New Year’s Eve, Rue St. Dominique
Lots of art news for December:
* Stop by Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Sunday, Dec. 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. I’ll be doing a demo of pet portrait painting. And in the ecumenical spirit, I’ll be painting a dog instead of a cat! Meanwhile, click here to take a look at my “calendar cat” series of Oscar Wild’s antics.
* While you’re there, take a look at the annual HCA “Art for the Holidays” juried show and don’t miss my wall of “Simply Rural” paintings including a new painting of my friend Julie’s goats.
* And make a date to see the newest exhibit of work by the Bay Area Studio Artists now at Chimney Rock Winery, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa. You can click here to see some photos of the exhibit but if you go to the winery your art experience will be accompanied by their fabulous wine! Stay tuned for an invitation to a reception and wine tasting at the winery in the new year.
I recently attended a presentation by one of my favorite painters, Tim Horn. He noted that he often ends up doing two versions of favorite scenes: one small version, often painted on site, and a larger, more formal version, painted in the studio.
“Funny thing,” he said. “I almost always like the smaller version better.”
So I tried the same experiment. I had completed an 8 x 10 version of “Suiting Up” from a photo I took on Kapalua beach. Then I did a 30 x 40 inch version. What do you think? (Click the images to enlarge.)
Seems as though each painting has its strengths.
(BTW, the larger version will be included in a Lamorinda Art Alliance show at Moraga Country Club, July 14 – Sept. 15. Reception Thursday, July 24, 5 – 7 p.m.)
…should exceed her grasp. (Yes, another self portrait. This one painted from the old photo album.)
I spent a couple of days painting in Plein Air with my mentor, Marcy Wheeler, and my artist pal, Jeanette Baird, at Yosemite. I always complain about working outdoors (too sunny, too windy, too much sand in my shoes) but I’m handling it better these days. These simple studies of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls turned out pretty good.
This painting of an Hawaiian Cardinal projects the attitude of his species: “Out of my way, I own this state.”
I call this triptych of portraits The Party Girls and they are completed just in time for Mardi Gras. Each painting is 36 x 24, larger-than-life sized. Jerry finds “Leslie” frightening but I’d like to be at her party!
Although we haven’t yet had any winter, I’m enjoying memories of summer with these Beach People paintings: several images of folks on the beach in Hawaii and one image of a friend and his granddaughter making castles in the sand in Southern California.