“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where the dogs went.” – Will Rogers.
A pack of pooches were juried into the display in the front window of Gallery 24 for the month of November. Paintings are by Julia Watson, Kay Duffy, myself, Sandi Okita and Kevin Kasik.
Here’s a close up of my painting, Retriever in the Orchard, a 12″ x 12” oil on panel. I met this beautiful chocolate lab bounding through the historic apricot orchard in Saratoga between rain showers and piano lessons one spring.
Gallery lighting is for paintings – not people & cameras only work when the batteries are charged!
That aside, here are the few photos I have from Gallery 24’s Holiday Party last night which was great (before my battery went dead)! I got to meet so many lovely people including some of the artists who have recently become members! Also two go my hummingbirds had flown off the tree to new homes before I even got to the party!
I love belonging to gallery with such engaged artists and sponsors, (Los Gatos Morning Rotary Charitable Foundation) and such a supportive community!
Me with my birds….
Holiday Tree trimmed with small treasures.
Micheal Rogan’s floral.
Shannon Amidon with her encaustic painting of a silhouetted tree and hawk ….
That’s better …Occhiolism.
And then my battery went dead and I could actually talk to people!
It is the tradition at Gallery 24 (formerly Los Gatos Museum Gallery) to trim the tree with little paintings, small treasures all $100 each, this year I have two of my 4×4″ hummingbird paintings at the tipity top – can you spot the white hummingbird? It’s a bit like seeing it out in the wild!
I know that David Stonesifer will have some of his very popular Vintage Santa paintings on the tree as well!
I’m still trying to decide whether to wear my hummingbird dress or something more sparkly? Throw something fun on and come down for a drink and a bite, some art and lots and lots of fabulous company! Party runs from 6-8:30 tonight, 24 N Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos, California!
Our Holiday Party at Gallery 24 is tomorrow night from 6-8:30 pm!
Everyone is welcome to stop by for a cup of good cheer and festive nibbles! We have a tree covered with tiny paintings and you can see the work of the following artists, many who will be present!
Mary Ann Henderson
Phyllis Ann Jenkins
Betty Turrentine McGuire
Julia Munger Seelos
Karen Van Galder
We’re at 24 N Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos, California.
In Anemone Tea I, which I’ve just listed on the website and will be taking into Gallery 24 this morning, I’ve paired one of the Steller’s Jays that hangs out around my studio with an antique blue flow Chen-Si teacup and anemones which signify forsaken love in the Victorian language of flowers.
I just listed Magnolia Tea II on the website and will be bringing it into Gallery 25 with a flock of other Birds and Teacups. In this painting, I tried to bring home some of the magic of spotting a white hummingbird in the wild to capture it in a domestic still life with this unusual, unpainted Limoges demitasse set and Magnolia Grandiflora bloom which represents nobility and perseverance in the Victorian language of flowers.
I love how these paintings come together, often the teacup is the inspirational launching point, but this time I had spotted a Townsend’s Warbler in my neighbor’s camellias and while photographing it (such a shy bird) I began to imagine what flower might suit its sweet masked face… and knew right away that it had to be the black and yellow striped petunia which I picked up in one of my local nurseries, and finding a matching teacup turned to be a cinch on ebay – a Royal Standard bone china classic from England! When I discovered the Victorian meaning of the petunia was “your presence soothes me”, I thought of the mourning jewelry I’ve been quietly obsessed with as of late and included a braided hair locket in my vignette. Of course, it wasn’t complete until I had a backdrop worked out and my yellow cotton dress with black and white feather embroidery seemed perfect. I’ve framed the painting in a sculptural, undulating black frame with a rich patina. I liked this combination so much, I went on to paint a matching Petunia Tea II with a gold locket.
Both of these paintings were just listed on my website and I will be taking them into Gallery 24 in Los Gatos, California this Friday along with a flock which includes a Steller’s Jay, a White Anna’s Hummingbird and a House Finch, which I’ll be posting, post haste!