Its that time of year again…… Open Studios. What does that mean? Among other things it means I have to clean my cluttered studio. The hardest part is deciding when to stop painting and start cleaning. I often wonder about other artists’ habits in this regard. Some people by virtue of their temperment and personality are very organized and tidy. I do keep a pretty clean home overall and things are for the most part in their place but somehow I do tend to just want to get down to business when I get into my work space while I try to keep it simple – I can see that I could use some downsizing in the area of useless stored materials. I have promised myself to “get on that” and “deal with the pile” that is taking over valuable real estate that could otherwise be used for secondary painting space. It could be time to hire an organizer because it just seems to not happen and now my guests will have to gingerly navigate through the junk. Its really not that bad. I’d just rather paint up to the last minute!
Open Studios is always lovely because the studio is tidied and presented and paintings are available for exhibition and sale throughout my home and studio space. I have an “Off the Wall” sale where collectors can negotiate on purchase pastels unframed right off the studio wall complete with a discounted coupon for framing at Eureka Art and Frame. There is usually a nice flow of visitors throughout the weekend and my family chips in and hosts our guests and gives tours and offers refreshments. Living in an arts friendly area is rewarding and always amazes me. I’ve gotten to know some pretty cool folks over the years in my own home!
If you are in or near Eureka this weekend please do come by Open Studios. I will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday at 2286 Ralphs Ct., Eureka. Guidebooks will be available in the paper and around town. Posted above is a recent local landscape from a day in Loleta. Winters in Humboldt have their own beauty. As I was painting, the song “Blue on Blue” kept going through my mind, thus the title. I guess its an old song but if you’re a boomer it’ll come to you.Learn More
I love spring! I’ve been painting with spring in mind. I just dropped off a series of new work to Studio 7 Fine Art in Pleasanton, Ca last week and they already sold one of the new vineyard paintings. I will be exhibiting in their May exhibit titled “Florals and the Feminine Figure” opening May 6. Be sure to stop by this lovely gallery.
Also continuing through May is a group show of Northern California Landscapes including “moi” at Robert Allen Fine Art in Sausalito, CA. If you are in the Bay Area this is a beautiful gallery to visit. Robert has been in the San Francisco gallery business for decades and opened this gorgeous space several years ago. I am always blown away when I see how aesthetically engaging his exhibitions are presented. That and his warm and inviting personality make for a positive experience for the gallery browser or serious collector.
Meanwhile, back in the studio, I’ve been continuing with my abstract drawings. These are wonderful meditations for me to produce and I enjoy the back and forth between the two series and the way they relate to each other.
March 27-April 26….New Pastels at Art Brokers Inc., 2660 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Opening Reception: March 27 from 6-9 PM. Please come celebrate with me. This latest body of work is a decisively more intimate view of the landscape with emphasis on painterly images of streams and other waterways, a commonly explored theme in my work. New prints will also be unveiled at this show.Learn More
Artists have been drawn to images of water, with its aesthetic and evocative qualities since the early cave man drawings. There is a soothing quality to water…and evidenced based studies have shown that images of water create a calming, restful environment in healthcare settings.
I was drawn to this composition because of the strong blue sky reflection in this closed in waterway near my home in Eureka. The winter brush and spent wildflowers had an amazing depth of color to play with. This is one of the paintings that will be featured in my upcoming show at Art Brokers in Sausalito. I will post additional images from the show in upcoming days.
I’ve wondered why I rarely paint seascapes since I’ve lived on the Pacific coast for the past 7 years. I think I should make that be one of my challenges…Learn More