unforeseeable results

alla prima – over another painting. why does this work more frequently than when painting on a blank canvas?? Maybe it’s more freeing, since you feel like the original, no matter how hard you worked on it, wasn’t working and so whatever you do will be better than ditching the canvas? It still needs a little work, but I like the rough and fresh quality of it, so hope not to ruin that. Wish me luck!

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A little blast from 1959—Fiat Nuova 500 Coupe

At my mechanic’s recently, I saw a really sweet old car, just seven years older (and way more interesting) than my first car — a 1965 Fiat. He allowed me to take a photo or two, and I ended up making a painting of it against an abstracted version of his shop.

What’s special about this car? It was the first Fiat Nuova 500 Coupe to be exported to America. In Italy, they had a different standard for placement of the headlights, so to comply with U.S. standards, they moved them to the right height without re-tooling the body. Result: the Frog-eyed Fiat!

This painting is now a part of the family of art and music at the Argonaut Garage! Thank you Jason!

my fiat looked like thisNot nearly as much fun, but it got great gas mileage when it ran! (Even better when it didn’t!)

a garden within a garden-tribute to Monet mural

A friend of mine came up with an idea to create a mural in her garden just in time for her son’s shower. She thought it would make a nice way to bring her garden together. There were lovely flowering plants springing up and in pots and hanging, but there was a sort of “blank” place just in the middle – the back wall of her neighbor’s garage. 

We had both recently been to the Monet: The Late Years at the DeYoung and found them lovely to be among. So, we thought, why not, let’s paint a Monet-ish style garden, we have two weeks…  

She ordered the canvas, got the paints, we consulted with our muralist friends about types of paint, and we figured out how to hang it. 

Well, we both got very busy. I went out of town, she was actually in the middle of deep cleaning in her storage. We started on the following Monday, five days before the shower. My friend mixed blues to make an interesting sky and off we went! Then she got engulfed in preparing her house for the shower. I wanted to make sure the mural happened, and didn’t want her to worry about that on top of everything else, and I’m pretty good at doing things quickly, so, I thought, why not! Things often take a bit more time than you think they might, of course, so Roz’ daughter-in-law, Shawna, came to help paint, putting in some of the water and all of the lilies, which was great. Somehow, we got it completed enough to be complimentary to her lovely garden, and Thursday evening Tim helped me finagle it behind her plants and we got it mounted behind the trellis. (I think we broke a couple flowers—sorry!). 

The mermaid seems to be raising a toast as she emerges from the pond! 

It was really fun, thank you Roz for having great ideas! 

The completed mural: (wobbly bridge appearance caused by assembling four photos)…in place in the garden:

a graphite portrait

When was the last time I picked up a pencil to draw with??—it might have been about 4 years ago. I’ve been wanting to return to working on the faces project and drawing with graphite just feels fun. My original goal was 500 faces, just because it sounded neat, but is that even possible at this slow pace? Doubtful. This felt difficult, I was not happy with the blending of tones — maybe it was the paper or the pencils, or just how much time had passed. Here is a portrait of a woman I admire.

Late notice! Open Studios in Benicia

I am excited to be participating in Open Studios in Benicia tomorrow, Saturday! I am showing with HQ Gallery, on the main drag of Benicia. I will be there Sunday, but showing in the gallery only. I have a lot of tiny works, as well as bigger paintings, and may have some sale items as well.

HQ Gallery will also be celebrating its two-year anniversary on Saturday from 3-5, so drop by to join in the fun!

May 4
Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm

HQ Gallery
333 First Street
Benicia, California 94510

Inspired by the recent Monet: the Late Years show at the DeYoung, obviously!

Garapata Park

The Pacific Ocean feels giant all along the coast south of Carmel. Maybe it’s the mountains alongside which partly give it scale.

This painting will go into the Arts Benicia member show next week, I hope you can join me at the reception!

Art of the Community 2019

Reception is Saturday, January 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
at Arts Benicia Gallery
991 Tyler St. Suite 114, Benicia CA 94510 

—how to pronounce the name of this park:
put together two short sounds: gara + pata