After a few months of not being able to paint due to back pain, I finally was able to paint something. The serene colors of early spring along the coast in Santa Monica are inspiring.
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This time of year, the sky takes on different hues that feel more urgent in their brilliance. The rush to capture a sunset on canvas seems more purposeful to me. I was born at the beginning of the fall in October. The last days leading up to my birthday always seem more compelling. I find myself swooning at the view while standing at the fence a few feet from the cliff edge in Palisades Park, Santa Monica. If you haven’t been to this fence to take in a sunset, it’s hard to imagine the layers of colors and the intensity in the last days of summer and the beginning of fall.
Abstract Art Show at Bistango
I have three works showing at Bistango. Two pictured here. The third was so new, I didn’t take a picture of it yet. If you are looking for a place to eat and enjoy art, Bistango is located at 19100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612.
Annual Art Show February 1 to March 22
Two works are on display at the Art Center in Huntington Beach. “Golden West” is a sunset over dog beach, inspired on a bike ride along the bike path on Pacific Coast Highway. A second work, “Sailing,” is also on display February 1 through March 22. To find out more about the show, go to the art center’s website at http://www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org
Goldenwest Street Water View
If you have every been to Huntington Beach, then you may be familiar with Dog Beach. It is near Goldenwest Avenue and the Pacific Coast Highway. I used to ride my bike along the beach path and stop there to enjoy the view. There’s a rocky face on the cliff overlooking the beach, which is beautiful in the evening at sunset. That view inspired this painting that is apart of the “Shores and Doors” art show at The Art Center or 855 Gallery at 855 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, California. The show runs from August 1 to October 7 (which happens to be my birthday).
If you happen to be in the area, stop by and check out this gallery. All artwork is for sale there. If you haven’t been to Carpinteria before, you should stop to see it. It’s a cute little coastal town with interesting shops and restaurants.
Days of fog …
Santa Monica has been soaked in fog for so many days I’ve lost count. I have been continuing to work on some abstracts that were influenced by my trip to Portugal. I am posting a couple here that are hanging in an office now. The larger piece took some weeks to complete. I layered paint on it to resemble the way paint is layered on walls in Los Angeles. I often see squares painted over concrete to cover graffiti. The layers start to peel after time, weathered by sun and the moist film left after fog settles in for a night.
Sun bleached tiles
The second painting, the smaller of the two, is a bit creamier, like sun bleached tile near the beach. I’m not sure exactly where I have seen this, but it may have actually been inland Mexico in Cuernavaca. I remember someone saying that Cuernavaca is a city of walls.
To me, walls represented the separateness that plagues communities. Walls keep neighbors from knowing each other, although Robert Frost wrote that “Good fences make good neighbors” in the poem Mending Wall. However, it isn’t Frost’s words, the saying is a 17th century proverb. Frost though ruminates on walls: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out / And to whom I was like to give offense.” I wrote a poem after the visit to Cuernavaca, reflecting on the walled in residents of the city and how it feels to be walled in. It was published in an online at http://www.moriapoetry.com/falin.html …
Walls as art
This work is an attempt to turn the walls I see every day into an inspiration. If you drive around Los Angeles, walls take on various meanings depending on the materials used to create the wall, how its aged and weathered, and what people have added to it.
Walling in or walling out
I had the fortunate experience to live in a neighborhood without fences for a few years. I can remember walking to school through yards. I knew all my neighbors – good or bad – they knew me, too. There was a sense of freedom when I lived without fences and could run through the neighborhood to the park, school or a friend’s house. In spite of the feeling of separateness that a wall can invoke, there are some interesting and even beautiful walls. The second painting makes me think of a beach side wall, creamy colored, but sun bleached – maybe close to a hot tub.
Spring finally did show up
The first day of spring passed and I am flying into autumn with a trip to New Zealand and Australia. I am looking forward to seeing new places, new art, and meeting new people. Look for some new stuff when I return.
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A Study in Color
This painting, which will be part of The Art Center’s new show opening November 17th, seems to have every color I could find layered throughout. Photographing it was especially challenging, to capture the impact of a two foot by four foot piece and view it on a screen is not even close to seeing it in person. If you have a chance to see The Art Center’s show “A Study in Color,” then you will understand. The Art Center is located at 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, California. The opening reception will be November 17th from 2 to 4 pm … The show runs until January 6th.
Start of a New Trend
In many ways, this painting was the first of a new trend for me. The coloring is different, as well as the texture. Blending so many colors over such a large space takes time and patience. I was lost in the creation of this one for some time. Then, it took two weeks to dry. I actually completed this piece in August but hadn’t posted it yet. I have several pieces yet to post.
Bright Spot in November
The show is a bright spot for me this November. My mom passed away last month after battling cancer for more than a year. She loved art and had a special affinity for texturized acrylic works. She inspired my switch from watercolor to acrylic when she purchased a piece from an artist in El Paso, Texas. She gave me the painting and I still find it very inspiring.
Thanks for stopping by …
I appreciate everyone’s feedback … it is inspiring to hear from others and also to visit your blogs to see and read about your experiences. The best part of having a WordPress site is that you can interact with people. It’s the main reason I decided to use it to display my art. Your notes on my last post helped ease the stress and emotional ups and downs. Unfortunately, cancer strikes many and its damage is devastating to watch and painful to experience. I have a large family and very little experience with death. I don’t really know how to process it other than to paint.
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