Friday, April 1 was Mariposa’s monthly Art Hop. As the current featured artist at Sierra Artists Gallery, I was at the gallery during the Art Hop hours of 5-8. I provided veggies, chips and dip for the visitors to munch on as they roamed the gallery. We had a bout 30 people stop by during the evening. I had a lovely time visiting with friends and acquaintances. At the end of the evening a group of us went to dinner to catch up with what’s going on in each others lives. Above photograph: In the background is Mark Heliger who is talking with David. Below, my panel is the center section. The top pastel painting is currently featured on the front of the Mariposa Spirit! Newsletter.
I finished this painting today. I began this last November during Art Hop at Williams Gallery West, I finally felt motivated enough to finish it. This is painted on Art Spectrum paper. The color is a warm brown. I really like using Art Spectrum papers. It comes in many colors and has a tooth that fits my needs. ‘Tooth’ is the ability to catch and hold the pastel, the texture of the paper. I paint with Art Spectrum pastels, Sennilier, Great American, Rembrandt, Nu Pastel and a few others that I can’t remember right off hand. This was a very frosty morning in the 20’s. The Aspens are along a river with mist rising from the water.
We had our Yosemite Western Artists Photography meeting last night. These are the photographs I shared with the group. I took them on our Merced Wildlife Refuge outing last month. The day was foggy and very cold. I liked the composition and colors of the first picture but then also photographed it vertical.
This guy was shrugged down as if trying to stay warm. I love the three bands of colors and textures below him with the dark bare stems layered over them.
In December I was accepted into the co-op Sierra Artists Gallery, located in Mariposa. Casto’s Wine Bar and Fine Art, in Mariposa, has also accepted my work.
Last December I was asked to demonstrate pastel painting at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst. I had painted this scene previously so I chose to paint it again so that I’d feel comfortable. I’m just getting around to finishing the painting.
‘Sierra Nevada Foothills at Dusk’ 9×12 Pastel on Art Spectrum paper.
On November 13 I participated in the Williams Gallery West monthly Art Hop. The picture below shows how far I completed the painting that day. Today I’ll work on this painting. Pastel, 13×19, half sheet Art Spectrum, a warm brown color.
Art Hop progress, November 13, 2011
January 31, 2011, afternoon.
January 30, 2011, evening. Now it needs the finishing touches.
This week has been a busy one. Tuesday I took my daughter home and returned home the same day. I quickly stopped by my older daughters work place to say hi before hitting the road. Wednesday we had our monthly meeting of the Sierra Art Trails Committee. Thursday was our monthly meeting of the Yosemite Western Artists photography group. Friday was the Sierra Foothill Conservancy Plein Air Exhibit reception at the Fresno State Campus Henry Madden Library. Saturday was Art Hop at Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst where I demonstrated with pastels.
I had so much fun at the reception. The paintings are publicly on view in the Madden Library until the Great Central Valley Exhibition on Sunday August 29. Penny Otwell and Claudia Welsh were in the parking lot when we arrived so we all walked to the library together. These two ladies are always fun! Penny is also in the Plein Air Exhibit. This was the first time for us to see everyone’s work in person. We’d seen some images in the field and some emailed but now we got to view the ‘real deal’. The curator did a fantastic job hanging about 100 paintings. Penny and I were very pleased with the way our paintings were displayed.
My daughters, honorary son and his mom, my good friend, all showed up in support of the event. It meant so much to me to share this experience with them. (Much appreciation and love to my peeps.) The Sierra Foothill Conservancy has done an outstanding job creating and managing this event.
Claudia, Penny and moi in front of Penny’s paintings.
Michelle, Me and Heidi…..my girls, in front of my paintings. What’s in the red bag??? Heidi brought me a lilac scented candle which smells heavenly. Michelle brought me clean socks. She’d borrowed them during her visit.
Art Hop was a busy day with guest ceramicist from Clovis (Amy Morgan) and Santa Cruz ( Bob and Sandy Kinzie). Tables were set up for the artists to work and guests to play with the clay. It was a very lively day with lots of talking and laughing and people passing through the gallery.
January 6, 2010
I’ll be attending Art Hop this Saturday at Williams Gallery in Oakhurst. I’ll be demonstrating pastel painting so I’ve chosen the view of Trabucco Ranch that I’ve been painting in acrylic. I decided to also paint the view in landscape (horizontal) view rather than portrait (vertical). It’ll be interesting to see how each painting develops.