if it’s always a new direction, then it’s the same old thing, right?

Normally when I go out plein air painting, I do more traditional style painting. This time, the tree shapes were so distinct, and my view of them was so narrow (vertically), the ocean color intense, a few stripes of brilliant sun, that I sort of fell into this more graphic representation. The headlands became pure shapes in the second one, at top.
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See these and more at Open Studios in Benicia!

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Even though it’s quite simple, I like it.

Benicia Artists Open Studios will take place on Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6.
Event hours:
Saturday, 11 am to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

At Jerrold Turner’s studio:
640 East L St.
Benicia CA 94510

See you there!

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Show in Anderson Valley

With one foot in Alameda, one in Mendocino County—I will be joining two artists in a show at the Scharffenberger Cellers in the beautiful Anderson Valley. I will be bringing some urban scenes to balance out the bucolic!

Join us at:

SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS Tasting Room
8501 Hwy. 128, Philo, CA 95466 (707) 895-2957

Woods, Wine and Water
Explore the Intertwining of the Wild & Human

Maeve Croghan, Debra Lennox and Micaela Marsden

November 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM
AT THE SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS TASTING ROOM

2017 Benicia Open Studios

Please join us at the studio of Jerrold Turner
640 East L St., Benicia CA 94510
Saturday and Sunday May 6 & 7
10-5

9 Plein Air Artists!
Sue Collins, Attila Cziglenyi, Jerrold Turner, JoAnn McMahon, Loralee Chapleau, JoAnne Uomini, Marshall Lockman, Sue Wilson, Micaela Marsden

You are specially invited by
Micaela Marsden

 

Sponsored by
https://artsbenicia.org/benicia-artists-open-studios-2017

Hot off the easel—sold!

Painting in my back yard with cascades of flowers can be fun too! The nasturtiums were growing with leaves the size of dinner plates, and the ever-present morning glory was being, well, glorious, so I had to try a flower painting. As it’s not my usual subject, I had no idea if it would become something I liked, but I kept some of it graphic, and for a very fast painting, I think it turned out well.

Nasturtiums and Morning Glories painting
Nasturtiums and Morning Glories grow wild
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mosaic of my kitty cat

While out in my garden, I unearthed a small mosaic memorial I made for my cat about 10 years ago.

portrait in pencil

A portrait of a friend’s grandbaby, anonymized to protect the innocent! I still love graphite as a main medium. It’s so malleable that shading is pure fun. Of course, it comes along with it’s smudging capabilities which end up in unwanted places — nothing a coat of paint can’t fix! This will go into the upcoming Pro Arts East Bay Open Studio, June 6&7, and 13&14. http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/

The T has a blank in the middle — what should it say?

Baby Armadillo drawing
Baby Armadillo

Two shows tomorrow, Saturday Aug 9!

I could have posted about this sooner, but I’ve been super-busy with family in town, and, getting ready for these events!

Scene on the Straight —after a year hiatus, has returned. It is in an all-day (10 am to 5 pm) event which raises funds to hire underserved youth to restore regional wildlife habitat areas. A good cause. I am participating with the Joules, a local group of plein-air painters. Scene on the Straight website. I will have oil paintings and 6 miniatures (watercolors). Located at Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez. ONE DAY ONLY!

Silver City Mine
Silver City Mine
a mini-watercolor
a mini-watercolor

Valona Paintout 2014 —an invitational paint-out event. What is a paint-out, you ask? A paint-out is a challenge to produce a painting (or 3!) in a specified period of time, in this case, a week. The canvasses or paper are stamped by the gallery at check-in, and you are set on the loose in a certain area to capture something about that locale. There is an upcoming history article about Strendzel Hall coming up, so I tried my hand at making an old, fairly plain-looking building which has been through numerous remodels, look interesting. The C&H Sugar factory is located in Crockett, which sort of encompasses the old town of Valona, and it has many industrial but some beautiful structures. I heard from a local that these giant tanks topped by a continuous tin warehouse was a steam generator for the sugar plant. I thought they were kind of awesome. (Ok, I know my taste is sometimes odd!). This was a funny view, too, because of the proximity of this quaint little Victorian house which has a tiny, octagonal room hanging out over the street. (other people are odd too! Would you build right next to a steam generator of this size??)

Reception Saturday evening 6 to 8 pm, at the Epperson Gallery  1400 Pomona Street, Valona, CA 94525

Show will run to the end of August.

Steam Tank
Steam Tank

Jughandle Beach

I am getting excited about open studios — coming up June 7 & 8, and  14 & 15, with special preview evening Friday June 6th from 6 to 10 pm. Here are two recent, small paintings from the Mendocino area at Jughandle Beach.

We have moved location this year to just a block away at Market Hall in Jack London Square. Check out the Market Hall group at https://www.facebook.com/market.hall.artists  web: http://markethallartists.com

#426   Jughandle Bridge CA 10-154,  10 x 8,  acrylic
#426 Jughandle Bridge CA 10-154, 10 x 8, acrylic

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