If you read this blog, you know that Locke, California is one of my favorite places to paint. It's also the home of several of my artist friends including Martha Esch, Ernie Wester and Chris Spencer. Going to Locke is always a treat...and of course a beer and hamburger at Al the Wop's is required.
The Locke Foundation is the Locke town council and they raise funds for improvements and historic projects in the little town. Saturday was the Harvest Homecoming Festival, a fund raiser that included Chinese singers, dancers, a chinese orchestra and, of course, Chinese FOOD! A great time!!
I donated three paintings that I've done over the years in Locke. All of them sold in the silent auction!! I was very pleased to contribute the proceeds, and also pleased that they all sold! How about that!??
I could only find pictures of two of the paintings and they are included here. Both were 12 x 16 I believe. The one on main street was painted during the annual chili cook-off on stretched pre-toned canvas. Painting while your insides are being dissolved by incredibly hot - and delicious - chili is a challenge. The tequila shots that many of the chili vendors pass out as bribes to vote for their chili don't help a lot either. The painting of the buildings in the alley behind main Street was done on a toned canvas panel. I've always liked this painting. I used black acrylic gesso to sketch the scene and also to block in the darks. The rest of the painting was done in oils. This black gesso technique gives a painting a lot of contrast....something my work can sometimes lack. The gesso is also really nice to paint over with oils...Take a look at the handrails painted over the black gesso in the lower left of the painting. I like the effect. The third painting not shown here was also painted from the end of Main Street during the Chili Cook-off a few years ago. It was a large painting done entirely on location. I think the beer helped me see it through
Don't miss a chance to visit Locke if you get it!!