In September, I spent 3 blissful weeks in wine country on my first artist residency (aka, painting retreat).
The Chalk Hill Artist Residency is on the Warnecke Ranch, 81 acres of land on the Russian River, growing several varietals of grapes for various winemakers in the region. I lived in an 1890s farmhouse - filled with art books! - and painted in a former goat barn, converted into a large studio.
I kept a sketchbook, and rediscovered the immediacy of watercolors, which I haven't used in years. It was fun to do quick sketches inspired by the beautiful locale and wonderful September light. As you can see, I was still able to find buildings to paint, despite being in a rural setting:)
It was liberating to be completely on my own schedule: painting, sleeping, hiking, eating (I really enjoyed all the fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers markets!) whenever I wanted to, and being (mostly) disconnected from the internet and the world.
I went through the whole gamut of weather - from record-breaking heat (so glad to have the Russian River handy to go jump into!), to chilly rain and gloomy clouds, to crisp morning air and golden autumnal light. This culminated in the first leaf of fall (or so I like to think), right on the fall solstice!
I can tell that the light and colors of this beautiful place affected the light and colors in my new oil paintings - to good effect, I think! I'm delighted to have had this wonderful opportunity.
*NOTE: My residency ended just a couple weeks before the fires devastated the region. Luckily, everyone at the residency, the property & animals are all safe. See my list of donation resources here.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Keystone Open Studios on Saturday!
Various photos from the event (note: click thumbnail to view full image):
Photo credits: myself, Ricardo Singer, Jason Villena & Kate Carvellas.
The group show in the gallery, featuring one piece from every Keystone artist, continues through November 4. Come check it out! Gallery hours are Mon-Sat, 12-5PM.
Photo credit: Toshee Art
The series of natural disasters hitting our hemisphere over the last couple of months have been emotionally devastating, even for those of us not directly affected. The Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County hit closer to home as it's the very area where I did my residency in September, and I know people affected both by the flames and the smoke. While I feel too far away and small to make a difference, I am donating 10% of my October sales to disaster relief, specifically to Redwood Empire Food Bank (Tubbs Fire) and Vieques Love (Hurricane Maria).
In case you haven't had time or are too overwhelmed to do research, I've compiled a list of places you can donate to. The immediate danger may have passed, but these communities are still very much in need. Most of these places are requesting MONEY DONATIONS rather than supplies, as this gives them flexibility to figure out need and logistics. For volunteer opportunities, be sure to contact the agency prior to showing up, to make sure they have a need you can fulfill.
TUBBS FIRE - SONOMA COUNTY, CA
- SF Gate has a good list here: http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-napa-santa-rosa-12264095.php
HURRICANE MARIA - PUERTO RICO & SURROUNDING ISLANDS
- PBS has good list on here (scroll down): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico
- GoFundMe hub: https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/hurricanemaria
HURRICANE HARVEY - HOUSTON, TX
- Undies for Everyone: https://www.undiesforeveryone.org/
I am so excited to invite you over to my new studio at Keystone Art Space on Saturday, Oct. 21 (6-10PM). Address: 338 S. Ave 16, LA, CA 90031. I'm in Studio B14.
Come see where the magic happens! Over 40 studio spaces will be open to the public one-night only - a unique opportunity to meet the artists and to purchase their artwork directly. In addition, Keystone Gallery will feature a group show of all the studio artists.
Join the Facebook event for more info and teasers from participating artists.
I was honored to be one of 10 artists included in this show at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, curated by Jeannie Denholm of Southern California Art Projects & Exhibits (SCAPE).
Links to Facebook album of event photos.Read More
Opening Aug. 26, SPACIAL/RECOGNITION focuses on how architecture can shape and direct us in unseen ways.Read More
Links to my Instagram post of my faves from the show.Read More
My painting for Cratedigger Vol. 2 was inspired by U2's The Joshua Tree album.Read More
Group show pays homage to the lost art of the album cover. Opens Aug. 12.Read More
Work-in-progress for Cratedigger Vol. 2 show at Gabba Gallery in August.Read More
A truly supportive art community raises money to help one of its own.Read More
On finding the perfect studio.Read More
Video of my new studio at Keystone.Read More
Timelapse of painting my new studio walls.Read More
The Fair takes place at Hotel del Joie in the Marina District of San Francisco. It was a gorgeous, sunny weekend, which helped bring out a record number of attendees. We transformed our regular hotel suite into a gallery by moving all the furniture, papering the walls, bringing additional lights and hanging our work without nails - it's magic! It was a lot of work, but well worth it. You can see a big of our process in this slideshow:
We both still have artwork for sale (besides the pieces that sold!), so check out my newly updated shop and find out how to purchase Shannon's work here.
I couldn't have asked for a better exhibition partner! We were honored to have both been selected off our joint exhibition proposal, Seeking Harmony, a theme which really resonated with many of our audience.
Oh yes, and we got some press coverage too:
- Alan Bamberger, "Startup Art Fair," ArtBusiness.com (blog). April 28, 2017. http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/042817.html.
- Staff, "stARTup Art Fair San Francisco Takes Over Hotel Del Sol For Third Annual Art Fair," Haute Lifestyle (blog). April 27, 2017. http://www.haute-lifestyle.com/2684-startup-art-fair-san-francisco-takes-over-hotel-del-sol-for-third-annual-art-fair.html
I'll be posting more about the couple of new series I debuted at the event soon, so stay tuned.