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Thinking of Tucson

Tucson may be on your mind, too.

I was there just a few months ago for a workshop with Colley Whisson. The recent tragedy got me thinking about the town, so I started looking through reference photos, to see if I could find a way to express in my painting how I felt. Like sunrise or sunset, the event appears to be a kind of turning point. My personal hope is that it’s the sunset of an era of vitriolic political speech, or the sunrise of a new awareness. That’s what I like about painting this time of day: you don’t really know whether it’s sunrise or sunset, it’s up to you.

In any case, my heart is in Tucson, wishing the families of those effected the best hope has to offer.

Thinking of Tucson, Oil on Linen, 9x12
Thinking of Tucson, Oil on Linen, 9x12

The return of Plein Air Magazine!

Today, publisher Eric Rhoads and Editor M. Stephen Doherty announced the return of PleinAir magazine.  From their website:

“Artists, Collectors, Suppliers, Schools, and Dealers have been asking for the return of Plein Air magazine since it was converted to Fine Art Connoisseur magazine in 2006. Now it is back with the same respected publisher, B. Eric Rhoads, and a veteran editor, M. Stephen Doherty.”

I’m also happy to say I will have an role in this rebirth, serving on their Advisory Board. I’ve already sent Stephen a list of artists I hope to read about in the magazine, with a slant towards the unknowns, and those better known outside the United States. I’d love to hear your thoughts about who you’d like to read aboutplease take a moment to enter a comment.

I like the annual subscription options, you can subscribe to print only ($29.96); digital only ($19.95) or both ($34.95).  And there’s good reason to act quickly:

“Place your advance subscription today and receive our special digital edition of “The Best of the Original Plein Air Magazine.” We’ve taken the best articles from our past magazines and packaged them into a wonderful digital magazine. This offer expires January 10, 2011.”


Painting at Forbes’ Timberfield

I was honored to be asked to join a wonderful group of artists to paint at Timberfield, the Forbes family estate in New Jersey.  Christopher “Kip” Forbes was an unbelievably gracious, open host with a wonderful dry sense of humor, and M. Stephen Doherty (Editor, American Artist) facilitated great discussion among the artists and selected a group that complemented each other well. The artists included: Camie Davis, John Patrick Campbell, Rob Clarke, Bryan Le Boeuf, George Towne, Wendy Walworth, Timothy Jahn, Ed Terpening, Patricia Watwood and John Dowd.

Artist's Dinner at TImberfield
Artist's Dinner at TImberfield
Ed Terpening at Timberfield
Ed Terpening at Timberfield

Stephen writes about the weekend in American Artist Workshop magazine (Summer edition, on news stands now). That’s Camie Davis on the cover, who’s also featured in the magazine. She did a wonderful job of capturing the four days on her blog (day 1, 2, 3, and 4).

American Artist Workshop Magazine (Summer)
American Artist Workshop Magazine (Summer)

Here’s one of the paintings from the trip.  The artists are to be featured in a show at The Forbes Galleries in Manhattan next year.  This will be my first show in the “Big Apple”!  I’m thrilled (and a bit nervous…this is an incredibly talented group!).

Timberfield, Oil on Linen, 10x12
Timberfield, Oil on Linen, 10x12

UPDATE (7/26/2010): Kip was kindly sent some photos of the trip.  Here are a couple:

Rob Clarke, Ed Terpening, Chase, Timothy Jahn, John Patrick Campbell
Rob Clarke, Ed Terpening, Chase, Timothy Jahn, John Patrick Campbell
Timothy Jahn and Ed-Terpening
Timothy Jahn and Ed-Terpening

Door County Plein Air 2010

I’ve cut down on the number of plein air events (one year, I did over 10–way too many!), and instead, are looking for events that will take me to new locales I haven’t painted before.  Just finished Hearst Castle Plein Air, and my next show is in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin (I just mis-spelled Wisconsin, thanks spell check!  I’ve never been to WI). The week-long event is July 19-24.

The list of artists is impressive, most of which I haven’t painted with before, like fellow bloggers Colin Page and Marc Hanson, and old friends like Carole Gray-Wiehman and Al Tofaneli. So, if you’re in the area (which, apparently includes Chicago), visit!  I’ll try and post that week, but can’t guarantee it.  “Job 1” is to paint 🙂  Here are some things to know about the event:

  • Free events throughout the week, including places where you  can watch me paint. If you go and want to hang out while I paint, email me and I’ll let you know where I am (AT&T permitting! #FAIL).
  • Door County is a beautiful place, with 300 miles of shoreline, quaint towns and rolling farmland
  • This is the largest plein air festival in the Midwest, with 42 artists from throughout the US.
Door County Plein Air 2010 Program
Door County Plein Air 2010 Program

Where is Door County, WI?  HERE VVVV

Door County, WI Map

Meet the August 2011 Pin-up Beauty!

It’s June, so too early to buy your 2011 calendar? Think ahead, 2011 is closer than you think!

Okay, I have an agenda here. American Artist has included my painting below (STILL AVAILABLE, by the way) in their 2011 American Landscapes calendar! It’s the August “pin-up”. The same painting was also featured in the 8-page article on my work in the April, 2010 issue and the 2006 Central Coast National Art Exhibition. I’m surprised it’s still available, but, you never know what people will like.

The calendar is available for sale today (here’s a link to their store).

Beach Town, Oil on Canvas, 9x12
Beach Town, Oil on Canvas, 9x12

AVAILABLE IN MY STORE

Here’s a snap-shot of the rest of the calendar:

2011 American Artist Landscapes Calendar
2011 American Artist Landscapes Calendar

Turbulent Times

It’s been a turbulent few weeks, so I’ve not painted much.

Spoiler alert: this story does have a happy ending. Some of you may know I was diagnosed with cancer in July. I had a rare malignant tumor in my ear canal. After 2 painful operations–one that completely reconstructed my canal–I was told I still wasn’t in the clear. If you’ve gone through something like this, you know how it can make you re-assess life and your priorities. In fact, a similar health scare in 2000 is what propelled me into art. Without a clear end, I decided to get a third opinion, Dr. Jack Resneck at UCSF. In our first meeting I formed an opinion of him as a careful, thoughtful doctor. He believed the diagnosis was rare enough that a re-test of all my biopsies and tumor were in order. I got the good news the week before Thanksgiving: I didn’t have cancer! The growth was benign. I was relieved and pissed off at the same time, but thankful in the end that the treatment could end and I don’t have to worry about it. I’ve lost a bit of hearing in that ear, and have some scars, but I’ll take that over the alternative.

An hour after I got the good news (while at work) that my tumor was benign, I got a call from my husband, Mike: his mother was dying. Talk about a roller-coaster. We both left work right away, and we made it to her bedside less than 24 hours before she passed. It was very sad, but she’d been suffering for some time, and was ready. She was really terrific. We’ll miss her.

Amy Estrada, 1929-2009
Amy Estrada, 1929-2009

And yes, there is finally a painting. I’m trying to get life back to normal.

This was done from a reference photo of Avila Beach, while I was there painting for San Luis Obispo Plein Air this year. The “golden hour” light was striking the rocks like fire. It was quite a site. Enjoy!

Cliffs at Avila Beach (Golden Hour), Oil on Canvas, 8x10
Cliffs at Avila Beach (Golden Hour), Oil on Canvas, 8x10

AVAILABLE IN MY STORE

Hearst Castel Invitational

I received a nice note today from the “Friends of Hearst Castle“, inviting me to be one of 25 artists chosen to participate in their 2nd annual plein air invitational!  A percentage from the sale of the art benefits Friends of Hearst Castle’s artreach program for under-served youth at-risk. Here’s a web page with images from last year’s event.

It should be fun.  I’ve driven by the historic landmark numerous times, but never been on the property.  Do you have any tips?  What do you like most about Hearst Castle?

I’ll be painting there May 12, 13 and the show is June 5, 2010.  I’ll post more information as it becomes available.  I assume you can visit the landmark the two days I’m painting there to watch, but will confirm in January.

Upcoming Shows

I have a few shows coming up that you may be interested in.  Hope to see you!

  • Viewpoints Gallery – Two-Man Show with Andy Balantine.  July 6-31.  Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2-5PM at the gallery.
  • North Tahoe Plein Air – I will be painting on location Wednesday – Friday, September 9-11. The silent auction, demonstrations and public sale will take place at the Village at Northstar on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, the same weekend as the Autumn Food and Wine Festival.  The show and sale of  paintings will then move to North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City and continue until November 1st.
  • San Luis Obispo Plein Air – I will be painting throughout San Luis Obispo September 28 – October 4th.  A paid “Collector’s Party” will be held October 2nd, 4:30-6:00pm at the Art Center, then a public recpetion as part of the art walk from 6-9pm.  Saturday, October 3rd is the “Quick Draw”, during which all painters will have two hours to paint a scene anywhere in the city block around the Art Center and Mission Plaza, followed by a live auction of the completed paintings. Paintings will remain on sale Sunday, October 4th at the Art Center from 10am-6pm.

American Artist Cover

Today’s a big day! Stephen Doherty’s 8-page article about me in American Artist arrived in the mail to subscribers today. My painting, “Secluded Cove” is featured on the cover, along with several other works inside.  The focus of article is my experience in social media (eg, Facebook, YouTube, etc) and this blog. After 390 posts and 1,414 reader comments, it’s your participation that has made this possible!  I’ve really enjoyed your feedback, and the opportunity to learn from you by reading your own blogs.

Thank you!

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American-Artist-April-2009-Cover-Issue
Update: The article is now available online. Click here.

Our Wedding Day!

No art, today: after almost 20 years together, Mike and I decided to make it official.  Surrounded by friends and family (and CBS News, yikes!) we were married in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, where the same-sex marriage in California began.

Ed & Mike, Wedding Day, San Francisco City Hall

I hope you’ll join us in opposing Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.  We were interviewed by CBS News after (and they filmed the ceremony), so who knows, we could become the “Joe the Plumber” of same-sex married couples!
You’ll find our online wedding album here.  Enjoy!

Update: our wedding kiss is part of this CBS Evening News segment on Proposition 8.

Vault Gallery Small Works Show

During the holidays it’s common for galleries to have a small works show, to encourage the gifting of art as holiday gifts. I’ve seen many collectors start their collection with these shows.

The five paintings below are on their way to The Vault Gallery (Sonora) for their “Little Gifts” show, opening December 1st and closing Dec 31st.  A reception will be held Saturday, Dec 8 from 5-7PM.   I will attend the reception and paint in the area that weekend.  If you’re also there and would like to paint, let me know.