Gray Display Wall

Walls in galleries are usually painted white, presumably so as not to distract from the art. But I’ve found that my art goes great on a gray wall - the neutrality of gray actually makes my colors pop even more. I had a chance to test this theory recently when I painted a display section on a wall in my studio gray and hung my work salon-style. I think it works quite nicely - what do you think?

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Imagery gallery day

Had a blast up at Imagery Estate Winery in Sonoma on Sunday. Got to sign wine bottles and prints of my original painting, which is on view in the gallery (it's behind glass, presumably because it's right next to the tasting room - in case anyone gets too crazy!).

Rotating art for Summer Entertaining

One of the perks of being an artist - I always have art to rotate through my house every time I’m entertaining guests. Makes for a good storage solution between exhibitions too:)

Cheers to lazy days of summer & sippin’ on a cool beverage!

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August 18: Imagery Winery Gallery Day

Wine and art, you say? Heard that one before. BUT, this time I made an original painting for the label of an exceptional wine by Imagery Estate Winery. And trust me - this limited-edition red wine from Sonoma is delicious!

The 2016 Teroldego - a rare Italian grape that I’m happy to know about now - will be released on August 18. You can learn more about it (from the wine-makers) and more about ME (from, well, me) as I will be on-site for their Gallery Day. I’ll be signing bottles, so come on by and get yours.

Not local? You’ll be able to buy it online (under reds) after the release date.

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Loupe Art Streaming

My art is being streamed on Loupe - a visual art player, where you can “DISCOVER, DISPLAY AND BUY ARTWORK FROM AROUND THE GLOBE!”

Click here to explore, stream and/or shop the collection - including prints - so there are options for everybody’s budget.

Streaming art was a new concept for me - I’d love to know how you use it and what you think.

Agglomeration @ Keystone Gallery

Wow! I’m so proud of this show that my wonderful studio mate Kim Marra and I put on last month, and the immensely positive reception of the work just goes to show that we’re on to something! Click the button to see more photos and read all about our show.

Kim Marra & Christine Rasmussen at Keystone Art Space.
Christine Rasmussen & Kim Marra at Keystone Art Space

Bright, billowy clouds

I feel like I’m moving into new territory with this painting. Not only in scale - at 4 feet by 5 feet it is impressive! - but also because of those bright, billowy clouds. I work from photos I take, and so much of the year Los Angeles is blue skies, casting the most amazing light. But sometimes I miss clouds - almost as much as I miss rain and thunderstorms! - and we were blessed this springtime with some amazing ones:)

I could talk a lot more about this painting - including how that pink wall wasn’t really pink, but was inspired by some color palettes I saw in the 1/4 exhibit of Robert Rauschenberg at LACMA - talk about large-scale! But I’d love to know what you think about this piece, any questions you have, comments welcome!

Currently on view at Keystone Gallery through July 1.

C. Rasmussen, Ave. 20, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

C. Rasmussen, Ave. 20, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Spring Open Studios @ Keystone

Thanks to everyone who attended our Spring Open Studios at Keystone Art Space! We enjoyed chatting with so many art lovers.

Photos from STUDIO C14, shared by Christine Rasmussen & Kim Marra. Hope you come back to our 2-person show in June in the Gallery space (details here).

In front of Christine Rasmussen’s paintings.

In front of Christine Rasmussen’s paintings.

C. Rasmussen, large pieces from  Fenomenal  series.

C. Rasmussen, large pieces from Fenomenal series.

Works in progress by C. Rasmussen

Works in progress by C. Rasmussen

In front of Kim Marra’s paintings.

In front of Kim Marra’s paintings.

Classes for Creatives: Coming Soon

I am teaching two new classes for artists & creatives:

  • Self-Care for Artists: 3 Steps to Thrive is an online course that will be available via Skillshare.com, debuting in October. Watch my short introduction video to get a taste.

  • Networking for Introverts is an in-person workshop I offer here in LA. Upcoming date: TBA.

If you would like to be notified when these classes are live, please contact me or sign up for my newsletter. And feel free to share with anyone else who may be interested.

Inspiration from My Yoga Studio

I get inspiration from places that make me feel safe, and one of these is my yoga studio. In fact, I’ve made 2 paintings to-date inspired by the view out their window (which I often view upside-down in downward facing dog pose!). Here’s one of them - with artistic license, of course!

C. Rasmussen |  I Try to Show Them  | oil on canvas | 30 x 30 inches |  available

C. Rasmussen | I Try to Show Them | oil on canvas | 30 x 30 inches | available

When I mentioned this to the lovely staff of One Down Dog, they invited me to hang 4 of my paintings in the Eagle Rock location for the month of September, celebrating Yoga Month. I will be present doing an Art Pop-up and selling prints on Sept. 15 (9am-12pm) and Sept 18 (4-8pm).

Check location hours if you want to stop in and view the paintings at other times (no yoga required!). Paintings also available through my SHOP.

When an Artist Marries a Musician...

…magic ensues! I know, I know, it’s not a funny joke, it’s just true. On August 4, 2018, I tied the knot with my best friend and partner of 8 years, Ricky. Thanks to our many talented and creative friends and family (and our vendors!), we threw a visually stunning and brilliantly sound-tracked extravaganza.

We were so touched by all the love we received from our people, who traveled from 3 countries and almost a dozen states to come celebrate with us. And I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have married this guy who makes me laugh, puts up with my angst and brings out the childlike spirit inside me.    

Los Angeles Invitational

I'm delighted that my painting, Fire in My Eyes, was selected for Art Essex Gallery's Los Angeles Invitational.

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C. Rasmussen,  Fire in My Eyes,  2018. Oil on canvas, 24x24 inches. 

C. Rasmussen, Fire in My Eyes, 2018. Oil on canvas, 24x24 inches. 

This group show was juried by Tressa Williams, Director at George Billis Gallery. 

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The Perfect Picnic Spot

I've had FOUR different studios since moving to LA 2.5 years ago (!). I was starting to feel like the bears in that children's book The Bears’ Picnic by Stan & Jan Berenstain who are seeking the "perfect" picnic spot and being continually thwarted. (*Spoiler alert:* They end up having a picnic right back at home where they started - years before the term "stay-cation" was coined!).

Here's a slideshow of my various studios: 

C. Rasmussen | A slideshow of my "LA Studio Hop,” 2016-18.

I'm happy to report that I've found my studio "home" at Keystone Art Space, where I've been for a year now. In April I moved into a new, bigger studio in the same building that I share with the delightful abstract painter Kim Marra.

Scroll through these photos of our Studio C14: 

I know this is the perfect spot for me. I love sharing my studio with Kim, whose work compliments mine - as many visitors noted at our Open Studios on June 9. Keystone has a wonderful community of professional artists who all inspire and encourage me to be a better artist. I'm reminded how important it is to surround oneself with people who make one thrive

MISSED OPEN STUDIOS? Contact me to schedule a studio visit.

VIEW A VIDEO TOUR OF STUDIO C14

Frostini & Sizzling Sunset

I love house paint names - can you blame me? Here's a time lapse video of my new studio mate Kim Marra and me freshening up our studio door in preparation for Open Studios on June 9 with Frostini (a.k.a. pale green) and Sizzling Sunset (a.k.a. fluorescent orange).

And here's my puppy Oni, who came to oversee us putting our names on straight after the paint dried - he takes his job very seriously! 

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