While recently in Scotland with a painting group, plein-air painting in the walled garden of a castle in the cold with every layer on I could find, a message came to me in a text in my pocket congratulating me on my award! I was mystified, as I had not heard of this. A short time later another friend sent a photo of a painting I had entered in a Bay Area show, with a blue ribbon! This explained it, and what a fun way to find out!
You can see this painting and the other award winners at the El Cerrito Public Library at 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito CA until December 10.
I grew up with these statues, which, for some reason, we always called Hoover and Roosevelt. They were carved by my uncle William, whom I never met as he went to war and didn’t return. These statues, 20″ to 27″ high, were carved from redwood burl from the Big Sur coast where they lived on 160 acres under/adjacent to what is now called Bixby Creek Bridge. They are quite dark now, you used to be able to see the rich red burl grain. Maybe he intended them to be the two presidents, or maybe my mother or my brother and I just named them that.