I think being an artist is a kind of compulsion, once you get an idea in your head, you just want to explore it and see it come to be! It was kind of like that with my albino deer cookies, it’s not like there wasn’t enough to eat at the reception but I thought these little cookies inspired by my Bed of Ghost painting would be so cute! Tips? Do it ahead of time so the herd won’t get scruffy before the icing sets!
I was delighted to give an impromptu Artist Talk at Fade (my solo show at Vargas Gallery at Mission College) prompted by my friend artist Lorraine Lawson who kindly rounded up a great group which included people with backgrounds in galleries, marketing and art. It is a special thing when artists come out to support other artists!
I loved sharing the stories behind these paintings, how I choose both medium and technique to help tell the tale and the symbolism I try to employ.
Telling the story behind Blooming Deadwood.
So nice to see artists Veronica Gross, Dotti Cichon, Lorraine Lawson and Linda Benenati! We are enjoying the suggestion that I get a scissor lift for my paintings like Hung Liu uses!
Sometimes you can better see what’s in your heart with your eyes closed.
Talking about employing chiaroscuro (light /dark) in both the lighting of the figure but also more figuratively in the lightness of the feathers and the darkness of the Bacchanal in the folding screen.
Talking about combining different experiences to create an image, the albino deer of Pine Mountain Lake, the dormant forest at Picchetti, a nest of branches at Kirkwood, the fawns that visit my backyard and the antler drops I have in my studio.
With gallerist Kumiko Iwasawa, Lorraine Lawson and designer Robin Sedgewick.
Kumiko Iwasawa in front of Blooming Deadwood – we spoke of exhibiting at her gorgeous gallery, Iwasawa Oriental Art, in the spring!