Great news today! I received an email from Kristen Kestly at The Vault Gallery in Sonora inviting me to their Seventh Annual Gold Country Plein Air event. I’ve been trying to get into this event for years now, so really thrilled that they’ve asked me. The event/gallery has a very impressive list of artists, including: Jack Cassinetto; Gil Dellinger; Paul Kratter; Charles Muench; Ray Roberts; Silvio Silvestri; Peggi Kroll-Roberts; and Clark Mitchell.
Event Paint-out: May 6, 2006 9am to 2 pm
Reception: May 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Show: May 6- 31, 2006
Here’s a painting I did in the area a couple of years ago–it’s still a favorite. I did this on the drive from Sonora to Yosemite National Park:
Golden Light (Plein Air)
Oil on Linen, 9×12
Central Coast Art Exhibition, 2005 (Available)
The gallery is located at 42 South Washington Street, Sonora California 95370, (209)533-1384
I’ve donated two paintings to New Leaf, a nonprofit multi-purpose counseling center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. They are both large 16×20″ (image) paintings (see below). The Auction will be held Monday, April at Theatro ZinZanni, on Pier 29 at San Francisco ‘s Embarcadero.
New Leaf’s Spring Gala has grown to become an annual attraction for prominent philanthropists who through their generosity enable their pioneering and effective services to reach those who are in greatest need. Raising nearly $100,000 yearly, the event has drawn hundreds, including celebrities ~ this year they have confirmed legendary author and beloved San Francisco resident, Armistead Maupin, as well as renowned jazz singer, Paula West.
I’ll probably be there, but it is a Monday night, so we’ll see 😉
Recieved a letter today inviting me to participate in “Peninsula Plein Air”, an invitational exhibtion at Filoli (the mansion used in the TV show “Dallas” and films like “The Wedding Planner”). Sounds like fun. I need to submit 3 paintings of the Peninsula. What do you think about the paintings below? I have some time to paint…the deadline for my candidates is June 23rd. Need to get crack’n, if the weather would cooperate. We’ve had almost non-stop rain this week.
The exhibition will run at Filoli from August 4th to September 3rd. A “Meet the Artists Day” reception is planned for Saturday, August 12. I’ll post details about that once I know more.
I’m hanging a Spring Show today at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos. The reception will be held Saturday, April 29, 2-5pm.
The paintout I organized between Verde Artist Guild and OPA (Oil Painters of America) was featured in PleinAir magazine (now called Fine Art Connoisseur)! Here’s the writeup and picture.
I updated my screen saver today with new images and information about my upcoming shows, including the Steinbeck Museum’s “My California Views”, “Best of Plein Air” (LPAPA, Laguna Beach) and the Spring Show at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.
I update my screen saver monthly with new plein air images and show information. Click here for download instructions. Once you install the screen saver, new images are updated automatically monthly, when you connect to the Internet.
Wow, what a day today. I happened to be looking for bills to pay on my desk, and came across two letters. They were the SASE (self-address, stamped envelop) letters I’m used to receiving from juried shows that I enter. Of course, I’m naturally excited to get these, but more often than I’d like to, disappointed by the results. I remember one of my favorite teachers and artists (Camille Przwodeck) say that she had a stack of rejection letters, that in the end, become a measure of how far you’ve come. That’s a great attitude to have about shows, and being accepted in general. Do it for yourself, first.
The letters were both acceptance letters! I couldn’t believe it, two in ONE day. Both were for national shows I’d sent slides to before (at least twice), and rejections each time. Wow. So, can’t help being pleased with myself today. Please excuse the gloating, if that’s what it is. I’m just happy.
My show at Viewpoints Gallery is winding down. I’ve received lots of great feedback from attending artists, thank you! Most who attended commented that the paintings where at new level, and I really appreciate that. I worked hard on this show, and am proud of what went into it. Although I’ll be moving from the front wall on Jan 29, I’ll leave the paintings on another wall (near the desk) until at least the first week of February.
The next big event will be Open Studios (May 20/21), although I’ll continue to show at Viewpoints Gallery continuously.
The “Key Hole” in Laguna Beach is painted often by many artists. I enjoyed bringing out the slight color variations of this rock formation.
I was honoored to participate in the Point Reyes Plein Air 2005 Event. This painting was done of the Marin Headlands from Limantour Beach and expresses the quite and vastness of this beautiful open space.
You can read more about this event at the Point Reyes Plein Air Event at William Lester Gallery web site.
Here’s a painting I did for this event: