fresh coat of paint

I painted my studio and I am so pleased! The walls were a dull brown and without much natural light, it made the space feel confined. What a difference a fresh coat of crispy white paint makes! Now how to figure out how to get some better lighting in there! I have to deal with florescent lights 😦 – if you have any suggestions on how to improve this, I am open! Right now, I have studio lamps. They take up space so I am looking to mount something from above.

If you are in the area – we will have an Open Studio at the Bothwell in Livermore – Sat Feb 29th 11am – 3pm – we are near some amazing wineries so this could be a fun stop before or after some wine tasting!

Hayward Mural Project artist @ PAL-LAA meeting

artist – Jean Bidwell

Please join us on Monday Feb 10 at 7:30 pm at the Bothwell Art Center. Artist Jean Bidwell will discuss her mural work – 2466 8th street in Livermore – Free event!

A native Californian, raised on rural farms and ranches throughout the Central Valley, Jean, early in her youth became intimately aware and fascinated with “creation.” It’s no surprise that the intricacies of the natural world have captivated her. As a graphic designer, she has contributed to a myriad of projects. Jean’s work graces private residences, books, and numerous corporate environments, such as Home Depot, AB&I Foundry and The Clorox Company. 

It was the convergence of her two career paths as an educator and an artist, that ultimately lead her to participating in the Hayward Mural Program. Jean has been gratefully active with the Program since 2009 and has painted more than 35,000 sq. ft. of the City’s utility boxes and sound walls.  

“I find my purpose in this Life as something of a Visual Scribe: a keeper of place. Along the way, I have been honored with opportunities to exhibit my works in galleries, private homes, along roadsides, and upon buildings. What I love about working as a mural painter is it puts me directly in touch with the community. Not only do I receive words of deep appreciation shouted from passersby on their bikes, or from their cars, but I am often gifted by community members—once unknown to me—who willingly enter into wonderful conversations and share a part of their day/life with me. The process of sharing feeds me as an artist, but also creates friendships and inspires the artist in everyone.” 

“It is a very good feeling to know what my “place” is in this world and to continue to expand my horizons, refine my abilities as an artist and a person, and wake up and contribute to our community each and every day.”            Images: © Jean Bidwell

Words of wisdom

I am collecting quotes that are inspirational for life and artistic pursuits. I hope to add to it here! Let me know if any of these ring true for you!

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“Art is my life and my life is art” – Yoko Ono


It’s a wrap! I am done with this painting. I just need a title to name it. I find that coming up with a title is either super easy – its has been with me during the making of the painting or it is super hard. That’s when nothing seems to capture my fancy. Now, for a classic, identifiable object, I can just go with the obvious “Gumball Machine” – which I might do. Any other suggestions??

unique gifts and cards for valentine’s day

Mark you calendar – Feb 8th and 9th

The LAA Gallery is filled with love year-round but, we are adding even more love during the Valentine’s weekend sale! You’ll find over 20 local artists at the LAA Gallery. We have many one-of-a-kind cards, prints, pottery, decorative glass and scarves! A perfect gift shopping stop for your special Valentine.

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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!