Saturday, September 24, 2011

City of San Clemente's Art Contest - Award

 For those of you following my recent blogging attempts, I  announced that I had 5 paintings accepted in the City of San Clemente's Logo and Art Contest. Today they gave out 12 ribbons to the talented artists in the different catagories.  I  am very happy to announce that  I also recieved a ribbon.  I was honnored with " Best of Show!! 
As part of my award, my painting "Summer Seranade" will be published on the cover of the San Clemente Magazine. I'll keep you posted. 
"Summer Serenade" was actually a plein air painting I did last summer. I forgot my tripod so I had to paint on a table up above the pier. Once I got going, I was surprised to find out that I was at the very table where a group of musicians gathered on a weekly basis and they wanted to jam... at my table. Or rather with me at theirs. At first I was a bit irritated, I was frustrated with my painting then a bit worried about how much experience they had in music , thinking I really shouldve brought my tripod. (I really should have brought my tripod ). Well, it turns out that they may have been alittle out of tune, and off key, but their hearts were sure in it.  Maybe I woudnt have noticed so much but  I was using a board that was way too textured for my liking. What I wanted to do wasnt possible ,  so I started  playing with short strokes, which seemed the only way I could get the color to go where I wanted it to. I didnt get that real spontaeous look, but I think I captured the ambience of the evening, serenaded as the sun was setting beyond the point. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

 What's Up and Coming 

Look for me in the City of San Clemente's Logo and Art Contest in the San Clemente Art Gallery on Del Mar from Sept 18 thru Oct 27th. I have 5 paintings to share with you, oils and pastels.

I'm exhibiting at the Fallbrook Library as one of the Award Winners from the past juried art show where I won 3 ribbons. View until Oct 22nd.

Oct 3-9th I'll be up in San Luis Obispo painting and exhibiting in the San Luis Obispo Art Museum's Plein Air Event.

Tenative painting workshop date Nov 5th in Westminster at the Art SupplyWarehouse. Were working out details. Check back.

ART BLOG-  Last Saturday I actually went out painting at the marina in San Diego with the California Art Club. It was a wonderful day with a great group of painters. Can't wait to do it again. Heres what I did.  I liked the green fishing boat to the right but wanted the sky line of buildings in the back.  I felt that the white fishing "yacht" as the locals refered to it, made for a better compostion. The dark windows would help to anchor it as a focal point.  I decided to include both boats, using the green boat in back to direct  attention back into the picture . The contrasting themes of earning a living at  sea verses in a concrete jungle inspired me.

A Reminder, nows the time to sign up for my ARTCRUISE WORKSHOP in Jan! Go to the Eastern Caribbean with me on Princess Jan 29-Feb 4th. For more info  go to my website.