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Giant Burger V - 12x12 Oil on Canvas
This corner on Telegraph has always been one of my favorite Oakland spots. I did a series of paintings setting my easel up early on first fridays and watching the dynamics on the streets change throughout the day as swiftly as the clouds above.
 In the afternoon it would be relatively quiet besides the cars zooming past. Once I was clearly set up where a dealer must regular because a fairly consistent stream of cracked out people were very confused to see me painting when they finally got up close enough to see what I was doing. This day I had a truant teen rap to me while I painted. That was great. He was quite talented,  I hope he goes somewhere with it.  Around 3 in the afternoon the classic cars and low riders start pulling into the lot to snag the most prominent spots.  This had been their hang out since the 70's and 80's (when the cars weren't so classic). I can turn off my own music and trust their stereo systems will keep me moving.
 A newer tradition that just blossomed  is the first fridays street party. Once contained to the alley where local artists could show their goods without much overhead. Over the years it spilled out onto Telegraph Ave, closing off the street, adding food trucks, live music at each corner and bazaar like crafty goods in between.  Around 4 the street would be blocked and the venders would busily set up. The sun would work its way behind the buildings as I add my final touches whle the light settles for a moment in that magic glowing phase.  I pack up as the light dwindles and a lowrider thanks me for my craft as he gifts me a mini bottle of wine. They tell me about their ride as I enjoy my cabernet.  As the streets start to fill with pedestrians, I bike back up the hill to my home only to drop of my gear, don my roller skates and go back to join in on the festivities.  A few years ago Space Burger had a go with the space but when that didn't pan out they just fenced off te entire property.  That is how it sits today. 
But I remember when... #Oakland #history #pleinair #oilpainting #firstfriday #giantburger #hellaOakland
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Giant Burger V - 12x12 Oil on Canvas This corner on Telegraph has always been one of my favorite Oakland spots. I did a series of paintings setting my easel up early on first fridays and watching the dynamics on the streets change throughout the day as swiftly as the clouds above. In the afternoon it would be relatively quiet besides the cars zooming past. Once I was clearly set up where a dealer must regular because a fairly consistent stream of cracked out people were very confused to see me painting when they finally got up close enough to see what I was doing. This day I had a truant teen rap to me while I painted. That was great. He was quite talented, I hope he goes somewhere with it. Around 3 in the afternoon the classic cars and low riders start pulling into the lot to snag the most prominent spots. This had been their hang out since the 70's and 80's (when the cars weren't so classic). I can turn off my own music and trust their stereo systems will keep me moving. A newer tradition that just blossomed is the first fridays street party. Once contained to the alley where local artists could show their goods without much overhead. Over the years it spilled out onto Telegraph Ave, closing off the street, adding food trucks, live music at each corner and bazaar like crafty goods in between. Around 4 the street would be blocked and the venders would busily set up. The sun would work its way behind the buildings as I add my final touches whle the light settles for a moment in that magic glowing phase. I pack up as the light dwindles and a lowrider thanks me for my craft as he gifts me a mini bottle of wine. They tell me about their ride as I enjoy my cabernet. As the streets start to fill with pedestrians, I bike back up the hill to my home only to drop of my gear, don my roller skates and go back to join in on the festivities. A few years ago Space Burger had a go with the space but when that didn't pan out they just fenced off te entire property. That is how it sits today. But I remember when... #Oakland #history #pleinair #oilpainting #firstfriday #giantburger #hellaOakland jjjirsa. com
Dolores Park Bridge 16x20 Oil on Canvas 2010
Pulled this one out of the vaults from an early plein air session at Dolores Park.  One of my all time favorite subject matters and special retreat with in the urban jungle. This painting use to hang in my home as a nostagic getaway on rainy days and lonely moments.  Paintings offer such a gentle escape whether for a moment or an hour.  I often paint in very busy parts of the city but have a knack for tucking just out of the way of the general public and finding my own private space within a crowd (I'm pretty sure this skill comes from hiding in the clothes racks at the mall as a kid). This painting brings me back to that little patch of grass just past Church and the train tracks where I could always find some peace and tranquility while I losing myself into a painting and a place... This time sitting in the sunshine with Chili Pepper's
Dolores Park Bridge 16x20 Oil on Canvas 2010 Pulled this one out of the vaults from an early plein air session at Dolores Park. One of my all time favorite subject matters and special retreat with in the urban jungle. This painting use to hang in my home as a nostagic getaway on rainy days and lonely moments. Paintings offer such a gentle escape whether for a moment or an hour. I often paint in very busy parts of the city but have a knack for tucking just out of the way of the general public and finding my own private space within a crowd (I'm pretty sure this skill comes from hiding in the clothes racks at the mall as a kid). This painting brings me back to that little patch of grass just past Church and the train tracks where I could always find some peace and tranquility while I losing myself into a painting and a place... This time sitting in the sunshine with Chili Pepper's "Under the Bridge' running through my head... Just looking at it is a reminder of what a gift it is to be a plein air painter and have this whole city be my studio free of walls, with the sky being my light and the people being my energy. The painting was also special to me for it's unique color palette I wanted to keep fresh in my head. But alas, at some point I stored it away as it hadn't found a loving patron to take it to a new home. While I've been organizing my life and my inventory, I found that I still had this painting stored away. So I'm putting it on sale in my shop at www.jjjirsa.com. The colors are as bright and as saturated as the day they were born and shall remain that way for many lifetimes. Go find it and give it to someone that loves that park as much as I do. I would also greatly appreciate if you would spread the word to other #DoloresParkLovers and other #artlovers #jirsainpleinair #pleinairpainting #pleinair #oilpainting #Dolorespark #sanfrancisco #underthebridge #paintingonlocation #thecityismystudio #red @lovedoloressf @places_to_paint