Surrealist @ Large
Just thought I'd add something that is more about me... well this
website is "All About Me" but what I want to touch base on, are my Random Thoughts on This and That, which might not be All About Art or All About Me ~ As an Active Artist I run into all sorts of people and situations. If you've got a calm moment in your life, check this page out and see what's up, who I've run into, what I'm checking out...what I'm dealing with.
A Day in the Life of an Artist
In & Out with the Artist ~
THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2020
A New Year and I'm brimming with New Ideas. I love to expriment and learn new forms of Art. I've been working with Resin lately and expanding what I'm making calling it "Objects of Art & Function." I'm exhibiting and selling my work at the Blackhawk Gallery in Danville, daily, so I can get an idea how the public reacts to what I'm creating. Pretty items that are beautiful on their own but also useful, like Charcuterie Boards :) They have been a great hit, and I've been able to keep them pretty reasonably priced compared to the same products out there made of Resin. Since adding a Band Sander to my tool shed, it's opened up a new world. I used to hand sand, but using a band sander helps so much more and keeps my sanding much more even. Cutting time as well and improvement on the end result, making it easier on my hands too. I'm in heaven! I'm also looking to add to my many tools a Lathe so I can turn (spin shaving) some resin items. Again this tool will open up a new world of possibilities with Resin. Stay tuned! 2020 is TURNING out to be AMAZING!
TUESDAY december 17, 2019
The Christmas tree is up and I'm putting out less decorations each year, as the kids become adults, it's not as necessary. Looking ahead to 2020 it amazes me and I can't help but smile. A new year around the corner with new opportunities and the promise of bright tomorrows. This past couple of years have brought experimentation in my art with Encaustic and Resin painting, so I can't wait to see what I'll be testing out next. Wishing you all a bright and exciting New Year!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2019
I've been in the studio working and trying to be patient as I work with Resin. I'm taking on the challenge of SLUMPING Resin. I've done this with Glass before, so it's not a new idea, but it's the first time I've tried it with RESIN, and I love it :) I just have to learn patience. After pouring and designing the imagery, shape and anything else, you have to wait anywhere from 4 or more hours before you can actually begin the SLUMPING Process. For my OCEAN SERIES I've have to wait 9 hours or more. Now I have to wait 72 hours or more before it cures enough to the point of holding its shape. I was surfing the web and came across several artists doing this and sharing their thoughts and process, so I was inspired to give it a go myself. Once I finish some basic shapes, I will expand and get Unique with my RESIN SCULPTURES. Say Tuned!
OK catching you up, Loralee and I both did not get the honor of being the Label Artist for Wente this year, but a fellow artist in the Blackhawk Gallery did. Happy for her and I hope she enjoys the journey, I wish her well and I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with and cheering her on. Maybe I'll take another stab at it next year....
Thursday August 15, 2019
It's kinda sorta official... after throwing my hat in the ring of I don't know how many artist for an Open Call / Call to Artrist to be honored with creating artwork for a Wine label, I passed the first round, but so far no call for round 2. I'm pretty sure I'm off their list now, because a good friend was called for round 2, very recently, to then inform her when she can bring 2-3 pieces of work for a look see in person. I'm so happy for her (truly) because I knew her work would make a beautiful wine label. I believe in sharing what you have, opportunities, food, whatever, so I told her to give it a try and she got in, so far. I hope to see her work on a wine label real soon. I think the first release will be in October. Congrats Loralee Chapleau a fabulous Impressionistic Landscape Artist, in Danville, and my good friend (((hugs))).
Wednesday May 15, 2019
After a great opening exhibition at the Village Theatre, all the Unleashed Dogs are out and about in downtown Danvlle. Pick up a map at the Village Theatre on Front Street, then enjoy a stroll around town to see all these amazing Artful Creatures. The Auction to own one of the cuties happens at the Village Theatre on September 19th. NOW I'm getting ready for my first STREET FAIR in Walnut Creek this weekend May 18 & 19th!! ART ON THE MAIN will be all weekend long RAIN OR SHINE (the rain just started :( Hope you hang in there and stop by for some AMAZING DISCOUNTED PRICES on some of my Latest Small ENCAUSTIC paintings XOXO
Saturday February 9, 2019
I can't believe it's been so long since I've written on this blog page... I've been busy creating and running around. Life can be that way. In a blink of an eye a year can fly by! I'm sitting in the Blackhawk Gallery doing my shifts (I signed up for an all day, 3 shift Saturday) and thought I'd do a DEMO DAY and haul my Encaustic gear here and do my thing. Talking and showing prospective clients how I make my Encaustic work is fun and the public that comes into the gallery is truly interested in the Process. But..... the forcast is RAIN RAIN AND MORE RAIN, so I decided at the last minute to leave it behind and just bring completed pieces. A new Exhibition will be starting next week so I decided to bring my new work and a few extras in to the gallery and who knows, perhaps a few sales to start the next 10 weeks off. Sure enough, one of my new smaller pieces sold! My series of Birds on a Wire are so sweet. A couple came in and fell in love with my Encaustic Tree series and Birds on a Wire series. They purchased one of each, and were so happy which made me so happy, because it's going to a home where it will be appreciated for the work and not just to match a couch ;) This rainy day was not a gloomy day, because it turned out to be a day of sharing my passion with those who care. CHEERS! Wishing you all a day full of Passion for what Drives your Joy ~
Wednesday October 2, 2018
A day of ups and downs and a visit to Rosenblum Cellars Tasting Room in Jack London Square... it will remain in my memories.
A great day out, with my friend Loralee, had a fabulous lunch and bought a Kayaking paddle, that I will use next week. Counting my Blessings ~ An Artist Needs to have a Thick Skin, but mine is wearing thin...
MONDAY August 13, 2018
Today was a tough day. Life gets hectic but I always make time for friends, even if it's been a long time inbetween get togethers, when it happens it feels like only days have passed. An Artist friend of mine that has been a joy for the last 2 years that we've gotten closer, is in the process of transitioning from this life to the next. She's spiritual but not religious and I'm a combination of both. I thought she was going to be OK with her heart issues, she was strong and determined... but now within a matter of a few months, it's gotten from bad to worse, and now there's nothing left to do. I had to say goodbye, and it breaks my heart. So with a heavy heart I have to accept that there will be no more laughter and girl time at the gallery where we used to meet, share stories and giggle like school girls. Andrea, Pat and Me were "The Girls," the "3 Amigas" are just a memory now. God Bless you Andrea, I pray your transition will be smooth, painless, peaceful and joyful in it's own way. You will be dearly missed.
THURSDAY june 21, 2018
This must be my year, as my work seems to be in demand, well no one is demanding :) but requests are happening to extend my exhibitions, being asked to bring additional work and being accepted at multiple juried exhibitions at the same time. I LOVE IT! This keeps me on my toes and gets those Creative Juices flowing.
There are moments that pass and I have to wonder if my passion is just feeding my desire to create and not catching the eyes of anyone else. Of course it's great and yes, I need to sell my work to help pay for my supplies, but also, it's heartwarming when someone wants my work to hang in their home, office, exhibition space or to be given as a gift to someone special. It's a compliment and very satisfying that I'm doing what I was meant to do, with my life. As an Artist, you are subject to public scrutiny, and the public is not always kind. That pain goes away once you find that your work is desirable. You need to develope a tough skin when you expose your work to the world, but it's worth it! I love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else, but that day may come...
A fellow artist and friend, has been out of commission for 2 months now. Her very life at risk from a sudden heart attack and then developing pneumonia on top of that. Trying to support her and keep her spirit up, I visited her several times in the hospital and now at the rehabilatation center. Bringing her books and laughter, reading to her, bringing her art supplies to keep her mind off her situation in the hopes that too will speed up her recovery. Keeping an artist away from the opportunity to create is torture, and can set you on the road to depression. Somehow she needs to find a way to "Dance in the Rain" and I'll do what I can to help, but in the end, we all need to lift ourselves up and dust ourselves off and "Keep Dancing" any way we can. Art comforts, Art Lifts us Up, Art keeps us Smiling, Art is a Gift from Heaven because it does Lift My Spirit ~ God Bless you Andrea, prayers of healing and strength coming your way ~
Wednesday june 6, 2018
A day spent wrapping carefully, and taping together face to face, my prime and latest Encaustic Hot Wax paintings to be taken to the Firehouse Art Center, for Julie to review and make selections. Last night I finished framing the pieces, and signing the backs. 11 out of 15 pieces were selected and set up along the wall, with a little shuffeling to see what they might look like, I left once Julie felt satisfied. She now had a big job of hanging the work, along with a little help. The even bigger job will be the Gallery which held the bulk of the New Artwork. Next week will be nerve wracking as the Opeing Reception will hold lots of people some for the first time at the Firehouse. I'll be able to share my process and hopefully sell a few pieces too! It'll be great because I can sit back and watch how the viewing public take in my work. One of my favorite things to do after my work has been hung. It tells an artist if you are heading in the right direction, and shows true reactions of your viewing audience. It's very rewarding when you get positive feedback, but also very telling when your work is overlooked too quickly. Of course art is subjective, but an overall feel will surely be had, when an artist takes the plunge and puts their work out for all to see. We paint for ourselves FIRST and then our viewing audience, but we do want to be accepted as "Artists," because that is where our Passion lives.
SUNDAY May 27, 2018
A great day at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. It turned out to be hotter than anticipated and I didn't bring the EZup as I didn't think I'd need it and there was little room left in my van after loading the screens and paintings. Fortunately the organizer had pitty on me and found me an umbrella to pop open in my booth! Not before a small Encaustic piece melted a bit in the sun on the table I set a few pieces on. A prospective customer stuck her finger on a black bird I had on a small canvas and pulled back a black finger, wet with wax! All was not lost as my booth was one of the busy ones :) I sold 6 Encaustic Paintings and a few smaller molded resin pieces and 2 resin chalkboard paddles. Lovely being able to sell my work to people who truly love their selections. This was my first event here at Wente, and I will be back next year with a couple of other Artist Friends, to share in the experience.
Friday May 18, 2018
A busy busy day, but a happy kind of busy. Early this afternoon, I dropped off some pieces of my Encaustic work to the Blackhawk Plaza in Danville for the "Primavera" exhibition. A two day show in the middle of the Rotunda in a beautiful mall where a stream runs through the middle. Fish and ducks frolick in the water that swishes around, pumped over rocks, recirculating. Bronze statues dot the Plaza and in the summer time Fridays Rock Out with local bands. This weekend on Saturday and Sunday, there will be wine tasting and awards given out during this Juried Exhibition.
Later in the afternoon I headed to the Pleasanton Fair Grounds to drop off a large Resin piece for "Artists Alley" where it will hang for the length of the Alameda Fair. This juried exhibition is fun and gathers artists from all over the bay area. Thousands of people will be able to view our work and have a chance to purchase our work, during a quick 4 weeks that they will be hanging.
Another Resin piece will be going to the Village Theatre Art Gallery, so I've prepared it to be hung, ready to be delivered in the next week for the "Mix It Up" juried exhibition. I am loving all the good vibes coming my way with these juried shows, because there are plenty that I get rejected from. Just like any artist who shows their work, you better build up a thick skin, because art is subjective and what is excellent to one judge, may not be good enough to another.
Enjoy the good times and have patience and confidence through the bad times. We all experience Success and Failure, otherwise we wouldn't be human. Never give up, Never surrender!
Wednesday February 14, 2018
Happy Valentines Day! Time to show your Love to those who's been in your life, in the ups and downs and even sidways ;) I'm off to enjoy the Harrington Gallery with a friend, then a great dinner downtown with my honey, at a favorite place I like to call my office at times, Albertos Cantina. While I know there are those who don't like today for a variety of reasons, I hope you take the time today, to make it extra special for those you love. CHEERS!
Wednesday January 3, 2018
Happy New Years! 2017 was a year of Discovery so 2018 will be a year of Perfecting all that I learned this past year. I'm really looking forward to fine tuning my techniques in Resin and Encaustic Painting, as well as developing some very Unique pieces in Metal Works. Taking time to share Monterey and Napa with a neice from Ireland who is traveling the world... ah to be young again. I'm also going to take more time for myself, getting in shape and working on getting strengh back into my hands. Carpal Tunnel really is a game changer and I'm still working on embracing the challenges while still doing what I need to do, which is as much as possible, with family, friends and my passion for artful things. Oh yes, let me mention that January 1, 2018 has also brought to California, Marijuana being legal to ALL ~ CHEERS to Prop 64!
SATURDAY November 4, 2017
After being back for a couple of weeks, from our trip to Ireland, I'm getting back into the swing of things. My creative juices are flowing. It was great having 2 weeks in Ireland, visiting with family I hadn't seen in 14 years. We also spent a couple of days away in my favorite place KINSALE, a historic harbour town. New ideas cropping up, in line with the other many things I want to try next. 2018 will be the Next Chapter in my ArtFul Life. Groundbreaking developments in Encaustic and Resin art ~
THURSDAY AUGUST 31, 2017
The day was spent trying to create videos for YouTube. Social Media is really important if you're an artist wanting to get your work out there and learning more about your craft as well as seeing what other artists are doing. Artists Inspire each other and that's the other part of the day that has quickly turned into night. We had triple digits here, as far as weather is concerned, and will be that way for a few more days at least! Since I'm stuck inside I might as well turn the air up and check out what my peers are up to. Working with Resin these days and learning soooo much, I took a peek at some Encaustic works by Shawna Moore. Love her work or perhaps her process is what I really love, besides her studio... to die for! Other artists who's work I'm enjoying on YouTube is Annemarie a fluid artist painter and Rita Kiss a resin artist ~ Enjoy the moments gang, they pass too quickly.
Wednesday July 12, 2017
Just hung my work at the Village Theatre the other day with the exhibition theme "Pleasing to the Palette" where my "Shady Meatballer" is now on view. At the same time I hung my latest Encaustic and Resin works at the Blackhawk Gallery, both in Danville.
It's been a crazy month but things have finally settled down a bit so I can get creative again. I've developed a nice inventory of Encaustic pieces in a variety of sizes and themes. I've worked on some Canvas Panels , 12x36 and I love them. I think I'll be working in this size for a while. When hung together they can expand in any room to create a large series or hang one or two for a smaller wall. They are so versatile!
SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017
My thoughts for this year is to be more involved with my social media, and to focus on my fine art and jewely, as well as my home. That's a lot but if I do it in the order in which I've stated it here, I think it will work. So here I am with yesterday of Social Media behind me for the Blackhawk Gallery in Danville & ADAS / Alamo Danville Artists' Society for which I am a part as an Artist and Publicity Director. It's a juggling act, for sure, but one that is very satisfying at the moment. Now I'm trying to update my site, needing as I just found out, a new application to show my Instagram...Not sure where the old one went, but I guess it doesn't really matter. I just need to "Do It." So today I Just Do It ~
Friday December 9, 2016
Time is flying by and the year is coming to a close. A huge weight is hovering over us all, as 36 lives were lost in a Warehouse fire in Oakland that housed Artists and their followers & friends during an evening of what should have been a Fun and Creative time. While music played and people chatted, laughter was heard on a video posted by a friend or someone who was actually there and was lost during this horrific accident. It was about 10 in the evening when this art collective of creative souls gathered and was lost by an electrical fire, which may have started in the back of the building. Still under investigation, and still questions of how this all unfolded, but what is clear, this isn't the only warehouse gathering where creative people gather illegally, because there isn't anywhere that is affordable or given to those who are making their way in the world of Creativity in the Arts. Landlords who sit on Empty buildings and lots, would rather keep them empty and in disrepair instead of lending a hand in their communities to help those who need a helping hand to grow and make a difference in the world. It takes a Village to make positive important changes in the world, but if the Village turns a blind eye and greed leads the way, horrific things like lives lost, will continue to happen, when there doesn't seem to be any other way to get by. Squatting in abandoned buildings aren't new, but making the building owners responsible to make these buildings safe should be a law! The city should be making sure building owners do something to make these buildings safe or bring them to the ground, after all, they do collect taxes for these buildings, if they are up or not. The city has a responsibility as well as the building owners to make property safe or pay the price with jail time or heafty fines or lawsuits that pay the families for their loved ones who have perished because of the negligence by all involved. Someone collected money all the way down, from the man how rented out the space, to the owner of the building, to the city. 36 lives were lost needlessly. This is America... we need to show the way, to a better way to grow our people, safe, sound and thriving. It takes a Village ~ RIP Ghost Ship Artists
MONDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Only a few days after the shocking results of the President Elect, even though the majority / Popular vote went to Hilary Clinton, the electorial votes went Trump's way... Time to get rid of the Electorial Voting System. We watched not believing what we were seeing on election night, everyone was stunned and stumped. Crowds in the city were bringing it to the streets and rebelling, bringing traffic to a stop all over the states, for days. Marching and voicing their thoughts that most of Americans objected to such an outcome. Such a rediculous reality and so insulting, and an embarrassment that we the people would let that happen. Americans couldn't help but react. I felt sick to my stomach, stuck to the TV for days, until finally I decided like most people, that you didn't want it to impede on our ability to have joy in our lives again. We need to accept that fact that at least we have other offices in government that will hopefully keep Trump from pressing the "button," ending life as we know it. Things will change and I believe we will be taking a few steps back, but hopefully it will be a lesson to us all, and not cause too much turmoil that sends us back to the dark ages! Time to start taking notes on how the people of "The Walking Dead" and "Preppers" live. ~ Kidding Not Kidding!
Tues. October 25, 2016
This morning I had the honor of visiting (Bill) William Rushton's Art Studio. What a cool art studio! And what an amazingly humble, talented, accomplished, insightfull generous artist and man. The three hours we spent picking his brain and going through his creative process was priceless. Canvas after canvas, they all had a story, but unless you could chat with the artist, you wouldn't know. It's really a personal place, an artist's studio, so to open it up to mostly strangers, can be challenging and I don't think all artists would be willing. You have to be confident, and have gotten rid of the self concious clothes we all pile on, as artists, not sure of how you will be received. You have to have built up the scars to not care and to know, what you are doing is what you were made to do, and that's what counts most. I would almost give my right arm for his studio :) His studio has the energy and atmosphere of an Artist's dream. There is a sense of "Freedom" there. What I learned most from our visit with Bill, was that as an Artist, you have to "Unburden Yourself" to anything and everything that stands between you and the discovery of what you might be able to capture in the "Moment of Creating." Push yourself to possibly make a Mistake, because what you think may turn into a mistake, can actually be the Discovery of something very Magical! THANKS BILL!! MAHALO ~
WED. AUGUST 31, 2016
Enjoyed a day painting Plein Air with my buddy Loralee Chapleau who is a Landscape artist that works Plein Air on a regular basis. I'm not a landscape artist but I do like to push myself and develope by practicing. Getting out doors and feeling the air on my face and the sounds of nature is stimulating and a great experience when painting with friends. Get out there today and Enjoy the Moments they past way too quickly! This weekend Spetember 4,5,6th is the Sausality Art Festival a perfect time to mix and mingle with the Artists and their work, live music, food and drink!
FRI. AUGUST 26, 2016
Wow, time has flown by! I've been very busy creating and experimenting with Metal and finding out how to be creative with it in jewelry making. Trying to fit in days where I can focus on my Paintings. Reflecting on my life and what time I have left, what I want to do with it all at this point and realizing that I'm already into my "older age!" I sure don't feel that way and on all counts people don't feel I look it either. Time to Embrace the Limitations of Life* UGH! My latest paintings are a series on Dia de los Muertos DAY OF THE DEAD a Celebration of Loved Ones
that have Passed ~
Sun. December 27th 2015
Creativity knocked on my door and I've been enjoying hammering away at metal, transforming it into wearable art. It's amazing how good it feels when you can express yourself in such a way it reflects a little of yourself. I want to share my work with you, at the most reasonable prices I can, so I can continue on this journey. Check out my jewelry by clicking above, and if you feel like you'd like to have something made especially for you, just ask, I'd be happy to make that happen! E-mail me after looking things over: PoetryOnCanvas@Mac.Com
WED. August 5th 2015
Morning coffee on the Deck, chatter and Hawaiian music playing in the background, all gone. That big smile and appreciation with a surprise of something familiar like Lobster Chapino gone, trying to cook up an old recipe that mom used to cook and enjoy so much gone, talking about the past and her experiences first hand gone, trying to make each day better than the last gone, kisses on the back of my hand with expressions of love and appreciation gone. Now all that's left other than sweet memories, is mom's Memorial Service on Saturday. The gratitude that I had these last moments of my mother's life, one on one each day, fill my heart with joy as my eyes swell with tears. Painting Ideas flash throught my mind. Gone but not forgotten, Love you Mom, Aloha ~
Sun. june 28th 2015
OK here's a big one. I moved my mother in with me exactly 20 days ago because she is at that point in her life where it is no longer safe for her to live alone. She's always been independent and strong minded but there comes a time when the children need to step in. So I swooped in and filled my car with her clothes and her along with them. It's a journey as anyone can tell you that's been on it, as it's tough on both the parent and the kids and their families that become the caretakers. Just to give you an idea what I'm dealing with. My mom is a: smoker - beer drinker - recently blind - dementia (possibly the beginning of Alzh.) - stubborn little lady. Can talk like a saylor when provoked or not, and can be sneaky. But along with all that, very appreciative of the undertaking of being a caregiver to her. We all try to laugh together (God knows you need a healthy heaping of humor to add to this mixture) with the situations that pop up, but empathy is the trick. You must have Empathy and Humor to get through this. One without the other is like quicksand and it will swallow you up. These thoughts would make a good painting... hmmmm ~
Wed. May 20th 2015
Have you run into or experienced Carpal Tunnel? As an Artist in my late 50s, an active person all my life in work and play, I'm having that experience now. Working at Michaels injured my hands, with a steady flow of popping open boxes of art supplies at a fast rate and lifting heavy boxes up high on shelves. Annoying to say the least. Had the Release Surgery for it last week and here I am wrapped up (only one hand) and at the computer. It's hard to keep an active creative person down. It may be too early to say but, I don't think the surgery has done a thing for me. The tips of my fingers are still numb... Nothing major, others have it worse, so I won't complain. It won't stop me from doing what I do, and don't let it stop you either. I was told to leave it wrapped for the two week period until I get the stiches out but... yeah I took a look to be sure I was healing properly since the doctor had no interest. Grateful I don't paint with that hand ~ Right hand next year...