Steam Alley video from Farmer's Market by Philip Loarie
My goal is to bring art to my community and I am able to fulfill that dream by painting LIVE during STEAM Alley at Farmer's Market in San Luis Obispo. Steam represents Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Farmer's was PACKED! There were so many people watching me paint and the crowd was ever evolving. Having the Ninja Tumbling squad down Garden st really brought people into this special event.
I did my first mock up full scale painting from a reference photo of the seven sisters mountain range in SLO County. Huge thanks to my friend Jason Cook for flying out over the ocean to shoot this special photo from the backside of Morro Rock. Really magical! I loved how deep the blues were that day. Both the sky and the ocean were electric with color and it was so much fun to paint. Vivid colors are such a huge part of all of my paintings. I laid in the base shapes of the painting with ultramarine blue and then started in with unbleached Titanium white (which is a neutral beige which is perfect for the dry hills in our area this time of year). I had a lot of fun with my palette last night. I then added white to blend with the sky and ocean, light cadmium yellow which made a beautiful teal when mixed with ultramarine blue, added mars black to do some of the greys within the mountains and city, and finally made a warm brown using orange and dioxazine purple. I kept my strokes loose and free and let this painting serve as a quick sample of plein air painting from a photo.
These painting nights at Farmer's are so fun because I get to meet the best people. There are a lot of tourists but a lot of the people who stop to say hi and ask questions are locals. I feel like such a part of the community by being in the public and sharing my art. I'll be at the October STEAM Alley as well on October 27th! You can't miss it! It's the Farmer's Market where all of the kids dress up for the huge costume contest!
Where will I be next you ask?
Join me for live painting on October 8th at the Railroad Museum in SLO!
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