Friday, December 16, 2011
I had my last few days in Inverness at the J.B. Blunk residency. I worked so hard and completed four paintings and three drawings. I started a few others and made one total flop that will never see the light of day. That always happens... But, I am so very happy with all of the good work that I produced. Through the beauty, silence, fog, sun, rain and many new friends found up on the mountain, I gained some new insight into myself and my work. I started including human eyes in my composition where only animals were once allowed. I noticed abstract shapes in nature, where it had not been on my radar before. I learned to get a little loose with my mind and my application when I used both paint and pencil. I know that I'm totally nutty detailed, but I really did loosen up on some of those lines. A visitor pointed out to me that much like Gordon Onslow Ford (The painter), I was using line, dot and circle. Well, I looked really closely at my tree stump drawing and WHOA! They were right. It's all made up of those three symbols, beloved by Ford. I was influenced and I didn't even know it.
So, here are some photos of my last couple of days at the residency. My six year old son told me on the day I left to come up here: "Mom! I will NOT say goodbye. I will only say I LOVE YOU!" And that is just how I feel about all of the people of Inverness, Pt. Reyes Station and the Lucid Foundation. I won't forget you and I am so happy to have stayed for a little while.
Monday, November 28, 2011
This is a perfect short story shown with photos of my fantastic days up here. Art, nature and coffee at the Blackbird Cafe in Inverness. Can it get any better than this?! I think not.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have been very interested in all of the green shag carpeting that covers everything in the forest. It has been fun to just stand next to a random tree and peer into a small world filled with it's own ecosystem. All in a space the size of my head. It is wet and dry, soft and hard. Bright and dull. I want to try my best to draw some of this....
Monday, November 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I have posted here one of the medium sized paintings on linen that I have been working on in the first week and half of my residency. I was happily surprised by two new friends as well!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Hi, it's my first week here at the J.B. Blunk Residency and I've spent the last several days getting to know this amazing and wonderful home and studio. I'm from Berkeley, CA. so I know the area a little bit, but not too much. The people are nice in Inverness and Pt. Reyes Station. I draw a lot of animals and the locals pointed me in the direction of the main Ranger Station. A volunteer there told me all of the local wildlife gossip! People here are serious about their wildlife and land.