Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Casa Colors

New Casa Colors.....
its been what? 20 some years since we painted the house....
Now my plants just zing against the rich red color of the sister in law said "an artist must live here!" ....he, he, he...she's right! 

 this is the north set of windows of my studio
 and the front of my house has a beautiful moss green on the window trim....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

San Diego Book Arts Workshop

Last month's San Diego Book Arts 3 day workshop was so wonderful...a great group of students and everyone was so excited to get that paint out and create content for their book structures. I think these photos show the depth of talent and creativity we had....thanks again for all of the volunteers who helped each day and to my very creative students!
and by the Dad planed the wood for our book covers...thanks Dad!

and here's a link to more photos of our artists!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Places to go and see

things to do and see......

Artfest at San Diego Botanic Garden....2 days to explore the arts in the Garden...
I'll have many new stuffs for sale......
April 11 and 12

come and play at Art and Soul Mixed Media Retreat at the Elms Hotel near Kansas City at the end of April....I'm teaching there! 

 A transparent watercolor I painted in my friend's nice to see it again.... 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pleased to announce......

I'm a happy camper this month...Two of my paintings have been selected for juried exhibitions....

And a  extra little tidbit of excitement....
the Signature American Watermedia Exhibition is a juried show in which only Signature members of Watercolor Societies can enter. You can only gain signature status by having 3 paintings accepted into national or international exhibitions held by the society.
On top of that info I found out that the juror (Steven Quiller ) needed to select a few more works for the gallery space after he made his initial selection. My second painting entered was chosen! But...rules state that only one painting per artist can be displayed....

Patting myself on the

"Las Chupa Rosas y el Agave”  
transparent watercolor

selected for the
"San Diego Dreaming" exhibition 
in conjunction with  California Dreaming exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art and the Riverside Art Museum  L Street Fine Art Gallery  will display  30 juried works. 
March 30 – June 30, 2015.
 L Street Fine Art is located at 628 L Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter. 
Opening reception will be held Saturday, April 11 from 6-9 pm.   

"Memories of Kansas"
selected for

Fallbrook Art Center

Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb 7 | 5-7pm
Admission: $10
Free to Premier & Friends Level Members

Open Daily
Feb 8 - Mar 22, 2015
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 12-3pm
Admission: $6

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Huntington Gardens

It was a beautiful day at Huntington Gardens in Pasadena,CA 
My nephew and I strolled through Art, Gardens, and Library collections

Enjoy the sites and maybe someday you'll be able to visit......and Happy New Year! 

A close up of a Robert Rauschenburg collage

Walks through the Gardens.........

"Campo Santo"  Maynard Dixon   oil 
Henrietta Shore...a pioneer of Modernism .. ... I love her work for obvious reasons...she studied with Robert Henri and was close friends with Edward Weston. She lived in Los Angeles  CA for a while,,,Weston was quoted as saying "Every time I see that cactus, I have renewed emotion, its a great painting"
"Still Life with Green Chair" Roger Medearis    1950    Egg Tempera on Board

so many rare delights for the book artist 

a color guide for White of the color formulas reads
 Purplish White: Animal- junction of the neck and back of a Kitliwake Gull; Vegetable- white Geranium or Stork's Bill; Mineral- Arragonite .....I'm so glad I have tubes of paint ready made!

Book binding masterpieces

Color etching of Grand Canyon
Interesting perspective guide

Ice Crystal Illustration

Oddities in the Animal Kingdom

a "pop up" guide to the human body

and...I just liked the expression on this guy's face....not sure what he's describing but its cool....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Parts of a book

During December I had a chance to play in a printmaking studio...
I've been experimenting with encaustic and mediums on  printing plates for  book content. 
I'll be teaching a 3 day workshop using these techniques at Fallbrook School of the Arts in 
August 2015
Details are not posted yet but send a message to me if you are interested! 
Happy Holidays to you all...

encaustic plates with water based intaglio inks

The press

Collagraph print 

Two versions of prints that I was considering for the cover of the book
The stamp at the right was hand carved and used in some of the pages of the book. 

and here it is Pods and leaves book...the binding will be a very unique woven approach....