#CautionMayBeHot exhibition

From October 21 - November 27 Long Weekend in Oakland and Fayes in San Francisco are hosting a collection of altered paper coffee cups submitted by artists from all over, in an exhibition called #CautionMayBeHot. I sent two that I painted with acrylic after trying a few "warm up" versions in gouache. Painting in the round was fun and for some reason painting on a paper cup allowed me to work in an uninhibited way, similar to when I work in my sketchbook. Not sure why it was this way. But I also enjoy seeing my abstract work in a different form, seeing the marks "framed" in a way in which I am not accustomed. This process gave me ideas for future explorations...

View installation shots of the exhibit and entries #cautionmaybehot.

Two cups I painted for the #CautionMayBeHot exhibit on view at Long Weekend.

Two cups I painted for the #CautionMayBeHot exhibit on view at Long Weekend.

Two "warm up" cups I painted in preparation. 

Two "warm up" cups I painted in preparation. 

Palette exhibition at ampersand international arts

Have you ever been curious about the working process of others? What associations do they make when putting materials together, what do things look like behind the scenes, and simply, what does their palette look like? Well, this might be part of what curators Kelly Inouye, Theodora Mauro, and Lisa Solomon had in mind when they conceived the current exhibition called Palette at ampersand international arts in San Francisco. The pieces in the exhibit are not necessarily finished works but rather something like the brain-mapping or materials used to make finished works. I am happy to have two of my pieces take part. They put together a really nice online catalog if you'd like to see what I'm talking about. I wish I lived closer, I would like to see this in person. 

One of my watercolor paint brush blotters with a bit of letterpress printing, part of Palette exhibition at ampersand international arts.

One of my watercolor paint brush blotters with a bit of letterpress printing, part of Palette exhibition at ampersand international arts.

A tour of my work installed at Strecker-Nelson Gallery

I thought I would show you a few images of my work installed at Strecker-Nelson Gallery. I am so grateful to all the wall real estate my work has in this exhibit, two rooms! You can also see the individual works with pricing on the Strecker-Nelson website or on my previous post. Email me if you have questions about any of the pieces or contact the gallery owners, Jay and Barbara, to purchase.

A texture walk

Sunday afternoon I was really fighting a nap, feeling a bit of the time change lag. Yet my brain was whirling with ideas and thoughts preventing me from sleeping so I decided on an alley walk with my little camera. You know I like my alley walks. Spring is showing early around here, daffodils, forsythia, fruit trees are in bloom, and from our garden we will be eating asparagus in a matter of days! It's crazy. But rather than taking pictures of all that beauty, I found myself taking pictures of interesting textures, weathered surfaces, peeling paint, and the ways residents decorate their lawns and out buildings. I sure do like this quirky town.

New oil paintings and works on paper at Strecker-Nelson Gallery

In 2016 I have been painting quite a bit in preparation for an exhibition at Strecker-Nelson Gallery opening March 4. I will have twenty-three works on view, many of which are brand new and being shown for the first time. I finished The day you weren't here oil painting just days before we delivered it to the gallery, and I kind of miss it since I didn't have time to live with it after finishing it. But I am also happy that it will have some other eyes to see it. Many of the paper works are small, almost jewel-like in their frames. (Strecker-Nelson framed all the paper works and I am really pleased.) Though I also enjoyed making some larger paper pieces with the largest at 32 inches square. I tend to work in a series, painting in pairs or groupings.  One of the titles is strange mechanics and eternal mysteries, an idea to me that summarizes much of the work, even the ones that are titled by the date.

My two newest oil paintings:

The day you were(n't) here, oil on canvas, 30 in. x 60 in.

Winter, oil on canvas, 24 in. x 36 in.

Winter, oil on canvas, 24 in. x 36 in.

A slideshow of the works on paper:

If you would like to visit the gallery's website you can see additional pieces on my artist page. The exhibit runs through April 23.