Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My First Post... THE LOS ANGELES SKY





















After much spurring on by another artist friend (William Wray) I'm finally starting my own blog.

This painting is called "THE LOS ANGELES SKY" and it's 36x36 inches, oil on canvas. It will be included in my upcoming June show at The Tirage Gallery in Pasadena.

I really had fun with the color choices, the composition is inspired by Maynard Dixon and N.C. Wyeth. I'm a huge fanatic of art history and especially early 20th century American artists like them, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and numerous others. Anyway... I did this painting with a collector in mind (a law firm in Los Angeles). This law firm has purchased many of my paintings, they collect Los Angeles art, mostly recognizable locations. I felt that this painting has a unique drama, those looming clouds dwarfing the city below. I chose to depict an older area of Los Angeles, including an LA River bridge and City Hall.

16 comments:

william wray said...

Good start Tony, this is one of my favorites. Welcome to blog land

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Bill. And thanks for walking me thru blog land's confusing areas... I finally figured out how to add my links.

John Sanchez said...

This one has a lot of joy radiating from it. A good feeling painting thanks

tonypetersart said...

Thanks John, I really appreciate your comments. Especially since it's one of my most recent paintings, I hope I'm growing.

Clinton McGee said...

It makes you look at the city and the sky in a whole new view.

Again, you outdo yourself with such elaborate views and depictions.

Much to be appreciated.

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Clint,

Recently I've been introducing more "natural" elements into my urban scenes, giving special attention to clouds or trees. Most of my work in the past has focused on "man made" things... buildings, freeways, and other varieties concrete forms. But I feel that my new paintings that contrast "nature vs concrete" have a sublime quality.

Anonymous said...

Tony,
I'm so glad I laid aside grading papers and teaching 9th and 12th graders to take a look at your latest creations. Even at this hour, it was well worth it. I like the fact that you let the sky take the dominant role here. Compared to its earthen contrast, it helps one escape into a never ending flight zone of brilliant clouds. I think we all need to do that every now and then. Nice work. Can I get you to create a cover for my next book?
Brenda (Detroit)

tonypetersart said...

Brenda,

Thanks for your kind words. I'd love to contribute my artwork to your book cover!

maureen said...

tony
i just checked out all youre stuff and you are so amazing. it puts your chess board and sally's posters to shame, and they were top of the line back in the day! ha-ha-
i saw a mint green thunderbird the other day and died laughing!
im so proud of you tony!!
maureen

maureen said...

oops
spelling gets me every time

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Maureen,
Wow, it's great to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi.

John C. said...

Tony- your works are incredible, and I look forward to seeing them at your opening on June 24th. I will be attending with my best friend- your cousin Per ;)

tonypetersart said...

Hey John, glad you guys can come. I look forward to meeting you there.

Anonymous said...

i LOVE your work! and mendenhall gallery as well ,i have been an admirer for years. i was wondering if you know if they sell gilcee prints or if gallerys as such only sell originals?

tonypetersart said...

Hey Anonymous,

Typically Mendenhall doesn't deal in giclees, but they made an acception for Mark Ryden and Richard Bunkall.

I sell my giclees thru the Timmons Gallery in Rancho Santa Fe, but I'm the only artist that they have let do that. I'm also offering my giclees thru eBay.

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