Plein air events can start out with some confusion. I needed to locate a stamping location, but it kept moving, like a pop up show. A fellow painter directed me to our coordinator, Jenny Shelton, and I located the stamping location. Stamping confirms the substrate is indeed done on the clock.
After scouting out a location and parking, I headed out to the wharf where three other artists set up, focused and tranquil. I proceeded to follow their lead.
Next day, Thursday morning, I returned to a subject I had seen Wednesday, a Eucalyptus tree on an overlook. This would be my morning subject matter.
After a two hour painting session I headed to Gayles' for lunch, absolutely famished. A fire warmed the dining area and it was soothing. I purchased quinoa salad and water for later, anticipating another painting session. Staying hydrated and fed eases the stress of the race to produce something.
Next I headed to New Brighton Beach and spotted Meisha Grichuhin, in full sun, painting facing south. She was at the end of a painting session so it looked like the right timing to share a break. We chatted and rested and decided the ocean water was looking good, so took a dip.
I had another painting in me, so stayed into the evening, and and got situated on top of the bluff. painting in back light, the glimmer turning to glare. I was excited to get the values of the metallic tones. Lots of couples stopped by to look on their evening walk. It was friendly and fun. I did feel a bit like a spectacle. Kinda like a circus performer. LOL
I'm working on five winter scenes from last February. The paintings began with just ivory black and titanium white, or gray scale. My reference was a grey scale printout from Kinkos with a grid created in Photoshop. This process worked well to establish the drawing and values. I did some scraping, some glazing, and final tweaks and am happy with the minimal palette. My intention was to move the eye around with the values.
I've started working at Art Attack, Burlingame, thanks to Ellen Howard and Nancy Torres. I am enjoying working with children, teenagers and adults.
I do feel blessed that I have had a year to explore being a painter. Being home based has its pluses and minuses, but it's all a learning curve. Blessings to you!
This rainy day in October I have much activity from summer to reflect on.
September 8-11th, I attended the first conference of the American Marine Society Artists in Williamsburg, VA. Many dedicated artists of note shared their knowledge of marine history and painting techniques. Our keynote, John Stobart, is a world renowned marine painter. To say the least, I was honored 'Maiden of the Ages" was selected to be in the 17th National Exhibition of The American Society of Marine Artists
Among the many pleasures was touring the Williamsburg settlement, painting The Susan Constant and camaraderie shared with fellow artists. I learned marine artist care deeply about the traditions of sailing and the craftsmanship involved in building and maintaining these vessels. Research and knowledge are required to become a master in this subject matter and I was thrilled to be around the masters. These ships or "she(s) "are held in reverence and ensure their safekeeping.
The Susan Constant set sail from London on December 20, 1606, bound for Virginia. The expedition was sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, a business venture that had been organized to form a colony in Virginia.
Extra special was the opportunity to photograph the actors in period-costumed working in the Jamestown settlement-replica.The Muscarelle Museum of Art hosted a reception and dinner at Williams and Mary College. Master and member marine artists, Peter Trippi, Editor Fine Art Connoisseur, Gulay and Clyde Gulay Berryman, owners of Williamsburg Gallery, museum patrons and W. Taylor Reveley III, President, College of William & Mary, were in attendance.
American Impressionist Society
September 29 - October 30, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending was the American Impressionist Society's 17th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition at the Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland WA. "Blue Monolith" was selected to be in the national group show. The gallery reception was enjoyable, wonderful wine, hors d’oeuvres and accomplished painters. Other activities were a docent led tour of Seattle Art Museum, (SAM) and a plein air day in the rain and wind on Lake Washington. Lake Washington was wild, moody and an intriguing subject to paint.
Solo Show at Academy of Art University, Gallery 625 Sutter
Academy of Art University sponsors a solo show for graduate students. I was pleased to show at 625 Sutter Gallery, San Francisco entire month of September 2016. I was touched art colleagues traveled to see the show. Thank you friends. I was a bit jittery. I appreciated the comments left in the notebook.
Principle Gallery Juried International Competition
One last highlight, and something I'm proud of, is that "Cable Car" is traveling again. This time to Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Nov 11 2016 thru Dec 13 2016 . This piece as been around the block! To Stockton, for the Haggin Museum Show, to San Francisco for a solo show with Academy of Art University, and now to Virginia. Perhaps it will find a home there.
July 20, 2016 I was notified, "Sunset on Nob Hill," was selected as a finalist in the Landscape category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition. The competition drew entries of over 7,300, which was particularly strong this year.
Southwest Magazine's January 2017 TAM (The Artist’s Magazine) Art Competition Portfolio will profile the Finalists. Grateful to Jerry N. Weiss, landscape juror for the compliment. His evaluation criteria included creative use of form, space, lighting and mood.