My good friend Rita Ho, who is the proud owner of the new Green Bliss Café in downtown Fullerton has asked me to be her featured artist for this Friday's Fullerton Art Walk. I will be painting a live piece at the show, as well as having a few finished pieces on display. Here's the location:
@ VILLA DEL SOL
305 N HARBOR BLVD SUITE 103
FULLERTON, CA 92832
Here are the pieces I will have on display (and for sale), in case you've ever wanted to see these in person:
Old Town Alexandria III
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I've been asked to return to the Anaheim Art Crawl Experience tomorrow, which is an honor considering how nice this event is. It's a fairly new event I think, but it was totally packed with artists and people last time. They'll have tons of food and live music again as well. Here's the site if you want more info: http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience
So stop by and say hello as I paint up a storm tomorrow afternoon/evening. It'll be chilly, but at least it will be dry, so dress warm and come hungry for some good food and even better art!
Originally submitted at Jerry's Artarama Art SuppliesSuperb performance and perfect color retention Specifically designed for oil painters Oil primed for the most brilliant results Made of medium weight linen All purpose weave and beautiful surface texture Exclusive OP enhanced oil priming As an oil colorist it is importa... Centurion Deluxe Oil Primed Linen PanelsDecent panels for the priceBy Christopher Clark, professional artist from Orange County, CA on 9/8/2011 4out of 5Describe Yourself: ArtistPrimary use: BusinessWas this a gift?: NoGreat little 8x10" panels, especially at the price I got them at. I think if you can get them about $3 each they're great. The panel material is not quite as stiff as I'd like - you can tell it's not masonite under the panel which I'd really prefer. It seems like a stiff cardboard. However, it does seem to hold it's rigidity and flatness after it's been painted, unlike other cardboard canvas panels I've painted on. The linen canvas itself is great. I bought about 50 of these canvas panels and I've been churning out paintings on them, so if you want to see this product in real artistic use, check out my site, www.ChristopherClark.comI think this product is a far step above student grade, but not quite as pro as I'd want, mainly because of the not super-stiffness and weight of the board. Nice product though.Recent painting done on these 8x10Tags: Canvas, Panel, Paint, Using Product, Board, Oil, Made with Product, PaintingRecent painting done on these 8x10Tags: Paint, Painting, Oil, Using Product, Made with Product, Board, Panel, Canvas(legalese)
The Anaheim Art Crawl Experience (or ACE) this past Saturday August 13 was a really fun show. Live artists lined up and down the sidewalks, paint and creativity flying everywhere, palm trees glowing with bright lights, a live swing band (music provided by the infamous Dean Mora and his Modern Rhythmists), dancing, great food... what more could you ask for on a beautiful summer evening in Orange County? I painted a live piece there of course, and the finished painting is available for purchase and can be seen here:
A Storm is Coming
Here are some other photos from the night. Hope to see you at the next live painting event!
This Saturday, August 13th, yours truly will be a featured live artist at the Anaheim Art Crawl Experience, located at:
205 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805
There will be dozens of live painters, as well as a LIVE SWING BAND, a huge dance floor filled with dancers (join in or just have fun watching), a free swing dance lesson, restaurants, bars, and in general a swingin' evening for the whole family. Come by yourself, bring a date, or bring the kids. I've requested to have my painting spot be near the dance floor, so hopefully you'll find me there painting away, and of course jumping on the dance floor for a song now and then :)
Being new to the community of Daily Painters, I will bring as many of my new Daily Paintings as I can fit on a display board, and I will probably finish one or two of them there at the show. These little gems are expressive, beautiful, and affordable, and I'm doing my part to make owning awesome original art accessible to everyone.
So come on out this Saturday for some live painting, live music, and dancing!
Since my recent switch from acrylic paints to oil paints, I've needed to change the way I do paintings outside. Rather than being cooped up inside all day, when I get a chance I go outside for a bit, even if I'm still just painting from a photo reference. Because acrylic paints dry so darn fast, when I was done painting, I'd set the painting down and put my stuff away, and by the time I'd turn back to my painting it was completely dry. I could just stuff it into my backpack with my other gear and be off. However, the other drawbacks from painting in acrylic were constantly apparent. The paint dries very quickly on the palette too, which means I was constantly mixing new colors. It also dries fast enough to make it unworkable on the palette in a matter of minutes. And it doesn't refract light that well, since it is essentially liquid plastic. Hence my switch to oil paints. They take much longer to dry, which means they're workable and blendable both on the palette and painting for hours or days. But this also means that when you're finished painting out in the field, you now have a sticky wet painting to negotiate.
The first time I tried doing this, I walked back to the car with my little wet painting delicately in hand. It was a rather breezy day, and all kinds of dust and little bugs and such were sticking to it. I almost dropped it at one point, and a plastic bag in my hand fluttered up and threatened to smear my last hour's hard work. It was such a precarious situation, it was kinda funny. So I discovered the need for a pochade box. This is a small portable art studio: an easel, supply storage, and wet painting storage all rolled into one. Looking to purchase one, the nice ones run from $300-$500. I discovered this home made design by Jim Serrett and ran with it. I made a few modifications, and it was a bit trickier than I thought, but it turned out very nicely.
I took my home made pochade box for a test drive today and I absolutely loved it! It's very easy to set up and start painting right away. The painting is held securely onto the surface, the supplies are readily accessible, and it fit perfectly in my lap. I will eventually attach a tripod mount on the bottom so I can set up a tripod and stand in front of it if I want. I also built a little wet painting carrier, with enough room to slide 3 wet paintings inside. Both the painting carrier and pochade box can be adjusted to accommodate 9x12" paintings and smaller.
Many of my new daily paintings will start coming off of this pochade box, and I'm very excited to start using it on a regular basis. Especially because I built it myself – there's a unique sense of accomplishment ...
The Santiago Art Walk this past Saturday was a lot of fun, thank you to all who came out and made it a great event. As usual, there were lots of galleries showcasing their latest works, live music, exotic food trucks serving all kinds of mouth-watering foods. I myself had some kind of braised beef sandwich, jicama fries, and a Thai Hollywood chicken burrito – yes I was that hungry after painting all night. Speaking of which, here is the finished piece that I was painting live at the event:
Port Orchard Trees II
I got a lot of attention while working on it, which is normal considering people are generally interested in live painting. Which is why I love doing it so much at my events. I guess I'm lucky enough to not be a hermit when it comes to painting, and I can still be pretty sociable while flinging paint around all night. I definitely wore the wrong shoes though – it was pretty warm that day, and I had on some leather sandals which kept my feet cool, but were not great to stand in for 4 hours straight. And I guess I could have just sat down and painted, but then it's so much fun to walk around and talk to people as they come by. I was also so busy painting that I completely forgot to take any photos, which is why I only have these few:
Thanks for a great show everyone! Stay tuned for the next Christopher Clark live painting event.
Looks like I've been selected again as a featured artist in this month's Santiago Art Walk at the Santiago Art District in Santa Ana. Come down this Saturday July 16th from 7:00-11:00, I'll be working on another spectacular painting during the show. I'll also have complimentary wine in my gallery, and there are tons of other galleries and food trucks, and music at the show. Forget about driving to LA this weekend due to Carmageddon - come down to Santa Ana and support your local artist!
See ya there :)
Finally finished a huge commission project for my good friend Tim. He just finished redecorating his entire house, and I was honored when he asked me to create custom artwork as his finishing touches. I designed the pieces to fit within the environment of his newly refurbished home. Here is the livingroom:
And here is the giant 60x60" piece I did for his stairwell/entryway.
I first visited him at his home and took photos of the rooms these paintings were to go in. I then talked with him a while about his life – this is a spectacular way to find out what someone loves in art. You don't just come right out and say "Hey what you do you want me to paint for you?" Sometimes people don't really know. So Tim and his daughters and my girlfriend and I just chatted all night over wine and In'n'Out, and I discovered the things he loves in life, and there you go. I also showed him my portfolio of paintings, and took note of the ones that he really reacted to. When I delivered the finished pieces and helped him hang them, he said "Your creations are inspiring!" Well thanks, Tim. You're a good friend and I hope you enjoy my original paintings for many years.
Here are all 4 pieces I created for him (click for full size images):
Arriving at Paradise
Tree of Memories II
Living the Good Life
If you'd like me to create a beautiful design for your home, office, or private art collection, see my commissions page to get started today. It's such a fun process!
Ok so my endeavor to create one small painting each day has been challenging, especially because I've been neck deep in one very large commission project (not a bad problem to have). But that project was finished last night and will be delivered tomorrow! Whew. Hopefully this will free me up a bit to whip out some fun little paintings more often. The process has been rather educational so far, however. Doing one small painting in an hour or two (or three) is a lot less of a commitment then deciding on my next large painting project. I'm more likely to paint an image on a whim rather than painstakingly deciding and designing for a larger project. It leaves more room for experimenting, which for instance got me started using my palette knife to paint with, not just to mold texture with. Plus it gets me thinking more about painting quickly and freely, with less noodling on fine details and more focus on movement, composition, color, and shapes.
It will also open myself up to a new market of art lovers on a tighter budget. These little gems can be had for under $100, which is a steal for original art in the fine art scene. So for those who'd love to ditch the tired old Bed Bath & Beyond prints and get some great original art (without breaking the bank), these Daily Paintings are your perfect solution. Sprinkle these little original paintings around your home or office, and you're sure to attract some attention.
Daily Paintings done so far – all available for sale. Click for the full page:
Golden Field - 10x8"
Balboa Island Tree - 10x8"
Follow the Path - 10x8">
Warm Summer Afternoon - 14x10"
Each of these pieces can be sold as-is, ready to frame, or can be prepared to hang by themselves. Just ask!
Winestock XIII, a charity event put on by my good friends John Harper and Janan Hughes was a huge success. Every year, these wonderful people open their home up to a fully catered wine tasting party for a charitable cause. This year's beneficiary of the helping hand of so many attendees was the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer. Full of great wine, delicious food, and live music entertainment, it's always a good time at Winestock.
I decided to do a live painting at the show and do a silent auction for the finished pieces, donating all the proceeds to the AVON Walk. People really get a kick out of seeing create a painting in front of their eyes, and the auction was a success. In honor of the wine-themed event, I decided to do a set of wine paintings. This was the finished set:
Here are some photos of the event:
Thanks again John and Janan! See you at the Winestock XIV next year!
I recently discovered that the Art Supply Warehouse in my area does bi-weekly life drawing sessions. Having long known that my life drawing skills were pretty rusty, I decided to check it out this past Wednesday. It's $15 for a 3-hour uninstructed session with a live model who's either nude, draped, or costumed.
Check out their life drawing session calendar on their website here.
They call the event "Catalyst", and they have sessions every Wednesday from 7:00-10:00pm, and Sundays from 4:00-7:00. Definitely worth a regular visit, since every artist always needs to have their figure drawing skills as sharp as they can be. I will be making this part of my regular routine. I got a whole bunch of large newsprint sketch pads I need to use up anyway. :)
Thank you to all who came to the Santiago Art Walk in Santa Ana this past Saturday. This was my first gallery showing there, and it was definitely a success. I met lots of fun people, drank lots of wine, and I even got some painting done at the show. People always seem to be entertained when I do a live painting, and I will continue to do them whenever possible at a gallery show. So if you enjoyed it, come to more shows and watch more paintings come to life. Photos of the finished painting will be up soon.
Pieces sold at the show:
Salute (Cin Cin) - SOLD. Commission a similar painting.
Staring at the Sun - SOLD. These are limited edition prints of my digital work, mounted on a custom textured board just for this show. Commission a similar painting.
Walk in the Park - SOLD. Commission a similar painting, or buy a print of this painting.
Other fun photos from the event:
That's right folks, yours truly has been cordially invited to be the featured artist at the 922 gallery of this months Santiago Art District art walk. I'll be showing every painting I have available, and will also be doing a live painting at the show. It's a really fun event, with tons of other galleries open, music and food trucks. Here's the info:
Santiago Art District art walk
Christopher Clark, Featured Artist
Saturday, April 16th
7:00pm-10:00pm or later
922 East Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Click on the image to see a larger version of it. Send it to your friends, print it out and wallpaper your house with it for inspiration. And come to the show! Hope to see you there :)
This last art show with the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee (CMCAC) and Engard Arts was a success. They chose my piece "Port Orchard Trees" to be the painting they use for their posters and brochures for the next art show. So that's pretty cool. I showed two pieces there, "Port Orchard Trees" and "Only Us", both of which were pretty well-received. I also met lots of other great artists, some of whom I'm starting to see regularly at different art shows I'm attending.
Here is the piece, Port Orchard Trees, that they chose for their next art show which will be October 15th. This will be some really great exposure, since I imagine a few thousand people will see this piece. I've been told by many that it's their favorite. This piece has been sold, however I plan on making a larger version for the next CMCAC show. Incidentally, if you are interested in owning this original, contact me and I can create a special one just for you as well.
I will have two pieces featured in the Artist Showcase put on by the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee this Saturday night. This is a juried show, and they selected "Only Us" and "Port Orchard Trees" as the two pieces for me to showcase, both of which are also for sale. I will be one of probably 20 other artists chosen for this one-evening show, so there will be a good variety of work there. If you're interested in checking it out, here's the info:
Saturday, March 12, 2011, 6:00-9:00pm
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
There is always wine and refreshments at these kinds of events, so come, relax, enjoy some great art. Hope to see you there!
Here's a little documentation of how I made this painting: Swingout in Autumn.
I find I use a lot more home-improvement and construction-grade materials than I do actual art supplies. Which allows me to be a bit more creative, and ensures that my materials are of very high quality and durability.
I start with wood paneling that I have custom cut to the size of the final piece. In this case, 48" x 24". I attach 1" x 4" strips of wood to the back to create a brace, and also to "float" the piece off the wall when it is finished and hung. Quite a lovely effect.
Through years of diligent development, I have created a custom plaster medium which I apply over the entire surface of the wood panel – front and sides.
Here's the finished texture. This not only seals the wood, but provides a rich and decadent texture to paint over. It adds so much dimension to the painting. Plus it allows me to play with it and create effects like a "frame", which you see around the edges of many of my pieces.
I then lay down a base coat of a nice bright color. I use many, many layers of translucent color when creating a painting. This creates a kind of stained-glass effect on the finished piece. I learned a lot from studying the master Maxfield Parrish, who talked much about the way light travels through the layers of paint, creating color effects not possibly by simply mixing colors on the palette.
For example: with the white surface of the texture, then this translucent coat of yellow on top, then another translucent layer of red on top of that, I would get all sorts of wonderful shades of orange, yellows, and reds that would not been possible had I simply mixed red and yellow on the palette.
This technique means fully letting each layer of paint dry before applying the next, as to not mix the wet paints together. Again, think of holding different colors of stained glass up to a window, and seeing the resulting color as light passes through. This is my ultimate goal when I begin to realize a painting.
Here I have lightly penciled in the full scene. I then begin to layer paint on slowly over the whole piece, over and over again.
Here is the finished piece. Far from the original yellow coat I first used. But as light travels through the many layers of paint, the yellow coat influences all the other colors to help unify the overall color palette. It also creates subtle lighting effects that just make me all giggly.
Brown paper packages wrapped up in string – these are a few of my favorite things! This is how your piece will be delivered to you. It's like Christmas! Or Hanukkah! Or your birthday! Or anniversary! Or any other gift-giving, present-unwrapping event that works for you!
Here's the finished piece, hanging on the wall of Tim and ...
Introducing a whole new line of digital art, inspired by both the simple beauty of nature and my love for digital art. Here I pour my artistic endeavors into a different medium than what I'm traditionally known for. Instead of the wood, plaster, paints, and glazes that people have come to expect, I took a turn for the contemporary and called upon my 13+ years of digital design experience to create something fresh and funky.
To start with, I present a series of fun floral designs, which are perfect for a spot of fun wall art, or to license on your next product line. Stay tuned for more chic digital art as I explore different themes with this fun medium.
Sometimes it gets difficult to find the time to do as much painting as I'd like. I need to paint often to fulfill two needs: 1) The obvious love and desire to paint and create beautiful images, to recreate my memories in a way that transcends the photograph and captures the sentiment in a way that I have total control over. And 2) to produce inventory so I have a variety of pieces my clients can choose from, or in case I suddenly need 10 paintings to do a show somewhere. But with working a full time job that occupies about 55 hours of my week (travel time included there), and being on a swing dance team (the Fly Rights) that competes at the national level, having my beautiful girlfriend Alison in my life, and of course finding some time in there to sleep for a few hours a day, sometimes my painting takes a backseat for a few days.
It makes me sad when I walk by my studio in the house and see an unfinished piece staring at me. The temptation to walk over to it, to start scrutinizing it and finding areas I need to work on, to put just a little dab of a few paints on my palette and maybe work out one little bit ... it's rough when I look at the time and realize I have to run out of the house! Sometimes when it's late at night, and I know I should be heading for bead, I will decide to stay up that extra hour and a half because I know I am so close to finishing a piece. And when I'm a train wreck in the morning getting out of bed, I feel it's worth it because I have one more beautiful memory successfully captured that I can share with the world.
This weekend Alison will be working all day Saturday and Sunday, and she'll even need to take my car to get to work. Which will leave me stranded at home. And as much as I will miss not being able to spend time with her during those precious weekend hours, I can't say I'll be complaining because I will have an entire weekend to focus on my craft. And that makes me happy. Because I know she'll be home eventually, and I can put my paints aside – satiated for the moment – and spend some fun time with her.
During a fun weekend with my brothers in Arizona, we had a night of crazy and exotic home-made adult beverages. My brother David is a rather excellent amateur bartender, with an incredibly stocked bar in the kitchen. So late in the night Saturday, we enjoyed many a creative concoction. All were tasty and featured interesting layerings of color, different textures formed by certain alcohols mixing, and of course lots of booze. The drinks were so cool looking that I took a ton of photos, and I think I'll do a "Fun Beverages" type series of paintings based on them. Not that I'm a huge drinker (in fact it's the opposite, I probably have a drink every few months), but these times can be fun and the images invoke a cool but kick-back party atmosphere.
Trying to think of fun themes to do painting series of, and this certainly hit the spot. I've been very well received with my two tree-themed paintings: Tree of Memories and Port Orchard Trees. I will do a few more of those to complete a 4- or 5- painting series. And I will try to continue that thought process when planning my next several pieces. After all, a series of paintings has a lot more legs than just one solitary image.
Got caught with a cancelled flight at the airport coming home from Seattle this weekend. Luckily I had something to keep myself and all the other disgruntled holiday travelers entertained. On the top is the ukulele I got my girlfriend Alison for Christmas. On the bottom is my Martin Backpacker travel guitar, which I take everywhere. Funny enough, that guitar is always mistaken for any of the following: a mandolin, hammer dulcimer, ukulele, banjo, or any other strange and exotic mediterranean instruments i've never heard of. Nope, it's just a regular guitar, without the bulk of the body. Makes for light and easy traveling, and it sounds surprisingly good for its size.
Needless to say, jetBlue put us up in a hotel for the night, where we enjoyed the jacuzzi and the Denny's down the street, then got up at 4:30am to catch our new flight home.
Kudos to Sarah Nueber Design Development in Germany for making this awesome wordpress theme. Was tricky to set up at first (probably because I'm new to wordpress, also because it has lots of features), but the support files available were good, as well as support from Sarah herself. A few email conversations and I was up and running. Still have some customization to do, but I'm very happy with the results so far. I love that the site cross-links itself all over the place, has easily organized categories, and is very social-media friendly.
So take a look around, and please leave comments and feedback about the site, but more importantly my art. I'd love to hear comments good and bad. While compliments are always appreciated and make me feel like I'm even remotely justified for pursuing a career in fine art, constructive criticism is the only way I'll actually improve my work. As uncomfortable as it is, the only way I've ever gotten better at anything is when people told me I suck – and gave me actual details on what I sucked at, and how I could improve.