Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mac's Smoke Shop

Following the theme of nightscapes of local landmarks - I'm having fun with Mac's Smoke Shop in downtown Palo Alto.  I don't know the age of his establishment, but it's been around a good long time.  It has the best neon sign in town.  I took the photo of this shop at 6:30am in mid-March.  If you check back in another week, I should have a finished photo.  Thanks for dropping by...Mark
OOPS...I accidently replaced the finished painting with the painting in progress. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Here you go.  Too cute for words...the black and white ruffed lemur....

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Last month I entered 4 paintings in a local painting exhibition that drew paintings from all over the country.  All 4 were accepted and are on display for the rest of March.  They can be seen at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.  Corner of Ramona St. and Forest Ave.  This is the first time I have publicly displayed any of my work, and it was real encouraging to have all 4 of my entries accepted. 

In a couple of months the same gallery is going to have an exhibition with the theme of "Animals".  I'm interested in participating, so this past weekend I made a trip to San Francisco Zoo to take some photographs.  I think there might be a few good paintings in there somewhere.  A couple of days ago I started in on a pretty cool little lemur.  He or she was hanging onto a tree stump with some bamboo leaves all around.  Here's the start...check back in a few days and I'll have an update.  Cheers, Mark

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

General Store Completed

This was a very fun piece to create.  Love the early morning light, the great colors, and the details provided by the roof, the gas pumps, phone booths and groceries in the windows.  If you ever drive down highway one just south of Carmel and stop here for gas you will be using more modern pumps.  I just couldn't paint in the existing high tech pumps - I traded them out for some vintage Sunoco Pumps.  And as you will notice the price of gas is a bit dated - by about 50 years - the age of the pumps.  Thanks for checking in....Mark