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Camping Adventures

San Simeon

San Simeon

Last summer we went on a camping trip to San Simeon. I was surprised at how cold it was, it was July and back at home in Los Angeles, it was HOT! I pretty much lived in my Uggs and all those shorts I packed stayed in the bag. The bright side is that it was a beautiful place. Our camp site was surrounded by mountains and nature. We had two snakes visit us and thought we might be getting some coyote’s visiting since we had 3 small tasty dogs with us but thankfully they stayed away.

Our trip was only 3 days but we managed to squeeze in sight seeing at Hurst Castle, we only made it to the visitor center since we had dogs waiting for us in the car but it was still impressive, we toured 3 wineries, had lunch in Cambria and my husband got so close to a seal that he could have been eaten! I was also determined to doing a little painting. We had rented the cutest vintage camper (www.happiercamper.com) that was just screaming to be painted. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to paint the camper but I took lots of photos and I will be painting it someday soon. Instead I took my friend Tom for a little plein air painting lesson and we had fun at sunset painting the mountains of San Simeon until it was just too windy and cold to stand it anymore. Did I mention, this is why I’m really not a fan of plein air painting? ūüėČ ¬†I didn’t get any photos of us doing our paintings but I have posted my painting on FineArtAmerica and prints can be purchased there. ¬†Check out my mountain paintings.

Mike and the seal.

Mike and the seal.

Cutest camper ever!

Cutest camper ever!

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Mike the snake rangler!

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Breathtaking views!

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Happy Campers

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Trying to spot a wild boar in the mountains

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Just one of the beautiful wineries

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Our campsite and the incredible view

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Celebrating Women Artists of Southern California

The Women‚Äôs City Club of Pasadena at The Historic Blinn House is pleased to announce ‚ÄúSpring Forward – Celebrating Women Artists of Southern California.‚Ä̬† The exhibition, which runs from May 1 through July 30, 2011, features fifty paintings by seventeen Southern California women artists.¬† It will be the first exhibition produced by Margaret Danielak, The Women‚Äôs City Club of Pasadena‚Äôs new Curator of Exhibitions.¬†¬†

The ‚ÄúSpring Forward‚ÄĚ exhibition features the work of artists Ruth Olenick, Beth Summers, Carol Steinberg, Elizabeth Wallace, Linda DuPas, Frances C. Muenzer, Ellen Brown, Barbara Thorn-Otto, Julie Snyder, Kate Moriarty, Beverly Lazor, Athena Mantle, Anna T. Kelly, Judy Taussig, Marian Fortunati, Merrilyn Duzy and Robin Neudorfer.

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The Blinn House was built in 1905 for lumber baron Edmund Blinn and his family.  The Blinns hired popular Chicagoarchitect, George Washington Maher to design their Californiahome in the Midwestern Prairie School Style.  The building has been home to The Women’s City Club since 1945 and continues to serve the Pasadena community as a meeting place for civic, cultural, and educational activities.

‚ÄúSpring Forward‚ÄĚ will be on view from May 1 through July 30, 2011.¬† ¬†The Women‚Äôs City Club of Pasadena is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, CA¬† 91101.¬† Parking is accessible behind the building from Madison Avenue.¬† ¬†The phone is 626-796-0560 and website is www.womenscityclub.com

 The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is open for art viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. Р4 p.m.  During the run of the exhibition, Curator Margaret Danielak will be on hand for special viewing hours on Fridays from 3 pm until 5 pm and by appointment.  Margaret Danielak may be reached through her blog at www.gallerywithoutwalls.blogspot.com , via email at Margaret.danielak@gmail.com or via phone at 626-683-9922. 

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Artists Against Drugs

I firmly believe that drugs are not the answer. Unfortunately, so many people turn to drugs not only recreationaly but through prescriptions from trusted professionals to “handle” problems that¬†they have no solution for. I understand the need to make the problems go away but I’ve never believed that taking a pill would solve anything.
I support the non-profit Say No To Drugs every year by running (ok, mostly walking) the 5K held at Universal Studios.¬† When I was approached by the group’s organizer, Ryan Kugler, to donate art to the Artists Against Drugs Art Show I was delighted to contribute. The show is Saturday the 21st of May at Satine Boutique in West Hollywood.¬† I hope you will join me in supporting this group by attending the art show and hopefully taking home a piece of art to call your very own.¬† I’m told there is art from all kinds of artists including some by actor Jason Lee (My Name is Earl). ¬†Who knows what kind of celebrity folk might show up for this!¬†
It’s sure to be a fun night…I hope to see you there!
Athena

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Just Plein Motivation

I find it hard to get out there with the easel and paints and just start creating. ¬†I liken it to getting out to exercise. ¬†Sometimes it’s just hard to get past the comforts of home and get out there. I took a workshop in plein air painting recently and really enjoyed it. It is a whole new world for painting, I think it stretches your creative muscles much more than painting in a studio from photos. I even went so far as to buy a painting box meant for this activity as the French easel I bought was so huge and clunky compared to what all the other students had. Not to mention I brought every brush I own and the instructor teased me about it. It really does helps to have the right equipment and not a stitch more. The idea of lugging a huge easel, all the paints, turpentine, brushes, towels, canvas or boards, etc. to some beautiful¬†remote location made me forget the idea the minute I considered it. Taking photos was a much more appealing option.

I just came across this great article by Lori McNee which I really does give that needed motivation to get out there and paint! ¬†http://www.finearttips.com/2011/03/10-motivating-tips-for-the-plein-air-painter/. ¬†Read it and subscribe to her blog, she’s full of good information for artists.

Below is a slideshow to give you a glimpse of the fun I had at Frank Serrano’s urban painting workshop, in and around downtown Los Angeles.

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Painting In The Back Alleys Of Burbank

This past weekend I took a painting workshop with Frank Serrano, an Artist Member of the California Art Club,¬†to learn urban plein air painting. I have been primarily working from photographs in my recent work,¬†figure drawing is all I’ve really done working from life. I’ve painted outside a few times but never with any instruction. This was a great experience! ¬†Here are some photos of what I did on Saturday…

Urban Workshop Paintings

The pictures on the left show my reference and on the right are the paintings I did. Frank demonstrated before each new subject and explained his process.  After the demo we were let loose to find our spots and whip out the paint. You can see in the first photo that I have 2 artists painting a different view sitting right in the middle of my painting. Thank goodness he told us we could leave stuff out!

In the early part of the day the light changed so much that you really had to nail down where your light and shadows were going to be so you didn’t keep changing things. By the time we left the first location it was 1pm and time for lunch. We moved to our next location in a more industrial section of Burbank. Frank really knows some interesting spots. I have to say I preferred the gritty industrial section of Burbank to the horse alley we started with. I love the little field studies I did that day, I didn’t have a chance to finish them as we ran out of light but I did learn a lot that day.

The main lessons I came away with were…

  1. Stay loose – don’t worry so much about the small stuff.
  2. Pick you focus and gray the other areas down.
  3. I’m the artist…if the picture is better with something left out or changed, do it!

If you can think of anything I missed or have any feedback, leave a comment I’d love to know what you think.

After just one day I knew I would have a different approach to photographs so I’m testing out my new skills…stay tuned!

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