Tuesday, November 4, 2014

For The Sake Of It

A while back I decided that I wanted to try my hand at Triptych style painting.  Typically a Triptych is a work of art that is usually divided across three separate sections; a multi-panel work of art.  From the Middle Ages onward they were done upon a much grander scale and with very definitive themes.  For my project I was thinking more in terms of creating this painting on a much much smaller scale and as accent pieces for possibly a guest bedroom or somewhere in the home where a bold splash of color and texture would be appropriate.  In my case, I would be styling this after the colors of the southwest.

I usually start with my inspiration. With this project it was a picture of painted pottery that I found online. I selected my canvases and then went about choosing the base pigments to mix into my desired colors.  I then began to ‘wash’ the panels with my base colors and then ‘cut in’ with the bolder colors of accent. 
 
 

 
 

This process I accomplished all while sitting on the floor.  I’ve never been a real ‘tabletop’ artist.  Nor do I like to stand for long periods of time. With most if not all of my abstract work, I am either sitting cross-legged or kneeling on the floor and putting my full essence into the work.  It is only when I begin to add the depth work and texturing do I transfer the canvas to a tabletop easel and have a seat.
 

 
 
I adore how this project turned out and have just the right place in mind for them!  I am really inspired to try more Triptych style paintings and most definitely on a larger scale.

Here's to doing what you love for the sake of it! SL

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Art Year In Review

This year was so amazing in my art world that I could not let another moment get away from me without posting a small chronicle of all the goodness.  I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to invite me to the art exhibitions, events, fairs, etc., and who afforded me the opportunity to spread my artistic wings here in Southern California.

Shortly after the beginning of the year I took several trips up into the local Southern California Mountains to work on a few Plein Air painting projects; which was challenging using acrylics but a notable lesson.   I can’t say that I will pursue this form of painting but if I hadn’t tried I would never know.  And who wouldn’t want to spend a day in nature being creative anyway??
 


Later on I decided to start creating pendant jewelry from my abstract splatter artwork; which came to affectionately be known as ‘Jewelry with HeART 4U’. And in turn, I was invited to show and sell these pendants at the St. Luke Lutheran Craft Fair in Upland, California.  I met so many generous and wonderful people and got to reconnect with a few fellow PVAA members as well.
 
 
 
As April neared, so did the 33rd. Annual Open Juried Show, hosted by the board and membership of Pomona Valley Art Association and Gallery SOHO in Pomona, California.  This would be my very first time entering my artwork in an open juried show environment.  I was so shocked and amazed to have won 2nd Place in the Pastel, Pencil, Ink, and Charcoal Category for my work, “The Warmth of Your Mystery’!  Such an honor to be recognized by my art peers and fellow Southern California artists!
 
 
 

Then as summer was in full swing I had the wonderful blessing of being invited to show and sell my artwork at 2nd. Story Gallery in the historic Walker House in San Dimas, California.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have foreseen myself in such incredibly rich and historic surroundings.  It truly was “Art within art!”
 
 

 
And now as the art season is starting to wind down my focus is squarely on next year’s art endeavors.  My husband and I will be moving out of Southern California in 2015, and I am very much looking forward to participating in new shows and exhibitions in the beautiful state of Arizona.  I will always be grateful to my friends and fellow artists here in Southern California, and for all of the fantastic opportunities and very cherished memories….

Here’s to looking forward to new horizons! SL

Friday, August 22, 2014

Returning To Her

The first time that I sat down and contemplated pursuing my artwork on a more serious level, and then sharing that fruit with the rest of the art scene, was about five or six years ago.   I remember thinking at the time about what it was that I wanted my art to convey….where I wanted it to take me.  I have always been attracted to the female form and of female spirituality in general. In the many ways that women express themselves.  The dark and the light, the hard edges and the soft curves, the high happiness and the deep sorrow.  We are unique creatures to say the least.  I decided then to paint female inspired art and with a dash of hard abstract and a sprinkling of soft expressionism.  Parts of me, parts of them.  Some themed and some random.

A few weeks ago I found myself returning to my female inspired art and loving the feeling of getting lost in the energy and flow once again.  She has never failed me….
 
'Creation Song'
Acrylics and pastels on watercolor sheet.
 
Here’s to following that song in your heart…wherever it may lead! SL

Monday, July 14, 2014

Art Within Art

There is something so magical about a personal opening night art reception.  All the prior preparation and creativity, emails to family and friends, social shares and blog updates; all culminating into that very night.  For me it’s a feeling unmatched by anything else in my creative realm.  Fear and insecurity mixed with hope, anticipation, and gratitude.  The painted pieces of my soul on full display for the curious is an incredibly humbling endeavor and one that I highly recommend; if you are ever afforded the opportunity.



Opening night of my final art show in Southern California did not disappoint.  I had the amazing opportunity to show and sell my art at 2nd. Story Gallery in the historic Walker House in San Dimas, California; and the outcome went so far beyond any of my expectations.  The Walker House is an amazing piece of art, in and of itself.  I was amazed and in awe of the fine craftsmanship that had been built many years ago, and as I curiously walked through the halls and into the many rooms.  If you are a history buff like me and have not visited Walker House, I highly recommend you doing so.
 
 
 
 
 
I met so many amazing people who came out to partake in the gallery’s opening reception, had the chance to catch up with fellow PVAA artists, and made a few new art contacts to boot!  This experience will stay with me for a long time.
 
 
 
 
 

I will be wrapping up my final art show with 2nd. Story Gallery, Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th. I will be there from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Additional information such as directions and parking information for the Walker House can be found in the links above.

Here’s to being part of art within art! SL

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bird Woman

I have been fascinated with birds for as long as I can remember.  When I was a little girl I remember my mother pointing out to me the different varieties of wild birds that inhabited our backyard; and as we stood together looking out the kitchen window.  Most Sunday mornings in the summertime she and I would walk down to Maceday Lake to sit on the dock and watch the geese come in. The water was so pristine at that time of the morning; like a sheet of glass reflecting the surrounding wooded areas and homes that circled the lake.  Time just stood still and I became enchanted as I listened to the many songs and calls overhead and in the shading trees.   My mother would always tell me that you could judge most outdoor situations by how the birds were behaving….an approaching storm, nearby predators, etc.

Last year while sitting out on my patio I began to take a more intense interest in our local backyard birds here in Southern California.  That particular morning they were all flittering and fluttering about and calling out as if to say, “Look at me!...remember, remember?!”  A fine dance of the lot of them.  I suddenly had that beautiful childhood feeling all over again. The awe, the slowing down and noticing. Recognizing and appreciating all the fragility and all the beauty that I take for granted most days.
 
 
'Northern Cardinal' Pencil on sketch pad
 
 
'Ash-throated Flycatcher'  Pencil on sketch pad.
 
So it seemed only natural to me to pick up my art supplies and to begin a personal study of birds. I started learning about the conservation of wetlands, grasslands, and endangered habitats. I ordered birding identification books and downloaded bird calls and songs to my Kindle Fire and my cellphone.  It has truly become one of the great passions of mine that I know I will enjoy for many years to come!
 
 
Here’s to becoming absolutely enthralled in something about which you have a profound connection with! SL

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Arts and Crafts Fair

My very dear friend, fellow PVAA member and wonderful Southern California artist, Linda Hauser has invited me to a great ‘one day’ event this month. 

Photograph by Linda Hauser


St. Luke Lutheran Church of Claremont, California will be hosting their annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  I am so happy that I’ll be able to attend this event as well as show and sell my unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry pendants.  Each pendant is created from my abstract artwork and no two are exactly alike.  Each pendant will also include a silver chain and a gift box for easy gift giving.



 
If you are in the area and looking for something fun to do, I invite you to attend this event.  Mother’s Day is not too far away, and I know she’d love something handmade for her special day.  Also 20% of all sales go to the St. Luke Love Fund which helps those in need within the Claremont community.  Hot dogs, nachos, dessert and drinks will be made available for purchase during your visit.   Hope to see you there!

Here’s to doing something for the greater good!  SL

Monday, March 10, 2014

33rd Annual Open Juried Show

It’s that time of year again when art communities and galleries around the Southwest begin to start opening their venues to host annual art shows and exhibitions.  Every year Pomona Valley Art Association and Gallery SOHO open their doors and invite hundreds of local artists in celebrating, sharing and awarding the very best regionally produced artwork; when they host their annual Open Juried Show.

I am happy to announce that I will be part of PVAA’s 33rd Annual Open Juried Show which will run April 10-13, 2014! I will be involved not only as an entrant in the show, but also as a volunteer on take-in day.  Last year I volunteered for this event and had such a blast meeting local and regional artists as they brought in their entries for judging. 


This is my entry for the OJS and will be made available for sale during the show dates. I am entering it in the ‘Pastel, pencil, charcoal, ink’ category.  It is entitled ‘The Warmth Of Your Mystery’ and was created entirely in pastel pencils.  It measures 11”x15” (not including matting and frame).

For additional information regarding the 33rd Annual Open Juried Show, show times, awards reception, etc. you will find all of this information and more by following this link: www.pvaa.net

Here’s to the beauty and excitement of the 2014 art season! SL

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Summer Art Show

I feel so very honored to be sharing with you that I will be showing my artwork this coming July at the 2nd Story Gallery, located in the historic Walker House in San Dimas, California.

 
 


My shows will be the 2nd and 3rd Fridays and Saturdays in July from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Admission and parking are free and if you visit on Friday evenings, wine and hor d'oeuvres will be served.

If you will be in the area, I invite you to come down and see me! Directions to Walker House and the 2nd Story Gallery are provided in the link above.  I’ll be showing a variety of my work (both new and from previous shows), and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Here’s to new and exciting adventures, and all the blessings along the way! SL

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Balance

One thing about my “style” of painting, and what seems to irritate people the most (especially fellow artists oddly enough), is that I never stick to one particular type of artwork.  I can’t honestly.  I am a very restless person by nature and I get bored very quickly when doing one thing over and over. If asked about my style I usually try my best to explain in kind, or just hand them my business card that includes a link to this blog.

If I do a series of paintings in similar styles it’s only because I have a number of pieces for that one particular style in my head.  However that becomes tedious after about 6 or 7 pieces and then I must switch to something else.  You could have visited this blog a few weeks ago and viewed an acrylic piece or a watercolor piece, and then a week later something else.  It’s who I am folks.  Who knows, one day you may show up here and I’ve done something in the pottery realm. :)

 
'Balance' Acrylics on Paper
 
 “Balance” came to me a few days ago while I was playing with acrylics, a few large brushes and spatulas, a toothbrush, and a spray bottle.  As the paint started to shift, separate, morph, and then settle into the paper I was pleasantly surprised.  I was just playing with colors and trying to get comfortable with integrating brighter and more vivid paints into my artwork.  Stepping away from the easel it seemed to become something that I could actually frame and show. I have two art shows coming up in 2014 (details coming soon), so I think I’ll get to work on a few more!

Here’s to relishing in your precious individuality, and loving who you are! SL

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blooming Inspirations

I never know when the inspiration for my artwork will arise.  Sometimes a song I hear will generate quick visions or memories for me to create or recreate.  Sometimes vivid dreams will compel me to leave my comfy bed in the middle of the night and begin to work on something.  I am grateful to all of these moments as they have led me to begin and to complete some of my very favorite pieces of art.

A week or so ago before Christmas I was sitting quietly in my living room reading a book that I’d just recently downloaded entitled, Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton.  This book is filled with rich and beautiful stories of the Goddesses of Yoga.  How to invite them into your prayers and meditations, and in turn, into your life.  I was completely enchanted by each story, but felt particularly drawn to Lakshmi that day.  She seemed to embody all that I was so very fond of, and of particular women in my life who have brought me so much joy.

As I read, I wondered what art I could create to honor this beautiful feeling of perfect love, and Lakshmi’s presence in my heart.  Just then, a faint female voice barely above a whisper said, “Lilies….”  Filled with excitement, I quickly left my chair and book and ventured into my studio room to begin creating.

 
'Lakshmi's Lilies'
Pastels on paper

In the days that followed that precious whisper, I continued to work on Lakshmi’s Lilies.  Each touch of color seemed to compel the flowers and the butterfly to emerge from the paper.  At one point I actually thought the butterfly slightly fanned her wings! I felt such a sense of awe and accomplishment when I finished it.  Reverence to the Goddess indeed!

Here’s to listening to that voice in your heart, and following what inspires you! SL

Desert Landing

As I sit here this morning with coffee in tow, I am looking out my kitchen windows and across yet another beautiful eastern Arizona sky. Th...