Way back in January, which feels like a lifetime ago (am I right?) I submitted designs for a public art project in Danville. It was to be 15 fiberglass hearts that would line Hartz Avenue. They will be installed for all to enjoy and then at a later date to be auctioned off with proceeds going to more art programs at the Danville Village Theatre and Gallery.
So I submitted and the competition was tough with 200+ entries but I was so excited to find out my art was selected. Now to pick that heart up! It's 50 pounds and 50" long and wide...so my friend agreed to use his truck to pick up and then it landed in my garage where I began to paint. Then COVID hit and everything got delayed, but finally in June the hearts came back to the gallery and are now installed in Danville and there are actually 17. Each one is so different, reflecting the talents of the individual artist - so there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you can - take a field trip and go visit the hearts...have your photo taken and post it. Community art is good for the soul. It's money well spent because community art is for EVERYONE. I believe in the democracy of art and public projects like this is what works.
My heart is in front of J Mclaughlin....and it's a silhouette of Mt. Diablo with golden poppies floating throughout with black and white bursts behind the mountain. I chose a clean graphic design that would catch your eye.
What a weird time we are living in. We won't forget this and we will probably talk about it for years. I hope you and your loved ones are safe, that you are healthy and that you are working through it and finding something positive with the shelter in place restriction.
It's challenging but part of the challenge can be directed towards learning something new or simply getting better at something you already do anyway. For me it is improving my skill level with the ProCreate app. I downloaded this on my iPad and I am learning more each time I use it. I decided to create a series of drawings...nearly every day - of some place I want to be or someplace I have been but wish to return to.
It started with Lagos, Portugal which was supposed to be a trip last August but then a bike accident happened. Then it was a May trip and COVID-19 happened. It's been rescheduled again. So for now we have drawings as reminders.
From there I moved onto Cape Cod, Monterey, England, France and the Pacific Northwest.
If you visit my Instagram right here you can see all of the images.
We will get through this - and it will change us. It will change our culture and the way we travel. It may make us want to change our home decor since we have spent so much time in it...and maybe it will change the way we think about the health of our planet. Today the air quality is 17 - it's usually 30. During the wildfires it was over 300. Maybe Mother Nature was telling us to be kinder. And on that note be kind to yourself, be patient...smile at others because we are all in this together. use this time to create, to read, to grow a garden.
Chat later...and thanks for reading.
if you are interested in purchasing any of the travel drawings they are available as mini prints in my Etsy shop here.
Have a great day!
So life is going to the dogs! Well actually it’s fifteen dogs that will be installed throughout the town of Danville from May thru September. Fifteen local artists were chosen to design and paint a fiberglass dog for this public art project. I am one of the fifteen and I finished my dog the other day…she’s all painted and ready for display. This project is being organized through the Village Theatre and Art Gallery in Danville.
My thought process as I designed this was to paint something that makes me happiest and gives me inspiration and also feels like California - so I chose an abstracted somewhat deconstructed desert scene complete with tall graceful palm trees. The color blocks on the bottom part are desert tones and the top part of the dog is soft clouds floating by.
Once the dogs are installed in May please be sure to take a tour through town and appreciate all the dogs and the talents of each artist. In September there will be an auction and each dog will be auctioned off - heading to their forever home.
My latest obsession - tiny art. I mean really tiny. These are 2”x1.5” or 2” x 2”.
I lay out six pieces at a time on one sheet of 9x12 paper and then tape off the openings. I select a palette for each group and then paint earth and sky and sometimes water. Once it’s dry I go over the shapes with graphite pencil and conte crayon which gives the whole piece dimension.
Check out my Instagram feed for the whole collection and if you are interested in any of the pieces just let me know. Each available for $25.00. Five are sold - 6 still available.
My new obsession is small watercolor abstracts on paper. There’s something magical and spontaneous about painting these pieces and having such a quick response because they are small and dry quickly. The hard part is not over doing it which I tend to do. So I must maintain a level of self control and let it go when it is done. But when do I know it’s done? Thus I make mistakes and some I throw away and some make it. For the most recent one I added mixed media additions including graphite pencil and conte crayon which I find so soul satisfying. Anyone else feel that way about Conte crayon?
For each piece I use tape to create the border - most are either 6x8 or 4x7 and then I paint…a layer at a time and see what happens. I may add a few splatters or drips which add dimension and interest. I have also experimented a little with lavender and pink - but only as accent colors because it can take over a piece and I really don’t want that as I prefer blues and greens to be the focus. When the piece is dry I remove the tape and sign the painting and then I am done.
Most paintings are available for purchase so just contact me through my site if you are interested.
Years ago - I created a series of botanical sketches that were very minimalist with only a few colors and simple black lines. I sold TONS of them as prints and they were very successful. It’s been over 10 years since I created them and I wanted to try again but this time with mixed media on paper using using very diluted acrylics and pastel. So I bought 18x24 mixed media paper and set to work. I used varying shades of blue plus citron tones and pinks which is area popular right now - especially muted dusty rose or ash shades.
Once finished I brought them to my photographer in Berkeley and had them captured at high res and then I cleaned them up and set them up for art prints. The originals are also available - I like to get as much use out of my work as possible.
Check back again because I have a feeling there might be more on the way.
I keep composing my own perception of the earth around me. I take walks in Briones or Hidden Lakes and I look at the layers of hills and I capture these views with my phone and then figure out how I can translate that same look onto my white wood boards that are waiting for me.
I start with a simple outlines and then fill in the sections. Then - when each section is dry I paint them again..and then I paint them again so what happens is that each layer creates a life and texture and the layers on top don't take away from that life - they simply make it more interesting and if you think about it - aren't humans the same way? Our previous life experiences don't go away when we have new experiences - they are simply added layers to our lives.
For my info about each of these works go right here.