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Balboa Island Art Walk, Sunday, May 17th, 9am-5pm. I will be at my same location, 9 years (!), at Onyx Ave. I love this one-day show. Balboa Island, CA. Visit

Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach, CA. I'm thrilled to be a part of this great annual art event for the 2nd year! Opens June 26 - though August 30th.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Double Delight and Mandarins

"Double Delight with Mandarins," oil on linen, 6"x12" SOLD

This is a painting I mentioned in a previous blog.  I had brushed the painting with retouch varnish not realizing that the rose was not yet dry.  I ended up having a bleeding white rose and a white film across the painting.  A sad sight!  I had to put it aside a few weeks.  It's now finished it, with the exception of a coat of varnish!  That will have to wait.....a while. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA, is a premier fine art show held during July and August each year.  There are many wonderful and varied artisans who are juried into this world-renowned art exhibition.  Though I attended the opening night reception last month, it was far too crowded to view the art up close and personal. With only one week left, I went to see the show again and to visit a couple of my artist friends who are exhibiting this year.
Sue Jarecky, with her inspiring colorful paintings.  She is an oil painter who loves to paint "all things western."

Paintings by Wendy With.  Her scenic and beautiful acrylic landscapes have amazing transparent layers of color.

Artists Larry Bates, Wendy With and Sue Jarecky at the Festival of Arts, Laguna.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"French Linen with Oranges" oil on linen, 6"x12"

I bought this classic blue and white linen tea towel a few months ago while in Paris.  I've been thinking about using it in a still life ever since.  The small boutique, Les Bugadieres, was lovely.  Many of the items are hand-sewn by the lady who owns it. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Figs with Dragon" oil on canvas, 8"x16" - update sold

"Kutani and Mandarins" oil on linen, 8"x16" - update sold

Here are two new paintings I finished over the past week.  I had a third one to post, but really messed it up when I tried to varnish it this morning!  It's a small painting of mandarins with a Double Delight rose.  The white paint on the rose had not dried completely.....well, you get the picture.  I have not done that in awhile!  Fortunately, I was able to clean up some of the white mess by gently lifting it off with mineral spirits.  Much of the rose had been painted over a week ago - thank goodness it was dry.  I'll put the painting aside for a few weeks before I repaint the lightest areas of the rose.  Being impatient never pays off....especially when you are an artist. 

The tea cup in "Kutani and Mandarins" is part of a collection I inherited from my Grandmother.  Though it's a familiar cup from my childhood, I knew nothing about the maker and origins until I decided to paint it.  I did a little research.  (Isn't the Internet great for things like this?)  Kutani porcelain dates back to about 1655.  When high-quality china clay was discovered in the Kutani Village (now in Ishikawa Prefecture Japan) a kiln was established to make porcelain with bold colorful designs.  Characterized by motifs of birds, flowers, landscape and geometrical patterns, the kiln suddenly closed about a half a century later.  In the early 19th century, the local ruling clan, which was enjoying power and influence, revived china making in Kutani.  The pottery is celebrated today with many working kilns in the area.  (The teacup and saucer I have is from the Kosen Kiln.)  It appears to be a very popular place for tourists and they even have a Kutani Pottery Festival each year.  How'bout that!