was too smeary and I was fighting it.  My bff Tricia helped me out by pointing out that A.C. being a transparent pigment would not go on smooth and opaque....dah...I should have figured it out myself.  Then I went to Jana's blog and knew that it would hold some wise words for me; which it did.  So I didn't give up!  I finished the painting in the studio today so I'm now all caught up with my school work.   Now, I can enjoy the beach for a few days!

I feel bad that I haven't had time to browse the art blogs or leave comments to anyone.  I will get back on track soon....I hope!


Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Sabbath, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I went on this medical mission with a group of 7th Day Adventist. I learned a lot of things about their religion while on this trip, one being they go to church on Saturday instead of Sunday.
On our first Saturday there we attended the Children's Church in Magdalena Milpas Altas, about half an hour from Antigua, Guatemala.

This is pencil, watercolor added later, transfer image with color pencil of Bienvenidos.

The old military bus.

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The old military bus., originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

This is the bus that drove us around the first day in Guatemala.

watercolor and ink with ink jet transparency transfer of photo image of me.

This is done by printing a photo on a color inkjet transparency sheet. You then brush a matte acrylic medium onto the sketchbook page (thin application) and lay the image onto the page. Burnish to transfer image. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. This one not too good.

map of Guatemala

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map of Guatemala, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

image transfer of map of guatemala, colored in with pastels.

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