Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sketchbloginson is moving!

Good news, everyone! I have decided to ditch Blogger after FOUR YEARS of their sub-par blogging service. Four years! Man, that's a lot. Really I can't complain that much...but I have found a new love. And her name is WordPress.

Blogger was fun while it lasted, but it's time for me to move on to something a little more mature...more sophisticated. In that vein, I invite you to visit my new blog/portfolio site: http://flimflammery.com !

Sorry to make you update your feed readers, but I'll try to make this as painless as possible. Click HERE to subscribe to my new blog!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

APE Starts today!

I hope to see everybody at APE today, booth 286 and 287 is where you can find me and Brittney. Because I'm crazy I started (and finished!) this print last night. Perfect for Halloween times!




I will be tweeting at APE, so if you want you can keep up with me there!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Countdown to APE: Tree Girl!

Here's another print I just finished for APE. I haven't done too many pieces in this vertical format, so it was interesting trying to come up with a composition. I wanted a fall piece and this seemed to fit the bill.


Brittney and I will be at Table 286 and 287...be sure to stop by and say hi!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New APE print!

Here's a new print that will be available at APE this upcoming weekend! One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts. Here's my take on it...




Brittney and I will be at tables 286 and 287. Check the handy map below for details. More APE prints to be revealed this week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

D is for Dogs


It's a Chow-chow, chowing down on chow mein!


Schnauzers always look so smart to me. And like old men.



I love Boston Terriers...they look like bat-dogs to me.


These mini-prints will be coming to an APE table near you! Brittney and I are looking forward to bringing everyone a slew of awesome new stuff at this years APE con, so be sure to stop on by our tables! (These may also make an appearance at this year's Purrcasso!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

North Beach Sketchcrawl

Had a great time on this last crawl in SF. Great friends, weather, and food! Started in Portsmouth Square and made our way up Columbus into Washington Square park. Here's some sketches.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Erik Tiemens Mendocino Workshop

Last weekend, Mayka and I took a trip three hours north to Mendocino so that I could attend Erik Tiemens's gouache landscape workshop. Meanwhile she had her own adventures. The workshop was full of great demos and I feel like I learned a lot. Erik is certainly a master and it's great that he's so willing and happy to share his wealth of knowledge. Here he is doing a demo:
 
And the demo itself, which was very useful:
It was a two day workshop, and there was time in the middle of both days for us to go outside and sketch around Mendocino.On the end of the second day we worked on a more finished painting and Erik came around and gave individual help. Here are some of my warmups/sketches and a slightly more finished painting:
I got to a point with that last painting where I felt like I didn't know what else to do with it. I had Erik take a look at it (paintbrush in hand) and he just started going to town...scrubbing bits out, adding contrasting colors, foreground elements, eliminating symmetry, etc. If there's one thing I took away from the workshop, it is to be less fiddley and attached to my paintings and be more willing to take broad action with them.
As for Mendocino itself, it is a really strange town. I constantly felt like I was in a Hitchcock film. The town is very small and remote and foggy. It seems that everyone there is an artist of some sort, which gets surprisingly annoying after a while. Considering that 90% of the workshop was from San Francisco, I am hoping Erik has more workshops in the Bay Area. Here are some "Mendo" photos; eerie and charming at the same time:

 
That last one is not actually from Mendocino. On our way home we decided to take a "shortcut" from highway 1 over to 128 because we thought 1 would be too long and windy to take all the way back. BAD IDEA. We ended up on "Mountain View Road"  - winding up and down a mountain top in the middle of nowhere for an hour (an EXTRA hour than it took to get there) If the car had broken down I'm pretty sure we would have just died in the woods. We both ended up carsick from the twists and turns and constant braking...but at least I got that photo.
In other news, APE is coming soon! Will have lots of new work to post shortly.