Have you ever attended an open artist’s studio event? During set times, groups of artists open their work space so that the public can came in, ask questions, buy art, and see where and how the artwork is done. The 680 Corridor (Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore) will have our own weekend set aside – June 22 and 23. For a detail listing including maps check out EBOS
About 20 artists will be opening their studios in this area. We have many artists calling the Tri-Valley their home. Surrounded by mountains and wineries, this area is a perfect source of inspiration. I know that the many colors I see on my way to work and the grocery store, find their way into my artwork.
I will be at the Bothwell – 2466 8th St, Livermore, CA 94550 11 am-6 pm both days. We will have a special jazz performance on Sunday at 11am – hope to see you there!!
I am planning on posting some inspiration and ideas to help me (and possibly others) on my creative journey. I envision this as a quick list of ideas that I have tried or plan to do that is supporting any part of getting into a creative space. There are many ideas swimming in my head; some get jotted down in a notebook, some I apply and get to do and some get lost in the wind. Perhaps this space will help me stay focused, celebrate the successes and acknowledge the realities. I also hope that this helps remind that I am doing many things – both conscious and intentional and those less clear cut.
I am hoping to be kind to myself – I know that perfectionism, distractions, second guessing and life events will seep in. I am almost hesitant to do this declaring my creative journey in the first place – I just got a promotion at work and will be starting a new mental health program at my agency. I fear that this stress will pull me away from my artwork. It is not the “perfect” time to add this to my plate, yet at the same time, is the right time. I know me well enough to know that having a creative space is so critical for my well being.
Have a small stash of art supplies ready to go. Get a bin and load it up with supplies that you can easily access. I have gouache, palette, brushes, pens, pencils, charcoal, watercolors and paper in there. I hope to be better at putting things away!
wake up early. This is easy for me – I am a morning person, like crazy early – a 3 or 4 am wake up is not that uncommon for me. I like working on some art while it is quiet. For me, this is when I am the most productive.
What are your art supply must haves? When do you prefer to work?
Some examples of paintings that will be at the ArtWalk festival in Livermore – October 13
Prints will be available soon!
These paintings were inspired by a visit this summer to the Buffalo Botanical Garden. We were lucky to be there at the time when “Morty,” the corpse plant, was in bloom. He wasn’t that stinky when we visited.
I have not been posting here on my blog much. I have been busy and have been active on instagram. (Feel free to follow me there) I am still trying to figure out which venue is best suited to me. Here’s a few paintings that I have worked on lately:
As I see these all together, the common thread is how much I enjoy the various subjects. From that quirky Centennial Bulb to my nail polish addiction, it brings me joy to work on these paintings.
I will be making some prints from these paintings. Do you have a favorite painting from these? Let me know which one in the comment here or on Facebook.