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.
“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 about—please 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.”
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!).
UPDATE (7/26/2010): Kip was kindly sent some photos of the trip. Here are a couple:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.