Friday, June 21, 2013

Celebrate Summer

I have just finished two new paintings for the Lafayette Gallery's new show "Celebrate Summer".  The painting above was from Peggi Kroll-Roberts workshop that I took several years ago and was done from both a study and a photo.  The model had an iPod in her hand while she posed which made her had posed funny.  I decided to place a love letter in her hand instead - hence the title "The Love Letter".  She has a look on her face that doesn't really give away what her letter is saying to her heart.

The second painting I submitted for hanging is of two women taking their little terriers for a walk on the beach down in Aptos, California.  I just loved how the lead Westie was cruzing and the little brown Carin was working so hard to keep up with his buddy.  The folds in the womens jeans and the colorful leashes work as a ribbon moving your eye through the painting all added to the fun of this one! The title of this is "Toes and Tails".

Hope you can come by the Gallery to see the new show.  It will be on display until August 10th.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Upcoming Gallery Summer Shows

Over the weekend we were in Lake Tahoe celebrating my birthday and I was able to start a painting for the galleries summer show - America's Cup.

It was my birthday so I was enjoying a little wine too!

The painting is based on a photo I had taken in 2005 while in Venice.  I loved the late afternoon sunlight on the old buildings behind a wonderful little sail boat that had a breathtaking golden sail.

Also, if you are around this upcoming weekend, please stop by The Lafayette Gallery on Saturday, June 15th.  I will have a booth at the Artist Market from 11 - 5.  Stop by and say "hello"! Click HERE for the address.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Birds and Pearls

Last Wednesday, my husband and I drove to the de Young Museum in San Francisco to see "The Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Jan Vermeer.  This was an exhibit of Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis, which is being remodeled.

The exhibit first took you through several rooms full of 200 or more small, sometimes tiny etchings & drawings from "Rembrandt's Century".  I needed to get up close to admire the amazing talent in these pieces but after 50 they all began to look alike.

Self-Portrait Drawing at a Window by Rembrandt van Rijn (1648)

Suddenly we were in a room full of color and there she was - The Girl With a Pearl Earring" (c1665).

I fell in love.  The pose is just so intriguing with her looking over her shoulder with those big eyes looking straight into the viewer with a slightly open mouth and just a hint of glistening on her lips.  The blues, the golds, the pearl and the head wrap all added to my fascination.  

I had to go back three times to look at her - "just once more"!

The only other piece that captured my heart was by an artist named Carel Fabritius and it was titled "The Goldfinch" (1654).

Yesterday a new exhibit opened that at the Legion of Honor - "Impressionists on the Water"
 June 1 - October 13, 2013.  I can't wait!

Claude Monet

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