The kid had picked a bowl of persimmons and was removing the skin in order to preserve them, by a process called hoshigaki. The fruit was this glowing, slightly faceted orange form, and I realized I had to paint it.
Sometimes I experiment with ways to make the idea of painting less precious, devising ways to have fun, and get ahead of the inner critic, or what have you. Last week, I upcycled a pile of cardboard boxes into painting panels, of different sizes, primed then with gesso, and set a stack near my easel. This painting is the first one I’ve used. Not sure it adds anything, but it was fun to try it. The cardboard panels would be great for value sketches, especially using charcoal.
Whether you’re a fan of contemporary printmaking or you’re print curious, check this show out. Nestled in the Piedmont neighborhood of Oakland, California, PCA is a beautiful venue. This year, the show features work from 90-ish members of California Society of Printmakers, the oldest such organization in the country. Although the oldest, CSP is a diverse and dynamic group of artists.
Exhibition dates are November 14 through December 5th 2020 January 31st, 2020. –> Due to Covid-19 and shelter in place orders, PCA may be required to close to the public. Check the current Alameda County guidelines before you make the trip, or contact exhibitions AT caprintmakers.org, for updated show information.
Two of my print pieces are included in this exhibit which focuses on the changing relationship of people to the land, in and around the Salinas Valley. Show dates are early March through mid-August.
A collaboration between Big Sur Land Trust and California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Salinas City Center, Arts and Culture, in partnership with CSUMB Urbarn Arts Collaborative. The exhibit will be free and open to the public, and is located in the National Steinbeck Center, in Salinas. The show is free and will run through early August. Free “First Friday” events will be held in March, April, May, June and August.
Convergences: expected and unexpected can enrich our lives with challenges and connections. At Carr Lake, CSUMB sees the convergence of three creeks; of urban, agricultural and wildland landscapes; of multiple communities and histories; and of an entire city. Big Sur Land Trust sees the park we are co-creating with the community on 73-acres at Carr Lake as the convergence of “people, place and opportunity.” Learn more by taking a Virtual Video Tour of our site at Carr Lake and reading ‘Convergence.’