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Peninsula Plein Air Invitational

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.

Los Gatos Museum Show

I’ve just been accepted into this exciting show at the Los Gatos Art Museum (see “Hillside Light“). Dropping off my paintings at the jury day was like an old school renuin! So many great local artists in this show. If you’d like to see the best of local Bay Area artists, this is a good show to see. The reception is Sunday, April 2, 1-4pm at the Los Gatos Art Museum. The show will run March 30 – April.29. Art Museum of Los Gatos, 4 Tait Avenue at W. Main St., Los Gatos CAs

Hillside Light
Oil on Linen, 12×16
at Los Gatos Art Museum

Corporate life: “Guided by History”

To make extra money, I often do Internet Media consulting on the side.  I’ve been working on contract with Wells Fargo Bank since November.  March 15, I launched “Guided by History“, the first blog by a major US Financial Institution.  It’s received great reviews.  The blog chronicles the history of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.  It mixes first hand accounts of the time, with contemporary stories of survival in the face of disaster.  We’ve partnered with the American Red Cross as well.

Stanford Paint-out March 19

I will be joining the Verde Artist Guild for this paint-out next weekend. If you’re a collector, this is a good opportunity to watch artists at work, and to discover new talent.
March 19 (Sunday)

Please join the Verde Artists for a paint out on March 19 in Palo Alto on Stanford’s campus at Arboretum and Lasuen roads. That is near Arboretum and Quarry Roads. There are eucalyptus and oak trees in a park like setting. We’ll meet at 9am, with a lunch break. At the break, you’re welcome to either bring paintings to share/critique, or share your painting from the morning. Many of us continue to paint through the afternoon as well, but no guarantees.

Eucalyptus (Stanford University)
by Ed Terpening

  • From 280 take the Sand Hill exit east. Turn right at Arboretum (Stanford Shopping Plaza) and right on Lasuen Road.
  • From 101 take the Embarcadero exit west, turn right on Arboretum and left on Lasuen Road.

Remember, you can call your own paint-out, just let us know

Screen-saver updated today

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.

Farm House, Buelton

This, was a good day

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.

The Old Veteran
Oil on Linen, 9×12

Will be shown at:

“My California Views” at the National Steinbeck Center March 11 – May 29, 2006.  The reception is March 10, 5:30-7:00pm at the museum.

Asilomar Dunes #2
Oil on Linen, 9×12

Will be shown at:

“Annual Best of Plein Air” juried show at the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association gallery March 4 –
April 3, 2006.  The reception will be held Saturday, March 4, 6:00-8:00pm

Gazos Grille

Some very nice news today. I wrote a few days ago about the closing of long-time Half Moon Bay gallery, Eriksen. Well, local businesses are stepping up to help out displaced artist’s like me. When I got home, I received a voice-mail from Stephanie, the owner of a new restaurant called the Gazos Grille. She explained how she wants her place to be a reflection of local artists and talent of all kinds. She has live music on the weekends, and the restaurant is filled with local art and crafts. She sounded great. So, I’m going to meet with her next Sunday, see the place, and possibly show my art there.

I’m also going to approach the Garden Gallery in HMB, next door to Eriksen. I’ve always wanted to show there too, but have been loyal to Eriksen. They’re the first gallery to have shown my work, and that has meant a lot to me.

So, wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes.

PS. In the meantime, be sure and patronize this local place. They’ve got a heart: Gazos Grille, 5720 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060, (650) 879-0874.

The power of subltey

I’ve just finished Kevin MacPherson’s new book, “Reflections on a Pond“, and like all great art books it will be re-read many times until dog-eared and worn.  That’s a complement!  The book contains one painting for every day of the year of the view of a pond outside his home in New Mexico.  Imagine, trying to come up with 365 paintings of the same scene!  He pulls it off, and in so teaches a lesson about observation. 

You can look at the same site, day after day, and see something different.  Of course light changes, weather, and so on–and those changes are obvious.  But the series of images demonstrate how the artist really brings the subject to life, by conveing a point of view, or an emotional response.  I also found the book a good lesson in subtlety.  You can see how incredibly sensitve the artist as by the careful observation and emotion in every paitning.  I’ve been thinking of painting a similar series because I can see there are some real lessons to be learned here.  There’s a good spot off 280/Edgewood Road that I’m considering, although it’s a rest stop, so not open 24×7.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, in the coming weeks, I’ll post some of my own paintings that hopefully show I’ve learend something from this great American master.

“Hillside Light” at the Autumn Colors Show

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.