Sunday, June 21, 2009


Finally done! I've been working on this commission for the last month and a half.

Sunset Cliffs Park (San Diego) Acrylic on canvas 16"x48"

The purpose of this brochure is to educate visitors about our Sunset Cliffs Park here in Point Loma. This is a Pelican's eye view. As a surfer, one of my favorite sights is watching pelicans gracefully ride the updrafts of breaking waves.
Originally, this painting had some figures on the edge of the cliff (for scale). But I was asked to remove them in order to avoid giving tourists a dangerous idea (and potentially handing the city a law suit).

The 16"x48" original acrylic will be reduced down to a 5 1/2" x 16" - standard proportions for a City Parks brochure. Here is the rough compositional drawing to give you an idea - both folded and open.

The photos I used for this project were taken by Mark Lipskey from a mini remote controlled helicopter with both a still and video camera. Here are some pictures showing the copter at work and a few of it's still shots.
Cool idea! Lucky me that the graphic designer found this guy.


Marilyn Webberley said...

What an amazing adventure and great assignment! Thanks for sharing reference photos as well as the painting. Exciting!

vanina said...

Hermoso trabajo, transmite la atmosfera del lugar, felicitaciones!

Ken Goldman said...

Gracias Vanina, es un placer encontrarle y ver su trabajo. Comienzo excelente en los gráficos a partir de la vida.

Susan Webb Tregay NWS said...

Ken, what a painting. Congrats on finishing up. A remote controlled helicopter? I'm impressed.


Kathy said...

Fantastic painting! The use of a remote-controlled helicopter is really neat.