Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

American Art Collector Magazine #72

I have been featured in the latest issue of American Art Collector Magazine issue #72 on pages 158-159. The issue tales about my new show that starts today at the Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle which you can see a preview in my prior post.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aaron Coberly New Works

Hello Everyone,

I hope you will be able to join me at the Fountainhead Gallery for an evening of music, wine and light snacks and my most recent paintings. Looking forward to seeing you!


Here is a preview of some of the new painting that will be on display

Jenna Wrapped
oil on canvas 20in X 16in

Black Hat
oil on canvas 20in X 16in

oil on canvas 20in X 16in

oil on canvas 20in X 16in

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Teenaway Valey this weekend

Teenaway Valley 7-17-2011
oil on canvas
16in X 12in

Teenaway Valley 7-16-2011
oil on canvas
12in X 9in
I was able to paint up in the Teenaway valley this weekend. On Saturday I got there a little late and it looked like there may be a storm coming in so I just did a little 12in X 9in in about an hour before I lost the light. On Sunday I went to the same spot and was able to put in a little over 2 hours. It's a great spot I love this area right out of Cle Elum

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

2 watercolor figures and a flower

The first 2 are 25minute figure paintings on 5in X 8in Fabriano watercolor paper. The flower was done on 9.5in X 6in Hahnemühle Ingres Antique Paper which is pretty fun to work with

Saturday, May 21, 2011

3 New Figurative paintings

Under The Coat
oil on canvas, 24in x 20in

Light Bathing
oil on canvas, 24in x 20in

oil on canvas, 20in x 16in

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Nudes

Who's calling now
oil on canvas, 20in x 16in

looking away
oil on canvas, 14in x 11in 

Anna Red Hat
oil on canvas, 16in x 12in

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog update

I have updated the site with Tabs at the top. These tabs are where I will be keeping permanent collections of paintings and drawings. No more searching through pages and pages just to find a certain image.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kirkland's Aaron Coberly Paints His Beautiful Portraits From Life

today the Kirkland Paper "KirklandPatch" published an article on me written by

Kirkland's Aaron Coberly Paints His Beautiful Portraits From Life

The realist figurative painter works creating video game characters by day while juggling roles as husband, father and artist.
TUCKED AGAINST the eastern border of Kirkland lies an unassuming mid-century rambler that houses several galleries worth of paintings. The artist, Aaron Coberly, creates video game characters for ArenaNet by day, juggling his other roles as husband, father and oil painter in his spare time.

“I really should spend more time promoting my art. My wife is always telling me to get myself out there,” says Coberly. “But I’d really rather spend my time painting.”

Coberly grew up in a rather unconventional environment. He lived the first half of his childhood in the “Love Israel Family” commune in Arlington, Snohomish County.

“I used to do a lot of carving. And there were horses, so I would draw horse heads,” remembers Coberly.

After moving to Kirkland in junior high, Coberly became fascinated with comic books, copying drawings into his sketchbooks. Not long after graduating from Lake Washington High School, he stumbled upon a local artist named Dean Williams, a teacher at the School of Visual Concepts and illustrator for the Seattle Times.

“I was working at the Gold’s Gym that used to be by the PCC in Kirkland. One day I noticed all these drawings up and asked my boss who made them. He told me it was a local guy named Dean Williams. I went and grabbed my high school sketchbook, feeling like Dean would be impressed. He was like, ‘Hmm, you need to learn how to draw.’”

Williams took Coberly under his wing, introducing him to observational drawing techniques through life drawing classes. Coberly soaked up the instruction on form, value and composition.

“Making art without having a foundation in [the basics] is like trying to write a book when you only know a few words. You might be able to get your point across, but you’re not going to have those intricacies, all those nuances. It’s about learning the language. You should keep reinforcing the fundamentals.”

When Williams moved to his current home in Los Angeles, Coberly followed him, working as his assistant and constant observer.

It was in L.A. that Coberly met his future wife, Brenda. She had spent some time living in London and really wanted to return. So, the couple moved to London, traveling around Europe.

“I love the Tate,” says Coberly of the London museum. “Last time I was in the Tate, I just sat for like an hour and looked at the Waterhouse and the Sargent [paintings].”

Coberly’s own work is classical realism, his medium oils. He paints portraits from life, with models both nude and in costume. One of his favorite pieces of art is at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, painted by Nicolai Fechin.

“Fechin has this technique where he plays with the paint’s ability to reflect or absorb light. In the shadows, he makes the texture rougher so that the light just stops when it hits the canvas. But in the lighter part of an arm, let’s say, he’ll make these very smooth, glossy layers so that the light bounces back. When you stand back from it, you say, ‘That looks alive!’ What brings it to life is how he dealt with the surface.”

COBERLY STARTED out like many new artists, showing his work in coffee shops. Shortly after the birth of his son, Caspian, Coberly scored his first gallery show at the Black Lab Gallery in Ballard in 2002.

“You never think you’re ready to show your work,” says Coberly. “But when you get enough pieces that don’t have fundamental problems--Is the drawing correct? Are the colors and values basically correct?--then you’re ready.”

He’s since been picked up by the Fountainhead Gallery on Queen Anne, the Park Place Gallery in Kansas City and for a show at the Petley in Mayfair, England.

“Getting the show in England was my highest and lowest point,” says Coberly. “We were vacationing in England at the time and I was hitting the streets all over the city, passing out my cards and CD’s to galleries. Most of the time, the person working the desk at the gallery had no power to make decisions about shows and would stash my card in a box.”

But the Petley gallery owner happened to be in when Coberly walked through the doors. He took an interest in the image on Coberly’s card, going straight over to his computer to look up Coberly’s website. After a phone call to a third party, the owner decided on the spot to book a show for Coberly’s work.

“I was over the moon with excitement,” smiles Coberly. “So I spent loads of money framing and shipping my work later that fall. The day that my show opened, the London Times front page had a huge red arrow indicating the crashing economy. I only sold one painting.”

Coberly secured a space in the Art/Not Terminal Gallery in Seattle for drop-in model sessions. Any level of artist is encouraged to come to these figure drawing and painting events. The model fee is $10 per session. They offer Monday night and Saturday morning poses, with a variety of short gesture sessions and longer poses repeated for two weeks.

Most of Coberly’s paintings are done in one or two sessions.

“Ninety-nine percent of my work is finished in 2 ½ to five hours,” says Coberly, who rarely goes back into a painting. “Either you get a hit or you strike out.”

He’s never shown in Kirkland, though he expresses a desire to show at the Howard Mandville Gallery on Park Lane. And his biggest dream is to have a piece at the Tate in London.

Coberly loves the process of making art, loves making something happen. And sometimes he loves the outcome. The act of creation is one of the few ways to be thoroughly alive in the present moment. All energy is funneled into the act, forcing other distractions out of the mind.

“Sometimes, after I’ve been concentrating intensely, I’ll step back and actually be surprised at what I see. I’ll think, ‘I did that?’” Coberly says with a sense of wonder.

If he could change anything about the art world, Coberly insists that it would be the idea that one thing is right and another thing is wrong just because of current trends.

“If a collector invests a huge sum of money in a piece that he’s been told is the next big thing, it is in his interest to make sure that it does become the next big thing,” Coberly explains. “Every sort of art has validity if someone likes it.”

In his case, he’d like to see representational art be treated with more respect.

Without a doubt, Coberly’s beautiful paintings deserve a great deal of respect. They are soft, yet exciting, drawing the viewer’s eye to a well-planned focal point. Unimportant details recede. There is a push and pull of line and form that elevates his work beyond the mere copying of nature to a work of art.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Life Drawing Poster

I just put together a new Life Drawing poster that gives details of the session I run in Downtown Seattle. I will be hanging them around town in Art Stores and Art Schools

Friday, February 4, 2011

 gray patterns
o/c12in X 16in

o/c 11in X 14in 

 Mila undies
o/c 11in X 14in 

Anna Red Sunglases
o/c 11in X 14in

Emily Rose in gray
o/c 16in X 20in