Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the Corner in Live Auction

"Around the Corner" was donated to the Escondido Municipal Gallery's annual fundraiser, Panache/2015. Don Manor, a collector and generous supporter of Escondido art and artists, was the high bidder. Thank you, Don!

"Around the Corner;" oil, cold wax, oil pastel, collage; 28" x 30"
Juried into "Art Riot;" juror, Ted Washington; Escondido Municipal Gallery
November 7 - December 6; Reception, November 8, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Expressionism - Van Gogh to Kandinsky, and Marsden Hartley at LACMA

The North County Fine Arts Group sponsored a bus trip to LACMA for this exhibit on 9-13-14. What a great day of art with old and new friends!

When I was growing up, we moved frequently and most of the towns we lived in were small. I was in my 30's when I first visited a museum. I have been to many museums since then, but LACMA is one of the finest. Their permanent collection is outstanding!

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky 

"Sheds new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century. For the first time in a major museum exhibition, Expressionism is presented as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul C├ęzanne, and Paul Gauguin."

Located outside Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Wilshire Blvd is Chris Burden's outdoor sculpture "Urban Light."
A blurry photo from my iPhone.

More information about this installation:


Van Gogh, Pollard Willows at Sunset, 1888


Matisse's "Open Window," Collioure

George Braque

Othon Friesz

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner 

Kees Van Dongen 

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner

Max Pechstein

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner

Ernest Ludwig Kirchner - later work 

Young Girl, Max Pechstein 

The start of Abstract Expressionism
Wassaiy Kandinsky - Painting With White Border 1913, 
(Kandinsky is credited with painting the first purely abstract works.)

There was an exhibit of Marsden Hartley's (another favorite artist) German paintings going on this same day just across from the Expressionism exhibit. 

1913 - 1915

"This exhibition features the work of influential American modernist painter Marsden Hartley (1877–1943). Approximately twenty-five of the artist’s seminal works from his years spent in Berlin (1913–1915) reveal the profound impact of World War I and elucidate the artist's appropriation of military symbols and Native American motifs. Hartley’s paintings from this period reflect dynamic shifts in style and subject matter, and evidence a critical moment in his body of work."

Examples of Marsden Hartley's German period paintings:

Many of his frames were painted to blend in 
with the design of the painting. Kandinsky is another artist that did this.

What fun to actually see, and walk under, "Levitated Mass!"
My iPhone battery was used up by this time, so this is LACMA's photo.

"Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer is composed of a 456-foot-long slot constructed on LACMA's campus, over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. The slot gradually descends to fifteen feet in depth, running underneath the boulder. As with other works by the artist, such as Double Negative (1969), the monumental negative form is key to the experience of the artwork.

Heizer conceived of the artwork in 1969; a drawing of the work is in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The artist discovered an appropriate boulder only decades later, in Riverside County, California. The boulder is one component of the artwork, as is the 456-foot-long slot beneath it and the surrounding environment.

Taken whole, Levitated Mass speaks to the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering."


Monday, September 15, 2014

Lavender Sage Art Retreat, Taos, NM

8/21 Waiting for the train in Riverside to go to Flagstaff where my sister, Letty, lives.

After a good night's sleep and a relaxing day in Flag, we woke up early the next day to drive to Santa Fe, NM.
Lots of good "sister talk" on the road...

Blue skies, fluffy clouds, cedar and sage.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Arrived at Mabel Dodge Luhan House, 8/24/14.

Striking paintings of Mabel and Tony Luhan in the dining room. (Artist?)

A book, timeline, of Mabel Dodge Luhan's life.

One of my favorite spots on the property. A courtyard leading into the dining room.

The Solarium where D. H. Lawrence stayed. He painted the bathroom windows to have more privacy.

Our two art retreat instructors were Jane LaFazio and Pamela Underwood. Here is Jane demonstrating Gelli Plate Monoprints.

Jane also demonstrated rubber stamp making - very fun! This is my stamp. The abstract design was made from a line drawing exercise done earlier by the group.

This is a road behind the House that takes you to the Pueblo Reservation. Letty and I explored the road early one morning after a nice rain. We ended up on Playo del Norte, and at the back side of the town cemetery.  Below is a link to a wonderful guide on Taos architecture.

On Paseo del Pueblo del Norte - Taos Blue

We passed this B & B every day on our walk to town to get coffee ("World Cup") or to go to the Plaza. It is a beautiful example of Taos Adobe Style Architecture.

And we see Russian sage on Morada Lane,
and a pretty gate with a coyote fence (made from latillas); a distinctive feature of Taos Landscape. 

We went to the (Nicolai) Fechin House Museum on a free afternoon. The House is filled with his beautiful paintings, sculptures, and carved wood.

A Fechin painting of Mabel Dodge Luhan.

Another beautiful N. Fechin painting - "Young Indian Girl"

Sunflowers were everywhere - near the Plaza

On a free afternoon, we drove out to Arroyo Seco, a small and unique unincorporated town seven miles north of Taos. A view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Letty is happy with her Scott Carlson coffee mug!
A little history on Arroyo Seco:

The town's mercantile store.
Loved the old pick-up truck.

We spent an afternoon at Rancho de Taos Plaza sketching the historic San Francisco de Assis Mission Church. (Some information from Wikepedia:)
"Construction on the church began around 1772[3][4] and was completed in 1815[3] by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico.[5] It was the center of the fortified Ranchos de Taos Plaza for protection against Comanche attackers.[6]

It is located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States.[5] It was the subject of several paintings byGeorgia O'Keeffe,[7][8] and photographs by Ansel AdamsPaul Strand and Ned Scott. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards."[5] The Taos Chamber of Commerce states that the building is "one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world".[9] Wikepedia's web site

The first two photos below were taken using the "Camera Awesome" app.

The courtyard of a home right next to the church in Rancho Taos Plaza.

The Juniper House with a wonderful classroom/studio space.
(Photo by Pamela Underwood)

Last day: finalizing the pages for my Mixed Media Portfolio

Lavender Sage 2014 group photo 

A final walk around the beautiful Mabel Dodge Luhan House.
Patio near the dining room/kitchen with a Kiva stove.

South entrance to the property.

Letty and I stayed in the Willa Cather Room, "B"

Entrance into the Main House

The St. Theresa House

Waiting for the train to go back to California.
Links on Taos: