Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Those are my latest works. The Rialto one, is the one I reworked from 2008. It was a plein air study for the California Art Club paint out. It was at the show on a sunday a couple weeks ago, again at the South Pasadena Library. It was an event discussing the futeure of the century old Rialto Theatre. And the other one is my still life #7 - Apples and Blossoms - from Dan Edmondson workshop - which I had decided would be a study for a larger painting( still is), but so far is the painting that caused most impact from my facebook friends. More excitement: tomorrow going back to NOLA for a long weekend and on the following weekend I have three paintings selected for the show at the Art & Expo @ the Pasadena Convention Center. I hope to sell all of them, for my vacation fund raising. BTW I was going to start my post with" finally the weather has cooled down in L.A., but actually, we did not have too many way hot summer days for the last few years...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Still Life # 6 - Yellow Gerberas - Took a while but now its finished . 16x20 oil on board. All of the sudden I got really busy with my art. Last week I was invited to put 2 paintings on a last minute event in South Pasadena. I quickly reworked studies I had done in 2008. I found myself using much more color that I used to . I see those are influences from this fantastic workshop by Dan Edmondson. I also submitted 3 paintings for a juried art show at the end of Oct, at the Art expo in Pasadena. Soon Still life #7 .

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thank you my dear blog followers! I was so excited to be the featured artist on Dan's weekly tip. I feel so bad because I have been so busy at my office and taking continuing education courses at the USC Dental School, I haven't had time to set up my pallete and start my still life #6. And next weekend we will be at our place in NOLA. Last time we were in New Orleans , we went for a day trip to the Lake Northshore, to Abita Springs and Convington. Our destination was to visit John Preble's mistery house - If you don't know him, he is one of the artists lic=ving in Abita Springs and he is known for his different versions of his Marsh Island Girl . His mistery house, is a museum of recycled stuff and collections of pocket combs, old cel phones, the largest paint by number paintings collection... His Dioramas are fantastic... my fav one was the trailler park with an tornado... we can't wait to go back. Of course the major treat was to meet John and see his studio... and while we were visiting him Alan Flattmann stopped by to bring a couple souvenirs he had brought from Spain for John. Allan is one of the best pastel painters in our country - which I'm a big fan, and that surprise visit and meeting him made this daytrip really magical. I can't wait to have a chance to get my brushes working. I'll keep y'all posted. Oh, the pic, is me sketching at Picasso Museum in Paris, jan 2007.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I have started a large painting from photo I took in Firenze, but it just didn't get me into the groove... It had been sitting on my table easel for months, and every time I attempted to go back to it, just didn't work... I haven't been out in plein air either for the longest time, maybe last time was last june/ 2010 in New Orleans... Well one day when browsing my facebook, an add caught my eye. It was a beautiful still life painting - just the way I love, and always wanted to learn how to do it... Looking back in my older posts, you can see a couple happy attempts in my opinion, the lemon painting, the one with the books and the glasses, and the early ones, cherry and peaches and the Chardin one... That painting on FB is by Daniel Edmondson, and offering an online/ dvd still life workshop. It was just what I needed to find and it actually it found me. A few days later I got the DVDs and weekly emails by Dan full of incredible info. It really is taking my painting to a different level. I have added new colors to my pallete that just give a burst of life for the subjects I have painted. So here are the first 5 still lifes from this workshop, oil on board, canvas panel and gator board - the sizes so far vary from 8x10 , 9x 12 and 11 x 14.