Sorry, it's been ages since I've posted anything and I told myself I would start up this blog again as soon as....well, you know how that goes. No time like the present to procrastinate. The month of February was hectic with selling old house and buying new then the wonderful people of the Main Street Arts asked if I would be a guest artist and I knew I had to squeeze it in because it is such a friendly and talented group and the space downtown is my dream gallery. Go to this link to check them out: Main Street Arts. If you get the chance to be there for the art walk, go! They know how to have fun in Martinez. I was lucky to sell a bunch of my paintings (even though it was pouring rain) so I didn't have to pack them for the move.
|I love the Main Street Arts Gallery in Martinez, especially for its cool storefront windows|
|Jeff, my painting partner. He helps to schlep my stuff and tells me when it's time to go home for martinis.|
BACK TALK: If you can't get away to paint outside, stay home and paint in your yard. Someone's grandma once said that, I'm sure of it. It can be such a hassle to pack up all your gear and drive around looking for a good spot. Sometimes you don't have to look any further than your own backyard. I think Dorothy said that. Or her grandma.
GOING OUTSIDE TO PAINT IS HARD TO DO, BUT VERY NECESSARY.
MY TINY TREE PAINTING.
GOING FROM TINY TO HUMONGOUS.
Underpainting the 40x30 big boy canvas. I love Transparent Oxide Red because it is transparent and red. I have no idea what oxide is, but I love it too. I do this because I can't draw. I just move the paint around until it looks good enough, then I let it dry and start slapping paint on top.
ANOTHER STEP BY STEP SERIES: THE SHEETROCK HAMMER and the CUP OF JOE
Just in case you didn't get enough from the dogwood series. This one was back at the old studio, just before we sold the house. I had been looking around for something to paint when I came across Jeff's old sheetrock hammer and I fell in love. My friend Kim Homes, who is a painter and a potter, gave me this funky coffee cup that seemed to fit in well in the story of the sheetrock guy who had to put down his tools and stop for a break. Jeff said he liked it but the nail looked a little bent. I said that was why the guy had to stop...to find straighter nail.