Friday, November 30, 2012

CW1 and Reflections in Red

I am so happy and excited! CW1 and Reflections in Red were accepted into the Cannon Art Gallery's 2013 Juried Biennial! Jurors, Scott Canty and Chantel Paul. The opening reception is January 19, 5 - 8 PM, and the show runs through March 9. Both paintings are 12" x 12" x 2;" oil, oil bar, and cold wax on wood.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Forward (continued)

My goal for this group of abstract paintings was to work larger and looser than I normally do when working in mixed media. These three paintings show the progress from when I first started the series photographed in the "Forward" and "Having Fun" posts below.  I learned a lot in the process--to go with my instincts, to have fun with color, line and shapes, and to use a big brush.  
Red Rock

Ocher with Red and Blue

Ocean View

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Forward Series:

A diversion from the crazy 2012 campaign season! Two more days! (HOPE)

Abstract expressionism--I'm not sure about the end result, but the process is so much fun! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Having Fun...

Experimenting with acrylics and different techniques...


Friday, October 19, 2012

Molly and Me

Had fun with this painting. It started out with collage and transfers, including some of my granddaughter's drawings, and then I just connected it all with loose, bright acrylic paint and lines of charcoal.

Friday, August 24, 2012

June/July - Sunflowers and Nudes

The sunflowers were a quick painting in acrylic on 12" x 12" wood panel. 

The nude is from a  b & w photograph of a live model we had in my first life drawing class at Palomar College.  It looks better at this stage, with the underpainting showing through, than it does now; overworked it and lost the fresh, loose feel.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

C.W. in Blue gets an "Honorable Mention"!

Found out at the opening tonight!  Very surprised and happy! San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist; One Foot Show; June 8, 2012; Juror, Terri Hughes-Oelrich. 12 x 12", oil and cold wax on wood

Untitled, (Escondido), 2012

Abstract, mixed media; (a painting over a painting, 18 x 24"; entered into "Local Color." 

16 x 24, acrylic, collage, oil

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nesting Clowns

Just received a call that "Nesting Clowns," an  8" x 10" oil painting received "honorable mention" for the Small Scale - Toy Store exhibit.  I have not painted in oil for quite a while--very happy and encouraged!! Juror, Meryli-Wan Thrace-aka-Renee Richetts. Reception at the Escondido Municipal Gallery; June 9, 2012; 5:30 - 8 PM.

Monday, April 23, 2012

"What is the Matter With Mary Jane?"

Very happy!  "What is the Matter With Mary Jane" was juried into "Contemporary Realism;" Juror, Tara Smith, Deputy Director of Oceanside Museum of Art; Reception, May 12, Escondido Municipal Gallery; 5:30 to 8:00.

Assemblage--all found and recycled objects (see below for more details)

What is The Matter With Mary Jane?

I have had the little girl figurine for several years, a thrift store find. She had been sitting alone in this box for quite a while, waiting for a story to come together.  With the upcoming EAP exhibit, "Contemporary Realism," two weeks away, I decided it was a good time to try to create an assemblage with her as the main character.  Putting an assemblage together is similar to putting a puzzle together, just finding the right pieces to tell a story. All of the elements used were collected here and there over the years.  I love the way this piece came together.  I did not try to get the reds to match, they just did--an old child's block, the sand timer, and the curious wooden rings.  Serendipity at work again. 


Photo details of assemblage: all found and/or recycled items. My maternal great grandparents, the Rubels, are second from left in the photograph. The nursery rhyme is a transfer page from "Rice Pudding," out of A. A. Milne's book, When We Were Very Young.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jazz Song in Red, Black, and White

Mixed Media, 36" x 24"
artist's paste, acrylic medium, fiber, collage, oil stick, oil paint, and cold wax

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Painting, continued

Colors changed--I love it when the painting starts talking to me, usually at this stage of the work... (This is "Jazz Song," stage 2)

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Painting

This is the largest wood panel I've worked on.  The process when starting: gesso, paint dribbles, fiber; sanding; collage papers, charcoal &/or pastel rubbing; sanding; acrylic medium, paint...(This is Jazz Song," stage 1.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Villa Cabrini Revisited (II)

Very happy that Villa Cabrini Revisited (II) was accepted into the Jan./Feb. Regional Show at the San Diego Art Institute's Museum of the Living Artist; Juror, Danielle Susalla; Reception, 1/27/12, 6 PM

Monday, January 16, 2012


January 10

We didn't have to check out of our hotel until 1 PM so four of us had time to take a taxi to Hemingway's estate, Finca Vigia, "Overlook Farm," in the fishing village of Cojimar, where he lived from 1939 to 1950. 

 Hemingway's typewriter...

Depart Havana for Miami on Delta Charter Flight operated by Marazul.

Fantastic trip and memories, thank you Fallbrook School of Arts and Cuba Cultural Travel!


January 9

Christopher Colon Cemetery covers 125 acres, nearly 7% of the city of Havana. One of the three largest cemeteries in the world and among Cuba's most visited sites. Our guide was not only knowledgeable, but also very entertaining. 
A 75-foot high monument to the firefighters who lost their lives to the great fire of May 17, 1890.

Our guide is pointing out the most visited tomb in the cemetery; that of Amelia Goyre de la Hoz, who was eight months pregnant when she died in 1901 at age 24.  She is known as La Milagrosa, or the "Miraculous One," because according to local lore, when she was buried her child was placed at her feet.  Years later, her body was exhumed, and legend has it that the child was found nestled in her arms.  The faithful believe that La Milagrosa looks after them and answers prayers. At her tomb, always adorned with flowers, visitors seeking La Milagrosa's aid perform a ritual by touching the tomb three times, walking around it, while never turning their back to the crypt after making a solemn request.
The principal materials used in the endless pantheons, chapels and vaults are Carrara marble, granite and brass--though Cuban marble was also used.    With more than 800,000 graves, space at the Colon Cemetery is currently at a premium and so after three years the remains are removed from their tombs, boxed, and placed in a storage building.

Our next visit was the Centro Pro Danza.  Founded by Laura Alonso, this dance school serves 850 students. The specialized teaching department was created in 1985 to satisfy the demands for technical and artistic assistance which the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. One of the center's most important programs is Cuballet--a comprehensive and intensive four-five week course, during which the Pro Danza system is applied.

Think Gaudi, Niki de Saint phalle--our next visit was the home of artist Jose Fuster.  Fuster has made a major contribution to rebuilding and decorating the fishing town of Jaimanitas in the outskirts of Havana where he lives.  Jaimanitas is now a unique work of public art where Fuster has decorated over 80 houses with colorful ornate murals and domes--and it is on-going--they were working on new installations while we were there.

A typical Cuban meal is: main course--white rice, black beans, chicken, pork, or fish; salad--shredded cabbage, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers; dessert--flan, ice cream, or pureed fruit.  We had some form of this meal every day we were there.  Depending on the spices used and the method of cooking some meals were better than others, but every meal tasted good.

Tour of Western Havana, including Club Havana, which once was the prestigious Havana Biltmore Yacht & Country Club.  Then a stop in Miramar to see a "model of the city," an intricate miniature replica of Havana.

Not busy in the piano bar today, the help was watching Avatar.

Farewell Dinner at El Gijones.