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Saturday, February 21, 2015

All Things Art 2015

     This year got started just the right way, with a terrific and relaxing trip to the Western Caribbean on a Princess Cruise. It was one of the best , even though we had to skip Roatan,  ( I was really hoping to go diving or snorkeling there) because of fog delaying our departure.  The ports were charming, warm and inviting. Belize had some great snorkeling with fish of all shapes and colors  to see as well as birds and fauna to explore. 

     Last year I decided to slow down little with some of the plein air competitions, workshops and shows, and instead got busy in other directions. In summer I taught three watercolor classes with some absolutely terrific students.

  Right after my classes ended, I drove up to northern California to camp in South Lake Tahoe to  take a workshop with one of my very favorite watercolorists,  "Dale Laitenen". I painted every day outdoors at different locations on 1/2 sheet rough WC paper , when the rain wasn't chasing us, and loved every minute! With all the teaching and shows I do, I  dont always get enough time to paint for me ! The scenery  was indeed breathtaking. Standing there and being able to see and  capture  the beauty before me , left me feeling very humbled yet inspired.  I can't wait to come back.  The scenery couldnt have been more striking, and the weather, well it was a little wet. I arrived in a huge downpour and drove past a burning mountain side apparently set ablaze from a recent  lightening strike.  Just as we drove into the camp , the rain stopped! What timing !  

      This past summer the Oceanside Museum of Art had an upcoming exhibition that I really wanted to enter, called  "California Dreaming" which was the traveling part of the show. I was excited to be able to portray my home state in a way that spoke to me and carried a message. I had the option of working in oil, acrylics, pastels or watercolors. I chose acrylics, that way I could paint a larger image on canvas ( shipping was a consideration) and it  wouldn't need to be framed. I'm delighted to announce that my painting "Mirage" is one of the 10% that was accepted into the "San Diego  Dreaming" part of the  show that begins Feb 28 thru June 21st. The opening reception is March 7th at 7pm.  I  hope to see you at the reception. www.oma-online.org/  
     
     Last year  I was graciously  asked to exhibit  along with some other great local pastelists ( Fedorchak, Keith, Riedell, Sotherland, and Sweetland) at the Fallbrook Gallery . The show runs from January 10th thru February 27th. There is some great talent in the show and it is a lovely location if you haven't seen the library yet . In true artistic style, the library reflects the creativity and support for the arts that the city of Fallbrook has maintained so well. It is a welcoming and charming town and has a wonderful Art Center that offers high caliber shows,  downtown right across from the library. The show is almost over so make a run down soon so you dont miss it! fallbrooklibraryfriends.org  Fallbrook Library 124 S. Mission, Fallbrook.
I will also be demonstrating for the  Fallbrook Art Association  May 14th at 5:30 pm followed by a Workshop that coming Sunday on May 17th at noon
      April 1st , Wed. at 7:30 pm, Ill be doing a Demonstration for the Huntington Beach Art League. It is a very active art organization, with some awesome talent and a very high membership. I will be demonstrating and judging the show at Rodgers Senior Center on 17th and Orange Sts. in Huntington Beach.  www.hbartleague.org/

    The picture of me above is from my September demonstration at the first Friday ARTWALK in Oceanside at the  Museum of Art. I was working with "pan pastels". 

     I hope to see you at one or more of my demonstrations or openings! 

                                                                                   Warm Regards,


                                            Lyndelle Stonick