Last year when my studio re-opened after the lock-down, I brought home some clay, mostly slab scraps. I cut the scraps into strips and rolled them into thinner strips which caused the edges to stretch and crack, creating the wonderful texture I wanted. I stood the strips on end, stacking multiple strips together to form the finished composition. These pieces were inspired by the striations that were revealed in mountains and hillsides when they were excavated to make the roads we travel on. These wall pieces will be available at studio #27, 32 Forest Drive in Napa during Open Studios Napa Valley September 18-19, & 25-26.
Assemblage….is what best fits my work…
I first discovered the shadows on a piece of ceramic work at the DeYoung museum…and one day a neighbor had a garage sale with a box of unused adding machine tape….and the idea struck me!
So when I use adding machine tape or newspaper…I look to see what kind of shadows occur….they vary as the light changes…
The paper is painted before placing on the canvas…
And on occasion …I will add Kosher salt…grout or more paint to achieve the look I’m trying to create.
There is a website link on my about the artist page that shows a demonstration of a paper (assemblage) flag at its creation.
Nick has co-published a childrens book! Nick writes, “Our daughter Christian wrote it and I illustrated it. The Queen of Flowers is the next book.”
Ann updated on her display at Art Gallery Napa Valley today. Ann writes, “I decided that I should unify my exhibit to display a single medium.” Ann comments that there is an ongoing debate amongst artists about how best to display ones work. Some feel a variety of mediums best informs the viewer about the artist, while others maintain that a consistent look and feel is desirable. The latter is the approach of Open Studios Napa Valley where Ann has participated in recent years, that is when she not been traveling in September.
Marlene writes “
“Bubblegum “ is an ink painting: 14 x 14. I began this ink series when I found Zentangles designs several years ago. I liked the meditative aspect of repeated designs in Ink and color patterns. Zentangles and pattern paintings are part of my creative lexicon.
Inktober celebrates creations composed with inks and is highlighted the month of October.
Bubblegum is displayed at the Artist of The Valley, 1307 First Street. Napa, CA.
Limited edition Giclee on canvas 48″ x 36″ (original sold)
The original oil was painted “Plein Aire” near St Helena off Silverado Trail. I tried to capture the feel of summer in this piece by capturing all the subtle warm and cool greens that are so prevalent in the valley during the summer months. I hope to convey the feeling of having a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc while gazing across the vineyards.
Marlene writes, “I became fascinated with the night sky. This spring I viewed the full moon several consecutive nights. I covered amazing colors and values of blue gray lit by the moon. A new painting series was born, I am now working on the 10th canvas in this series. Four of the canvases are in the Art Gallery Napa Valley at 1307 First Street, downtown Napa.
Shown Left: Wine Moon, oil, 8″ x 12″
Moonglow, oil, 11″ x14″