Posts Tagged ‘plein air’

Artist of the moment…..Ken Auster….


In the gallery all painting by Ken Auster save the last one painted by Francis Livingston.


Ken Auster is known for his wonderful plein air works.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Here the artist talks about a book and paintings he made of San Francisco over fifteen years.

If you love this artist’s work please check out the cityscape paintings of Francis Livingston. Livingston has a similar palette of soft and bright colors with complimentary colors used in the shadows. Below is an example of a Francis Livingston painting of a city. Lately Livingston has switched from painting the city to painting western scenes, but I still prefer his urban and cityscapes to his new genre of works.

Ken Auster was born and raised in California. He grew up enjoying the surfing paradise of his locale. Auster formed his own t shirt company whilst in college and his silkscreened t shirts were among the hottest items in the beach culture. He was the “Rembrandt” of the beach scene. Realize in this time before the internet and large retailing shops that many shirts were made by hand using silkscreened or airbrushed method. Auster was able to make tremendous profits in this fun cottage industry at the time.

In the 1990s Ken Auster began to paint in oils and refine his skills to become a fine artist. He broke away from his pattern of developing a great design that would look great on t shirts and easily reproduced with the silkscreen method, to painting scenes in oils and working entirely from life in the process. He began painting urban scenes that before didn’t tempt him at all to paint. He developed his color palette to reflect what he felt in the city.

The artist has been in many fine art publications including the cover issue of Plein Air magazine in . Auster has also appeared in Soutwest Art and Art and Antiques.

price range info: Most works are plein air works and can be found from $500 to $2000.

I enjoy this artist for his ability to come from painting t shirts, to become a fine artist. It reminded me Andy Warhol. A great artist to begin with. Follow this with his dedication to building a successfor commercial art enterprise. Warhol was known for his wonderful advertising and design skill, Ken Auster was designing wearable art for his surfing fans. Warhol became the highest sought after contemporary fine artist. Auster has already won many awards for his plein air work and with his dedication to self improvement the best is yet to come!

Try a cityscape painting today!




Artists working with the face and figure…….Dan Sprick


The artist was born on May 1, 1953.

Currently lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with his wife and daughter.

A great interview from 2009 with Mr. Sprick. The interview was done by the Denver Art Museum.  A very interesting artist indeed.

A great interview by Michael Klein with Dan Sprick. It was put together by Arcadia Gallery out of New York City.

The artist attended many colleges and academies after high school.  Attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado. The National Academy of Design in New York City. Bachelors degree in the arts from University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.

Has works in many museums. Denver Art Museum, Evansville Indiana Museum of Arts and Science, the National Museum of American Art in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. the State of Colorado Capital Building, the Hunter Museum of Art.

A link to the artist’s personal website-

On line and land based galleries-   Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City.  Great selection of the many genres painted by the artist.  From florals to landscapes to people you can see how hard the artist had to work to master his medium.

Gallery 1261 in Downtown Denver. This is where I usually find the artist’s work in person. Occasionally you might even find a charcoal drawing done by the artist if you are lucky.

low price range- $5,000

high price range-  $75,000

Sprick grew up in Colorado and in the late 1990s he and his wife were driving thru California. They found a great spot that had their name on it so to speak, and the couple rented a house within an hours drive of Monterrey. This was the only time the artist took to painting in plein air. In his house in Glenwood Springs many of his paintings of the ocean inhabit the walls.

mediums used: oils, charcoal

surfaces used: paper, linen

The artist made some lessons that you can find on dvd or vhs from   The artist was much looser in his work from this time period of the 1980s and compared to his super tightly rendered modern works, its hard to believe the works came from the same artist. I recommend the full figure drawing lesson with charcoal, he starts and stops over two times before getting a start he is happy with.

Great painter of flowers as well.

The artist is giving a live demo in downtown Denver at Meiningers Art Supply on 400 Broadway. You must donate either $35 or $10 to the Denver Art Students League. These events usually fill 70 chairs in BAD weather in Denver, best to get there early and get a good seat.  You must have a ticket to attend the demo and tickets go on sale the 22nd, one week from tomorrow. You won’t be able to buy a ticket online, you must go before hand to a location and purchase the ticket in real time in person!

Although the artist doesn’t dig into the figure as much as he used to, the drawing level is very high and a great deal can be learned from studying any of his figures. Notice the detail given to the underlying anatomy of the many skeletons painted by the artist. The artist is very diverse in his subject matter, trying to make the ordinary extraordinary.

Keep creating!  Don’t even give up!





Awesome Acrylic Artists series….David Lobenberg…



mediums used: ink, watercolor, acrylic

surfaces used: paper, canvas

The artist is based out of Sacramento, California.

Received MA from UCLA.

Teaches at Sacramento City College.

Online gallery:

This artist paints a wide variety of subjects, my favorite are his people and landscapes. His people for the freshness of the paint. The landscapes for their use of color and plein air look and feel. Very bright and explosive colors as well.

Collected by both public and private sectors. Some commissions have been done for Arnold Schwarzeneggar, the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and  the Imax Corporation.

Has a dvd as well as book out. The dvd is for watercolor, highly adjustable to acrylics. Images of both are in the gallery above.

price range: from Fineartamerica I saw some prints for around $25. Originals priced $300 in watercolor to $2000 in acrylics

artist’s website:

I love this artist for not only being great with painting techniques and sharing, but for also being an astute businessman. A book, a dvd, workshops, and prints. If you are wondering a way to pad your earned income from art consider one of these ideas! This artist has done so and is having a great artist life! In honor this artist for today’s studio try painting a coke bottle or can.

Happy painting!