Friday, April 30, 2010

5 New Paintings Delivered to Elliott Fouts Gallery

Next weekend is the local open studio tour the Loomis Art Loop that I take part in every May and October.  Prior to the open studio tour I like to refresh the collection of my work at the gallery that represents me in Sacramento, Elliott Fouts Gallery.  The gallery is located at 4749 J Street, between 47th and 48th in the East Sacramento neighborhood.  Their website is, and telephone number is (916) 736-1429.  They are open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays).  11:00 am – 6:00 pm weekdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.   Here are photos of the paintings I delivered, they are hanging in the front of the gallery.  Stop by and see them in person if you are in Sacramento.

Golden Twins

“Golden Twins”   oil on canvas  24” x 30”  $950.00


“Tulip”  oil on canvas  12” x 12”  $400.00

Ruby Tulips

“Red Tulips”  Watercolor on Aquabord  12” x 12”  $400.00

All Things Tropical

“All Things Tropical”  Watercolor on Aquabord 12” x 12”  $400.00

Hawaiian Heliconia

“Hawaiian Heliconia”  Watercolor on Aquabord  12” x 12”  $400.00

Now back to work to get ready to open my home studio next weekend.  The Loomis Art Loop is a FREE studio tour, to learn more and print out a free map click on this link

Friday, April 16, 2010

Artful Bra II Show Call for Entries

Artful Bra II Show Auction to Benefit the American Cancer Society

Yes you read that right, this is a show of “Artful Bras”.  My good friend Paula Amerine is the clever woman behind this show.  Last year it was a real hoot!  Seriously, there was a “Hooter’s Bra”.

The Artful Bra Show is an opportunity for both artists and community members to contribute to a great cause and a great event.  Create a bra themed work of art in any medium, or be creative and decorate a real bra.  Bra entries may be wearable, or can be any artistic representation (not wearable).

All entries will be auctioned during the live auction or silent auction.  High Hand Gallery and The Artful Bra Show reserve the right to photograph and document entries for publicity, promotion, fundraising, and record keeping.

Entries (completed bras) must be delivered on May 11 or May 12 to High Hand Art Gallery at 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650.  A $10.00 entry fee for each artist/creator is due at delivery.

For more information, contact:  Paula Amerine (530) 613-8340.

Important Dates:

Tuesday May 11 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Wednesday May 12 (10:00am – 8:00pm) Deliver completed bras to High Hand Art Gallery.

Friday May 21 Benefit Dinner & Live Auction at High Hand Cafe

Saturday May 22 Ladies Night Out & Silent Auction at High Hand Complex

Sunday May 23 at noon Silent Auction ends.

I hope a lot of my friends will enter, this is so fun to work on and it is for such a worthy cause.  And the Benefit Dinner and Ladies Night Out are catered by the High Hand Conservatory Cafe, yum yum yum!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Silk Painting Workshop to be held in Auburn

My friend Silk Painter Merridee Smith asked me to spread the word about this exciting workshop.  Merridee is hosting the workshop in her Auburn studio, and the Instructor is the well known silk painter Susan Louise Moyer. 

Merridee says Watercolor enthusiasts as well as silk painters will find this workshop to be an exciting departure from tradition and an inspiration for new directions.

3-Day DyeColour Painting on Silk Technique

Instructor:  Susan Louise Moyer

June 4 – 6, Friday, Saturday, Sunday   9:30am – 4:30pm

Old Library Art Studios (OLAS)

175 Almond Street, Auburn, CA 95603

Level:  Novice-Advanced

$350. workshop, $35. materials fee

The DyeColour process involves sizing the surface of the silk so that liquid dyes can be applied without the use of resist.  The diversity of the medium gives the artist a smorgasbord of techniques that go beyond traditional watercolor.  Silk is more forgiving than paper allowing the artist to apply, manipulate and pick up color without the worry of destroying the surface.  The transparent dye enables the artist to mix and achieve luminous rich color.  The painting techniques that will be taught include:  washes, shading, blending, textures, stenciling and wax resist.  Color theory, composition and combining traditional silk painting techniques with DyeColour painting will also be explored.  As the inspired artist develops ideas that involve multiple techniques, the potential of this creative medium expands to meet the needs of the artist allowing the artist to grow.

Registration and information:

Merridee Joan Smith   email  web site

Susan Louise Moyer  (800) 790-6377

email  web site  

Monday, April 12, 2010

Display your Art on weekends: April – May at the Horton Iris Garden, Loomis California


The Barn Art Wall is available for artists to display and sell their own art on weekends during the busy Iris season.  The wall in the barn is 40 feet long and is covered and shaded.  You must be present to sell your art. 

The Horton Iris Garden is located in the Loomis Basin near Interstate 80 at the Penryn exit.  Please contact the farm at (916) 652-4351 to reserve a space, or see the website at  and use the contact page.

Plein Air 2-day event at Horton Iris Farm


Harvesting-iris on the Horton Iris Garden

The Hortons invite you to their Iris Garden to paint in the gardens or by the pond Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, no charge.  On Saturday, the Quick Draw Competition is followed by a reception and awards in the afternoon.  Email for application  - $35. fee for Quick Draw.

If you have attended the Loomis Art Loop Art Studio Tour in the past then you know how beautiful this 8 acre farm with its over eleven hundred varieties of iris really is.    Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the tour again this year, May 8 and 9 (Mother’s Day is May 9). To print the tour map and see the work of all the artists, including Doug Horton and myself, click on .  As always the Loomis Art Loop Art Studio Tour is FREE!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tropical Flower Painting Class, Jo Kopp’s painting

Bird by Jo Kopp

As a teacher there is nothing more fun then seeing a student complete a painting that she is happy with.  Especially when I know it is a step in a new direction, or one of her best paintings.  So thank you Jo for emailing this photo of your completed painting from the Tropical Flower Painting class in February.  It is truly a beauty!

Just so you know how hard Jo worked to create this painting, here is a description of what we did in this class:

The Tropical Flower Painting class is a watercolor class I teach each February, that helps students to really “see”  to their subjects better.  We work from live flowers, no photos allowed.  We concentrate on really seeing the colors made by reflected light bouncing into shadows, the texture of the plant, how the shapes relate, the true colors, all the things that don’t always show up when working from a photograph. 

If you missed it, watch for this class again next February.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A new painter’s success


Joanie Adam's Quail on Aquabord
Joanie Adam’s watercolor of quail on Aquabord

Joanie Adams began painting about 18 months ago.  When she came to my Beginner’s Workshop she described herself as being “very good at making brown”.  She worked hard in that workshop, and even took it again a few months later to make sure she “got it”.  Since then she has taken a class here and there from local teachers including me.  But what makes Joanie a successful painter so soon is she practices.

I am proud of you Joanie, and I hope this story is inspiring to others out there trying to learn to paint watercolors.  Put the miles on the brush….that is the key!