Drought, Fish and rain in August

Drought, Fish and rain in August

It rained today. In northern California. That’s crazy. We are in what climatologists call “an exceptional drought” here in California and the rain scared me. I take this business of climate change very personally. I resent the fact that super hot sunny days make me nervous, and rain in August in northern California means something has definitely CHANGED in our CLIMATE. That said, here are some pretty fish. I did 50 paintings in 50 days along with 68 other artists. All will be shown at the Sanchez gallery in Pacifica California on the lovely Pacific Coast opening August 22nd...
Fishy fishy

Fishy fishy

My dad’s side of the family loved to fish. My aunt and uncle spent a few weeks on the Grand Ronde River in Oregon each fall fishing for Steelhead. My Nanny, as we called my dad’s mom, used to call to the fish, “Fishy fishy”. Mostly rainbow trout, trolling from a boat in lakes around north...
50/50 at the Sanchez gallery

50/50 at the Sanchez gallery

I’ve known about the 50/50 show for a few years. Didn’t enter in the past because it’s always in summer and I didn’t know what my boy would be doing. I still don’t. This is a juried show at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. Once chosen you pick up 50 6″ x 6″ masonite panels. I have from June 6th until July 28th to complete 50 paintings. As soon as I got them home I gessoed the boards and have been throwing paint around. Son is 11. Asleep on the couch recovering from an epic sleepover. The idea being that they would form one large image, like fabric or tiling over the entire surface of the boards. I’d done one image like this, and then saw the Hockney exhibit at the DeYoung in San Francisco. Although the idea of doing a painting a day for this exhibit is maybe more fun from a viewer’s point of view, can’t get my brain around doing it that...
Táin Bó Cúailnge: and a new commission Yogi golden retriever

Táin Bó Cúailnge: and a new commission Yogi golden retriever

Did I say this painting was commissioned by a friend? She saw my farm animal paintings in ‘The Artful Eye’ gallery in Cloverdale. Painted today on this one. I think it may be nearly finished. Fun to add in washes of Alizarin and Cerulean. Still need work on the eyes. I look for anywhere I can put in a line of intense saturated color to turn the form or make rich a shadow. Massed this in this morning. Big lean washes. This is where I don’t worry about accuracy, I just put in big shapes. Stopping for the day. School is almost out. Still just big shapes applied with a big...
Escape to Egypt

Escape to Egypt

“Escape to Egypt” $1175 24 inches by 24 inches Acrylic on cradled panel This painting was commissioned as part of a campaign to encourage people to eat one vegetarian meal per week. Art director Laurie Gibbs at Ranch 7 Creative...

Táin Bó Cúailnge : an unfinished painting

I have always been interested in Jungian psychology and look for a story in a work. I recently became interested in the ancient irish myth of Queen Medb. Queen Medb went to war to take a bull. She realized her wealth was equal to her husband’s, almost. She was one bull shy. This bull of Ailill’s was extremely fertile. She heard of another bull equal to his and set out to capture it. This painting of mine is of  a White Park, an ancient Celtic breed.  More later.  ...
Scrub Jay is done, I think

Scrub Jay is done, I think

As I’ve said before, I like to sit with a painting overnight and see if there is anything else. There was one posing for me in my yard this morning. Planting another oak tree I suppose. I just noticed one starting at the base of our deck. The jays bury acorns and forget them. Thinking I might do a series of the birds I see around here.  Small works. I’m enjoying working with a small brush on these 6 inch by 6 inch...