July, 2011

Jul 11

A conversation with Ralph Wadsworth

Ralph Wadsworth is a strong and focused personality with a kind spirit. I sat watching Ralph smoke a cigar one evening as he shared some stories from his life—an interesting life, I should add. The cigar seemed a natural element to include in his portrait, an object that makes for a dynamic hand gesture to contrast the relaxed hand draped over the chair-back. The bold and bright background ‘knocks out’ Ralph’s darkened figure giving the scene power and simultaneously echoing the man’s engaging persona.

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Jul 11

Morning Drive

I drive this stretch of road almost daily from Hacienda Heights through La Habra Heights and back. State Route 39 is a north-south artery running from the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Coast at Huntington Beach. I have painted this little, semi-undeveloped oasis in the coastal mountains between the urban sprawl of Los Angeles County to Orange County Southern California many times. 

This scene was painted with a set of  72 soft pastels on a cream-colored, commercially manufactured pastel board. The warm ‘underpainting‘ was allowed to show through the pastel and bridge the cool colors in the foreground and near-distance with the sun-exposed hills beyond. The image is 17 x 23.

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