Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It feels wonderful to be painting again after a month's pause - I'm grateful to have a deadline, art class on Thursday night. The image is based on photos taken at the British Museum in London of the Elgin Marbles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Marbles and the Egyptian collection - as a child, I spent hours at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City devouring Egyptian art.
I'll be teaching a children's art class next Sunday; it's been a year since the last one. It will be an hour long to accomodate their different age/interest ; he wants active play after an hour while his sister would camp out on my floor if she could, her mother told me at Open Studio .
I got an interesting link from a fellow San Francisco ArtSpan artist Greg McKenna http://www.flickr.com/photos/valleylist/ .
Monday, October 22, 2012
Last photo is of my friends Patricia and Mark, the parents of Claire and Declan whom I gave an art lesson to last fall. They had several of my prints in the bathroom at their old apartment where I also did my gardening work. Since moving to their new house, the prints await unveiling discreetly in their boxes.They told me about the kids new activities- Declan takes fencing and is in the choir, Claire is into crayon art- pinned to a board and then heated with a hair dryer to melt into interesting shapes/patterns. They bought photo cards of their favorite paintings " for my wish list". I'm looking forward to the next art session with the kids .
I almost forgot to mention the first visitor of the day , Heather Villyard, the director of ArtSpan. She lives in my neighborhood and is hosting several artists in her home gallery space next weekend- www.truesilversf.com .She was blogging about her artist visits on her smart phone and included a photo of me and my location. She noted the difference between her earlier career, working as a fund-raiser at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and her current one- " it's so liberating it is to take collectors around to view art in the studios - people who can trust their own taste rather than rely on what " the experts" decree. I'll be at the gallery next Friday night .
Saturday, October 20, 2012
While she was there, my son called ; when I called him back, he asked how the show was going - I was touched by his thoughtfulness. He's learning about artists' needs to help them with the grant application process.
Kelly Burlingham http://www.stillmotionglass.com/ , the glass artist in my building gave a demonstration of fusing colored squares in the kiln and twisting them into long canes as they emerge. Tomorrow, she's making glass candy canes - so much fun to watch and see others enjoy.
I was about to leave at 5: 15 when my friends Daryl and Gretchen arrived ;"but it says until 6 on your postcard ", said Daryl. We've been to many art events together so I asked her to distinguish between an original watercolor and a giclee - fine art print. " You can see the paint on the surface in this one"- she's one sharp cookie ! They both bought some photo cards from me- 5 for $7 ; Gretchen likes the turtle images, reminds her of being in Hawaii. They also enjoyed the grapes and almonds from "Twin Girls" at the Noe Valley farmers' market.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Getting ready for Open Studio- hanging my work and feeling nostalgic for the 2 on the floor that were displaced from frames to make room for newer work. I've put up posters at Rainbow Grocery, in the dry cleaners' window by my house and at Joshua Simon, a well-visited women's clothing store in Noe Valley.
Yesterday I went on a gallery walk in downtown San Francisco and saw fabulous art by Marine Jardel
http://www.martinejardel.com/index.html , Alexis Manheim http://chandlersf.com/ and Dana Harel http://gallerywendinorris.com/a.php?view=&event_id=103. I was inspired as these artists work on paper and canvas. I came home feeling transformed by looking at great art, feeling a renewed dedication to my path an artist; it's easy to get caught up in the details and preoccupations of mounting a show and forget the larger picture.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
YES ! It's a YES ! Wow, I;'m so excited !
Guess this astrological forecast is correct ;http://www.skywatchastrology.com/members/3695/monday-october-8
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I'm getting ready for Open Studio- yesterday I hung the framed scorpionfish painting in the exhibit hall at Somarts on 9th St. in San Francisco. Today I designed the poster and sent it to my mailing list.I've updated my website http://www.rosiepowell.com/index.htm Next step is to take the ladder to studio to hang the lovely framed pieces. I got them back from the framers on Tuesday and they're still wrapped in plastic.
Kelly Burlingham who works in my building is showing the same weekend.http://stillmotionglass.com/
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Last night I went to a workshop at Art Span, Open Studios sponsoring organization, on DYI guerrilla marketing strategies, presented by artist Josh Coffy http://thegiftprolific.com/ and author Scott James http://scottandrewjames.com/ . The material was well presented, using engaging slides and entertaining examples. We received a one page hand out " 2 weeks to Open Studios: DYI Offline Promotions " packed with suggestions and spaces/ boxes for each day of the week to check off as tasks are done . We practiced giving our quick pitch- first practice on friends, they suggested. I felt great confidence and enthusiasm after telling Josh "I paint sea creatures,tankers and ancient sculpture. I'm making an environmental statement without judgment - it's all equally beautiful and it's how we live today." He said" I want to come see it. " I gave out business cards , writing the studio address and dates on it - I need to get postcards printed and update my website .
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Today's painting , titled "Talisman " -the finishing touch will be lightening the coloration on the statue.
In the past, I've labored in vain with watercolor on Arches watercolor paper to render jellyfish. With delicate precision and a light touch, using felt-tip pens on slick Yuppo paper, I was able to suggest their translucent glory. I'm thrilled at the grace and ease with which the jellyfish coalesced.
I'm getting ready for Open Studio October 20th and 21st from 11 to 6 pm. @ 1258 Fitzgerald Ave.#103, San Francisco, Ca. 94124.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
A glass octopus, my latest watercolor on Yupo paper. I'm finally beginning to enjoy working in this new/old way. I haven't used felt tip pens or watercolor in a while - building layers this way is fun instead of frustrating like my last two efforts with the synthetic paper. Figuring out what will stick to it, although stuff smudges onto the side of your hand, not the worst thing in the world !
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I have spent the last 6 weeks experimenting with watercolor on yupo paper, a synthetic paper that resists water. It's challenging to work with as the brush has to be really dry and the paint right from the tube - I watched a couple of how-to videos on the Empty Easel website that gave me some pointers and inspiration.I find I just have to keep at it to discover its unique qualities. It's incredibly easy to erase parts with a wet tissue. If I make the brush marks precisely and confidently, it's easier. It dries very slowly and it's difficult to build up layers as the underneath one get blurred quickly. I'm determined to finish the parrot fish although Arches watercolor paper would obviously work better for such a saturated image. I'm ready to move back to canvas again. It's been fun revisiting watercolor and understanding that I gradually shifted to acrylic for the more intense colors.
Yupo may be ideal for depicting the transparency of jellyfish so I may have another go at it.