Open Studios – June 27th and 28th

I know that this is months away, but I am happy to announce that I will be participating in the East Bay Open Studios (EBOS) in June. This year, I decided to show my work at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. It is a beautiful, inspiration-filled setting and a perfect downtown Pleasanton location. I know that it will be a wonderful stop on your open studio tour!

artwork in progress

For me, this is how it typically starts when doing a still life. I like to make sure that the background color feels right. This is a classic case of using the complimentary color (red and green). It is also the time when I step back and make sure that I like the positioning/composition of the objects. I will add more details as I go!

a fun day of art and music in Livermore!

I got over to the studio this morning and did some more detail work on this painting. It is not finished, but I am happy with the progress so far. Gum balls are tricky! They have very subtle color changes to help them look more like a sphere shape. I’ll keep working on them!

We saw the “Living Large” exhibit at the Bankhead in Livermore, CA. It was a nice show and it was fun to run into some wonderful (and talented) artists. It’s always fun to hear the jazz offerings of Matt Finders and friends. I can listen to them all day!

The Living Large show runs through March 2nd – if you are in the area, check it out! It inspired me to work bigger!

Work in progress

I am happy with my progress on this painting. I haven’t worked on a larger sized canvas for a while now.

Looking forward to spending some time in the studio this weekend – and it is a 3-day weekend for us! Bonus day!

Converse Sneakers – Paintings

I am totally having fun making these small canvases! Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers are my go-to shoe! I think all of my pairs have some paint on them. I consider that a badge of honor! I will be bringing them over to the Livermore Art Association Gallery or they are available on my Etsy Site

These are colorful – I chose bright cheery colors to capture the happiness that these shoes brings! This will perk up any room!

Do you have a favorite color or memory connected to your Chuck Taylor sneakers??

Another Art Festival

Art Under the Oaks – July 20th

I will be one of the artists at Art Under the Oaks. This one is hosted by Alden Lane which is a beautiful nursery in Livermore. This is my favorite place to get gardening supplies. I will be there on Saturday only of this 2 day weekend event. check out the details here

I will have lots of original art on canvas, paper and wood as well as prints, coasters and necklaces. There will be food and wine too! Stop by and say hi!

East Bay Open Studios

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!!

Art in the Vineyard

Sunday May 26 – 11am – 5pm – Wente Vineyards Estate WInery

There will be a group of talented artists welcoming you to enjoy a day of art, art demonstrations, live music and wine tasting. How perfect of a combo is that?