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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Open Studios - June 9 - Studio C14

I moved into a new studio in April, sharing with the talented Kim Marra. Our work compliments each other and it's been such a joy to have her energy and inspiration in the studio. We invite you to join us on SATURDAY JUNE 9, 6-10PM as we open our door wide. EVENT DETAILS

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We'll be one of 45+ studios open at Keystone Art Space. 

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 C. Rasmussen in her Los Angeles studio, 2018.

C. Rasmussen in her Los Angeles studio, 2018.

 Kim Marra in her Los Angeles studio, 2018

Kim Marra in her Los Angeles studio, 2018

Feature on Voyage LA

I got interviewed in Voyage LA, as part of their series An Artist Voyage: Exploring Local Creative and Artist Works. Check it out here

 C. Rasmussen, Los Angeles, 2017. Photo credit: Louise Flores. 

C. Rasmussen, Los Angeles, 2017. Photo credit: Louise Flores. 

I love this photo by the talented Louise Flores. It's on the same street as my studio - you can see where I get some of my painting inspirations from - and we staged it with the red cloth to mimic one of my paintings! 

As We Are

I was honored to be invited to create a piece for Kim Abeles's Mother's Day project "Portraits of Mothers in Petri Dishes." This piece was emotional and difficult to conceptualize and create, but ultimately satisfying, revealing and cathartic.

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I titled the piece, "As We Are" after part of this quote, which I've been reflecting on a lot lately: 

We see things not as they are, but as we are.
— Anais Nin

The piece is watercolor on paper, glue and ceramic in a petri dish. Difficult to photograph well, so better to see it in real life. On view in Studio B-17 at Keystone Art Space through May 22 (Mon-Sat, 12-5PM). 

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Shown in conjunction with Kim Abeles's show Mothers, Eggshells, and the People Who Birth Us in the main gallery, opening Sunday May 13, 2-5PM. Show runs through May 22 (Mon-Sat, 12-5PM).

  Click here  for full event details. 

Click here for full event details. 

Stripes @ BG Gallery

Had fun celebrating my birthday at the Opening Reception for the group show, Stripes, at BG Gallery in Santa Monica last night.

 C. Rasmussen at BG Gallery, May 5, 2018

C. Rasmussen at BG Gallery, May 5, 2018

Each artist was given a 30 x 10-inch canvas to create an original work in their unique style. Then the gallerists hung this show of "stripes" in groupings by color palette. 

Show runs through May 28. EVENT DETAILS

 C. Rasmussen | Floating Above | 30x10 inches | oil on canvas | $500 | contact gallery for availability.

C. Rasmussen | Floating Above | 30x10 inches | oil on canvas | $500 | contact gallery for availability.

Feature in Singulart Magazine

Loved doing this interview for Singulart's online magazine:

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Click image to read article

Their questions made me connect some dots between where I came from (as global nomad), how my technique and voice have developed over time, and where I'm at in the Los Angeles art scene. I also got to think about which contemporary (as-in, still living) artists influence me, which was challenging at first because my go-to influences are artists who have passed. But it was exciting to realize how much stimulating art is being created all over the world - it's a great time to be alive!

I hope you enjoy and let me know in the comments if you learned something new.

 C. Rasmussen |  Swarm Around Me  | 24 x 24 inches | oil on canvas | available  here .

C. Rasmussen | Swarm Around Me | 24 x 24 inches | oil on canvas | available here.

Why Fenomenal with an “F”?

I titled my most recent series FENOMENAL after Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman.”  But why the “F”?

 C. Rasmussen |  Walking the Line  | 24 x 24 inches | oil on canvas

C. Rasmussen | Walking the Line | 24 x 24 inches | oil on canvas

Full credit to that play-on-spelling goes to one of my enchanting collectors, Diane Namm – a talented film director and writer, whose work you can check out here.  Diane and her husband wandered into my studio one Saturday afternoon last year when they were visiting a show at Keystone Gallery. My studio door was open, and we ended up chatting about the work.  When Diane heard my inspiration behind the work, she suggested that the “F” would give the feminist themes more punch and tie it all back together.

I love it!

The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s a photo of me and Diane and her husband having a good laugh at the (very crowded) opening of my solo show at LAUNCH LA back in February:

 Christine Rasmussen with Diane Namm at LAUNCH LA opening, Feb 3, 2018.  Photo credit: Chris Devlin.

Christine Rasmussen with Diane Namm at LAUNCH LA opening, Feb 3, 2018. Photo credit: Chris Devlin.

So many thanks to Diane for offering her storytelling talents to enhance the stories that I am sharing through paint.

NB: fenomenal is the correct spelling of phenomenal in Spanish, the language I studied in college, but that’s simply coincidental.


You can view FENOMENAL here.  The series about femininity as a force of nature – fearless, unfettered and unapologetic.  Many of the paintings’ titles come from lines in the poem.

Meet Oni, the Studio Dog

Meet Oni, my 7-month-old puppy and studio dog (in training). He can be a bit of handful running around the studio and getting into everything - he particularly loves eating blue tape - but he's a sweetheart too and will do anything for treats (even pose for his silly master). 

Oh, and Happy National Pet Day (just found out about that)!

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I'm a Legendary Warrior Princess!

Or so I was called in Pop Ellay's review of my show, Fenomenal, which makes me laugh! 

 C. Rasmussen |  Here Today, Gone  | 2017 | oil on canvas | 24 x 24 inches |  Check if available

C. Rasmussen | Here Today, Gone | 2017 | oil on canvas | 24 x 24 inches | Check if available

Getting press coverage is always a thrill.  Here are some reviews of the show, which was paired exquisitely with paintings by Holly Elander*: 

  • ART & CAKE: "The series was inspired by a Maya Angelou poem...there is that same pride and fierceness in Rasmussen’s work." (3/1/18)
  • POP ELLAY: “...draw you in and make you wonder what’s beyond. It feels...like ending a story with ‘and.’” (2/18/18)
  • ARTILLERY: "Rasmussen offers dream-like urban landscapes...filled with a wondrous light that vibrates with possibility." (2/8/18)

*Note: LAUNCH LA gives 2 emerging artists solo exhibits on either side of it's gallery. Holly Elander showed two of her series, one of which paired with mine thematically, the other one complimented my color palette.

Exhibition Photos: Fenomenal

Click photo to view album of my solo show, Fenomenal, at LAUNCH LA. Last day to see it is tomorrow, March 3, 12-6PM. 

 Photo credit: C. Rasmussen

Photo credit: C. Rasmussen

Here's me talking about my process, inspirations & color palette at the Artist Talk on Feb. 17:

 Photo credit: Krista Machovina

Photo credit: Krista Machovina

Exhibition Photos: Memories on Location

I'm so proud of how Memories on Location turned out! Not only did the work look good together in this industrial space, but each individual artist shone. As one of them put it, "You can tell these artists are committed to exceptional craftsmanship."

Click photo to view album (and see a time lapse video of the installation!).

 Photo credit: C. Rasmussen

Photo credit: C. Rasmussen