Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Connected 12"x16" oil on linen panel Sold

Blessed 8"x10" oil on panel

Sacred Heart 8"x10" charcoal sketch on paper

I have done two paintings for a show this week. The California Arts Club made arrangements for us to paint at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on Saturday. It is an all girls school here in the area. In fact you can see it from Art Center College of Design. The whole time I was attending I had no idea that was a boarding school for girls. It was a joy to be on the premises, and we were made to feel very special while there. Thursday we have been asked to show at least one painting, with the opportunity to give a small donation of all sales to the school. I know two very special girls attending there, so I am grateful to be able to show two pieces. We will see if parents bring their pocketbooks.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What makes you come alive?

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

-Howard Thurman

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Blast and a Half

We are working large here folks. We are talking 3'x4'.

I am having a blast! You can practically climb into the painting. The edges and forms actually seem to come to life, and you can create beautiful gestures. I am sure I will run in to the fact that anything wrong will also jump out and grab me too. Well.... I will just have to address that as it comes. This is new to me and I am extremely excited about the journey.

If you don't know already.. Michael Newberry is guiding this excursion into the world of grisaille. I have been studying Vermeer's method, and have chosen not to tone the whole canvas. Michael suggested that it is extrememly difficult to achieve the brights again without laying on thick paint. He should know something about light.
Check this out:

Himalayan Flight by Michael Newberry
(work in progress)

What a wonderful feeling... to be able to jump into the unknown and yet understand that you are safe in the hands of a gifted Master Artist. Thank you Michael.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Erin Majors

Friday, March 16, 2007

Beaujolais Gardens

20"x30" WN watercolors on Arches 400#

I wanted to share a painting I did a few years back. My first love has always been watercolors. There has been an overwhelming need to return to my roots. I believe now I have the strength to put on a few different hats. It keeps life interesting. So, I have a sheet of paper soaking in the tub as I write this. A trip to the art store to replace my favorite tool, and I will have an oil and watercolor in the works at the same time. I think this will fill me with joy...and joy is what it is all about folks.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Spring Light

Life has been a challenge lately, so I really was looking forward to a day painting. Couldn't have asked for nicer weather, though I do say this almost every day lately. Ok so I did begin to back out of the driveway without my Gorilla box, but heard it fall over.... BEFORE, I ran over it. I wasn't the last to arrive, which is a good thing. Stuggled with the tripod a bit, but I kept the cursing to am minimum. Then when I was toning my panel, I was getting unexpected colors or sludge from the turp can.... yuck.
I thought... NO, I will not let this turn into a bad day. So I stopped, put everything down, turned away, took a deep breath, and asked for strength.
I think I received it.
I like the result of my time at the Cobb Estate. Lori called the spot today, and she picked a winner. The colors were gorgeous. I made a good attempt to stay true to the light.

I may have to retake this photo, as the paint is still wet, and I think I am getting far too much reflection off of the panel.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Frames, Frames and More Frames

I want to tell you about two great companies I have recently had the pleasure of doing business with.

Graphik Dimensions Ltd. in High Point, NC has a wonderful website. I hope you check them out. Even if you are not in the market for framing at this time, it is great fun to take one of your images and upload it to their site, and see what your work will look like framed and matted. I hope you check out their site.
I had the opportunity to purchase some of their frames for a recent show I was in, and for a couple of drawings that sold (Yeah!). I remembered seeing their ads in art magazines, prices were reasonable, and I said to myself... "I have to check out their product". That is how I came across the site. I played around with the different styles, decided on a few simple ones. The silver one was beautiful on one of my plein air landscapes. Then I chose three black frames in a few custom sizes.

I was waiting upon the arrival of one in particular for the show. I was extremely busy the week it arrived. Working diligently to finish up the art, and I waited until the clock struck twelve, and it needed to be framed. I pulled the frame out of the box and DARN! It had a chip in the corner. The paint had chipped off. What could I do? I took a deep breath, and decided that it actually fit the art. Life is not perfect, it has some challenges occasionally, and this was a minor one.

After the art was neatly framed, a bit of black paint in the corner, masked the fact that the frame was damaged, I dashed off an email to the company. Do you know... I received an email back before I even left for the show that evening. They assured me a new frame was already on its way to me. Deborah, from Customer Service was ever so kind. Prompt with her responses and the return of the frame was made so easy, once the replacement came.

I would not hesitate to use this company for my work in the future.

Also, Plein Air Frames, in San Diego, CA, has provided me with some beautiful plein air frames. When I began painting plein air this past year I had no idea that there were special frames to put the canvas panels in. Typically they seem to be gold leaf, and yet I have seen some wonderful variations on this. My first purchase with Plein Air Frames, was for about 5 different simple styles. I was really blown away as to how they changed the emotional response I had to my work. I had picked my best to frame, and it took them to a whole new level. It is hard to express that emotional response, so you will just have to take "my word" for it.

The contact I had with the company was great. I was given an estimate, which I approved, and received the frames within a matter of days. I was very impressed. The care that they were packaged was such that I can reuse the material when I need to ship. Recycle is where it is at, in my book. The frames are made of great quality wood, and were a joy to work with. My collectors were equally impressed with their purchases.

I hope you don't just take my word for it, I do hope that you frame even one painting with their product. I am sure you will have the same response as I did.

So... have I stepped into the shoes of a salesperson? I hope not, I think I will keep my day job. Yet, I like what I like, and I like to share it with my friends. I have not been paid by either of these companies to promote their products.
(Don't know why I was compelled to add that...?)

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Pasadena Bridge

12x16" linen on panel

Another beautiful plein air day down in The Arroyo. Lovely winter day in SoCA.
A few strokes with the knife before it is uploaded to my website, but this is how it was left after my morning with Ginny, Debbie and Marina.