Thursday, December 9, 2010

My jellyfish paintings- trying to capture their airy grace.....

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm having a show at Bucci's Restaurant, 6121 Hollis St. in Emeryville, CA. 94608 from January 8th to February 4th, 2011. The opening will be on January 12th from 4 to 6 pm.
I'm happy that I've got an abundance of framed pieces ready to go . The frames I had made this summer are much classier than the older ones so I may upgrade another one for Bucci's.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In October I found a new studio as the building I'd been working in is closing at the end of the year for seismic upgrading. I'm delighted by my new space , the landlords and the other artists/craftspeople tenants. I moved with the help of my friends Steve and Bill- a big thank you to them. I'm finally settling in and painting again. I'm planning an Open House after the holidays.

My opening on August 21st at the LightRoom in Berkeley was a delight- thank you to all my friends and collectors who came. My six large original watercolor/acrylic paintings, two of them newly framed, looked wonderful along the east wall. Smaller giclee prints and a few originals filled the rest of the space.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm back at work after almost a month off preparing for my show. I feel exhilarated. I'm persevering on a close-up I considered " too difficult". Now it has so many different colors and textures- the eye is especially intricate , a little planet all of its own. Reminds me of the view of the human eye I saw at the optometrist when my ex-husband's iris was injured with a fleck of metal debris- it looked like a small crater on Saturn. The fish eye is more psychedelic and definitely intact.
Tomorrow I pick up finishe giclees at the printers. The Fire of summer is lighting up every aspect of my life .

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


S/He wanted to be included in the last post ....

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I'm getting ready for my show at the LightRoom , 2263 5th St.Berkeley, CA. from August 16th to Sept. 6th. The opening is Saturday August 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. Half of the show will be giclees- fine art prints of my original paintings- made by Rob Reiter, the owner of the LightRoom. The rest will be my original watercolor/ acrylics on paper. I've made two larger works- 22" x 30"- for the show. I'm excited to see them framed and in suspense about price increase since last time I had a large piece framed ! I cant wait to see two different sizes of the same work on the walls- I'm having smaller giclees made of the two new works. I'm pondering possibilities for next year's show. Several deadlines are coming up this summer so I'm gearing up on all fronts. I look forward to having a great time with you all, whether you are able to be there in person or in spirit. Enjoy the rest of the summer. We're waiting for fall here in San Francisco for our toasty weather !

Sunday, April 11, 2010

These are my latest paintings, a moray eel and a sea dragon. I'm working with a smaller #1 brush , 1/8" wide and pointy - marking pens bleed with water, which is annoying . I'm working more slowly and carefully, savoring each stroke. It reminds me of my first paint-by-number but I get to design and paint it.
My recent trip to Kansas for my son's wedding was wonderful- I love his bride who is beautiful inside and out. I was able to visit the wonderful Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City twice. I really wanted to see the larger than life-sized gilded statue of Kwan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion. I've seen her reproduced so many times and used her image in some fun collages in the early '90s. She was hidden behind a screen, quite befitting her modesty , as a new exhibit was being installed- I took a peek through the joints of the screen and a blurry photo too. My English brother commented "You wouldn't find a museum of this quality in a city of similar size in the UK." It was like a mini British Museum, so many different cultures were represented. I'll be going back there for sure. I didn't get to the African art.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Today, the two week Chinese New Year period ends. Time to put away the lovely decorations and hope the Tiger treats us well this coming year. I saw a wonderful movie, Sea Horse Sleuth, at the Ocean Film Festival on Feb. 7th.

Sea Horse Sleuth video

I'm inspired by the nuanced colors of seahorses and have been painting them avidly for a few months.

I took down my art show from the Tomate Cafe - thanks to all of you who dropped by to see it. I'll be in a group show in April at Autobody Fine Art in Alameda in April. My next solo show will be in August at the LightRoom in Berkeley. I'll post the details as I get them.

My son is getting married in a month; I've been excited and somewhat distracted from painting. I'm grateful my weekly art (MICA)classes keep me focused.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

On January 9, I signed a lease on a studio ( 200 sq. ft.) with huge south facing windows at the Art Explosion ,a multi-studio former warehouse on 17th & Potrero. I imagined using it as a gallery space for Open Studios in the Spring and Fall- Big Time Art Star . Then I didn't want to give up my 140 sq. ft. studio in the Noe Valley Ministry, 10 minutes walk from my house,which seemed bigger after I moved room divider screens and finished artwork to the new place. (The Church will be closing for renovation in November). Last Friday, hanging my large watercolors on the walls at Art Explosion, I realized the sun would hit them and bleach them out. So I decided to cut my losses and give notice. I want to get paintings reproduced/gicleed,framed and out in various venues. I need a storage unit and a smaller work table at the Ministry studio to create more space. I could move out of my apartment and use it as an art studio- what would my cat make of that ? Life in the storage unit or at the Plaza with Eloise ? Tune in for the sequel.