August 2016

Posted on August 2, 2016

I can cook a pretty mean Paella.

Paella. Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches, 2016.

Paella. Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches, 2016. By Paul Hermann.

July 2016

Posted on July 17, 2016
Twin Peaks Bar. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2016.

Twin Peaks Bar. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2016.

The 500 Club is another San Francisco classic bar both on the inside and the outside.  (its not open at 6 am anymore)

500 Club. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2016.

500 Club. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2016.

I wanted to go back to what I painted for a long time- still lifes.  Nothing fancy, just a quick afternoon study of a bowl of fruits.

Fruit in Bowl study. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2016.

Fruit in Bowl study. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2016.

May 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016

Right when the fog starts ripping thru Upper Haight:

Central Ave between Page and Haight St. Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 2016.

Central Ave between Page and Haight St. Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 2016.

At Sunset the buildings start to glow:

Pierce between Oak and Page. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, 2016.

Pierce between Oak and Page. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, 2016.

I took a backpacking trip around Hetch Hetchy Resevoir.  In some ways I’m still staying local, it is operated by San Francisco Water District.  That’s our drinking water.

Hetch Hetchy during sunset (plein air). Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches, 2016.

Hetch Hetchy during sunset (plein air). Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches, 2016.

Kolana Rock is Hetchy Hetchy’s version of Half Dome.  It seemed to want to be in my paintings.

Rancheria Creek with Kolana Rock (plein air). Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, 2016.

Rancheria Creek with Kolana Rock (plein air). Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, 2016.

April 2016

Posted on April 25, 2016

Haight Street Dive bar (great drink prices):

Molotov's on Haight. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2016.

Molotov’s on Haight. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2016.

Cole St. and Grattan St. (Doug's Suds). Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2016.

Cole St. and Grattan St. (Doug’s Suds). Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2016.

King of the world view from this house:

Twin Peaks Blvd at Burnett Ave. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2016.

Twin Peaks Blvd at Burnett Ave. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2016.

I have painted this pond a number of times, this is the best one so far.  GG park gets nice and quiet at the west end of it.

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2016.

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2016.

March 2016

Posted on March 17, 2016

A classic bar of San Francisco.

The Page. Oil on canvas, 20 x20 inches, 2016.

That’s the  “Jammin on Haight store” with the tattoo shops on both sides.  It was a rainy day.

Corner of Haight and Masonic. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2016.

Corner of Haight and Masonic. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2016.

A simple still life painted from life (not a photo).

Grapes. Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2016.

Grapes. Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, 2016.

January 2016-Part II

Posted on January 24, 2016

I am continuing the mannequin series:

The Piedmont has one of the best window displays, truly artistic.

Mannequin#1 from Piedmont Boutique on Haight Street. Oil on wood, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

Mannequin#1 from Piedmont Boutique on Haight Street. Oil on wood, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

The hippy store on the corner of Haight and Masonic (nice, frequently changing window dispays):

Mannequin#1 from Jammin on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches, 2016.

Mannequin#1 from Jammin on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches, 2016.

I noticed that Tatyana on Haight Street is now shut down.  Another casualty of rising rents?

Mannequin#3 from Tatyana on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2016.

January 2016

Posted on January 5, 2016

With the lack of posts for 2015 one would assume that I am painting far less these days.  But that couldn’t be farther from the truth, I am, in fact painting more than ever.  Paintings take much longer for me to complete, and many finished paintings will just have to remain personal exercises.

A continuation of paintings of Mannequins in store windows on Upper Haight Street.

Mannequin#1 from Ceiba SF on Haight Street. Oil on wood, 18 x 14 inches, 2015.

Backpacking in Washington State in the fall.  Absolutely amazing fall colors, it actually looked unearthly at times.

Pacific Coast Trail in Washington. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Fall 2015.

Pacific Coast Trail in Washington. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Fall 2015.

Haight street is my closest neighborhood and haunt.  Murio’s is at the far end near Amoeba Records.  Go there on a Friday night when Nick is bartending.

Murio's bar on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Summer 2015.

Murio’s bar on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Summer 2015.

I kept this painting loose and painterly, I like that.

Wet night on Sutter at Taylor. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, Spring 2015.

Wet night on Sutter at Taylor. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, Spring 2015.

Golden Gate with Garbage Bin. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, Summer 2015.

Golden Gate with Garbage Bin. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, Summer 2015.

I am really pleased with the colors on this small plein air painting:

The Golden Gate from Horse Shoe Bay. Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, Winter 2015.

The Golden Gate from Horse Shoe Bay. Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches, Winter 2015.

I took my plein air equipment on a European vacation.

view from Cobh in Ireland. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, July 2015

view from Cobh in Ireland. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, July 2015

In my day job, I’m an animator at a game company in Sausalito.  Every lunchtime I steal away into the hills and do a quick one hour plein air study.  I painted this one particular spot so many times thru out the seasons.  I assembled the best ones into this collage, the earliest one is in the bottom right (note the high chroma colors).

Collection of Plein Air paintings. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 inches, 2013-2015.

Collection of Plein Air paintings. Oil on canvas, 40 x 32 inches, 2013-2015.

This is actually a painting from last year.  I sanded it down this year, and now I really like it.

Small Pink Roses. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Fall 2015.

Small Pink Roses. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Fall 2015.

June 2015

Posted on June 4, 2015
Mannequin#1 from Tatyana on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x12 inches, 2015. By Paul Hermann.

Mannequin#1 from Tatyana on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x12 inches, 2015. By Paul Hermann.

Mannequin#2 from Tatyana on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x12 inches, 2015. By Paul Hermann.

Mannequin#2 from Tatyana on Haight Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x12 inches, 2015. By Paul Hermann.

Down 16th Street (from Castro). Oil on canvas board, 12 x 9 inches, 2015.

Down 16th Street (from Castro). Oil on canvas board, 12 x 9 inches, 2015.

Down 24th Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

Down 24th Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

Muni thru Dolores Park. Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, 2015.

Muni thru Dolores Park. Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches, 2015.

Sausalito Electricity. Oil on canvas board, 12 x 9 inches, 2015.

Sausalito Electricity. Oil on canvas board, 12 x 9 inches, 2015.

Portrait Study with Blue Shirt. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2015.

Portrait Study with Blue Shirt. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, 2015.

Study of flesh color. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

Study of flesh color. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, 2015.

January 2015

Posted on January 29, 2015
Father, Rest in Peace.  Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, November 2014.

Father, Ruhe in Frieden. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, November 2014.

Looking Down 17th Street.   Oil on canvas, 16 x 8 inches, November 2014.

Looking Down 17th Street. Oil on canvas, 16 x 8 inches, November 2014.

Liquor Store at 17th and Eureka.  Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, December 2014.

Liquor Store at 17th and Eureka. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, December 2014.

24th Street After a Storm.  Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, December 2014.

24th Street After a Storm. Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, December 2014.

Golden Gate Park at 7th Avenue.  Oil on canvas, 9 x12 inches, November 2014.

Golden Gate Park at 7th Avenue. Oil on canvas, 9 x12 inches, November 2014.

 

Red, Blue, and Yellow Color Test.  Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, December 2014.

Red, Blue, and Yellow Color Test. Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, December 2014.

Red, Ocher, White, and Black Color Test.  Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, December 2014.

Red, Ocher, White, and Black Color Test. Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches, December 2014.

Exploring the paint with these abstracts:

Flowers in Pewter Vase.  Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, December 2014.

Flowers in Pewter Vase. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, December 2014.

September 2014

Posted on September 24, 2014
Oak at Shrader.  Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, September 2014.

Oak at Shrader. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, September 2014.

View Through Curtains.  Oil on canvas. 16 x 8 inches, September 2014.

View Through Curtains. Oil on canvas. 16 x 8 inches, September 2014.

Portrait Study of Doug.  Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, September 2014.

Portrait Study of Doug. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches, September 2014.

Sausalito hills lunch time painting study.  Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches, August 2014.

Sausalito hills lunch time painting study. Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches, August 2014.

August 2014

Posted on August 8, 2014
Dreadlocked contemplation.  Oil on canvas, 17 x 17 inches, july 2014.

Dreadlocked contemplation. Oil on canvas, 17 x 17 inches, july 2014.

 

Study in White Porcelain.  Oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches, June 2014.

Study in White Porcelain. Oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches, June 2014.

 

Pigeon Posing.  Oil on canvas, 15 x 11 inches, June 2014.

Pigeon Posing. Oil on canvas, 15 x 11 inches, June 2014.

 

Golden Gate Sunset.  Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches, July 2014.

Golden Gate Sunset. Oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches, July 2014.

 

Self Portrait Study 2014.  Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, July 2014.

Self Portrait Study 2014. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches, July 2014.

 

Flowers Redux with Vice.  Oil on canvas, 20 x 12 inches, July 2014.

Flowers Redux with Vice. Oil on canvas, 20 x 12 inches, July 2014.

May 2014

Posted on May 8, 2014
View Between Curtains.  Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 inches, April 2014.

View Between Curtains. Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 inches, April 2014.

Bouquet of Hands.  Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, April 2014.

Bouquet of Hands. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, April 2014.

Kirk.  Oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, April 2014.

Kirk. Oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, April 2014.