Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Naming a Painting

This painting has had as many names as it has had lives - changes. It started out as "A Crown for Birdman," then "Birdman III," and finally "Near the Jardín." 

The top photo shows the painting when I thought it was finished, but the blue top and red bottom borders bothered me. My eye kept going to the bottom border, red being the strongest color. I also de-emphasized the recognizable symbols, the bird, the head, etc., and put more emphasis on the abstract shapes and marks. The bottom photo shows the painting as it is now. I think it is finished. As I stood back and looked at it, the colors reminded me of the walls in San Miguel de Allende, something you might see "Near the Jardín."

I just found out that "Near the Jardín" was accepted into the next San Diego Art Institute Regional Show in Balboa Park; juror, Omar Montano; reception, Friday, March 7, 2014. The show runs 2/28 - 3/30/2014. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Woman's Journey

I am thrilled to have a A Stitch Out of Time accepted into “A Woman’s Journey."  Juror: Kay Colvin - Director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and Francine Filsinger.

A Stitch Out of Time" (12" x 12"x 1 1/2"), machine stitched muslin and a fabric photo transfer of my maternal great grandmother, all applied with acrylic medium to a canvas.

A Woman's Journey" Exhibition Synopsis:
"In recognition of Women's History Month, this exhibition,"A Woman's Journey" depicts the challenges and triumphs shared by women worldwide. The result is a dynamic joint exhibition celebrating the vitality, resilience and potential of all women. Our goal is two-fold; the celebration of women, recognizing their beauty, strength and indomitable spirit and the opportunity for an inspiring artist interaction between the Oceanside Museum of Art - Artist Alliance Members and the City of Encinitas."


San Luis Rey Mission

Our daughter called last week to see if I would like to go on a 4th grade "behind the scenes" tour of Mission San Luis Rey. I jumped at the chance, an opportunity to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter, and to visit a mission I have only driven by on Hwy 76.

Molly is going to do a PowerPoint presentation for her 4th grade mission project; students now have choices!  When our daughter was in 4th grade, everyone had to build a model of their selected mission.

Photo taken 3/22/14, pld

"Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a former Spanish mission in the city of OceansideCalifornia. The mission was founded on June 13, 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén, and was the eighteenth of the Spanish missions established in California. Named for Saint Louis, the mission lent its name to the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians.

The current church, built in 1811, is the third church on this location. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center." 

Model of the mission.

Photo taken 3/22/14
Mary, our guide, is a retired school teacher and very engaging with the young and old.

Photo taken 3/22/14

The current church, built in 1811, is the third church built on this location. It is a beautiful example of Spanish mission architecture. Today the mission complex functions as a parish church of the Diocese of San Diego as well as a museum and retreat center.

Photo taken 3/22/14

Photo taken 3/2214
Saint Francis of Assisi statue in museum courtyard. 
Photo taken 3/22/14
Founded in 1798, the San Luis Rey Mission cemetery is the oldest cemetery in north San Diego County.