Understanding my painting process

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I've come to realize that I need at least three hours of dedicated painting time per studio session.  My process seems to be that during the first two hours, I make a mess.  In the last hour, I fix the mess and move forward.  

I stopped working on this portrait months ago because I found myself only making a mess, never having that third hour to fix and improve things.

Today I had a good chunk of time in the studio and believe me, I made a mess.  But I also made some progress.  It is closer than ever to complete.

Scroll down to view several stages of the portrait and the source image.

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 1/1/2013

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 1/1/2013


Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 12/31/2013

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 4/30/2013

Isabella, oil on board, portrait commission in progress. 4/30/2013

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Sketchbook Entries From Iowa

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I am on my way home from a lovely, if a bit chilly, holiday in Iowa. We spent several evenings by the fire watching movies. Below are several drawings from the week.

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Coasters and Ornaments Galore!

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Over the past few weeks, I've been working towards this weekend's Holiday Fair at Norton Factory Studios, designing new stamps and creating over 100 ornaments and coasters.  These will be on sale in addition to my drawings and paintings this weekend, December 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3094 E. 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601.

Lara Hoke, buffalo coaster

Lara Hoke, big cat coaster

Painting of my commute: the Dumbarton Bridge

Added on by Lara Hoke.

Six years ago, when I first moved to the Bay Area, I thought the land around the Dumbarton Bridge was stinky, ugly, and to be avoided by any way possible.  The last several years have seen a restoration of the area, from a solar salt industry back to native salt marsh.

One of my clients is located in Palo Alto and once a week I drive over the Dumbarton Bridge. Last week, the bridge was a parking lot due to an accident near Facebook headquarters. Being stuck in my car for an hour gave me the opportunity to look at my surroundings and appreciate their beauty. I snapped several photos of the sky and the marsh.  Later that week I began my first painting of the area.  

Dumbarton underpainting, Lara Hoke, oil on panel

Side Project: Coasters and Ornaments

Added on by Lara Hoke.

In addition to showing my recent paintings and drawings at Norton Factory's Open Studios and Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on December 7th and 8th, I'll be selling my woodland creature ornaments and coasters.  

You may remember them from a few years ago, 

http://www.larahoke.com/larasblog/2010/2/21/rollercoaster.html 

Here's a shot of some of the coasters in progress.  Ideas for new creatures are welcome!

 

Coasters in progress

Coasters in progress

A Painting for Norton Factory Studios

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I decided to try something new (for me) for the piece I submitted to Norton Factory Studios' silent auction. I painted a cloudscape.  I'm pleased with the result and am considering doing more. Let me know what you think!  And, if you are in town, come to the auction on Saturday night - 

http://www.facebook.com/events/322081667929246/

Sunset, Lara Hoke

Benefit at Norton Factory Studios Saturday, September 21st

Added on by Lara Hoke.

My studio building, Norton Factory Studios, is holding a benefit and art auction next Saturday evening, September the 21st at 6 p.m.  We are raising money to help build out a 1,220 square foot space into a classroom. There will be live music, beverages, a silent auction of over 25 pieces of art made by Norton Factory artists and friends, as well as a bunch of raffle items donated by our favorite Bay Area restaurants and makers.

Join us!

Southern Exposure's Monster Drawing Rally!

Added on by Lara Hoke.

I just found out that I've been selected to participate in Southern Exposure's annual Monster Drawing Rally on June 14th.  To my husband's disappointment, the event is not about drawing monsters. Rather, it is a live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side on whatever topic they choose. Spectators can observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. 

Water Monster, circa 1985

Back in the Studio

Added on by Lara Hoke.

It's been a crazy few weeks and I have not had the opportunity to spend time in the studio.  However, yesterday I was finally able to get some work done!  I spent about an hour working on the commissioned portrait of the girl with the butterfly.

Because the source photograph does not have a background (just darkness due to the flash), and I don't have shrubs in my studio, I've been relying on the paintings of Mary Cassatt for reference on the treatment of greenery.

Work in progress, Girl with Butterfly, Lara Hoke