The Sweet Spot

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Day 8 in the #30paintingsin30days challenge. This is an acrylic painting on wood panel (12×12). I play clarinet and just adore all aspects of it (with the exception of the sound of an A note). It’s elegant looking (black and silver), perfectly sized and has a versatile sound (Jazz to orchestra). While I admit, it is not a “cool” instrument – doubt we’ll get a charismatic politician to play it on a late night show nor will we get a Clarence Clemons like figure to play clarinet in the rock world. I could still dream! I also kinda like it not being cool.

I titled this the “Sweet Spot” because it is focused on the lower joint. This is where you’ll find the keys for the lower register, the sweet spot of the clarinet’s sound.

5 of 30

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Day 5 of #30paintingsin30days – Still playing with pour paint medium – using copper, brass and green hues. If you are interested in seeing the blog that is inspiring the 30 in 30 project, you can find it here – There’s a plethora of amazing artwork being posted there.

 

Cuprum

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Day 4 of #30paintingsin30days – Another experiment in the use of the pour paint medium. This time, I used my gloved hand to mix things around. I like having more interaction with my painting surface.

The title of this piece is “Cuprum”  – It is the Latin from which copper gets its elemental symbol “Cu”

 

3/30

file_000-21Day 3 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge. I had some fun working with the poured paint medium and again played with the Mets colors. My aim was to go wild and let go!

 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!

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I want to take the time to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I do hope that 2017 will be fulfilling. Take risks, learn from mistakes, be kind, stay present, breathe, laugh more, question authority (much needed this year), get out of my comfort zone, turn off electronic devices, accept myself, and allow more space for getting organized. These are my intentions for the coming year.

This January, I am planning on participating in the 30 in 30 project. (30 paintings in 30 days). I hope that it will kick off my art into the new year (and I will be using my above mentioned intentions often!)

This piece is part of my experimenting with poured paint medium. I opted to use colors inspired by the New York Mets – my favorite baseball team. Hoping this year will be a good one for them too!

Clarinet as art

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This is a work in progress/study.  I am working from a wonderful photo I found (check it out here).  I have to say, I much prefer working with brushes versus the poured paint. Back to my comfort zone!

I love the lower register of the clarinet. This is where the best sounds are found. I’m still deciding if the orientation is going to bother me. When you play, the keys that look like fingernails, are at the bottom. When I turn the canvas around, it just doesn’t look correct.

 

My morning in the studio

I took the day off from work today and spent the morning at the studio. I am happy that the heater is working (somewhat); the last few times I went in, it was pretty cold and hard to do art. I love having a space so close to Casse-Croute Bakery. The warm croissant and coffee was the perfect answer to the cold temp.

Lately, I have been experimenting with the poured paint medium. I am not quite sure if I am liking this process or not. There’s a good deal of giving up control and the mess is a bit more then I am comfortable with (and I like to be messy).

For this experiment, I placed the pouring medium directly on the wood block that I first painted and then added my paint into the medium. I tried to not move the board – I just wanted to see what gravity did to the paint colors. I am not sure what it will look like when it dries (another downside to this process, IMHO). I like more instant gratification!

Open Studio – tonight!

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Please join me and my talented studio mates for our Open Studio Holiday art sale! I have my original paintings, prints, cards, magnets and pins for sale. Lots of unique and affordable gifts.

December 8th 6pm – 8pm.

62 S L St
Livermore, CA 94550

 

In addition, we will have a donation collection to aid the victims of the recent Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. We are devastated to know about the tragic fire and want to do our part to support the artist community.