In the Studio Today... Mini Cow Paintings for the 23rd Annual Bolinas Museum "Mini Show"

Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California
Terrific Sunday, 60 degrees in late November, sunny afternoon drive to Bolinas to deliver my first submissions to the Bolinas Museum Mini Show, now in it's 23rd year.  This is a fundraiser, with all of the items giving at least 50% back to the Museum/50% to the artist.

Opening Reception:
Saturday • Nov 19 •  3 - 5pm
works of 80 invited artists
all pieces under $400

Colorful crab pots were out on the side of the road, and the low tide offered the kids and dog ample opportunity for running and treasure hunting on the beach.  The surfers were plentiful, even at sunset.

Working part-time at Art Works Downtown and still running my kids around to activities after school, I haven't had the time to paint that I did before I was working.  This forces me to burn the midnight oil and get paintings done at night.

This year, I chose to paint on 6" x 6" (2 inch deep) gessoboard, that comes with a frame/box already attached and ready for gallery installation.  My artist friend, Kate Peper, has been painting watercolors on these for years.  I really liked painting on this, and will definitely do more paintings in this fashion.
6" x 6" mini oil paintings on gallery ready gessoboard

 My first painting is of a cow grazing above Tomales Bay, off Route #1.  This is one of my favorite views of all, and you can park here and walk down until you are pretty close to the cows.

"Tomales Bay Munch"  6" x 6" oil on board 2011

The second mini painting is also from this same location.  The lighting in the late afternoon produces "cow shadows" that are just terrific.  I loved how the Mom is facing one direction and the kids are facing the opposite direction- all in silhouette with the colorful forground grasses. 

"Mother and Twins"  6" x 6" oil on board 2011

Hope to see you at the reception, November 19th!