Dennis McGonagle: Auburn Series

by Robin Schroeder 14. September 2011 16:27
Dennis McGonagle's new series of paintings from Auburn, California are truely amazing.
The Auburn Series at McGonagleStudio.com

Don't miss the Auburn Series YouTube Video!

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Life Drawing from the Human Figure Sessions in March!

by Robin Schroeder 26. February 2010 19:24
The Whittier Art Association Gallery Presents:
Life Drawing from the Human Figure

Come be inspired to draw with us from live models. The gallery is sponsoring ‘sit, stand and sketch’ sessions on Friday nights 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in March.
The first Friday evening, March 5th begins at 6:30 PM. There will be a model’s fee cost of $10.00 each per session. Some easels are available for use.
Location: 8035 S. Painter Ave, Whittier 90602.
Call: (562) 698-8710 or (562) 693-0605 for information.
This is not a class but an open forum for artists who are interested in developing their skills and ability to draw from life.
(Feedback and drawing instruction upon request).

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'Pelican at Avila Beach' and others by Marty Wilson

by Robin Schroeder 24. August 2009 18:37
Marty Wilson's new watercolor paintings will transport you to a Southern California beach! She writes:
'A favorite pasttime of mine is walking on piers that jut out into the ocean at the very edge of the continent. On the pier near Avila Beach I came across this magnificent pelican, He was so stoic and unflappable and allowed me to get close and observe the deep colors, patterns and contrasts of his feathers.'

Pelican at Avila Beach Venice Beach Sildwalk Cafe

For More Information, visit the this featured artist's page at WhittierArtists.com

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'Golden Time' by Dennis McGonagle

by Robin Schroeder 31. July 2009 23:30
Dennis McGonagle has been painting landscapes and murals in Whittier, California since 1975. You can see more of his work at his website: http://www.mcgonaglestudio.com Dennis McGonagle
In the artist's own words: "I call this painting Golden Time because it is being painted in the late afternoon when the last rays of the sun come dancing across the lawn. It's a wonderful time to paint a neighborhood scene. The neighbors are out walking their babies and dogs. Billowing clouds come drifting by. A cool breeze blows the leaves down the street.
I like the sensory bombardment that comes when I do plein air painting. The shifting light, the random sounds coming from houses and cars, the conversations with people that pass by on the sidewalk. All of these elements find their way into the painting.
The painting itself is like a visual diary, a series of moments. I notice something different in the landscape every time I come there. One day it will be the play of light on a fence, the next day I will focus on the color contrast between bricks and grass.
This is the first in a series of landscapes I have planned for Whittier. For inspiration, I am looking to George Bellows, John Sloan, and the Ashcan School. I am also mixing in the American Scene paintings of Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield for good measure.
I am guided by the advice of James Doolin for the composition, who said, "My paintings need to be strong on the abstract level, clear on the descriptive level, and mysterious on the narrative level."

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