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.
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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.
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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Under a gray winter sky
The days feel much colder now as January is half way through. After visiting Portugal, it feels even colder here in Santa Monica. The sky seemed to become an endless gray cover and I found myself reaching for black, white and every shade between the two. My own version of 50 Shades of Gray… This painting is a black and white version of the last post which was filled with rich and warn hues of brown and gold. I also used some mediums to make the surface appear rough and worn like an old tree weathering a winter.
Drifting from bright color to the gray day
This painting took some time to develop, and then a while to dry. I have continued to experiment with black and white with a small amount of color and will post some of those works soon. While in Portugal, I went to a museum dedicated to a woman who was an abstract artist. Maria Helena Vieira da Silva grew up in Lisbon and was greatly influenced by the structures around her. If you are interested, you can read about here in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Helena_Vieira_da_Silva. I was impressed by the museum and the people who were there working the day I came were very gracious. The museum is near the aqueduct. I have been inspired by her work and inspired by a country that dedicates a museum to a woman who was an abstract artist – a rarity.
Less is more – the impact of sparse color
I am intrigued with the impact of very little color in a work. I have been experimenting with a more structured look like da Silva. It is strange to do something so completely different than my colorful work.
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On a hot evening, I grabbed my tools and lined up the paint and mediums and ended up with this work. I used some of the same mediums I have in other works, such as glass beads, but I included one I haven’t used in any of my works: snow flakes. It is like using a thick pudding that looks like snow flakes. You can see the white flakes in the darker colors toward the bottom of the picture. This is a small painting, only 11×14. I find myself packing more into small spaces lately.
One Hot August Afternoon
I finally made the space to start painting again in acrylic. I had taken up using charcoal and a pad of paper for a bit during my move to Santa Monica but it doesn’t compare to working with a tool to create a three dimensional piece such as the one I’m posting today.
I wanted to use a hot pink with a green and white, and so I began working on this piece. Just laying the colors next to each other created a glowing affect. I mixed in several other colors to increase its complexity. I used five mediums in this one to add some variation in the surface. Glass beads are one of my favorites, but this jar contained smaller sized glass beads so the result looks different than previous works.
It’s difficult to see all the color in the darker area but if you click on the photograph and enlarge it, you will probably see it much better. I was using diffused natural sunlight to get this photograph. Usually I set up bright white light to increase the detail in the picture, but I thought I’d try the natural light that floods into my workspace. I also tried a different type of acrylic paint that takes quite a long time to dry. I have my floor covered with several pieces that are drying – one two by four foot piece is probably going to take over a week to dry.
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