Monday, December 30, 2013

New Exhibit at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center


Recently, I was invited to be one of four artists, showing work in a California landscape exhibit. This exhibit is now hanging in the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. It will be on display for the next three months. The conference center is open  to the public, and  located at 3301 Crow Canyon Rd., San Ramon, CA. Please come by and take a look.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Exciting News, The Lafayette Gallery has moved, Open Studios, and More

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Exciting news!  The Lafayette Art Gallery has moved to a beautiful, new, larger space,  located in the Historic Forge. Read all about it on the Lafayette Gallery website.  Then address is 3420 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The adjacent courtyard will be the location, for several artists, including me, for Open Studios, coming up on  Oct 19th and 20th, 11 to 4pm. Please come by to see lots of my paintings, including those above. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Workshop with Melinda Cootsona

Earlier this year, I took a workshop with Melinda Cootsona, "Using Photos, to Paint the Figure". This was a wonderful WS that got me started painting  figures, and painting larger.  This painting, and the figure painting, from one of my recent posts, both came from this class. Both area 20 X 20. I have several more figurative works in progress. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

      Come one, come all!  The Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is this weekend, Sept 21st, and 22nd.
           I will be exhibiting, 10 to 7, on Sat., and 10 to 6, on Sun.. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 16, 2013

More from Jenny's WS

More exercises from Jenny Nelson's workshop.  Making these small abstract painting was so much fun.
Jenny used exercises taken from the book, Expressive Drawing, a Practical Guide for Freeing the Artist Within, by Steven Aimone
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Work Shop with Jenny Nelson


Now for completely different, something that I have never done. A few weeks ago, I took a workshop from, abstract painter, Jenny Nelson. Jenny is very talented, and a wonderful instructor. I had lots of fun, and worked on several drawing, and painting exercises that opened a whole new world for me!  Here is some of what I did during the WS, and a cute photo of Jenny with her equally cute, and tall husband!
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Monday, September 9, 2013

ArtFall, at the Valley Art Gallery

 Exciting News! The new exhibit at Valley Art Gallery will be showing my work, with  me, as the featured artist.  The exhibit opens Oct 5 and goes through Nov. 16th. Please come to the reception Oct 5th, from 4 to 6. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP, Inspired by Diebenkorn

I have not been posting too much lately, because I've been experimenting. 
I am way out of my comfort zone,  painting the figure. It has been a challenge. Here is one of my several recent works in progress. Stay tuned for more ...

More Richard Diebenkorn

 The wonderful  Diebenkorn book, showing lots of the magnificent work hanging  in the de Young Museum.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Diebenkorn at the de Young

Last week I had a chance to see the Richard Diebenkorn exhibit at the deYoung Museum.  Now, all I can think about is going to see it again.  It is up until the end of Sept.

Here are Richard Diebenkorn's , "Notes to Myself on Beginning a Painting",

 1.  Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.

    2. The pretty, initial position, which falls short of completeness, is not to be valued, except as a stimulus for further moves.

3. Do search, but in order to find other than what is searched for.

4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities, but consider them absolutely expendable.

5. Don't discover a subject, of any kind.

6. Somehow do not be bored, but if you must, use it in action. Use it's destructive potential.

7. Mistakes can't be erased, but they can move you from your present position.

8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.

9. Tolerate chaos.

10. Be careful only in a very perverse way.

by Richard Diebenkorn

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy July

June has come and gone, way too quickly.  Time is racing by, and now it's July. Whew!
Here is one more 12 X 12, now hanging at Chow Restaurant.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Skies

One more 12 X 12 oil,  painted on a wood panel, using a brush and palette knife.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Water Ways, and Chow Restaurant

I have been busy painting some larger 12 X 12 panels. Here is the latest.The others will be posted soon. There will be seven paintings, including this one, on display, at Chow Restaurant, in Danville.  The exhibit will be ready for viewing, beginning today, and ending mid July.  Please come by, have a bite to eat, and take a look!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lots of Red

One more little 4 X 4.

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Gregory Kondos, at the Crocker Art Museum

I just had a chance to see the Gregory Kondos exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum.  His work is just beautiful, so huge, and impressive!  This exhibit will be up until May 19th. 

The Crocker Art Museum's original building, the Crocker family mansion.
The new wing, recently added, that is connected to the original museum. This building is a huge, super modern , space that adds room for even  more exhibits.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Little Break

I've been working on several larger paintings, which is a challenge for me. In the midst of these larger paintings, I've been taking little breaks, and doing some, 4 X 4, mini paintings, just for fun!
Instant gratification!  More to come!
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Lafayette Gallery Reception, April 21

Come one, come all!  Please join us at the annual spring reception at the Lafayette Gallery.
We will be opening the sculpture garden, with new work, both inside and out! Refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there, 1 to 4 pm, this Sunday!
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Paintings for The Collector Art Shop

The paintings for the Collector, were just delivered, all 16 of them. The exhibit opens March 19th.  The reception will be April 12th, 6 to 8. Hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013