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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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Just California

This Saturday will be the final day of the Just California exhibit at McGroarty Arts Center.  Come out and see the great artwork and enjoy the art fair featuring 45 artists!

McGroarty Arts Center Art Fair

Here is a little video of the exhibition made by curator, Monica Hicks….

Just Californa Exhibit Tour

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My Agave Is Your Agave

The month of December proved to be a popular one for agave paintings. ¬†I painted this commission of a blue agave for a collector in Scottsdale. ¬†My largest one yet at 36″ x 60″. I have to say I was a little sad to send it off not having gotten much time to enjoy it myself. ¬†But alas, I make paintings so others can enjoy them so off it went!

 

Just before Christmas I sold my Blue Agave Family painting to a native plant lover from LA’s ¬†Westside. ¬†Its always exciting to be found through Google – ahhh, the power of the internet! ¬†I couldn’t have been happier to deliver it to it’s new gorgeous home.

Because this painting had been hanging over my fireplace for me to enjoy, I had to replace it before the company arrived for the holidays! ¬†I found the largest canvas I had and painted a replacement, finishing just 2 hours before throwing a holiday party. Whew! I couldn’t bare the thought of a wall devoid of art so I painted this 30″ x 40″ foxtail agave alla prima!

If this is any indication of whats to come, ¬†2012 will continue the agave trend as I gear up to paint more of this series. ¬†A few of my agave paintings have been selected for Margaret Danielak’s upcoming show “Red” at the Pasadena Women’s City Club. ¬†The opening reception will be Thursday, February 9th from 6-9 pm. ¬†160 N.¬†Oakland¬†Avenue -Pasadena,¬†CA¬†¬†91101

Viva Agave!

 

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Nature and the South Pasadena Art Crawl

Its taken some time to get the photos out of Mike Owen’s camera from October’s art shows but I’ve done it and I thought I’d share them with you here.

Nature: Linus Gallery followed by SOPA Studios in the South Pasadena Art Crawl

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Two Shows…One Night!

Small Wonders at Towns Burr Gallery

I will be starting out the evening in Burbank at Towns Burr Gallery for the Small Wonders group show which features ninety-one small works of art from fifty-three artists. The artist’s reception is next Saturday the 10th of September from 5 – 8pm. And because I have a second show opening the same night, I will be at Towns Burr Gallery from approximately 5 – 6:45pm. If you miss the opening night, the work will be on display through September 30th. www.townsburrgallery.com The Curve at Commerce

Artist’s Reception:
Saturday,September 10
5-8pm
TownsBurr Gallery 3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Free parking in rear of building off Cordova St.
Show runs through September 30th Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11-5 Sat 10-5

Westscape at Untitled Art Projects

I will be ending the evening at Untitled Art Projects, a new gallery near downtown Los Angeles.  This a smaller group show featuring work from nine artists with the focus on artwork that is rooted in California influence and of course, we are all L.A. artists. This title encompasses what is really a broad range of work. Westscape is also a play on the word escape as many of the images evoke travel or wide open spaces. I will be at this gallery from 7:15ish to 9pm. www.untitledartprojects.com

Oro Vista Artist’s Reception:
Saturday, September 10
6-9pm 
Untitled Art Projects
3309 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Show runs through October 4th I hope you can join me at one or both of the shows and make it a night of art!!

 

 

Art for Charity

Good Shepherd Design ProjectAs you may remember I donated a painting to the Good Shepherd Women’s Center Design Project. ¬†Designer Mollie Ranize of Dmar Interiors selected my painting “New Blue Agave” for her room and she did a fabulous job creating a beautiful room that we’d all be proud to call our own.¬†She created the room using all donated items, impressive if you ask me! Her goal was to create an escape in a Modern Beach Retreat. She made a really cool video of the room transformation and put it up on YouTube, I’ve included a link below for you to check out. ¬†Video Tour

Join me for Tea

Margaret Danielak, the Curator of “A Touch of Gold”, has put together some great events at the exhibit.
I’ll be joining her for tea on September 17th. The club puts on a delicious afternoon tea so I’d love to have all you ladies join me!

‚ÄúA TOUCH OF GOLD‚ÄĚ EVENTS LISTING

Art-related events at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena¬†at the historic Blinn House Estate¬†160 N. Oakland Avenue (Free parking behind club off Madison Ave)¬†Pasadena, CA¬† 91101 (Phone:¬† 626-796-0560)
Saturday, September 17 ‚Äď ART TEA NETWORKING EVENT FOR WOMEN¬†1 pm to 5 pm¬† ($25.00)
Saturday, Oct. 15 ‚ÄstART COLLECTING 101 WORKSHOP
Conducted by Curator Margaret Danielak and Artist Julie Snyder 10 am to 1 pm for Workshop, 1 pm to 2 pm for Lunch ($60/person plus $30 for lunch)
THE CLUB IS OPEN FOR ART VIEWING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 am to 4 pm
(Please sign into our guest book!)
CURATOR HOURS:  Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm Art Chat with Margaret Danielak

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Painting with a Touch of Gold

I’m pleased to have 3 of my paintings included in Margaret Danielak‘s latest art exhibition ‚ÄúA Touch of Gold‚ÄĚ which will be on view from August 1 through October 31, 2011.

Fifty six paintings by eighteen California-based artists will be featured at ‚ÄúA Touch of Gold,‚ÄĚ the fall art exhibition of The Women‚Äôs City Club of Pasadena.¬†The ‚ÄúTouch of Gold‚ÄĚ exhibition features the work of artists Scottie Brown, Barbara Davidson, Lee Edwards, Julie Hill, Olga Kaczmar, Anna Kelly, Athena Mantle, Beverly Lazor, Robin Neudorfer, Ferial Nassirzadeh, Kate Moriarty, Terry Romero Paul, Julie Snyder, Carol Steinberg, Diana Stewart, Beth Summers, Trice Tolle and John Paul Thornton.

The reception is Thursday, August 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public. The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. Free parking is accessible behind the building from Madison Avenue.

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is open for art viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the run of the exhibition, Curator Margaret Danielak will be on hand for special viewing hours on Fridays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and by appointment. In addition, courses in art marketing and art collecting will be offered.

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Art in South Pasadena

SOPA Summer Group Exhibit

Artist Reception

June 18th, 2011 7-9pm

1025 Hope St. South Pasadena

I will be exhibiting some of my streetscape paintings and a few new agave paintings.  There are over 15 artists exhibiting . The art on exhibit includes paintings (printmaking, oils, encaustics, and more)  ceramics, photography, handmade journals by Amanda Ramirez (which are so amazingly clever and recycled, I just LOVE them!)

I hope you can join us!

 

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