In the Studio Today... Inverness Sky #1

Friday, September 28, 2007
"Inverness Sky" 24" x 36" o/c
I started blocking out the colors and shapes in this painting today. I did another painting of this boat this spring for my show at the Two Bird Cafe, but that painting was a close up of the boat. This one is much more of a landscape that happens to have the boat as one of it's elements.

In the Studio Today... our changing landscapes

sunday night, september 23, 2007
i love to paint landscapes, and if the preservation of a place or time somewhere makes someone happy, this is simple enough of a reason for why i do what i do... but there is a wave in the art and science world, a growth of artists and those concerned about our changing environment, and they are creating art that challenges, questions, reflects and educates on global warming and science. i often wonder if i should be challenging myself more in my painting, and attempting to join this troop of educators and thinkers... but most days, i just enjoy being able to preserve a moment in time on canvas that i know someone will appreciate, and may be a sense of joy, healing or calming in their life... i imagine it is hard to sell art that speaks of things that worry us and concern us, yet this is the great art that ends up in the museum of modern art, that draws crowds; a spectacle of something new and different that challenges your mind.

recently, i have read about 2 shows of this genre in the new york times, and i thought i would post their links here. the articles are well worth a read and the artists are all working to spread the word about the truths, emotions and effects of global warming on our culture and planet.

• here is the first link to a new york times article about olafur eliasson..Thinking Glacially, Acting Artfully
Olafur Eliasson

Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland

• fortunate to live in the bay area, i can go learn more about this fascinating artist and view a wonderful show at sfmoma of olafur eliasson's works. i plan to visit this week. you can view much of the installation layout and read people's comments at the sfmoma blog for olafur's show. once there, you see much of his work involves the study of light, water, mist and it's affects on color and perception. it is amazing and absolutely fitting that an artist from iceland would bring this vision to us.. after visiting iceland, i can really attest to the fact that it is a place to marvel at the stunning mysteries and art of nature. i can't wait to absorb this show in person. one of my favorite comments on the blog is by critic, david littlejohn. he writes of the artist's art car design for bmw;
"BMW pretends to be pleased with the result, even though commentators have interpreted it as a statement about the obsolete nature of automobiles–like this prehistoric mammoth dug out of the ice; an image of foolish speed frozen solid (de-iced and whole, the car reached 187 mph); and a warning about global warming. In defense of BMW and the museum, I should add that the original car used liquid hydrogen rather than gasoline; and all the energy required to keep a 9600-cubic-foot refigerator running at 14º F 24 hours a day for six months comes not from fossil fuels, but from a field of environmentally benign geysers and underground geothermal energy sources, 72 miles north of San Francisco–a very Icelandic gesture."

• here is a second article, not related to olafur eliasson's work, about a show of modern art by scientists paired with artists in colorado based on global warmingLooking for Inspiration in Melting Ice

In the Studio Today...New Notecards & Postcard

Sunday, September 23, 2007
Now Available... Set of 4 Cycling themed notecards, printed professionally on matte cardstock. $10. per set. I will have some for sale at the Sausalito Artwalk, October 10, 5:30-8:30pm, or order online.
New Postcards Available, announcing my upcoming shows. FREE! Email me if you would like me to mail you some.
Inside of new postcard, with room to write and send...

In the Studio Today... Sausalito Bike Session #3

Friday Evening, September 21, 2007
"Big Red waits patiently for next Sausalito Cruise" 12" x 24" o/c
Session #3... I added details and fun abstract brushwork. Click this first image to see the paintng larger. I am ordering a black, plein air frame for this painting. See photo (below) with frame....

In the Studio Today... Sausalito Bike Session #2

Friday, September 21, 2007"Big Red waits patiently for next Sausalito Cruise" 12" x 24" o/c
Day 2 on this little painting of a bike I saw near the marina in Sausalito. It was begging to go for a ride, like a dog tied outside. I look forward to adding the warm, cherry red highlights and makiing the bike "pop" from the background. Stay tuned...

In the Studio Today... Tour of California

(2/2007 on Caledonia St.-1st Stage of the Tour of California -C.Proppé)
Announcing my upcoming shows in California...

October 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 5:30-8:30pm
Last Caledonia Street Art Walk of 2007!
I'll be at my easel on Caledonia, with artists, musicians and performers!

January-February 2008
Solo show at The San Anselmo Inn
339 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo, CA
Opening Reception TBA

March 2008
Opening Reception March 11, 2008 5-7pm
Double Vision: Show with fellow artist Kate Peper
2 completely different approaches to the same landscapes
Belvedere-Tiburon Library

In the Studio Today... Sonoma Plein Air

Saturday, September 15, 2007
Today was the final exhibition of the artists work after a week of plein air painting at the Sonoma Plein Air Competition. Kate and I spoke with several artists, including the "Best of Show" winner, Tim Horn, of Fairfax, CA. It was wonderful to hear about how the artists completed 8 or more paintings in just one week, and then quickly framed their paintings last night, before today's show. Many of the paintings are still wet! I spoke with last year's best of show winner, Nancy McDonald. It was wonderful to be able to hear first hand about some of the paintings.While Kate viewed a live, watercolor demonstration, I was able to do a quick sketch with some big, chalk pastels on one of the easels left out for anyone to "Have fun!" and sketch. I didn't notice too many people taking advantage of this free easel time, so I jumped right in! My little sketch was very quick, but I had fun.

In the Studio Today... Tiburon Library Show

Friday, September 14, 2007
Watercolor artist, Kate Peper and I were granted a month from the Juried Art selection team at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. We will be having a show together in March 2008. Our reception will be 5-7pm on March 11, 2008. Stay tuned!

In the Studio Today... Mt. Tam_Session #2

Monday, September 10, 2007
Mt. Tamalpais from the Watershed above Fairfax, CA 11" x 14" o/c
Session #2 on this painting... a couple hours in my home studio, working from a reference photo I took on location yesterday. This is one instance where beginning a painting "plein air" could not have been more important! The choice to paint the trees in the foreground and concentrate on their colors and shadow shapes would never have been made from the photo I took. You had to be there on site to see the vivid salmon color below the branches of the oak tree. This did not translate at all in the photo I took.

In the Studio Today... Mt. Tam

Sunday, September 9, 2007
Plein Air from my old stomping grounds up in the Mt. Tam Watershed... Secret Location... if I reveal it, I'll have to kill you... sorry. Visted this evening with my oldest friend from the Bay Area, Christine Johnson, and my dogs. Quest, now 14 years old, was absolutely delighted to be back on these trails. The spot hasn't changed in seven years, once again, nature reminding me to look at "The Big Picture".