Today, my artist friend, Airy and I spent the afternoon at the botanical gardens and came across this miraculous plant. Many bees fluttered around with clumps of the brightest orange pollen stuck to their legs.
Once a year, the de Young Museum hosts an event where they invite florists to bring in flower arrangements to compliment some of the artworks.
Afterward, my friend Airy and I sketched.
A good friend's son recently died, so I painted a portrait. I'm unhappy with the way the mouth turned out, but I like his hair. It took me a long time because every time I sat down to paint his picture, I became overwhelmed with emotion. To help me, I turned the picture upside down and painted this way.
I am still having a lot of problems with watercolor painting. I'll keep practicing.
Airy's current work in progress.
If I were to try and save this one, I would use white gouache and eliminate the 3 avocados on the left. Even then, it would not be great.
I decided to cool the surface and strengthen the shadows. Did I improve it?
Mark's tribute to artist by making a stencil.
I started en plein air group to help get artists out of the house and into the parks. This week we met in the Mission Community Gardens.
I am currently struggling to paint looser with watercolor and have been practicing a lot.
I'm not happy with my finished paintings but I DO enjoy sitting outside and staring at flowers.
I still need to add the shadows underneath.
Mark's pressed flower experiment
I thought I would try using an ink outline, but realized that I do not care for that kind of style. It pushes things into an illustrative or cartoon world. I also struggled with remembering to keep certain areas unpainted for highlights. Here I tried to scrub away some of the paint, which resulted in damaged paper.
I have very limited experience painting flowers or other plants, so thought I would give it shot. I'm not happy with the results, but the nowness I experienced was splendid.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.