I was inspired by the cover on “Strokes of Genius: the Best of Drawing” 2007. It is a profile view of a woman done in transparent oxide red oil.
So here are my attempts.
SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! and SOLD!
I had a wonderful chance to participate in the Woodland First Friday Art Walk. I was showing with two photographers, Kent Smith and Gwen Kaltoft. It was there I sold all 4 paintings that I was exhibiting.
Then another one was sold at the Yolo Arts Council Gala.
All of these paintings were done at Turkovich, Pete Cattle or Mezger Zinnias Patch.
I want to thank Gwen Kaltoft and Mark Mezger for their purchases!
A few weeks I visited the museum on the University of California in Santa Barbara. One of the main exhibit was of Channing Peake. I was impressed with his diversity of mediums to express his life in ranching – either in representational or in abstract.
In his Concepts of Work, Peake stated, “Artists who find a so called style tend to keep repeating each work, fearing the hazards of change, praise and success.”
This exhibit of his works expressed what he had said. There was not one medium that he stuck to or one expression. I found this liberating.
Thinking that 5 x 7 were way too small to paint, I never painted that size. So I was asked to sit for an open studio for 4 hours when none of the artists renting were not available. Taking my Guerilla Thumbox, I painted from a photo the landscape during that whole time. Love it! At home I complete the painting along with the still life of the Iris in a vase. Now I’m hooked.
I’m also a calligrapher. Here’s my new website on commissions that I had done at Marlene Lee Calligraphy
I did this small oil painting at the Mezger Zinnia Patch. There was nothing but rows and rows of different kinds of zinnias. Simply gorgeous.
Part of the Yolo County Art and Ag Project. http://www.yoloarts.org/programs-and-services/art-ag-project
I’ve been following Nora MacPhail’s blog and video. Loose application of watercolor with a loosely drawn pencil sketch first.
So I’m giving her technique a try.
Like in oils I have to be careful not to add to much colors. One brush stroke at a time.
I’ve just completed a self made project to paint 30 paintings, 30 days. My Guerilla Thumbox has make it all possible for its ease of set and supplies in all one place. The size of the canvas is only 8 x 6 inches, large enough yet small enough to do a quick painting in a day…at least for me.
Here are some favorite paintings that my FB fans enjoyed.
The link to the rest of the paintings is https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.597647946923428.1073741829.121810251173869&type=1&l=4ab43372ea
I had a great opportunity to participate in the VYCR Program in Colusa all Saturday afternoon. My husband and I had time to explore the beautiful view of the Sacramento River. After having lunch with the council, they took us to visit a store owner whose father had a very similar history has my husband’s father – coming from China at a fairly young age and working as a cook for the surrounding region in ranches. There’s a very strong Chinese American history in Colusa – a hidden underground city, opium dens, then later cooks….a now a respected grocery store owner.
We attended the lecture by UC Riverside professor on science fiction in Colusa’s firehouse. Very interesting and well attended. The rest of the afternoon was activities and exhibits including mine.
Roberta James did a fabulous job of pulling quotes out from “Fahrenheit 451″ to match the paintings. We were impressed out it all fitted.
I want to thank the committee and particular Roberta and Elizabeth for all your effort in putting this program together so well.
Virginia Yerxa Community Read Program happens every year in Colusa. The program founded by Virginia Yerxa is to support reading through a selected book. This year it’s “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury.
My abstracts paintings were selected to enhanced “Fahrenheit 451″ reading experience. Roberta James and Elizabeth Yerxa had came down to select my paintings for this program.
The program will be this Saturday, April 27, in Colusa. Book presentation by UC Riverside Professor Rob Latham is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Colusa Fire Department, 740 Market. From 4 to 6 pm are the book swaps, exhibits including my paintings, and other events at 735 Main Street. At the Colusa Movie Theater, at 513 Market Street, is the free screening of “Fahrenheit 451″. A day long event worth visiting!