I recently begun two new landscapes. One is from a photo taken from Iowa in December of a farm house on the horizon. The other is of the Suisun marsh area here in the Bay Area. I am enjoying the challenge of trying to capture the smoke in the distance.
This week I began two new paintings based on photographs taken while I was in Iowa over the holidays. Both pieces are of the snow covered landscape, appropriate given this week's weather news and the Polar Vortex.
I've come to realize that I need at least three hours of dedicated painting time per studio session. My process seems to be that during the first two hours, I make a mess. In the last hour, I fix the mess and move forward.
I stopped working on this portrait months ago because I found myself only making a mess, never having that third hour to fix and improve things.
Today I had a good chunk of time in the studio and believe me, I made a mess. But I also made some progress. It is closer than ever to complete.
Scroll down to view several stages of the portrait and the source image.
A drawing of Ben and Scraps enjoying the final episodes of Orphan Black.
Tonight's sketchbook entry is not complete. Any resemblance between the tree and Snuffaluffagus is purely quincidental.
I am on my way home from a lovely, if a bit chilly, holiday in Iowa. We spent several evenings by the fire watching movies. Below are several drawings from the week.
Today I sold one of my favorite paintings. It's hard to let a painting go, but it feels so good to know that it will be on someone's wall and not in my painting rack. And this painting couldn't have gone to a better home!
Over the past few weeks, I've been working towards this weekend's Holiday Fair at Norton Factory Studios, designing new stamps and creating over 100 ornaments and coasters. These will be on sale in addition to my drawings and paintings this weekend, December 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3094 E. 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601.
Six years ago, when I first moved to the Bay Area, I thought the land around the Dumbarton Bridge was stinky, ugly, and to be avoided by any way possible. The last several years have seen a restoration of the area, from a solar salt industry back to native salt marsh.
One of my clients is located in Palo Alto and once a week I drive over the Dumbarton Bridge. Last week, the bridge was a parking lot due to an accident near Facebook headquarters. Being stuck in my car for an hour gave me the opportunity to look at my surroundings and appreciate their beauty. I snapped several photos of the sky and the marsh. Later that week I began my first painting of the area.
I created these three drawings over the past two evenings. I spent the first evening laying down the washes, creating a base layer of light and dark. Last night, I added the lines and few more layers of wash for added dimension.
I haven't been as productive in the studio recently as I would like. I am, however, trying to work in my sketchbook every day. Below are several recent entries.
In addition to showing my recent paintings and drawings at Norton Factory's Open Studios and Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on December 7th and 8th, I'll be selling my woodland creature ornaments and coasters.
You may remember them from a few years ago,
Here's a shot of some of the coasters in progress. Ideas for new creatures are welcome!
I decided to try something new (for me) for the piece I submitted to Norton Factory Studios' silent auction. I painted a cloudscape. I'm pleased with the result and am considering doing more. Let me know what you think! And, if you are in town, come to the auction on Saturday night -
My studio building, Norton Factory Studios, is holding a benefit and art auction next Saturday evening, September the 21st at 6 p.m. We are raising money to help build out a 1,220 square foot space into a classroom. There will be live music, beverages, a silent auction of over 25 pieces of art made by Norton Factory artists and friends, as well as a bunch of raffle items donated by our favorite Bay Area restaurants and makers.
This weekend I decided to spend some time painting from life. Here are the three resulting pieces, each at slightly different stages of completion.
A handful of studies fresh from the studio.
I just found out that I've been selected to participate in Southern Exposure's annual Monster Drawing Rally on June 14th. To my husband's disappointment, the event is not about drawing monsters. Rather, it is a live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side on whatever topic they choose. Spectators can observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion.
It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone and it is once again East Bay Open Studios. What is particularly exciting about this year's Open Studios is that it will be the first time in 6 years that I've actually had a studio to show!
Open Studios Details:
June 1 & 2 and June 8 & 9, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
June 1, 5 - 10 p.m., opening PARTY!
Norton Factory Studios
3094 East 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94601
It's been a crazy few weeks and I have not had the opportunity to spend time in the studio. However, yesterday I was finally able to get some work done! I spent about an hour working on the commissioned portrait of the girl with the butterfly.
Because the source photograph does not have a background (just darkness due to the flash), and I don't have shrubs in my studio, I've been relying on the paintings of Mary Cassatt for reference on the treatment of greenery.