"Art as Decoration"

Originally uploaded by Plinio M Pinto

I just sold this custom Gibson guitar that was on loan at City Arts Factory to the owner of a new bar that will be opening soon in Downtown Orlando called "Bullitt". I guess it will be used as decoration and he might be commissioning a new one, hopefully soon. More pictures HERE

Portrait of Ms. Ricci

Originally uploaded by Plinio M Pinto

This was one of the first paintings I did when I started actually going for a more painterly approach with my watercolor figurative/portrait work, August 2008. Back then, I received an email via Flickr, short after posting it on line, from a casting agent lady in California saying she had forwarded my artwork to Christina Ricci's Agent because she thought it was so well done and that Ms. Ricci would like it too. Unfortunately I never heard back from them. The original painting was sold late last year. I regret selling it.

Portrait of Mr. Couture

Originally uploaded by Plinio M Pinto

I haven't made any time to work on my moleskine lately. I really should, even though I don't like skecthing too much. I tend to overwork a lot and these help to to keep it fresh. I also like the color tone of the Payne's Gray.

Twits by some cool Twitters

Here are some comments made by some cool people on Twitter about my work!

@hydro74 - Joshua M. Smith

@katiewest - Katie West

@KrisWilliams81 - Kris Williams

A Basic Palette

I few postings ago, I mentioned how important it is to keep you palette limited and to actually master what colors can you get with them without worrying so much about pigment names and more technical terminology. I'm posting now a link, that was circulating on Twitter, which I thought was well written and goes much deeper into the more theoretical part of setting up a beginner's watercolor palette.


Twitted by:

iTweetArt Guide to the beginner's watercolor palette via @julesandnate http://tinyurl.com/n27wzg <--some really good info


I have some limited edition prints available for sale. They are hand signed and limited to 25 per item and are printed on Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art Paper between 11X14 inches and 11X16 inches depending on the piece. Price:US$60 - US$75 +shipping All orders and other questions, please email info@grapesodastudio.com or 321-251-7180 Discounts available. Some Original Paintings are still available for sale.

Portrait of Jess Anderson - Study

Originally uploaded by Plinio M Pinto

This is a study for the Jess Anderson's portrait. Watercolor on Arches 140lb about 11x15 in. Will be part of the show in October.

Portrait of Roxy Balboa

Originally uploaded by Plinio M Pinto

This is the finished painting of Roxy Balboa. As I wrote before, she is a Muay Thai US Women's Lightweight Champion 2008 & 2009 and personal trainer based in LA. I actually never met her personally, only through the internet, but she was nice enough to let me use this painting for an upcoming artshow in October here in Orlando. After going over some personal photos with Roxy, we decided this pose worked the best, and that we needed to incorporate her signature skirt and the black and red wraps on her hands - the way she usually wraps for training. The process was a lot like working with an art director when I do editorial work, minus the back and forth sketches - which is great. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to CA to meet her and take the reference photos myself. Maybe next time.

Here's the step-by-step