The Skater is going to a new home this weekend. The shipper is coming to pack him up and take him away to a loft in Boston. Perfect spot for this large, 6.5' x 3' painting. The Skater is a two-dimensional, slightly abstracted, version of the sculpture that was done first. He's painted on a cradled fir support using a palette knife and fingers. Lots of fun to paint. Betsy says he will make her smile when she sees him each morning.
Guess most people are still going to the malls. However a select group of friends and supporters scooped up the best of the handmade gift items and some unique art pieces (along with cookies & beverages) and it was nice to have time to chat with those who stopped by.
Arts of Point Richmond is sponsoring a Holiday Fest this Saturday, 12/10/11, from 11am to 5pm. The main venue is the community center, but I'll be in my studio just a few yards away. Other shops, galleries and restaurants will be open as well, so it should be a fun afternoon. There will be all kinds of affordable art and crafty gift and decorative items for sale.
I've been busy making some pretty sachets from vintage laces and trims. Some filled with fragrant, hand picked California lavender, others with lavender brought back from France. Come on out and join us!!
I've just completed the last of the recent dog commissions for the holidays. Hoping that the folks getting them are going to like them and think that they look like their beloved pets. That's kind of the nature of the beast with commissions. I say (to myself) I'm not going to do any more, then give in and always end up spending so much more time on them than is reasonable. Now off to the PO. Happy Holidays.
I 've been working on some smaller pieces lately for the upcoming Point Richmond Art Walk - this Thursday - and also for the January show at the Concord Gallery. They are one of a kind wall sculptures and the special embellishments create the individual personalities. So far there is a bride (above), a mermaid, a "Sea Being", a native American, two Red Hat Ladies, and a dowager. Once I form the clay, they pretty much decide for me what they are going to be.
Yesterday I attended a great fiber arts workshop at Lisa Kokin's Studio. Lisa is a nationally known
book & fiber artist. I learned how to work with thread and water soluable backing to produce fiber art pieces which can be sewn together to make a quilt (after I make a few more) or displayed on their own. It was great fun. My ultimate goal is to the apply the process in making fabric which I can incorporate into my sculptures.
I have rented a new studio space right in the Point, half a block from my house. It's also right next to the Refined by Fire Gallery at 103 W. Richmond Ave. Every 3rd Thursday of the month Point Richmond has an Art Walk. All the Galleries and some of the business and restaurants are open and it's a lot of fun. I took part this month and below are some shots of the gallery section of my studio. The best part is that there's an equally large work space behind the curtain.
.. so I thought I'd put up some photos of my recent trip to Santa Barbara. Did some sketching and water colors - NOT my medium, but it was fun just the same. Weather gorgeous and lots of time to walk the beach, check the tidal pools and commune with nature.