Here's a sneak peak of a work in progress. This new project should be heavy on the printmaking (4 or 5 screens worth of printing) and light on the painting. I'm using skull, flower, and succulent motifs.Read More
I'm thrilled to be participating in several holiday art events this coming winter, and in order to reduce last minute stress, I decided to work on printing and packaging inventory extra early. All Labor Day weekend I was busy fighting the forces of evil in preparation. Between creating new artwork, generating digital prints of past work, and packaging everything up for sale, I'm exhausted but happy with the results. I love having such a large stockpile of art on hand - it makes me feel very prepared!Read More
I just got back from a road trip along Route 66. We drove down the coast from Oakland to L.A. so we could start the route at it's official end point, in Santa Monica. Then we drove Eastward through California and Arizona trying to travel the original route as much as possible, with only minimal side trips for the Cazabon Dinosaurs and the Grand Canyon.Read More
Upon embarking on a recent Route 66 road trip, we made our first detour in order to visit the Cazabon Dinosaurs. This roadside attraction consists of the largest sculpted dinosaurs in existence. The dinosaurs were the pet project of an artist and cafe-owner named Claude Bell (they are also known as Claude Bell's Dinosaurs), though he only completed 1.5 of the massive sculptures before he died. These dinosaurs became all the rage in 1980's film - you may remember them from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Wizard, or Paris, Texas. My distant memories of these films are what incited this side trip to begin with. Though their heyday is long past, the Cazabon dinosaurs do not disappoint.Read More
Last Sunday, during a trip to The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I caught their special exhibit entitled The Scandalous Art of James Ensor. Ensor is known as "the painter of masks" and true to that designation, the exhibition focuses on a time in Ensor's career when he pivoted away from naturalistic painting and toward more creative and disturbing imagery. Ensor's "scandalous" work depicts society imagery - parties, religious processions, theater goers, and art studios - with a disturbing twist; the heads of the figures are replaced with skulls or faces are distorted into melting masks.Read More
Documenting my artwork for over 15 years, I've come to the conclusion that photographing your own work is virtually impossible.
Something always goes wrong when taking photos of two-dimensional art. If the exposure is perfect the focus is off, if the focus is perfect the angle camera isn't perfectly aligned with the canvas. Tripods, remote shutter releases, and professional photo lamps help, but not enough. I went through a phase when I would haul my paintings outside onto the sidewalks of Brooklyn in order to use daytime shade, while all the pedestrians would stare and wonder what idiotic thing I was doing and why I was taking up their sidewalk space. I've even been through the harrowing experience of trying to remove glare in Photoshop - it just doesn't work.Read More
A friend of a friend, who works as an editor for various academic publishing houses, swung by open studios last month. I was sharing a studio space with 4 other artists, and she offhandedly mentioned how all of our work had a common thread. This was news to me, so I pressed her on it. She thought for a moment and quickly articulated we were all concerned with industry.
I haven't considered the industrial as a significant part of my work for years, but it occurs to me now that I've simply been addressing it indirectly through elements like color and processes like screen printing. I’m going to have to invite an editor to my studio once in a while, just to help me understand the obvious.
Take this somewhat obvious revelation in stride, I’ve decided to work on a series that depicts the awe-inspiring if decrepit structures of industry as the background patterns for my figures. 2 years ago I moved to a very industrial area of Oakland; it's full of warehouses, run-down railroad tracks, and cranes. My studio itself is in a converted packaging factory with views of the highway and the Oakland port. Truly, my environment could not be any more industrial. So, I've been working on finding and photographing these industrial objects so that I can turn them into motifs and signifiers in my upcoming work. Here’s a sneak peak of my collection to date.
I just wrapped up East Bay Open Studios 2014. The 4 full days over two weekends was exhausting yet again, but overall I thought this year was much more fun than last year. I shared a space with 4 other artists on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. We had around 200 guests, and we had each other for entertainment. It was truly a great time. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Here's some of the documentation. You can also see one of my fellow artist's (Nate Boxer) time lapse video of open studios here.
East Bay Open Studios 2014 will also take place Saturday + Sunday, June 14th & 15th. We'll Be Showing @ 3240A Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA. Doors will be open to the public from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. Please swing by for art, talk, food, and drink!
Whew! I finished up a handful of new paintings just in time for my June open studio. The varnish is literally still drying. I'm planning to show 12 new works during the open studio, all made in the first half of 2014.
Each painting in the series is a 24 inch square, 2 inch deep, hardwood panel with canvas stretched over it.
I used a combination of painting and screen printing. It's an elaborate process that roughly involves: sketching, inking, scanning, digitaizing, refining lines in Photoshop and Illustrator, creating screens, painting, printing, and painting and printing again. It's a massive amount of work per image, but with the combination of technical knowledge and free hand painting involved it appeals to both my detail oriented side and the side of me that loves to make a mess. The finished paintings have an ultra-smooth finish with great detail that usually elicits a response along the lines of "how did you do that?"
I've also been using a set of pantone color swatches and matching them back to acrylic colors when deciding on color schemes for the paintings. I'm normally more of a repetition & revision (rep & rev a la Suzan Lori Park) type of girl - deciding on colors as I go along and responding to the colors already on the canvas, so this pre-planned and methodical colorization is new for me. I love it though. Let me know what you think, and don't forget to drop by the open studios!
It's that time of year again . . .
Come see all of my newest paintings at East Bay Open Studios 2014. There will be drinks, snacks, and lots of great art to see. I'm showing with 4 other talented artists this year so there will be something for everyone, so bring your friends!
East Bay Open Studios 2014 will take place Saturday + Sunday, June 7th & 8th and Saturday + Sunday, June 14th & 15th.
We'll be showing at Nate Boxer + Laurel Cain's lovely studio, located @ 3240A Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA
Doors will be open to the public from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day.
Framing a giclée print for a group show at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. The 12 in x 12 in square print fit perfectly in to a record/vinyl frame. Here are the show details:
Location: Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 5pm and Saturday 11 - 4pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 7-9pm