Red Wheelbarrow 2017 Launch and Reading

What a transporting evening of poetry and prose at the Launch Reading for the Red Wheelbarrow 2017 National Edition last night! So excited to be with curator and artist Sara Cole and editor Ken Weisner holding my very own copy of Red Wheelbarrow 2017!

The book, the painting, the artist, the curator and the microphone, warming up and ready to go!

Joe Miller of Works/San José hosting the launch and reading.

Rob Pesich of the Poetry Center San José and Ken Weisner, editor of the Red Wheelbarrow and a faculty member of the Creative Writing Department at DeAnza College.

Artist and poet Sara Cole was the Art Curator for this beautiful edition of the Red Wheelbarrow , she selected works curated for an upcoming show Repository, a group show of Bay Area Women.

Congratulations to Partridge Boswell from Vermont who read his poem “Pop a Wheelie” which took 1st place in the inaugural Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize!

Lauren Goldstein, from New Mexico (Poetry Prize Finalist) reading “Elegy with Feathers”.

I’m happy to report that poetry is alive and well, heartbreaking, hilarious, tender and kicking! Go get some! Go write some!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

¡Red Wheelbarrow Book Launch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How exciting…. the book launch for the national edition of the Red Wheelbarrow is this Tuesday, December 12 from 7-9 pm at Works/San José, 365 Market Street, San Jose, California!  Doors open at 6:30pm and performance begins at 7:00pm.
Free appetizers and affordable wine, beer and soda. Suggested admission $2 – but no one will be turned away.

Books will be available for purchase with my painting Magnolia Tea II smack-dab on the cover!  This volume of art, poetry and prose was compiled by Ken Weisner who invited Sara Cole to curate the art which includes work by:

Pilar Agüero-Esperanza
Jhina Alvarado-Morse
Natalya Burd
Marie Cameron
Sara Cole
Kim Frohsin
Kristin Lindseth-Rivera
Mila Libman Starbird
Margaret Wherry

Featured readers from the new issue of Red Wheelbarrow and from the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize will include:

Len Anderson
Rose Black
Dave Denny
Alex Giardino
Rosie King
Lita Kurth
Peter Nash
Dion O’Reilly
Lisa Allen Ortiz
McTate Stroman II
David Allen Sullivan
Aimee Suzara
Robert Sward
Cynthia White

In celebration of the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize:

Partridge Boswell, from Vermont
Gary Young
Lauren Goldstein, from New Mexico
Susan Kelly-Dewitt

Fur Feathers & Fins Tonight!

 

Tonight is the FUR, FEATHERS & FINS exhibition, juried by DeWitt Cheng, Curator of Stanford Art Spaces,  at the Pacific Art League from 5:30 − 8:00 pm. I have three of my Birds & Teacup paintings in this show where a percentage of proceeds from sales will go to support the local Humane Society. I can’t wait to see this Pink Rhino #1 by Jihoon Choi!

Anemone Tea I  - oil on board – 12″x12″

Petunia Tea I – oil on board – 12″x12″

Magnolia Tea II  - oil on board – 12″x12″

 

 

Painting of Magnolia Tea II

So happy to get to my first painting of the white hummingbird I had so gleefully stalked with my telephoto at the Arboretum in Santa Cruz a few months back. I have lots of plans for all photos I took of him  but I wanted to start with something for my Birds & Teacups series.  I paired him with a white Limogues T&V demitasse, which is a delicate and glowing as the bird, and a magnolia grandiflora bloom.  If I’s wanted to be matchy-matchy I might have painted whit ivy, which seems to be depicts on the handle of the demitasse, but there’s enough magic and mystery going on in this image and I really loved the the scale of the flower compared to the bird and the cup.

Quick oil sketch in rose and vilolet tones.

Blocked in a whole lot of loose color, working largely dark to light.

Placing more halftones and highlights.

Blending.

Honing.

Refining.

Good day’s work but I ran out of daylight and objectivity. By Monday I should have more of both!