"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shirley Pettibone

I think of Shirley Pettibone often and miss her very much since her passing last year in February. Her paintings are amazing and I am fortunate to own three of her watercolors. I took semi-private watercolor classes with Shirley in her studio for several years and was influenced by her more than any other artist. Through the years she was always supportive of my art and remained a dear friend.

"Black Swans Floating", 30"x40" Oil

"Floating Flowers 5", 16"x24" Watercolor

"Found Garden 3", 20"x20" Monotype

Shirley Pettibone is represented by George Stern Fine Arts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Camera Lucida

I received an email message today from Watercolor Artist with the info and sales of the Lucid-Art™ Camera Lucida. "The LUCID-Art is a modern version of the classic camera lucida drawing tool that has been used by artists for centuries. Great Masters from Michelangelo Caravaggio and Jan Vermeer to Jean Ingres were said to have used camera lucidas and similar devices to help create some of their masterpieces". Wikipedia explains its description and history.

What I discovered on the website for the Lucid-Art™ Camera Lucida is a video interview (here's the YouTube version) by David Hockney who wrote the book, "Secret Knowledge, Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters". It sounds fascinating!

"Secret Knowledge" by David Hockney

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yea, an award!

I was notified from a board member of The Transparent Watercolor Society of America that I received the Founder's Award for "Foil Grid Fold" currently showing at their 36th Annual National Exhibition at the Kenosha Pacific Museum in Wisconsin. Yea!

"Foil Grid Fold"     watercolor      20"x28"

Friday, May 11, 2012

Art on Millionaire's Row

Altadena Library's "Art on Millionaire's Row" is a fun art and craft festival held at the beautiful Altadena Library. This year is the 3rd Annual Art Salon Exhibit which will be my third year of participating in. The Artist's Reception is Friday evening, June 8th, 2012 from 6 to 9pm. The Festival and Salon is the next day on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 10AM to 6PM. Come join us for a fun time of art, music and food!

"Pond Patterns", watercolor 20"x28"

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New painting

Today I finished working on my current watercolor, "Edible Flowers", a diptych which is 15"x23". It's my first painting of artichokes and it was really fun to do! I'm now ready to start my next painting!

"Edible Flowers", watercolor 15"x23"

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sneak Peek

I've been working on a painting that I should finish by the end of the week. I thought I would share a sneak peek of it. When it's completed, I'll post it.

Detail of "Edible Flowers", 13"x21" diptych