Whole Lotta Art Goin’ On!

Lots of art news for December:

December: Christmas Cat
December: Christmas Cat

* 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.

The Boer Goat Gang (20 x 24)
The Boer Goat Gang (20 x 24)

* 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.

Chimney Rock Winery

* 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.

Fast & Loose vs. Large & Finished

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.)