Archive for August, 2010

Private Open Studio this Fall

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Vase of Flowers for Dayna for blogHere is an oil done only with palette knife. Easy clean up and great texture can be had when painting this way. Because this painting uses mostly high key (light) values, it was a bit hard to capture the subtleties with the camera. But in person its kinda cool.

I have decided to open my studio in Bodega Bay to folks this Fall for just 3 days.  Since I left my gallery partnership in June, many people have written to ask where they can find my work…that is so gratifying and I thank you.  Because I live in a very quit place, I don’t want to open things up to the entire public so I have just sent an invitation to my mailing list.  So if you want to visit and did not get an email, please contact me. Dates are Saturday September 18th, Friday October 15th and Sunday November 14th. I figure this staggered schedule will accommodate almost everyone who has been writing to find out where to see my new work.  And I have lots of new work now that I finally have time to paint!

More Tahoe Paintings

Friday, August 20th, 2010
Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #3

Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #3

The photo does not capture the color perfectly but I like this little 6″ x 6″ painting best of the group. It’s all done in oil with palette knife only and was the last of the 3 I did out side that day( see previous post for #1 and #2). I like it because it is very simplified and captures the intense stratification of the color of the water in the lake.

More to come.

Back from Tahoe

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #1

Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #1

You know the color of Lake Tahoe is just unbelievable.  Even after going there to paint for over 7 years, I am still always amazed at the color of the water. My challenge this year, actually the first time I’ve ever painted the lake, was to try and come up with something that was not a cliche. Because its so beautiful, almost everything you see is picture postcard gorgeous and that doesn’t work in painting…at least not for me.  I am not sure I achieved my goal, but here are some of my attempts.

Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #2

Lake Tahoe from Zephyr #2

These are oils, painted outside. It was a challenge with my limited palette, but in a burst of enlightenment, I bought a small tube of Phthalo Turquoise just before I left town. My usual palette is Ultramarine Blue, Hansa Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta and Titanium White…that’s it.  This palette has served me well for many years both in watercolor (less the white and a different yellow) , acrylics and oil.    More Tahoe paintings on tomorrow’s post.

Off to Tahoe

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I’m off to my yearly painting retreat in South Lake Tahoe with my painting buddies.  We get a lot of work done since we are housed and fed for 6 days while we concentrate on painting only. And there are no husbands to call you in from the studio…we can paint until the wee hours of the morning.

Here are a couple more paintings I’ve been working on. More oils. I am into this now. Not sure why I have left behind my love of acrylics for a moment.

Farm House

Farm House

I like this piece a lot…its 24″ x 12″ oil on panel with a deep cradle.

And here is another plein air piece I did at the Marin French Cheese company a few weeks ago that I finished recently.

Marin French Cheese Company #2

Marin French Cheese Company #2

Painting in Freestone

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here are a couple of new oils from a fun morning spent in Freestone with HolLyn. We were right in front of the WildFlour Bakery and too bad they were closed. Apparently an article in Sunset Magazine had folks from all over coming to taste their famous bread…but alas they were closed since it was a Wednesday. H and I could have sold a lot of bread!

Freestone Barns and Silo #1

Freestone Barns and Silo #1

Freestone Barn and Silo #1

Freestone Barn and Silo #2

Classes posted for 2011

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I’ve just worked out my teaching schedule for the first quarter of 2011. Check out the “Teaching” page on my site for details.  The Painters’ Studio is back by request…this is an opportunity to come paint, every week, in a clean, well-lighted space where you can do your own thing, but also get inspired and converse with other painters.  This session grew out of a desire by students from my previous workshops who wanted to keep painting together. And, honestly, its hard sometimes for people to make time to paint…it feels so indulgent…unless you have a commitment to produce new work (ie; a  gallery show, etc).

The workshops are great because they are intensive…two 5-hour sessions over a weekend where you can really dig in a make progress quickly.  I have done these both as weekday and weekend sessions and the weekends seem to be more reliably attended. But, if I get feedback that weekdays are better, I will consider adding those too.  Class fees are discounted if you are a member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts…which is a great deal at only $40 a year.