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Open studios – times two!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

May is quickly approaching, which means it’s time for Silicon Valley Open Studios again.  I was super excited to have my artwork (Flamenco) appear on the cover of the SVOS directory!  These directories are available online and at various locations throughout the area (for a list of locations, click here).

 

 

I’m so excited, in fact, that I’ll be participating TWICE this year!  The first weekend, I’ll be at a group site in Portola Valley, exhibiting my glass and jewelry in a lovely, park-like setting with 6 other artists. Stop by 290 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley, Saturday or Sunday, May 2-3, 11-5 each day for a variety of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glass, and jewelry.

 

The second weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, 11-5 each day), I’ll be exhibiting at my studio, 1000 Loyola Drive, Los Altos. I’ll be exhibiting all my work:  paintings, prints, magnets, note cards, jewelry and glass.  Here’s a sample of the new works I’ll have:

 

I hope to see you at one of my Open Studios!

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Open Studios – May 10-11

Monday, April 28th, 2014

 

Once again, I’m participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios.  My studio will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, 11am to 5pm each day.  Stop by to see my new glass art, paintings, and digital art, or to pick up a piece of jewelry or art as a Mother’s Day gift.

 

My studio is located at:

1000 Loyola Drive
Los Altos, CA  94024
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Here’s a sneak peak of some of the new pieces:

 

"Connections" series fused glass art in custom metal stand"Flamenco", digital art, printed on aluminum

 

 

"Flamenco", digital art, aluminum print

 

 

"Northern Lights", oil on canvas

 

 

 

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Open Studios May 11 and 12, 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I hope you’ll join me for Open Studios this Mother’s Day weekend!

 

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“skyscapes” series at collector art shop

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

 

I’m very excited that my new series, Skyscapes, will be on exhibit at Collector Art Shop starting October 2, 2012.  Collector is a great gallery in Elmwood (2950 College Avenue, at Ashby) specializing in affordable, original art.

This series of celestial paintings had a varied set of inspirations:  watching for falling stars during meteor showers, a hand-glazed sake cup we found in Kyoto, and watching far too many episodes of Star Trek as a child.  Here’s the sake cup that began my journey in this direction:

 

Working on this series has been a very meditative process for me.  The paintings aren’t intended to faithfully represent the galaxies, but instead, to remind us of the emotions we feel when looking up into the night sky.

Collector is having an artists’ reception Friday, October 12, from 6-8 pm.  Join me and the other exhibiting artists!

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inspiring travel

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I was fortunate to take two totally different — but equally inspiring — vacations this summer.

The first was a long weekend in Southern Utah.  I have always loved the Southwestern US – the landscape is vast, colorful, and ever-changing.  Late July in the area is “monsoon season”, so the cactus was a deeper green than I’d ever seen it, and the afternoon rains created dramatic cloud formations for gorgeous sunsets.

 

I also was inspired by an artist I met, Ulrike Arnold (web site: http://www.ulrikearnold.com/).  Ulrike is a German artist who paints on location, using the rocks and soils she finds as her pigments.  Given the huge variety of colors found in the Southwest, I could understand how she could fashion a painting from the earth.  Here are a few photos of her materials and workspace:

While I may not start grinding rocks to use as pigment, I am eager to try using glass frit and powder to create a landscape in glass.

 

The second vacation was a cruise of the Baltic Sea.  We had spectacular weather and visited some beautiful cities and small islands.  As in the Southwest, the clouds were dramatic, though very different:

On the island of Christiansø, Denmark, we found brightly colored cottages silhouetted against a deep blue sky:

And in cities such as Stockholm, we found beautiful Hanseatic architecture:

 

So many inspirations!  Now the only question is, where to begin? (as soon as I recover sufficiently from the jetlag!)

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finding my groove

Monday, June 4th, 2012

A few weeks back, I participated in Silicon Valley Open Studios.  It was my third year participating, and I was amazed at how much more art (paintings, glass and jewelry) I had to exhibit than last year.  I had to put up a second tent and still couldn’t display all my paintings.  It was very exciting to see what a productive year I’d had.

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But then a fellow artist stopped by.  Looking around at my paintings (oils, acrylics, pastels, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts), glass art and jewelry, he commented:  “Well, it looks like you haven’t found your groove yet.”

I was floored!  What a rude thing to say!  At first I thought he was criticizing the quality of my work, but then it became clear he was talking about my focus, or lack thereof.  Turns out, he paints only one thing:  flowers in watercolor.  And that’s all he wants to paint.  And he seems to think that all mature artists should similarly choose one subject matter  – “real artists” have to specialize.  Thus, my variety of work struck him as  evidence of an immature artist who is still searching for that “one thing” that I’ll do for the rest of my career.

I see things differently.  There are too many things I love to limit myself to just one.  First of all, I’d be bored out of my mind – and art would feel like work – if I had to do the same thing day in and day out.  For me, the variety keeps me fresh, engaged, and growing.  A technique in one medium can inspire me to try something new in another, such as imprinting pottery with pine needles led me to try the same technique with paint in my painting “Imprint.”

Secondly, if you look at many successful artists throughout history, you’ll find that many were active in different media or different subject matters. Michelangelo was a painter and sculptor; Picasso did just about everything.

 

So to the gentleman who stopped by during Open Studios I want to say:  I’m glad you’ve found your groove.  I’ve found mine too, and it’s variety.

 

 

 

 

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Kid in a candy store

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The new Bullseye Resource Center opened last month in Emeryville.  I waited until after the craziness of their grand opening to visit.  Yesterday, my friend Angel and I made the trek across the Bay to stock up on glass.  What a treat!  Instead of looking at tiny little squares on the web site and trying to figure out what the sheet would look like in real life, we got to pull out the actual sheets of glass and hold them up to the light.

 

I can’t wait to start creating with all my new glass!

They also had an inspiring exhibit, ACT 2 The Glass Track,  of pieces created by artists who began working in glass after careers in other fields.  The pieces were beautiful, and with some, you could really see a connection to their first careers.  I wonder if people will be able to tell from my work that I used to be a lawyer?

 

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Silicon Valley Open Studios – May 5 and 6

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

 

I’m participating in my 3rd Silicon Valley Open Studios this coming weekend, May 5 and 6.  In addition to a lot of new paintings, I will have note cards, magnets, glass art, and jewelry.  Hope to see you!

 

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Taking the “studio” on the road

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Yesterday I awoke to a beautiful sunny day, and decided to take advantage of the sunshine to do some painting on location.  I packed up the car and drove to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to paint the ocean.  I had previously hiked there and scoped out a spot I wanted to capture – Moss Cove – less than a mile from the parking area along a pretty easy trail.

Point Lobos Moss Cove ocean waves rocks

Gorgeous!  One slight problem though – I’d forgotten to check the wind conditions when I checked the weather, and it was so windy the canvas kept blowing off my easel.  So I ended up climbing down to the rock outcropping (in the foreground of the picture above) where the curve of the shore provided a little shelter from the wind, and setting up my paints in front of me and the canvas on my lap.  Not ideal from an ergonomic perspective, but it worked (although I did wish I’d brought a chair or cushion).

Point lobos Moss Cove easel painting setup

The advantage to a little discomfort:  fresh sea air, warm sunshine, and some wildlife for company.

Point Lobos Moss Cove sea lions photograph

The sea lions kept me company the whole time.  Otters popped up occasionally. I had to wave off a turkey vulture to convince him I was still alive and wouldn’t make a good snack.  All in all, a pretty idyllic day.

I had to call it quits before I finished (cold hands, even with gloves), but I made a great start.  Now I have to decide if I want to finish up in the studio or take my studio on the road another day…

Moss Cove - oil painting - work in progress

Here’s the work in progress.

 

 

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Recent commissions

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Over the past few months, I’ve been honored to be entrusted with a couple of commissioned paintings.  I’m always a little nervous when I get a commission — what if my interpretation doesn’t match the picture in the client’s head?  But it’s a great opportunity to try subject matter I might not automatically gravitate to, and I’ve always been really happy to have taken on the project.

balloons balloon release sky clouds

This commission was especially emotionally charged.  A friend recently lost his mother, and after the funeral, the family released balloons into the air.  He wanted me to paint the balloons to give as a gift to his father.  Having lost my own father not too long ago, this really resonated with me and I was afraid I’d have a hard time emotionally with this.  But the image was so colorful and the balloons so cheerful, I couldn’t help but smile while I was painting.

 

yellow orchids greenhouse window

This second recent commission was less emotionally fraught.  The client’s mother collects orchids, and this is one of her favorites.  I loved how the greenhouse windows indicate a world outside, while the bright yellow flowers command your attention.

Thanks to my clients for bringing these beautiful images into my life and letting me paint my interpretation of them.

 

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