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.
I recently spent several days back home with my family and my grandmother who is in the last few weeks of 91 year's of life.
We spent the days in the hospital and the evenings in her apartment. In the hospital and at her apartment I drew. Only afterwards did I realize what I was doing. By drawing I think I was seeking to understand and to remember. Grief takes many forms and we grieve in different ways.
More images of the portrait in progress. It can be very helpful to compare where you are to where you've been. How does that Paul Abdul song go? Two steps forward? One step back?
I'm working on a commissioned portrait of a young girl with a butterfly resting on her wrist. I'm capturing the day by day transformation of the piece. Below is the portrait from initial sketch to underpainting to somewhat more developed painting.
I am thrilled to be moving into my new studio next month at Norton Factory Studios. The past several years I've been lucky enough to have space in our home to paint. I'll miss the convenience of home, but won't miss some of the challenges (lighting, ventilation, cat hair...). What I'm most excited about is the opportunity to be part of a community. It is something I've missed dearly ever since I left Madarts Studios in Brooklyn five years ago.
It's hard to capture the beauty of the space. It is airy and full of natural light. Construction is not yet complete, but it will be ready for move-in on February 15th.
After about a month's break from the studio, there are couple of new Oakland nightscape studies in the cooker. I'm also planning a slightly new approach to the paintings, stay tuned!
I'm excited to begin a new portrait commission and looking forward to the challenges it will present. This portrait is of an adorable young girl delicately holding a butterfly on her wrist. The image was captured by her parents while visiting the Audobon Butterfly Garden in New Orleans.
The painting will be executed in oil on panel. Below is a study for the portrait.
In addition to studio work, I've been busy drawing in my sketchbooks. My Several months ago I switched to the larger format Moleskine Japanese sketchbooks (5 x 8.25") from the smaller ones (3.5 x 5.5").
I am enjoying the extra space on the page. I think working larger has loosened my line work. The newer sketchbooks feel freer and less conscious of the page's edge.
You can view more of these new sketchbook drawings here.
This past weekend I took a two-day workshop on encaustic painting at Kala with the artist and paint maker Hylla Evans. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated and pigmented beeswax.
Learning a new medium and technique is both intimidating and freeing. What I ended up creating was nothing like what I expected to create. To learn something new is to take a risk.
Below is the latest painting in my Oakland Nightscapes series. Unlike the previous paintings in the series, which were primarily concerned with a particular corner and storefront, this painting is of our house.
This series of paintings explores familiar places that take on a very different character after dusk.
This painting is still in-progress though I anticipate completing it within the next week. I apologize for the quality of the photo. This series has been notoriously difficult to photograph.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on my painting of Ben. I've made progress, but am still having trouble with his left eye. What do you think? Does it still look awkward or distracting? Or do you not notice it?
Below is the most recent photo of my painting of Ben. I think (hope?) it is almost complete, but am curious to hear what you think. I am particularly interested in feedback on the sketchiness of his ear, shirt, and left eye.
I am participating in a show titled "Faces" in Berkeley that opens early next month. I will be showing three pieces and--potentially--a fourth, if I can complete this portrait of Ben which I started this week. I want this painting to feel like a charcoal drawing, with the artist's hand present in the push and pull between additions and erasures. The main image below is where the portrait is now. The three images in the strip below are from earlier stages in the portrait's evolution.
I am participating in a show titled "Faces" in Berkeley that opens early next month. I will be showing three pieces and--potentially--a fourth, if I can complete this portrait of Ben which I started this week. I want this painting to feel like a charcoal drawing, with the artist's hand present in the push and pull between additions and erasures.