Sunday, December 12, 2010

DPC in NYC (Expanded)

This Saturday the DPC went out to New York City to visit several galleries.
The first gallery we stopped at was Adelson. Here they had an amazing John Singer Sargent show up. For those who still want to see this show, it will be up until the 18 of December.
The work consists mostly of Sargent's impressionism paintings, with the edition of a couple drawings and portraits.

The girls looking at a portrait of a child by Sargent.

Painting By Sargent

Painting By Sargent

Painting by Sargent

Detail of painting above

Detail of painting above

Lexi and Mike Manley being cute at Adelson Gallery

The next stop was to Wendt Gallery where Casey Baugh has his solo show, Evoquer up.
I have been looking at Casey's work for about two years now and can't get enough. We arrived just before Casey had left and we talked for a bit and had a group photo with him.

Painting by Baugh

Painting by Baugh

Painting by Baugh

Our final stop was to Arcadia Gallery which shockingly again, we turned out lucky. It just so happened to be Malcolm T. Liepke's opening. Here Mike and Liepke are together for a photo. I must say I was really impressed with his work. I had only seen a few paintings by him in the past at the U.S Artist Show.
After our long day of gallery hoping, we met up with our buddy Scott Cohn for some grub and good times.


The Dirty Palette club hit the big apple to see the Sargent show at the Adelson gallery and the Casey Baugh show at the WEDNT Gallery. The the gang pose with Casey as he was about to leave is show and try and make it to the Sargent show.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Illuxcon 2010

The DPC has taken yet another trip to Altoona, PA for the 3rd annual Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, Illuxcon. Each year the crowed gets larger and larger, and this year was no exception. Unlike most conventions that are more about Hollywood stars, and vendors, Illuxcon brings together the big names working in the Illustration field today, to share their artwork and business advise to the young and old artists who seek it.

Here we are the night before, talking up a storm and goofing off at our friend Mike's house.
This year to avoid any delays in our trip we all slept over.

After the long 4 hour drive, we stopped by our normal hot dog joint for a bite to eat.
great prices and good food.

This was the first lecture on the Saturday agenda. The talk was on the business aspect in the Illustration field. A panel of artists discuss, present, and visualize the various approaches taken to achieve success in a career in the arts, from commercial commissions, to conventions, to gallery exhibits.

Here Donato Giancola was discussing his process to the DPC.
The thing I love about Illuxcon most is how open the professionals are to questions.

Painting by Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola showing us his process starting with the thumbnails in his sketchbook.

This was Erik Gist's first year at Illuxcon. Meeting him was a great inspiration because I have been following this tutorials on his blog for years now. If I could repeat my education all over again with ideal conditions, I would have went over to the Watts Atelier on the west coast ans studied with Gist.

Painting by Erik Gist

Here the DPC talks with David Palumbo, professional Illustrator/Fine Artist as well as a fellow student from PaFa.

Photos by Mike Manley and myself

Sunday, October 31, 2010

DPC Fall Paintout

Yesterday the DPC gathered and fellow DPC member Jane Winter's beautiful house in Villa Nova for a little painting of the beautiful fall colors before the wind sweepsall the great color away. This was almost exactly a year to the day we went painting down at the Wyeth museum in Chadds Ford last fall. It was cool, but a lot warmer than last year, still there was a brisk wind the whole time which blew my painting off the easel twice.
Will and Alina looked for places to set up and paint as we all walked around Jane's beautiful house and yard, but the sun was moving quick and we knew the light was going to go fast so we quickly chose our spots and busted out the paint kits.

Alina is using her mother's old easel from when she attened the Fechin Academy in Russia named after the famous Russian painter, Nicolai Fechin. Fechin is a big favorite of many of us at the DPC and a particular favorite painterof mine and Alina's

Alina started firing in right away, painting mostly with the palette knife.

Our host the beautiful Jane Winter, she is one of the best people I know and a talented painter to boot!

Your's truely mugging for the camera...

Lexi painting away, she was using acrylics with a extender to help them take longer to dry.
Will was firing away too, going for the big shapes and a bold composition.

I walked around and snapped pictures after about 45-1 hour or so to see where everybody was with their painting. Its always interesting to me to see what attracts peoples attention as a painter, Alina and I were attracted to the same spot, so it was really interesting to see what she would make of the same thing. I was attracted but the path the shadows from the trees cast along the lawn and the transition from the cool foreground to the splash of orange/warm leaves across the fence. I reminded me of the famous painting Sargent did in Broadway...sadly I am not Sargent.

This handsome little painting jane knocked out in about 45 minutes following her critics advice at school to do more quicker paintings of no more than an hour.
Then Jane being the gracious host she is set out a scrumcious spread for lunch!
We had a lovely lunch and the doggies did too!
Here is my final painting, once again I think if the sun had stayed out i could have gotten it to pop a bit more, but those are the breaks.

Alina's final painting.
Alina was trying to figure out how to sign her painting and then decided against it all together.
Lexi relaxing and reading with jane's dogs

Will catching up on his sleep, they both finished early, then I wrapped up my painting and Alina was the last painter standing, working till the sun and set below the tree line, she just couldn't let go of the rapture of nature....
I think Chewie, Jane's oldest and wisest dog had it all figured out, sit on the warm sofa and wait for cookie crumbs!! It was a great day and despite me still having a bit of a cold, even a fever I felt it was worth it to get out and paint for an afternoon, it is something I have really missed since being in Arizona and painting this past summer. I hope we can do it in the next week or two again.

Viva La DPC!