Lots of new work!
Plenty of old favorites. Lovebirds, figure paintings.
Lots going on this summer
Oak, Reservoirs. Mt Diablo.
oil on canvas, 24” x 30” 2018
Marin Open Studios: May 4–5 & 11–12 at Marin Society of Artists 1515 Third Street San Rafael. I’ll be there 11AM to 6PM.
East Bay Open Studios: June 8–9 & 15–16 at my studio: 1568 San Lorenzo Ave Berkeley CA Also there 11 AM to 6 PM.
Wild Here, my Albany Community Center solo show opens Sunday, July 14, 4–6PM It will be up through October 6.
Summer classes at Richmond Art Center (scroll down for info).
Private class Small group pleinaire landscape instruction. (scroll down for info)
Lots of new work!
Plenty of old favorites. Lovebirds, figure paintings.
I’ll be showing a selection of work during Marin Open Studios at The Marin Society of Artists.
May 4–5 and 11–12, from 11 to 6.
Recently moved from the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, this venerable institution is conveniently located at 1515 Third Street in San Rafael. Wheel Chair accessible, with parking!
Come see Marin-based landscapes (see above) and my fun tiny lovebird portraits, and a few figure pieces
Info about the entire event and other participants
Richmond Art Center classes
I'm scheduled to teach three classes this summer.
Wednesdays 6:30–9:30 PM.
June 19–August 21
A wonderful diverse group, many repeaters, working at their own speed.
Ten classes $305
Painting Figure in Environment
Wednesdays 2:00–5:00 PM
June 19–August 21
This is so rewarding, a stretch for the figure ability and painting ability.with models every session. Ten classes $345
Evening Figure: Drawing to Painting
Monday evenings, 6–9 PM
June 17–August 19
Fast and slow drawing, working from the inside structures and outside reference points, training eye and intuition: We'll approach our understanding of our fellow human bodies using charcoal, cut paper, chalk, and paint. The best way to gain skill is to practice! Class is for beginners or experienced artists, following exercises or working more independently. Class sessions will begin with 30 minutes of warmup drawings, followed by 20 and 40 minute poses, working up to longer poses in subsequent sessions. Ages 18 & up welcome. Model fee included.
Update: Class starting Friday, March 29
Some of the best painting days I've had have been in winter. Rain brings green hills and wildflowers. On a sunny day in a sheltered spot, the shadows are amazing. Of course, rain postpones class till the next week, but there are many sunny days in January, February and March.
The class is for people who have painted, would like to try landscape, but feel they need help getting started, for people who would like to try a different approach to the one they have been using, or people who feel they know how to start but want help (or just input) getting past the start.
I can offer tips on getting started with composition, color, and flow. It's all about the process. And how you can make it fit your abilities and inclinations.
We visit places nearby, where there is a bit of wildness. As a rather lazy person, I tend to avoid long walks with heavy equipment. (The struggle to set up can get in the way of the art).
If you think you might be interested in joining me, the class will generally meet on site Friday mornings at 9:30 or 10, till around 1. There will be 8 classes. First class meets at my studio and proceeds to to a site close at hand. (Aquatic Park? the North Branch of the library?)
There will be a demonstration, tips on getting started, help along the way, and show-and-tell. We'll go twice to a spot unless it's impossible because of wind or other issues. Communication individually by email so you get the right equipment and materials from the get-go. If enough people want to try locations farther away, we could make a trip to Mt Diablo or China Camp, both State Parks.
The 8 week series will be $250. There will be 2 or 3 makeup days for those who have to miss dates..
Send a message through contact menu if you are interested.
I'm scheduled to teach several classes this fall through the Richmond Art Center.
Beginning Painting, Wednesday Sept 12– Nov 14 6:30–9:30 PM.
Painting Figure in Environment Monday Sept 10–Nov 19 9:30 AM–12:30 PM: $330
this is o so rewarding, a stretch for the figure ability and painting ability, with models every session.
The Figure: Starting Out Thursday Sept 20–Oct 25 6:30–9:30 PM
all about fast workarounds for accurate representation of human figures. A short class, challenging exercises, model every time.
Inky and Orna, collage with gouache, 2017.
One of many figure pieces to see during four days of Open Studio. Saturday and Sunday, June 2–3 and 9–10. Garden gate opens at 11, closes around 6. Come share the fun, and hang out in the sunny-shady garden. I’ll have noshes and music.
1568 San Lorenzo Avenue (between Nielson and Peralta)
Berkeley, near the Albany border at Washington Avenue.
Juror Emma Acker, American Art curator at the De Young chose the works on view at Bay Area Life 2018, at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek.
She chose my piece as her favorite, but there were lots of great pieces.
Mona Chiang came to the studio to talk about the paintings in Road Trip, at Shoh Arts Gallery.
The show went great, but it's down now. Here I'm talking about some of the pieces.
March 6 through 31
923 Twentieth Street
Sacramento CA 95811
Because all beings collaborate in our present moment, all parts contribute. Twenty four or so gouache paintings, some with collage, from weekly drawing sessions with model and friends.
A congenial group meets Tuesday mornings to paint and draw from a live model. Location is Adelines Lab, 3140 MLK in Berkeley, near the south end of the Ashby BART station. Posing starts at 10 ends at 1; best get there a bit early to set up. Always drop-in, $20. We have water, chairs, tables. Coffee shop nearby.
Please email your name and a little about yourself to: firstname.lastname@example.org We will place you on the mailing list. This will get you weekly model info and schedule updates.
Water landscapes, from 9 artists, selected by Arts Benicia's Mary Shaw and Celeste Smeland adorn the walls of the Benicia City Council chambers. Benicia City Hall
250 East L Street
Saturday & Sunday
June 10 & 11
Lots to see: The garden, recent small & mid-sized l landscapes, fun figure gouaches and tiny bird paintings. I'd love to visit and get your feedback!
The class is for people who have painted, would like to try landscape, but feel they need help getting started,
or people who would like to try a different approach to the one they have been using, or people who feel they know how to start but want help (or just input) getting past the start.
I've been painting outdoors since 1978, in oils and watercolor. Mostly my work is driven by a feeling for the space and liveliness of a scene. I can offer tips on getting started with composition, color, and flow. It's all about the process.
I plan to take people to places nearby, where there is a bit of wildness, but also a bit of city. As a rather lazy person, I tend to avoid long walks with heavy equipment. (The struggle to set up can get in the way of the art).
If you think you might be interested in joining me, the class will generally meet on site Friday mornings at 9:30 or 10, and going till around 1. There will be 8 classes, starting the 4th week in June, the 23rd . First class meets at my studio and proceeds to to a site close at hand. (the Albany Bulb? the North Branch of the library?)
There will be a demonstration, tips on getting started, help along the way, and show-and-tell. We'll go twice to a spot unless it's impossible because of wind or other issues. We can communicate individually by email so you get the right equipment and materials from the get-go. If enough people want to try locations farther away, we could make a trip to Mt Diablo or China Camp, both State Parks.
The 8 week series will be $190. Want to give it a try? It could be fun.
I would love to hear from you if you are interested.
You can enjoy a great burger or fried oyster Po’ Boy while checking out 11 of my figure gouaches displayed around the room at Meal Ticket restaurant in Berkeley.
It’s a breakfast and lunch place, casual but tasty. If you decide you love one or two of them, they are available, all at the same price of $400. Contact me via email using the link on the “about” page.
1235 San Pablo Ave
(between Gilman St & Harrison St)
Berkeley, CA 94706
Celebrating a half-century of the Wilderness Act, a group offellow landscape artists are showing scenes from protected American wilderness. I chose a favorite spot close to home. Just off the Limantour Road, the Muddy Hollow trailhead gives access to the coastal marshes, lagoons and Limantour beach. Or you can walk north toward Home Bay. I love the first open area after you wander through the alders and cross the creek. The trail is to your right; willows in the distance to the left block the view of the ocean.
Show is up September 4–October 11 2016.
Great work by the other artists!
734 Marin Street
Our Monday East Bay Landscape Painters are putting together an exhibit of work painted in Berkeley. Several of my pieces will be showing. It should be lots of fun, with all sorts of locales and styles represented. The show starts September 13, with a reception Friday, September 20. See you there!
Here is a little 18″ square painting that will be there:
Trail Crossing, Urban Ore
Recently I complained to a group of friends that something was missing in my artistic life: A permanent studio for live figure drawing, where the fun creative setups could remain and evolve, artists could get together to explore changing themes, and different approaches to working from the model could be explored.
Wei piped up that she had half a warehouse space that wasn’t being used; would I like to try something there. When I found out it was near I-80 on Gilman, had natural light and its own parking lot, I got really excited!
That’s how we started. Wei and I want it to be the place where local artists can meet, learn, and evolve their ideas.
725 Gilman Street Suite E : Behind A & G Pottery
Berkeley, California 94710
My friend Mary Armentrout and her dad, Steve Armentrout have a personal gallery open Sunday afternoons, 2–5 PM. It’s at Steve’s house on Blake Street in Berkeley.
That’s 1518 Blake Street at Sacramento Street, Berkeley. They’ll have my landscapes up through August 24. We’ll have a little closing party that afternoon, if you’d like to visit.
Here’s one of the paintings:
Only Anytime, oil on canvas, 2013
The Berkeley Civic Arts Committee chose 31 artists to exhibit at City Hall in the coming year. I was honored to be among them with two paintings. There will be a reception sometime this fall at 2180 Milvia, Berkeley.
Two of my gouaches were included in Clatsop Community College’s sixth annual Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. Portland Art Museum Curator
Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson chose Sig and Friends for the Third Place award.