Sunday, October 31, 2010
Yesterday, I explored the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada for the first time. There are actually two locations for the museum, one has traditional art and I visited it two weeks ago (sorry, no photos!)
The La Mirada location is a few blocks away and focuses on contemporary art. The building itself is interesting, it was one of the original old adobe houses that was added onto over the years by various owners. (The art is shown in a large, new addition.)
The show by Ingrid Calame was very interesting. I am posting two shots of her work--one is a painting and the other is a "site specific" piece that will be painted over at the end of the show. A crew of helpers used a crane to "pounce" dry pigment onto the wall using full-size stencils.
The tree photo was taken from the outside garden, which is also very nice.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Today I took a quick trip to the King's Mountain Art Festival, one of my favorite craft shows. The weather was gorgeous, sunny but not too hot, but I didn't stay too long, just long enough to eat a chicken and apple sausage for lunch and buy another wonderful vase made by my favorite vendor, Foxlow Pottery. I didn't have any of his work with the deep red glaze, and I also liked the movement of the birds flying around it.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Last botanical art class today! We sketched a person in the class (I chose Betty), a seed pod in my larger sketchbook, and the final hour was spent drawing something of our choice. I brought along a dried bird of paradise flower. I was also pleased because the teacher used the drawing I brought in last week as an example of good composition. She didn't even know it was mine (I had not signed it).
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Today we went to the California Watercolor Association show at the Presidio in San Francisco. I could not take photos of the actual paintings in the show, so the pics you see here are some of the student displays of sketchbooks and a really nice unsigned sketch of a cat that was in the classroom. We also ate lunch at the Presidio Officer's Club, which is nearby. I have not eaten there before, we all really enjoyed it although the service was slow (not quite enough employees to handle the number of customers, probably). Excellent food and an interesting menu for brunch.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The eucalyptus nuts were the "quick draw" at the beginning of my botanical art class yesterday, and the two dried leaves was a much longer project (one hour) at the end of class. I used the Nexus pens and a waterbrush to shade the dried leaves. The drawings of trees were done at Filoli last week, and the four flower cards were all done at the Nebia winery today!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Okay, I scored at the flea market today. Big cotton crocheted bedspread, a bunch of crocheted potholders, an alligator soap holder (also crochet), and two crochet booklets. Plus 2 containers of buttons, a gold metal chain for a purse, a little kit complete with silk thread to mend silk stockings with, and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
I took a photo at Allied Arts earlier this year of a little angel statue next to a vase with artificial orchids. They were inside a wooden box with a fancy painted interior and a mirror. I loved the still life look of this, and decided to try turning it into a painting. This is what I got done on the first day of work.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'm so glad the Fine Art Fair is back in San Francisco! I saw tons of great art, and here are a few shots of some of my favorites. The 3D photo collages were amazing, the embroidered organza shopping bags were fun, and there was another excellent painting by Joseph Raphael, one of my favorites. I also liked the row of clay sculptures drying outside, from one of the art classes that are held at Ft. Mason.