Friday, May 20, 2011

In the studio - tools of the trade

My beloved painting cart is 15 years old! In 1996 I was living in NYC working at an art gallery in Soho and painting at night and on the weekends in a little studio in the meat packing district. Miles, my boss built this cart for me in the storage room of the gallery.  I drew a picture of what I wanted and then got the wood cut to size at the local lumber yard on Spring St.  It took Miles about an hour to put it all together.  He was quite the carpenter.  Once complete, I pushed it all the way from West Broadway in Soho to 14th St. and 9th Ave. and then dragged it up the stairs to my studio.  It spent two years in storage while I was in Tokyo.  I missed it dearly!  The plastic Japanese replacement was not as sturdy.  I was happy to have it back when I moved to San Fransisco. 
Painting Cart

My favorite brushes are the cheap bristle brushes you find in the hardware store.  I keep a lot on hand because I use a different brush for each color of paint. They make a nice texture on the surface of the painting.  The brushes are pretty versatile.  I'm able to scrub and get a good dry brush effect or apply smooth glazes.  I also use a couple of different palette knives for texture.  Perfect for the flickering light effect.

River Haze, oil on canvas 24" x 30" -SOLD

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Back to work!

I'm finally back to work after a two week break.  One week spent visiting family in Texas and the following week spent on home improvement chores.  I was back in the studio on Tuesday putting the finishing touches on a couple of paintings.  I find it's good to leave the paintings and the studio for a while and see if they look finished or need more work when I return.
Today I spent some time adding a page to my website.  It has 8 new 24" x 24" paintings from a series exploring water, reflections and fog.
Summer Pond 2011
Fog Layer 2011
Reduced Visibility 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Juried Spring Open Studios Preview Show at Flax Art & Design

I belong to a group called Mission Artists United
MAU organized an exhibition of Mission Artists to be shown at Flax Art & Design
The team of awesome Jurors:

Juried Spring Open Studios Preview Show
Flax Art & Design, 1699 Market St @ Valencia
April 1 - May 1, 2011

You can see this painting along with 49 other artists' work at the exhibition.
Looking West, oil on canvas 20" x 20"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Art over chaos - Etsy treasury

River Journey, oil on canvas, 5" x 7"
River Journey has been included in several Etsy treasuries


I like to hang my smaller paintings in grids. 
Six 8" x 10" oil paintings

Nine 5" x 7" oil on wood panel painitngs

Six 6" x 6" oil paintings on canvas

It's hip to be SQUARE!

Square credit card reader
I recently started using the Square credit card reader for art sales in my studio.  It is so quick and easy to use.  The only trick is being fast with the swipe!   It's a great deal for artists - no fee for the credit card reader that fits into the headphone jack on your iphone  ipad or android - low transaction fee - no commitments - direct deposit to bank account! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Artist of the Month

Did you know that I am the artist of the month at J. Hettinger Interiors in Danville, CA?
Two of my paintings are featured in the front of the showroom.
"Kerela Journey", oil on canvas, 48" x 48" was inspired by my time spent as an Artist-In-Residence in Kerela, India.  "Gihon Vision", oil on canvas, 48" x 48" was inspired by my time spent at the
Vermont Studio Center.  I've been an artist in residence at the Vermont studio center twice.  Both times were pretty amazing.   Nothing is better than complete focus on painting with uninterrupted studio time and someone preparing all your meals!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Open Studios April 16 & 17, 2011

Please join me on April 16 & 17 as I open my studio to show my new work.
Art Explosion Studios
744 Alabama St. between 19 & 20
Saturday & Sunday    11am - 6 pm

Mission Artists are uniting for one weekend of open studios
for more information

Spring Open Studios April 9 & 10, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came by the studio this past weekend.   It was nice to see you all.
A selection of paintings that sold over the weekend:
Sky Gazing, oil on canvas 6 x 6 inches
Reflections Blue, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
Through the trees (Temple Walk), oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches