Thursday, September 30, 2010

Transitions I - VI

Here are six non-representational paintings I did for a contemporary art show starting on Friday night and going for a week.  All of the paintings in the show are $99.00 or less.  There are some really interesting paintings in the show and if you enjoy contemporary art, it's worth a visit.

These six paintings are painted to flow together but also stand alone as individual paintings.  They can be hung vertically, horizontally or even in a circle (with all six) because the design is continuous through all of the pieces.
These are acrylic paintings on 12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvases with the sides painted black and they don't need frames.

Here are pictures of the individual paintings.
Transitions I

Transitions II

Transitions III

Transitions IV

Transitions V

Transitions VI

These are hung vertically in the gallery but the above pictures show them in their horizontal position.  At the gallery, they are turned 90 degrees clockwise for the design to work vertically.  The picture of all six at the top of this post shows how the design transitions between the canvases.

The regular price of these paintings is $150.00 each but during this show only, they are $99.00 each or all six for $550.00.  

Here are two more paintings that are in the show:
24" x 8"
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, no frame needed
$99.00 for this show

Drifting Kelp
14" x 14"
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, no frame needed
$99.00 for this show

The show is at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Ana.   The opening for this show is this Saturday, Oct. 2nd from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  This gallery is part of the Santa Ana Artists Village and the first Saturday of each month (this Saturday) is their art walk from 7:00 - 10:00 when galleries and artists workshops are open to the public.  There are wonderful restaurants here also and it's a fun evening out.  I hope you can stop by the OCCCA and say hi on Saturday.  I will be there for sure from 6:00 to 8:00 and then I'm going to check out the other art and food venues myself.  I hope to see you there.  I will also be there on Friday night from 6:00-8:00 but if you come that night, the art walk won't be happening.  This is a grab and go show so some of the artwork may be purchased Friday night and gone before the art walk.

 The address for the OCCCA is 117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA  92701 

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Great Workshop

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday I attended the best workshop ever.  Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry have very different painting styles so having these two teachers instructing was like going to two workshops at once.

The first day, Dreama demonstrated her painting style and we all used a photo she provided and did a painting using her palette colors.  She has such a beautiful, loose style and her paintings just glow.  Trying to create paintings like hers would take years of practice (for me) but I was pretty happy with the looseness I achieved with my attempt since my painting style is so literal.
Here is the painting I did that first day.

That first night, after teaching all day, Leslie and Dreama cooked a wonderful dinner for us.  It was so nice to spend time with everyone and get to know Leslie, Dreama and the 19 other people in the class  better in such a beautiful, relaxed setting.

On Friday, Leslie showed us her palette knife painting technique.  She put a very detailed photo of 2 boats on our easels for us to paint.  I thought she was crazy!  I was a bit stressed wondering how I was going to paint such a detailed photo, being the "I've got to paint everything I see" artist that I am.  It was easier than I thought and I'm pretty happy with the result.
That evening, Leslie and Dreama cooked another delicious dinner for us.  I must admit, when I first heard about this workshop, the fact that 2 gourmet meals were included definitely sealed the deal and I knew I had to sign up.

On Saturday, Dreama and Leslie had us play musical easels.  They set up a different photo of one of their paintings at each easel and we started at our own easel to begin the painting on a 6" x 6" canvas.  Then, after a couple of minutes, the music stopped and we moved to the next easel, taking only one paintbrush, a palette knife and a roll of paper towels with us.  This continued until all of us had worked a little on each painting.
At the end, we went back to our own easel and they let us do 3 strokes on the painting and then we had to stop.
All of the paintings turned out really well.  I love that I have this painting as a souvenir of this wonderful workshop.
If you have the chance to take a workshop from them, I would definitely recommend it.  They have one coming up in Atlanta in February 2011.  Also, check out their blog, Artists Helping Artists  and listen to their weekly radio talk about marketing your art.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Goin' Home

We were flying home from a trip to Mexico a while ago and I had my camera with me so I snapped some pictures out the window.  I think this view was taken pretty close to Puerto Vallarta.  I liked the way the horizon curved.  Being up that high gives such a cool perspective of our beautiful world.

Goin' Home
Image Size 18" x 30"

Monday, September 13, 2010

Silk Coconuts - Silk Painting

Here is a silk painting that I did this week.  It is 25" x 25" and can be worn as a scarf (the edges are sewn) or my intention was to stretch it and frame it as I do with most of my silk paintings.  I took WIP pictures of this and made a Flikr slideshow from it.  You can see them by visiting their site here.  This silk hasn't been steamed yet.  The colors will become more intense after steaming.
By the way, if any of you know how to get a Flikr slideshow to play on a blog, please let me know.  I would be much happier if the pictures were here rather than having to send people to their site.

Also this week, I was thrilled to receive 1st place in watercolor at the annual Tustin Art League member show for 'Wavering Muse' which is shown below.

I posted her a few months ago.  Even though she's a bit crazy, this is one of my favorite paintings and it was really fun and challenging to paint.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Abyss

Once in a while I want to get away from my tightly rendered representational paintings and try something non-representational.  This was done on 200# cold press Waterford paper, which I really like.  I worked most of this painting wet on wet and this paper doesn't buckle at all.  It has a velvety surface and most paint can be lifted and the paper re-worked quite a bit.  This was a fun painting but I had to keep reminding myself not to make it become something specific.  It's a bit more dramatic looking in person.  The colors look a little washed out in this photo.  

The Abyss
Image Size 15" x 22"  
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