Building Inventory

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Here in Santa Cruz, California like in many cities across the country, we have an art event called “Open Studios” every fall. We are endowed with a plethora of great artists here in our little paradise. The artists who choose to participate opens their homes or studios to the public for 2 of the 3 weekends that the event is held. It is a chance to meet art enthusiasts and exhibit your work! It also can generate some sales!

One of my goals for 2018 is to participate in this event for the first time. Having said that, I am feverishly producing inventory daily if possible. A goal of two paintings a week is very doable for me. Another goal is to enter my work in open juried exhibitions. I have had the delightful opportunity to participate in my first exhibition where I also was awarded Excellence in Pastel!

Who knew?

Thank you for following me on this wonderful creative journey! I think I finally found what I want to be when I grow up!

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This Paper Can Take It!

This Paper Can Take It!

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I tortured this piece of pastel paper today! Uart 400 grit is gritty!!

Last night I prepared it with a wash using Inktense color blocks and alcohol. I loaded the color on! After piano practice this morning, I headed out to the studio with coffee in hand. I had my photo reference….my yummy pastels….classical music on the radio…check…..begin.

I can’t really tell you how many layers are on this piece or how many times I scrubbed it away with a toothbrush only to start anew…. At the ripe hour of 5:30 p.m., duty called and I had to figure out what to do to feed my family….darn domestic duties do get in the way of artistic pursuits!!
I called it a day . Not sure if I am finished. I’ll give it a day or two or….
Uart paper can take a licking and keep on sticking!

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Learning from the Masters

Learning from the Masters

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Tuesday Art Group happened today! Always a fun time … This is my pastel version of an oil painting by Arthur Frank Matthews (U.S. 1860-1945) entitled Monterey Cypress, California c. 1930.

These gorgeous trees are all around me…..in my front yard…in my back yard. I am truly blessed living in paradise here in Santa Cruz on the Central Coast of California!
Where do you get your inspiration?

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Pushing the boundaries!

Pushing the boundaries!

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This is a variation on a past piece I did sometime ago.

Here is the older piece…..Which one do you prefer? Do you like to play it safe or stretch your boundaries?

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Tuesday Art with Friends

Tuesday Art with Friends

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Art is a solitary pursuit…. we create often alone in our studios or out in the outdoors for a plein air session. A good artist friend of mine started an art group social about 3 or 4 months ago. We met on Tuesdays from 10 – 1pm….She would put a still life display on a table that we gathered around. Coffee would be served and often she would offer a home baked item to enjoy..

What a lovely way to do art…with friends. My dear friend went home to Paris for a few months…really maybe it will be longer…we all miss her … and so the gathering now takes place at my house…. It is the highlight of my week…. Art should be shared with friends and the world….Create and put it out there…what else are you going to do with all your lovely art?
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