This weekend while visiting family in Berkeley, California – I took a side trip across the bay to sunny Marin County. There, I saw an intimate show of works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn. Hosted by the College of Marin and organized by the Diebenkorn Trust, the exhibit consisted of small collages, drawings and gouaches never before shown. Growing up in the Bay Area with an art-loving mother, I was exposed to Diebenkorn’s work at a young age. I loved his bright colors, and later as a beginning painter, I was influenced by his compositions – especially his Ocean Park series. His work still speaks to me today – he is an artist I will revisit again and again.
“There is nothing I cannot paint over” – Richard Diebenkorn
Finally finished! This painting took me 7 months to get right. It went through several distinct phases – 1.Something new 2.Trying to make it work 3. The Ah Ha moment. Oh, and in between phase 2 and phase 3, I hid it behind a stack of old paintings so I wouldn’t have to look at it everyday and wrestle with ideas about how to resolve it. I like the end result, but I am intrigued by it’s first life….hmmm maybe time to try something new again.
Shh, don’t tell anyone…but I’m just a little obsessed with instagram. Let me tell you why – on my morning walks I stop and look. While making my morning commute, I slow down and see. A bright flower in someone’s garden or the edge of a building catches my eye. I quit thinking about my list of things to do and start noticing the world around me in that moment. I start thinking about color and composition and I get out of my head. Best of all, I get to share what I notice with others and catch a glimpse into someone else’s world. And maybe someday details from my instagram pictures will end up in my paintings.
Head down south this month and see my painting Wire in the 11th Annual All Around Oregon exhibit at the Corvallis Arts Center. I’m very happy to be included in this show which was curated by Bonnie Lang-Malcolmson, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer curator of NW Art at the Portland Art Museum. The opening is this Friday from 5:30-7:30 and the show will run through November 9th. This summer Wire was also included in 50 Squared an exhibit at the Lake Oswego Arts Festival and I won a Blue Ribbon!