Colorful Plein Air Painting at Caltech Pasadena

Plein air painting at Caltech by Chris Legaspi

This painting was done on the beautiful campus of Caltech in Pasadena. Even though the school is famous for Technical and Engineering training the campus is quite artistic and tasteful. It’s a favorite spot among local painters here in Pasadena and for good reason. The painting is 5″x7″, oil on canvas panel. The image below shows the setting of this painting:

painting at caltech campus by Chris Legaspi

Some process images below. About 1-1.5 hours painting time.

plein air painting process by Chris Legaspi

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[VIDEO] Color Course Launch Update

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The NEW official launch date for the full version of The Laws of Color Vol. 1 will be Monday, Nov. 9th, 2015. My apologies for the delay, but I wanted to pack in even more content in the Photoshop edition. This is going to be a very special course and will be absolutely worth the […]

5 Minute Color Study Exercise

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A color study is an exercise that helps develop the skill of color observation, color mixing and direct painting in color. The 5 minute time limit forces you ignore the details and to focus on the big shapes and big masses of color. It’s a powerful exercise to build your color muscles and color vocabulary. […]

NEW Color Course Pre-Launch Info

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Coming in November, my brand new color course will be available on Gumroad.  The Laws of Color Vol. 1 is an exciting new course dedicated to color. This course is designed to take the fear and mystery out of color so students can paint directly in color with confidence. If you’ve been struggling  with color or are […]

Kalen Chock Interview

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Kalen Chock is a top concept artist and instructor. Kalen recently worked as a concept artist at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and is currently the environment art mentor at In Part 1 Kalen and I discuss what it was like to work at ILM. In the second half, Kalen shares his thoughts on […]

[VIDEO]Head Painting in Color

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Portrait painting, also known as head painting is one of my favorite subjects to paint. Painting in color, especially bold, saturated is a lot of fun. In this head painting in color video, I demonstrate a color painting done using a limited palette. Topics covered include: color theory using limited a palette controlling values rendering […]

Figure Drawings and Color Study from Life

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These recent figure drawings and color study from life were done during a class with Mark Westermoe. All done in a toned paper sketchbook. Process image below. If you want to learn how to draw figures consistently from life or reference visit the courses page to learn more about classes available both in person and […]

[VIDEO] Bas Rutten Portrait Sketch

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Bas Rutten is a retired MMA fighter who was a former UFC heavyweight Champion and 3x King of Pancrase. In this 2 part series, I demonstrate the portrait drawing process. Topics covered include: lay-in (construction drawing) planes of the head rhythms and features light and shadow highlights on toned paper darks and dark accents final […]

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