Sunday, January 31, 2010
Look at that colour! Here on the central coast of California our hills are a golden brown from June until we start getting rain in late fall or early winter. These last two weeks of stormy weather have turned the fields into rolling velvet carpets of luminous green. We'll be enjoying this for the next several months.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I will have a dozen of my red rosin paintings and assemblages on display. Colleagues Destiny Carter and Alexandra Salkeld will be exhibiting their paintings and jewelry respectively.
A portion of all sales will go to benefit the Friends of the Cambria Library. They are currently raising money for a new larger library building and the three of us are thrilled to be able to help out through our art. The show goes up today and will run until February 27. Drop by!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the annual Cambria Art & Wine Festival. There will be a myriad of activities all around the town; wine tasting, fine dining, art demonstrations and much more including a silent auction of works by local artists.
I will have the above piece Midtown Kiosk at the auction. The weather forecast is for sunny skies, so come join the fun in beautiful Cambria - pines and sea, wine and art - what's not to love?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Match boxes - remember when you could pick them up anywhere? Great graphics, wonderful advertising, brilliant color, instant souvenirs and all for free. Now they are still around, but harder to find - search antique stores, flea markets or your great aunt Emily's parlour where there might just be an old brandy snifter full of them.
It is easy to find postcards, stickers, notepads, etc. using these wonderful old images - many of which are perfect little pieces of art. I think as a society we've gotten a lot smarter in the last 50 years about smoking, but I must say I do miss the match boxes!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Allied Arts of Cambria is celebrating the opening of their new gallery space with an exhibition entitled Best Works. It opens this Friday January 29 and runs through Monday March 1. The new venue is housed in the old Cambria Grammar School building located at 1350 Main Street. I will have two works hanging in the show; In Flanders Field and Never Forget.
The move, necessitated by the gradual deterioration of the former gallery in the 125 year old single room Santa Rosa school house building, will provide more hanging space as well as room for 3-D installations and much needed office and meeting areas. Opening reception for the new exhibition will be on Friday February 5, 5:00 -8:00. See you there!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Talk about a photo-op! Twelve seagulls, looking like they've shown up for the morning meeting on the Cayucos Pier. After I shot the picture and began walking down the pier, they peeled off one by one in formation as I went by. Quite a sight!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This bridge arched over the swimming pool. It was delightful to relax on the patio, listening to the rustle of the palms with a margarita in hand and watch the lights of the city across the curve of the shore.
Friday, January 22, 2010
This week's selection is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Wondrously conceived and decorated homes, large and small, full and spare. Ranch houses, centuries old adobes, cabins and haciendas. I especially enjoyed this, it was like a return visit to Taos for me. The author takes us through the gates and doors for an insider's peek at riotous gardens and peaceful courtyards, stunning views and warm firesides. Beautiful photography and descriptions, you can almost catch a whiff of pinon smoke as you cross the thresholds of these hidden homes and gardens.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The house was built right up against the hillside and surrounded by lush foliage and myriads of palms. Two iguanas lived on the carport roof and kept a watch on the outdoor shower. But...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
If you don't have any laying around, ask your friends or relatives - you know - the ones who used to live in a pre-digital world!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is a watercolour sketch from the travel journal I kept on our trip to Mexico. A charming sidewalk restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast one morning - mmm fresh tortillas, chimichanga and big mugs of steaming cafe con leche. Done with medium line Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens and Windsor and Newton watercolours. I love, that inexpert as I am, the sketches really capture the essence and feel of when and where they're created and can transport me right back there -ah! is that a whiff of the coffee I smell?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
They hold a variety of valuable art supplies, from blank journals to cigarette cards to artificial flowers and leaves. As with cigar boxes, my collection of suitcases has grown to house my ever-increasing stash.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell, just released, is a treat for the eye and full of interesting and quirky ideas. Margot received a copy for Christmas and we've both had fun pouring over the pictures and getting inspiration - Margot for shoes and me for assemblage, collage and altered books.
And I guess you could even use it to make jewelry! I love it that so many art forms (and artists) today have the ability to crossover and use techniques, supplies and ideas from many different disciplines to create work that is uniquely theirs. Even if you never have and never plan to make a piece of jewelry, check out this book. I know you'll find something fascinating that you can use in your art.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This spread was done completely with detritus -or art supplies as I like to call them - picked up off the streets on a walk through the village one morning.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
OK, so it's not exactly a cigar box, but it's just about the same size and has the same ability to hold stuff. In this case, page pebbles - those fascinating little smooth rounded bits of glass that can be used in vases to hold up flowers. Or...
...used in assemblages, journals or altered books. The clear ones are great on top of old photographs - magnifies and really highlights the faces. And it's just so much darn fun to run your fingers through them!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
This is an altered book I did a few years ago when we where staying in the little seaside fishing village of La Mansanilla in Jalisco, Mexico. It's 90 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta and about 30 miles north of El Manzanillo. We rented a house high on the hill with a killer view of the bay and the town below. I spent lots of time on the beautiful patio painting small watercolours and working in this book.
The substrata for this creation is Caramba! by Nina Maria Martinez, a wonderful illustrated novel. I bought two - one to read and one to altered! More pages tomorrow.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
...you might consider moving to the Cota Street Studios in Santa Barbara - colourful, great design and just plain fun!
Last weekend,we got a chance to stop and take a few pictures.
How much do I LOVE these garage doors?
Friday, January 8, 2010
Here's the review of Lynne Perrella's new book that I posted on Amazon. I realize that if you're reading this blog you probably already have a copy and love it intensely, but just in case - read the review on Amazon, click to say you thought it was helpful and then purchase this incredibly wonderful magical mystery tour through 31 studios!
We all wait with breathless anticipation for a new Lynne Perrella book and this one was, as always, well worth the wait. Once again Lynne takes a subject that has been written about before in books and magazines, and instead of merely adding more of the same, she turns the dial to a new channel, gives the subject that inimitable Perrella tweak, and produces a volume that stands alone. This is not another "here's how to make your studio - complete with measurements and purchasing instructions", this is a beautiful, intimate, colourful view into the studios of 31 incredibly creative people.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
A box of metal numbers. Gathered from e-Bay, Etsy, street fairs and craft stores. Seat numbers, cow tags, room numbers and small metal stencils. I am always on the lookout for these when I'm at swap meets and flea markets.
I find it fascinating that the addition of a number to an assemblage or journal page can add so much interest. There's a hint of mystery, that human desire to figure out what it means.