Last Hours – SVOS 2014

I was able to squeeze in a few more studio visits before time ran out on the 28th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. Click on the artist’s name for a link to their website.

First on my list was Ed Lucey‘s hilltop Los Gatos studio ( Site 271).  I have admired his work since I arrived in California in 1997 where I saw it at the Pacific Art League and although we both belong to the Los Gatos Museums Art Gallery and the Los Gatos Art Association, I have never seen his studio!

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Artist in his Studio

I was not disappointed. It was overflowing with richly hued landscapes and the occasional still life and that was just what was on the walls – lots more in the pull out racks!

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey and guests

The artist talking with studio guests.

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey -  Valley View

Ed Lucey’s work is really rooted in the local landscape, you can feel that as you gaze out over the valley below his studio.

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Los Gatos Studio

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Wall of Art

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Plein Air

His plein air easel was set up on the patio – you really need that umbrella for the California sun!

SVOS 2014 Michael Rogan ( Site 271)

Michael Rogan, who belongs to the Los Gatos Museums Gallery and the Los Gatos Art Association too, was also exhibiting his work at Ed’s. Michael had his great watercolor landscapes and portraits and I’ve seen his roosters before but his parrots were new to me!

Not the only wildlife to be seen at  the studio…..

Rattlesnake - photo Maie Cameron 2014

Rattle - photo Marie Cameron 2014

Yes, that’s a rattler – a little one and, sadly, not a live one anymore but it was amazing to examine it up close and to remember that though we seldom see these snakes, they’re close by!


SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart

The last stop on my list was Holly Van Hart‘s Saratoga studio. I met Holly this last year as she became a new member of the Los Gatos Museums Gallery and won the Triton Museum of Art’s Statewide Painting Competition (and a coveted solo show). She’s busy preparing an “oeuvre” of nest and egg themed paintings related to her winning entry, Possibilities Abound, for this upcoming exhibition.

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart- Possibilities Alight

Possibilities Alight

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart- Queen of Possibilities

Queen of Possibilities

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart - Studio

Holly’s nests are very warm and fluid and textured, I especially love Possibilities Alight where the nest is precariously perched among all those lovely magnolias and the activity within the nest is implied but still mysterious. Can’t wait for the show!


Open Studio Day 2!

Path to the Studio

Another brilliant day for Open Studios, in California’s Silicon Valley where there are droves of people who either make art, appreciate art or buy art, often all of the above! Oh yes, and nearly every day is reliably gorgeous! Sunday was warm and sunny and there was a steady stream of art lovers through my studio, over a hundred people for sure! I soon gave up my light attempt to paint and enjoyed my guests instead, a fantastic combination of artists, clients, neighbors and friends all dropping by to say hello or discover my work for the first time.

 Studio Angels

Luckily, all three of my studio angels, Judy, Ann and Mary were on hand to help out!

Artist Cuong Nguyenand his lovely friend Kim.

I was delighted that the brilliant portrait artist Cuong Nguyen dropped by with his beautiful friend, Kim. He’s such a pleasure to talk with and I always value his opinion (and adore his compliments)! I was happy to sign my first illustrated book, Buddhist Tales for each of them.

Addie, Sam and I

I was happy to welcome pastel artist Sam Pearson and his lovely wife Addie who I know through the Los Gatos Museums Gallery. It was fun to show them the pieces that don’t make it to the gallery either because they are being reserved for a solo exhibition or they are oversized or in my own personal collection.

Explaining Stellae Maris


We’re looking at my painting Stellae Maris, a tribute to my reverence for the sea.

Talking with Sandy, Lynn & Julia

Watercolorists  Nancy deWeess and Julia Watson as well as mixed media artist Jeanette Turkus, all LGMG members as well, came out to support me too! Julia’s checking out my Florilegia series while I describe my process to art collector and Master Gardener, Lynn Richards and fabric designer Sandy Hovancik.

Lynn, Me & Sandy Visiting children under the arbor. Celeste and Kari

It’s hard to be host and photographer both, I’m thankful to everyone who stopped to be in a picture or to take one!  Still, I missed the shot of the beautiful girl with hair as aqua as China Cove and Tony’s peach shirt and straw hat that sung of summer.

 Two Maries and one great ice cream!










Yarn bomber, film and ice cream maker Marie Hetherington came by with her handmade artisinal rosewater and pistachio ice cream! Just divine, in fact, I need to devote an entire post just to that – stay tuned! Meanwhile notice the red dots on the wall!

Lost Orchard by Marie Cameron 2012  Last Stand by Marie Cameron 2011

Rose Mandala II by Marie Cameron 2013

Cherry Blossom Twins by Marie Cameron 2012

Odessa's Kitchen Floor '50s by Marie Cameron 2000 oil on linoleum 7" x 5" 

Mussel Shell I by Marie Cameron 2013

Yes, lots of paintings found new homes this weekend, Lost Orchard, Last Stand, Mussel Shell I, Odessa’s Kitchen Floor ’50s , Odessa’s Kitchen Floor ’60s, Rose Mandala II,  Tickle, Do It, and Speak as well all my copies of Buddhist Tales Thank you to everyone,  I so appreciate your interest, and enthusiastic support!

Days End


I never did find time to get back to that painting!