| 25 May, 2013 15:04
I am so excited to participate in this year's Summer National Exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art with my recent painting, Connecting the Dots in My Life.
This image sprang to mind a long time ago, though I was so busy with my small paintings that the idea percolated in my head for many months. Recently I knew it was time to push it to the top of Priority's ladder. The piece is inspired by Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford, at which he said that the experiences of one's life connect when you look back, but that you cannot see the connection loooking forward. The challenge, then, is to move forward in the present moment and trust that at a later time you will be able to see how your life fits together.
The show is up at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art from June 1—July 14.
| 01 April, 2013 21:16
This Friday evening, April 5, the Breath of Spring exhibit opens at the Pacific Art League. For my entry I did something different this time: three paintings on MDF panels which I affixed via a thin "spacer" to a painted background board. I think the result is really nice.
I call this piece Season of Renewal. It shows three of the things I like best about spring: blooming violets showing their faces to the world, the promise of new life that a nest of eggs portrays, and a winged creature enjoying the breezes atop a favorite flower.
Friday's reception is from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Note that the Breath of Spring exhibit is at 227 Forest Avenue, which is next door to the Pacific Art League's 668 Ramona Street location (closed for renovation). The show is up through April 25.
| 12 February, 2013 12:01
Nope, this isn't a post about astronomy, nor the starry vista overhead in the clear evening sky. It's about reaching for the figurative stars in our dreams. We all have dreams: goals and other wishes that we hope to achieve or experience. Often, we stumble and miss in our efforts. Sometimes we get discouraged and give up. Hopefully, we pick ourselves up and try once more. Seldom is the path ahead straight, or if so, not for very long. Thus, when we reach a milestone it feels incredible.
The painting above, It's a Haul, represents a milestone for me, as it just received a Best in Show in the Richeson 75 Small Works 2013 exhibition (see the 8th row down, right side). Yes, it feels great!
Once before I had such an award, and that was in high school. Without revealing my age - who wants to do that, right? - I can tell you it was a very long time ago. So, what happened during all the years in-between? Though one cannot expect any given outcome (award-wise, that is), here is something of an explanation: in science illustration, the field in which most of my career has been focused, ribbons and awards are seldom given. The "award" is simply getting into the show. Now that I am entering traditional fine art competitions more regularly, there is more potential.
Changing the subjects, here is an update about my new, larger brick painting: it is nearly finished, though the bottom strip (shown as white in my previous posting), is a bit of a bugaboo and not quite coming along as I wish. But I'll get it! I'm putting it aside temporarily and will return to finish the piece when the creative light bulb, i.e. "solution," goes off in my head.
| 28 November, 2012 16:53
If you haven't yet checked out the tiny exhibit at STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, a terrific opportunity comes up this Sunday, December 2. The anniversary party is from 2—6pm. As an appetizer, here's a look at the opening reception:
There's something for everyone. And with most work under $400 it's perfect for holiday gifts. Sizes are small too. . . er, tiny, in fact. Most of it is less than 7" x 7". I have several paintings there: the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous Doggie Diner head, an historic San Francisco trolley, and more. Ask to see my work if you don't find it, as some pieces may be hiding, waiting for an empty spot on the wall. Buyers can take their purchases home right away, so the exhibit changes from day to day. What fun! For more information, check out STUDIO's web site.
| 18 September, 2012 15:30
One year ago I met George Rivera, Executive Director & Senior Curator at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA (one of several positions). He generously gave of his time to review my paintings and provide constructive feedback. Since then I have become familiar with his own artwork, most recently via his exhibit at the Los Gatos Art Museum, which is featured there through October 11, 2012.
This exhibition, George Rivera: A Journey of Faith and Hope, is a 30-year retrospective that includes earlier pieces as well as more recent and personal paintings. The newer canvases capture the depth of human emotion and experience; I find it impossible to be unmoved by them. While the prominent use of black, with strong light and shadow, initially may seem off-putting to some viewers, the message he sends is one of hope: that even in the darkest of times there is reason to believe in a positive outcome. In the artist's own words, "No matter how dark, no matter how hopeless, belief, faith and hope are always a path and choice, there are no guarantees, but believe and fight on the best you can."
If you can make a trip to the Art Museum this coming Sunday, September 23, you are in for a real treat. It is Family Art Day from 1-3pm, and children of all ages are invited to paint with the acrylics and the artist. George Rivera also will offer a demonstration (and conversation as well) from 4-6pm that afternoon.
Ready to learn more about the artist's work and symbolism - or can't make it to Los Gatos? You're in luck! A book published in connection with the exhibit is available online at www.blurb.com, in hardback and softcover. Click here to learn more.
| 06 September, 2012 12:48
With the 50-50 IV installed and open to complimentary visitors, I am turning my attention to other shows. Can't let the grass grow under my feet! This Saturday, September 8, University Art's OPEN exhibit begins in the San Jose store. My painting Stopped in Time will be displayed.
Yesterday I learned that Creamy Agapantha has been accepted into orangeland's botanical exhibit called Drawing on Nature. Come on by! The show opens next Thursday, September 13, from 5-7pm. This tiny storefront gallery is steps downhill from the Fairmont Hotel, the Mark Hopkins and Grace Cathedral, and a neighbor to the Cable Car Barn.
In addition to these, and especially nice for my eastern US fans: six of my botanicals will be exhibited at Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Dates for this First Annual “Small” Painting Exhibit are September 15 - December 24.
| 31 August, 2012 14:13
Opening night of the 50-50 IV exhibit was lots of fun, with music, food, drink, and a big crowd of people! Weaving around enthusiastic viewers from one end of each hall to reach the other was a challenge all by itself, and well worth it.
Here are two people looking closely at the detail in my artwork:
So much to see! This next image shows a corner of the big room off the west wing. Isn't it lovely to see the grids of 49 pieces on the wall, almost looking like patchwork quilts?
Paintings, drawings, black and white, color, abstract, realism, sculpture, ceramics. . . with 3500 artworks all in one exhibition, it's a cornucopia of media, styles, and artistic vision. The show runs through September 30 and is a fundraiser for the Sanchez Art Center. Purchase a piece and take it home with you on the spot!
| 21 August, 2012 16:51
AT LAST! All 50 paintings are finished and installed! Here's a "quick and dirty" shot of my 50-50 IV display at the Sanchez Art Center.
Remember, opening night is this Friday. It begins with a ticketed preview at 6:00 pm, followed by the FREE, grand opening at 7:30 pm. Click here to learn more. I'm now busy uploading the remaining pieces into my 50-50 IV Gallery and will have them up soon. So check back!
| 16 August, 2012 12:12
At an art opening few weeks ago I met Beth Lemke, Proprietor of A Grape in the Fog in Pacifica. Thinking it would be great fun to include a glass of wine in my 50-50 show art, and needing a respite from the intense weeks of painting, I strolled in with my camera and asked if I might take a few pictures for reference and inspiration. What could be better than a a few sips at a wine bar near the ocean, right? Beth enthusiastically agreed and I set about my work.
Pairing a tall, slender wine glass with a lovely cake and blueberry compote dessert on a 6" square board proved challenging, but I soon had a solution: to create TWO paintings! The first, Reflecting on Wine, features the glassware and reflections on the shiny counter.
I also loved the row of blue chairs and wooden tabletops along the north wall near the entrance. The colors beautifully complement the dessert, which I feature in the foreground. The title of this one is Your Table is Ready. Click on the title or image to go to the gallery, then hit the "+" in the upper right-hand corner of the painting to bring up the large view.
If you're traveling down the coast and want to relax for a while, or if you're local and need a break from your busy day, stop by A Grape in the Fog. Beth will make you feel very welcome. This charming wine bar is located at 400 Old County Road, Suite 1, in Pacifica, CA, just one block from Rockaway Beach.
Interested in purchasing one of the 50-50 IV paintings? Click here for details.
| 24 July, 2012 13:33
I'm past the midpoint and am on the downhill slope. In other words, I have more than 25 of my 50 paintings done! In fact, I just posted several more, which you can select and view via the thumbnails page.
One of my recent pieces, Let's Tour, is handled a little differently. I shot the reference photo along San Francisco's Embarcadero, which was bustling with automobiles, streetcars, pedestrians, and cycling tourists, as you see below.
So much was going on in the background that I decided to paint the figures, bike, and cart with my deatiled, realistic style and use a looser technique beyond. This helps the main part of the image to stand out and not get lost amongst all the busyness. Click on the title or image to go to the gallery, then hit the "+" in the upper right-hand corner of the painting to bring up the large view.
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| 19 June, 2012 23:35
The results are in and I've been accepted into this year's 50-50 IV show at the Sanchez Art Center - hooray! So I'm buckling down and getting my 50 paintings underway. This year my theme is 50 Favorites Within 15 Miles of Home. It's the logical "next step" to last year's topic, for which I looked for inspiration within a 50-minute walk of my home.
Now I'm able to go farther afield. I contemplated whether I wanted to go for 15 miles as as one would normally travel (using mapquest for my distance calculator), or within a circular radius instead. I chose the latter and found a handy site online that will calculate distance as the crow flies once I plug in two addresses. This will keep me within my designated mileage.
First up and finished is Line Dance. The basic geometry of this window and the orange lines near the roofline are very simple. Yet the shadows of the balcony, wires, and utility pole - along with the black cables - add so much interest to the scene that I feel the image springs to life. It seems to me that the shapes are dancing in the breezes.
#1, Line Dance, is an acrylic painting on an MDF panel. To see a larger version, click on "Original Art." (Typed text at lower left does not appear on original art.)
| 30 May, 2012 19:13
Summertime is almost here. How do I know? It's time for the San Mateo County Fair! Fairs and summer go together, along with rides, cotton candy, corn dogs, music, and the Fine Art Galleria! Last night I delivered my artwork for the Galleria. Archway to the Sky, below, is one of the paintings that will be on display.
Also look for Beckoning Light from my Praesentia Series, and several of my small works. Fair dates are June 9 - 17.
| 01 May, 2012 13:01
Last week I posted Golden Gate, the bridge artwork that won first place 25 years ago. Today is my new painting of the span, also included in the George Krevsky Gallery exhibit opening Thursday.
To get my reference material, I took a walking expedition on and around the bridge. This view inspired me most, with the tower and cables mirrored in a pool of water. The lights on the span are just beginning to glow.
Twilight at the Golden Gate is an acrylic painting on canvas. To see a larger version, click on "Original Art." (Typed text at lower left does not appear on original art and cards.)
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| 24 April, 2012 22:30
Celebrations are moving into full gear for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is May 27. I am excited to play a part in these events, for my mixed media artwork, Golden Gate, will be exhibited at the George Krevsky Gallery in a special show commemorating the span's 75 years.
Golden Gate has historical significance, for I created it in 1987 as an entry to BRIDGE WORKS, an exhibit sponsored by KPIX/Evening Magazine and Ghirardelli square to celebrate the bridge's 50th anniversary. It won first place in that show, and I still display the trophy I received all those years ago. I am thrilled to have this piece on public view again for the bridge's upcoming birthday.
Golden Gate is a mixed media work (acrylic, colored pencil, and gouache) on paper.
To see a larger version, click on "Original Art."
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| 13 April, 2012 11:30
Hot off the cutting room floor: a video of my solo show at the Vargas Gallery! A big "THANK YOU!" goes to friend and colleague JT Morrow for applying his videography skills and creating this virtual exhibition. Follow the link and see his marvelous illustrations while you're online. My appreciation also goes to Gallery Director Lynne Todaro, who interviewed me for this sequence. Enjoy!