Thursday, December 31, 2015

ReCap of 2015 - WHEW!

So another year is ending and in a few short hours we will be welcoming 2016.  Personally and professionally speaking, this past year has been a splendid one, overall.

Personally I've had to face some health challenges this year, but overall nothing too serious.  Every day I'm starting to feel better, and I'm making some big dietary changes in the coming year to ensure these challenges continue to improve.  I'm currently reading a fascinating book called "The China Study" by Dr. T. Collin Campbell - and let me tell you, some of the information is chilling.  I'm looking forward to growing more of my own food this year, and am planning a huge vegetable and herb garden in my backyard.  My grandparents were farmers and always said "eat from the earth and stay away from processed foods."  I may be a bit late getting into to the game, but you can now officially count me in as a player!  

I also resurrected a couple of friendships and let go of a few relationships that were no longer thriving.  Like gardens, friendships and relationships sometimes need to be weeded in order to let the "good stuff" grow.

On the art front, I sold scores of paintings over the year - so many I lost count.  In fact, I sold 53 paintings in four (4) hours at my "Pay What You Think It's Worth" sale that I held in July, 2015.  You can read more details about that here.

Besides selling lots of art, I made a lot of art!  In January, 2015 I participated in another Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge and pulled out my dusty box of oil paints for the event.  Here's a collage of the paintings I made:

January, 2015 "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge - oil paints on canvas and wood panels

Then in April, 2015, I took the plunge and joined a "100 Artworks Challenge" sponsored by Kellee Wynne Conrad.  Here's a collage of 30 of the 100 paintings I made for that event.  The theme was "Abstract Vessels in Neutrals/Limited Palette"and inspired by Giorgio Morandi.
30 of the 100 paintings I created for the "100 Artworks Challenge" - mixed media on paper using a limited palette

September, 2015 was downright hectic.  After coming down off the "high" of selling a ton of art at the "Pay What You Think It's Worth" show, I started preparing my home studio for the 2015 Sac Open Studios event.  The event takes place over 2 weekends - and my studio is open on the second weekend.  I love this because it gives me a chance to get out on the first weekend and see some amazing art and meet so many fabulous artists!  I also had one of my paintings displayed at Verge Center for the Arts  and donated the piece for their annual auction, where it sold for over-asking price.

In addition to doing the Open Studio show in September, I participated in yet another "30 Paintings in 30 Days" - this time focusing on small abstract seascapes on paper.  Nearly every single one of them are sold, and I think I've found a new favorite subject. 
September, 2015 "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge - abstract seascapes in mixed media on paper
Surprisingly, big sellers for me were small works on paper, mounted in white mats and sealed in cellophane envelopes.  Apparently making small, affordable art (all priced under $95) that can easily slip into a standard-sized frame is a good idea!  I had always struggled with painting small works on paper because my mind got wrapped up in the finishing details (frames).  After deciding to forego purchasing tons of frames and doing it all myself, I now create the paintings and let the collectors do the framing themselves.  Win/win!

In January, 2014 I gave up the studio at ArtHouse on R to work from my home studio and focus on marketing my work.  That year, my art was accepted into two new galleries - both of which have since closed.  This was the final straw for me, since I had been selling with galleries for many years (since 1999 with my glass art and 2005 with my paintings).  I loved all of my gallery owners and did fairly well selling my art through their venues, but recognize it's a very difficult business to thrive in (in part due to high rents; employee costs; taxes; marketing; utilities; insurance and more).  I've been in countless galleries since 1999, and each and every single one of them have closed due to economics.  I know a lot of artists have horror stories about working with galleries, but I'm happy to report I only had one issue and it was ultimately  resolved to both parties satisfaction. 

I don't have a crystal ball, but my gut tells me more bricks and mortar galleries will be closing rather than opening in the coming years.  I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket by relying on a gallery to generate my income, and with my looming questions about the future of showing my work in galleries, this past year I decided it was time to begin marketing on-line (again).  I used to market my work on-line very successfully up until 2009 when I decided to share a studio with another artist friend at ArtHouse on R.  I was  trying to "do it all" while working full time and trying to work at the studio.  Needless to say the on-line market dried up quickly and a few of the sites disappeared entirely.  

In January of this year, I took a hard look at where I've been (galleries and on-line) and where I wanted to be (a successful, self-supporting full-time artist).  In addition to the foregoing, here are a few of the things I've done to market my art this past year:

  • Re-designed my Facebook Fan Page that you can LIKE and follow here:
  • In March I resurrected my neglected monthly "Coming Abstractions" newsletter - sign up here
  • In April I signed up with Fine Art America  where you can buy images of some of my art in paper and metal prints, pillows, shower curtains, phone covers & more - check it out here
  • In May, 2015 I opened a shop on the juried ArtFinder site - see my store here:  
  • In September, 2015 I was selected to launch a store on the new Amazon Marketplace which is supposed to challenge ETSY-we'll see.  Here's my Amazon Shop where I've listed a few seascapes.
  • This past week I opened a shop on Saatchi Art - see it here
  • I began teaching classes in my home studio and will be setting up a new schedule shortly.  Classes will include:  fused glass ornaments; fused glass garden art; fused glass wind chimes; basic abstract painting; mixed media collage; assemblage art; and more.  You can find a schedule of those classes on my Creative Soul Revival website here.  Or follow my CSR Facebook Fan Page here:   
On January 1, 2016 I will begin my sixth "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge with the Leslie Saeta group, and am happy to report there will be nearly a dozen other artists in the Sacramento area participating with me.  I'll be uploading my daily paintings to this blog and listing them for sale in my on-line stores.  My new series will be called "Reflections."  I'm redoing old paintings and turning them into a new series of abstracts.  It's part of my "using what I already have" resolution for the coming year.

Next year I'm planning to be even more focused on creating a thriving art business, and I look forward to having you follow the journey if you're interested - particularly if you're another artist or want to start making and selling your own art.  I'm happy to freely share my failures and successes, and hope you'll ask lots of questions and share your own experiences.

Cheers to wrapping up a successful 2015 filled with mostly positive and successful memories, and I wish each and every one of you a creative and prosperous New Year! 



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holidays Gone Bad

"Searching....." - 5" x 5" mixed media on paper - $65 mounted in 10" x 8" mat
For many, the Holidays are filled with traditions, happy times and lots of cheer.  Spending time with friends and family make these weeks a memorable season for young and old alike.

However, for countless others, the Holidays are a dreaded time of year, filled with loneliness, misgivings and dark thoughts.  Some people attribute these emotions to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), blaming the condition on shorter days and winter weather conditions.  But sometimes it's just the way someone is wired or ones memories of past events that cause these people to wish for a fast-forward button through the Holiday season. Sometimes life as we know it just got an atomic bomb dropped on top of it and the world we've been living in is going to change forever. 

And then again, sometimes it's because someone receives some really shitty news that blows their mind beyond imagination.

Last week, two of my friends were hit with gut-wrenching, life-changing, devastating news.  One friend was diagnosed with inoperable Stage IV cancer and given 12-18 months to live. My other friend was told she has a very rare and deadly blood disease and is at the Mayo Clinic right now trying to figure out what treatment options she has, if any. 

Bloody F-ing Hell.  Obviously, both of my friends are completely and thoroughly gutted at the news and their families, friends and my Self are numb.  What does a person say when this something like this happens?  I'm simply at a loss for words.  And for someone who used to write a weekly newspaper column for 12 years, I think it's just wrong that I just can't come up with the words to express my sorrow and pain for my friends; for their families and loved ones; for me; and for each and everyone affected by this horrendous news. 

I stopped writing professionally in 2000 and have struggled with my written words since then.  I never used to have a problem penning a quick missive about my thoughts, feelings or emotions, and was always succinct even though sometimes verbose.  People counted on me to write the "right thing" no matter what the occasion. 

But something shifted for me after 2000.  I can't put my finger on what or where or why, but the words no longer flow.  It's as if my Muse has left the building and been replaced with another Muse who creates visually vs. through the written word. 

So I'm stuck being a visual,  "bottom-line" type of gal.  It's how I've survived these past 15 years and it has given me a reputation for being blunt and sometimes uncaring.  It's like someone gave me an injection of truth serum and it's one of those 24/7/365 types of drugs.  I'm sure some people would pay big bucks for this "condition" but I am kind of embarrassed by it.  I developed a potty mouth.  I continually drop the "F" bomb instead of "using my words."  And I've paid a big price for being this way, and I'm not proud of it. 

So two weeks ago when I heard about my first friend (a beyond beautiful woman inside and out), I cried.  And I swore.  I hadn't cried in years, but this really hit me.  I swore even more and used the "F" word with so many phrases I blew the alliteration record off the charts.

Without getting too specific, here's the scoop on my one friend:  she's not even 50 - has a 6-year old son and a 27-year old daughter and a wonderful husband.  She's beautiful and she's smart and she's truly good - not catty or mean or hateful but kind, generous and caring.  How can something like cancer even get to her? 

And my other friend?  Another beautiful, compassionate Soul who counsels and helps other people day in and day out.  She has a wonderful family; lovely grandchildren and a quiet, Zen-like life. For awhile, she had been having some problems with her feet, and then nearly 1.5 years later, she finds out the cause is a very rare and possibly deadly blood disease?  Mon Dieu - the questions that must be running through her mind.....

So many questions, and so few answers.  Lots of questions and tons of waiting.  The waiting is what kills you......I know we all know people in this situation and I'm not whining or looking for sympathy.  I am however, asking the questions I think each and every single one of us ask when we hear this type of news, whether it be directed towards another family member; friend or even ourselves.....and those questions include:

WHAT?
WHERE?
WHO?
HOW?
WHEN? 
WHY?


I know a lot of people whose lives were derailed these past two weeks and it makes me emotional just thinking about it.  And this time instead of swearing, I think I just need to start saying lots of prayers and remain positive and upbeat, knowing life has a way of sometimes kicking our asses and making us stand up to pay attention. 

And trust me - I'm fully aware.  Sorry for the downer post - all of the social media posts are sharing adorable "Merry Christmas" photos and sentiments, but all I can think right  now is "Wow.  Merry F...ing Christmas."  I'm just not feeling it and quite frankly, it is what is is.

So instead, I'm painting.  And the painting above is what I made while thinking about this beyond crappy situation.  The words are there - and so is the house floating down the river......  It shows someone's world being dropped on its side and floating downstream.....and I'm praying with all my strength and might that the house(s) float downstream; right themselves (heal) and live a long and happy life ever after. 

Still - I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday and if you're experiencing anything like this, just know my heart aches for you too and my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your families.

Cheers,
JJ



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Handmade Ornament Swap

Earlier this month, my talented beading friend Karen Williams hosted a "Handmade Ornament Swap" and I  jumped on board.  I was paired with an incredibly talented beader and chain maille artist,  Tanya Goodwin from Kansas.  We quickly connected and exchanged information, then I went to my studio to see what I could make.

I'm in awe of what "true beaders" create and am in love with their intricate designs.  However, I know my skill and patience level are shall we say, lacking?  Knowing my limitations, I set out to make a fused glass/lamp-worked bead design that might delight my partner.

Here's what Tanya sent me - and I have to tell you I was gobsmacked when I opened the package that came in the mail.

Chain Maille Christmas Tree pendant/ornament made with tiny green rubber rings and teeny anodized aluminum jump rings with a pendant holder and sweet gold star added - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!


After I drooled a bit over the beautiful Christmas tree pendant (currently being used as an ornament),  I noticed there was another little package in the box, waiting to be opened. 

One side of the beautiful beaded flower/star beaded ornament

The other side of the beautiful beaded flower/star beaded ornament

Inside was an exquisite two sided flower/star ornament made with the tiniest beads ever in the exact oceany colors that I have in my living and dining rooms.  This ornament has amazing texture and dimension, and is going to be staying in my living room year-round.  It's simply beautiful and perfect in every way, and I'm beyond thrilled.  Thank you Tanya - you rock!!!

So this was what I sent Tanya - a 3.5" x 3.5" square glass ornament/window catcher made of fused glass with a "hangy-dangy" made with torched glass/lamp worked beads.

My humble offering - a fused glass ornament/sun catcher



3.5" x 3.5" square fused glass with dichroic "goobers" and noodles in shape of a Peace sign

Lamp worked beads with copper findings - "hangy-dangy" attached to bottom of Peace symbol

What a fun ornament swap and once again I was blessed to have been paired with yet another wonderfully generous and talented partner.  This was the first ornament exchange I've ever done and I'm grateful to Karen for hosting the challenge and for letting me participate (Karen and I "met" years ago when we were each other's partner for a Bead Soup exchange).  Merry Christmas to Tanya and Karen and their families, and to all of you too - I hope your Holidays are filled with lots of peace, love and joy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Seascapes in Oils

Last Friday I dropped off 9 new paintings for my show at FE Gallery which opens 12-12-15.  I don't know about any of you, but I get so nervous about showing new work in a gallery.  I fret about the small details, making sure everything is properly varnished, signed and finished "just right" then writing an inventory list; determining pricing; photographing each piece and loading everything into the car - it's a lot of work!!  Honestly - sometimes I think painting the new paintings is the easiest part of preparing for a show.

After I delivered the work (the gallery owner loved it, thank God!) I came home and made a cup of tea.  I sat down to drink the tea and basically planned on rewarding myself by being a couch potato for the rest of the day, but instead I was energized and inspired to pull out my oil paints.

I grabbed some old Masonite panels I had lying around and quickly painted 13 backgrounds in oil paint.  Over the next few days I added some more details and here's three of the finished paintings.
"Stormy Waves" - 5" x 7" oil on masonite - SOLD



"A Rocky Cove" - 5" x 5" oil on masonite - SOLD



"Tropical Waves" - 5" x 7" oil on masonite - $70



"Stormy Waves" sold to a dear friend who was visiting over the weekend, but the other two seascapes are available for purchase on my Artfinder Store (along with other paintings).  I'm looking forward to finishing the other panels before Christmas, then am taking a week off to prepare for my upcoming "Reflections" series I'll be doing for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge that starts January 1, 2016.

I'm on a mission to add larger works to my collection and working with more designers and art consultants in the new year.  I love making the small paintings and they do sell well, but I miss moving and dancing around while I paint the larger pieces.  I know somewhere there's a happy medium for this prolific artist!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments Class and 2016 Goals

These past few weeks have been a blur!  I've been getting ready for my upcoming show at FE Gallery and my Holiday Open House in early December in addition to teaching eight fused glass Holiday ornament classes in my home glass studio.  Someone had approached me about teaching her how to make a Christmas tree out of fused glass, so I decided to put together a class.  I posted the information on Facebook and within 10 minutes, I had six people sign up, so I schedule another class....and another....and another. 

I had no idea this class would be so popular and look forward to doing it again next year.  Some of the ideas were so creative and I really learned a lot from the students.  

Teaching these classes reminded me of the reason I started the Creative Soul Revival business in the first place.  I wanted to host fun artsy classes and workshops in a safe and encouraging environment for people who needed to get in touch again with their creative side, so I developed several classes but failed to properly launch or market them.  Instead I stayed busy with my own art and participated in several painting challenges.  All fun, but this did nothing to promote my classes or networking with other like minded souls.  

So it's time to announce my goals for the coming year.  In 2016 I will be putting together a schedule of classes and will promote the heck out of them on my website for Creative Soul Revival  and my Facebook Fan Page. I will also continue to develop my own art business by participating in more painting/art challenges in addition to aggressively marketing and selling my work.  If you haven't already seen my personal art website, here it is:  Judy Jacobs Art .  I will still sell original paintings in my shop on Artfinder as well as my shop on Amazon Handmade.  It might not hurt to get busy and restock my ETSY store either.  And you can find various sized and affordable prints and other items (pillows, bedcovers, phone cases, etc.) on Fine Art America.

I also plan on being more diligent with my newsletter by publishing it on a regular (monthly) basis instead of the "whenever I get around to it" mode.  I will be offering special coupons and invitations to my readers in this publication, so if you want to be on my mailing list, you can sign up here.

January 2016 will begin by being involved in yet another "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge sponsored by Leslie Saeta.  Each challenge I choose a different theme, and this time I am thinking I will do abstract expressive paintings in a very peaceful, limited palette.  I haven't come up with a name for this theme yet, but I want to somehow work it into a new portfolio for my art consultant and designer clients.  

In the meantime, it's time to concentrate on the upcoming Holidays and wrapping up year end business details.  Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Show in December

It's been awhile since I've participated in a gallery show, and I've held off from accepting any offers to show for several reasons.  The main one is because I've been focusing on new styles and creating a lighter, softer color palette instead of the bold, bright colorful abstracts that I had been doing for the past decade or so.  I've begun adding objects and symbols to the paintings.  They feel more personal and raw to me, and to be honest, I'm a bit nervous about how they will be accepted when the show opens on December 12, 2015 at FE Gallery in Sacramento, CA.

Houses, buildings and structures have always played a big role in my working career.  When I owned a residential property management company, I learned quickly how very personal ones home is to them.  It's not just a place where tenants store their stuff......a home is a place where memories are created, lived and sometimes longed to be forgotten.  Some homes hold loving, fond and kind energies while others are filled with static, angry and sometimes violent ones. 

After years in the business, I learned to "feel" my way through a home to learn more about their owners and the people who rented them, and can tell you the words often did not match the reality. 

"Somewhere......Out There" - 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

"Somewhere.....out there" was based on a memory of an almost tragic event:  many years ago I managed an apartment building where a young girl was kidnapped.  After several weeks of searching, and the neighbors and families holding vigils at the building, the little girl was found alive in a pit outside a church in a neighboring county.  The girl's mother insisted she was "absolutely fine" and quickly moved out of the apartment and away from the area.  I've often wondered what became of them both and hope the little girl truly is OK.

"The Loving Cup" - 11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

"The Loving Cup" was based on another memory from the residential property management business.  I once rented to a very young couple who appeared to be madly in love.  They were engaged and married shortly after they moved in. A couple years later, they gave notice because they had purchased a home.  While doing the final walk-through inspection, the husband kept a tight grip on the wife's hand.  At first glance, I thought "how sweet - they are still so very much in love."

Then I began inspecting the property.  The place were clean, but the walls had at least a dozen fist-sized holes that had been newly patched.  In fact, the mud was still wet in some spots.  Shocked, I asked what happened and the wife looked down as her husband sheepishly grinned and shrugged his shoulders as if to say "you know." 

I quickly performed the rest of the walk through and took their keys.  After they left, I walked around the house again and found a coffee cup tucked away in a corner in the garage that said "I Will Love You Forever" on it.  I shuddered as I threw it in the trash and locked the doors.

Again, I am curious what happened to them and wonder if they're still together or if she's still even alive.

While I tend to forget many of the names of the people, I usually remember the properties.  What I don't forget is the memories of my feelings - they're ingrained in my soul.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

End Game and Take Aways

Here's a collage of all the paintings completed during the past 30 days for Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.  This is my sixth challenge and the feeling of accomplishment is huge this time! 

September is a very busy month for me with Open Studio Tours; planning for classes; taking on a new consulting client; working on getting a new on-line account going and getting ready for another show coming up in December.  Many times I asked my Self "am I crazy" for doing this again?  And several times I nearly quit but after seeing the finished product, I'm so glad I didn't.

I enjoy doing these challenges for a myriad of reasons, including:
  • Challenging myself to a different topic/technique/medium
  • Networking with other participating artists from all over the world
  • Building my own following on social media and expanding my web presence
  • Further establishing my discipline of being a nearly full-time artist
  • Stretching my artistic and marketing abilities to new levels
  • Building a new body of work that is able to be sold and licensed
Now that the challenge is over, I am heading right into another journey of teaching two classes on "Fusing Glass Holiday Ornaments" this weekend out of my studio (I haven't taught fused glass in ages!) and yesterday, setting up an artist's presence in a new local nursery/shop with my paintings and glass.  It's been a crazy week for this busy artist!! 

Thanks to everyone who commented on my paintings and for those of you who contacted me about purchasing originals and larger works.  I will be selling prints of these paintings in my Fine Art America Shop - will be uploading photos later this weekend and early next week.  And once this is done, this girl is headed to the beach for some R&R - I'm one happy but exhausted artist!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tides at Bay - Day 22 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Tides at Bay" - 4.75" x 4.75" acrylic on paper in 10" x 8" mat - $55

The countdown begins.....only 8 more days of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and I'm more than ready for it to end!!  I absolutely love being part of the challenge (it's my 6th 30-day challenge) but September has a lot of things going on for me so right now I'm feeling a tad bit overwhelmed.  Hence the countdown.....

Calming Waves - Day 21 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Calming Waves" - 4.75" x 4.75" acrylic on paper in 10" x 8" mat - $55

Friday, September 18, 2015

Night Sea - III - Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Night Sea - III" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65


And here's what the "Night Sea" triptych looks like side by side!  


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Perfect Storm - Day 14 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"The Perfect Storm" - 5" x 7" acrylic on paper in 11" x 14" mat - $65
A perfect storm is exactly what we need right now in Northern California.  With the serious drought and fires burning out of control in several areas, we are all praying for a miracle.  Yesterday morning I woke up to dark clouds in the skies and a few obscure raindrops - just enough to make my pollen & ash covered car filthy dirty.  And I heard several claps of thunder overhead last night around 7:30 - I'm not giving up hope yet. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Peace to Shore - Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Peace to Shore" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65

Why is it the simplest paintings are sometimes the hardest ones to complete?  Is it because I don't know when to say "stop?" Or is it just difficult to walk away from something so calming when the emotions I experienced while painting this piece were just the opposite? 

It took a great deal of restraint to walk away from the easel without picking up my black ink or beloved jar of sludge gesso to add some shadows/rocks to this painting.  But I held myself back and I am glad I did. 

Painted on 9/11 - a very memorable day, here's "Peace to Shore" - in honor of all of those precious beings who perished in the 911 attack and their families.  I don't know if it will happen in my lifetime, but I hope and pray this world will experience a time of peace from shore to shore. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bewildered Sea - Day 8 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge"

"Bewildered Sea" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65
The unpredictability of the sea is one of the things that draws me to its shores.  Some days the deep blue waves are pounding the beach, leaving streaks of creamy white foam in the sand; then an hour later they have relaxed into giant rolling waves of the palest shade of clear blue green, gently lapping at the shore. 

The sea is like a chameleon, bewildered at the environment while rushing to make itself blend in despite the constant changes surrounding it.   

Monday, September 7, 2015

Evening Tides - Day 7 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Evening Tides" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65

Another ocean painting based on memories of last year's vacation at Stinson Beach.....these colorful waves are calling my name.  Time for another trip!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Between Two Worlds - Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Between Two Worlds" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65


There's just something about the crashing waves and the foamy beach that grounds me to the earth.  Being there makes me feel carefree and light - like I'm living in another world.  Then reality sits in and I have to return back home, to a bustling city and my life.  Two worlds......so close, yet so very far away. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tranquility - Day 5 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Tranquility" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" mat - $65
This little seascape looked so tranquil that I had to name the painting "Tranquility."  More inspiration from Goat Rock Beach in Northern Sonoma County. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Eye of the Storm - Day 4 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Eye of the Storm" - 6" x 6" acrylic on paper in 14" x 11" white mat - $65
I recently visited Goat Rock Beach in the northwestern part of Sonoma County, California with my artist friend Lynn Hatamiya .  We combed the beach for cool rocks and shells, and painted seascapes while keeping aggressive and hungry seagulls at bay.  The air was warm and misty, and the waves were gently rolling in the sand.  The sun was masked by the mist, which made the waves a soothing shade of pale blue-green as they bounced onto the shore. It was a magical day. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Symphonic Waves - Day 3 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Symphonic Waves" - 4.75" x 4.75" acrylic on paper in 10" x 8" mat - $55
Beautiful turquoise colored waves rolling gently underneath a flaxen-gold sky - can't you just hear the symphonies in the waves with this painting?