Wine Label for Imagery Estate Winery

Last year I was invited to create a label for Imagery Estate Winery's prestigious Artist Label Program.

 C. Rasmussen |  Floating Away  | 2017 | oil on canvas. For Imagery's 2016 Teroldego wine. 

C. Rasmussen | Floating Away | 2017 | oil on canvas. For Imagery's 2016 Teroldego wine. 

This winery began in the 1980s as a collaboration between a wine maker, Joe Benzinger, and an artist, Bob Nugent.  They agreed that as Joe experimented with rare and innovative blends, Bob would create beautiful and interesting labels. Soon, Bob began selecting other artists to participate, and over the past 30 years he curated a collection including artist from all of the world.  

The artists are given free range, with the exception that they have to include the Parthenon structure somewhere on the label. Often this becomes a game, connoisseurs in the know searching to locate the hidden building. Read the history here

Bob Nugent retired recently, and the new curator, Kara Lynae, is now beginning a collection in which my painting will be featured. The winery has a gallery where they display the original works for wine tasters to enjoy at their leisure. 

My painting was selected to adorn the 2016 Teroldego, which will be released in fall 2018. Keep an eye out for updates!

Happy IWD 2017!

Happy International Women's Day, everyone! I appreciate this opportunity to raise my awareness around gender issues, celebrate the wins and to encourage everyone - female, male, binary - to pitch in for a better, more equitable future.

 C. Rasmussen | detail from  Hitchhiker  | Original sold,  prints available . 

C. Rasmussen | detail from Hitchhiker | Original sold, prints available

The theme for this year's IWD is #BeBoldforChange, which I just love. My Flawless series is an exploration in portraying bold femininity, something I am continuing to examine in my new work. I'm also trying to educate myself more on these issues.

According to the World Economic Forum, at the current rate the gender gap won't completely close until 2186 (!). That is just too long, so the idea is to take action now to achieve this sooner.  Click these links to learn more about the theme and/or choose an action to takeTogether we can do better for the next generation. 

 C. Rasmussen |  Beautiful As You  | Original sold,  prints available . 

C. Rasmussen | Beautiful As You | Original sold, prints available


 C. Rasmussen | Finding inspiration every where - a candid photo I snapped earlier this year while walking around downtown LA's warehouse district.

C. Rasmussen | Finding inspiration every where - a candid photo I snapped earlier this year while walking around downtown LA's warehouse district.

As an aside, you may have noticed that I have a thing for painting red dresses. I was pretty excited about the call to wear red today, but to my surprise found that I have very little red clothing in my wardrobe (besides scarves)! Perhaps something to remedy...

Regardless, I seem to spot these things everywhere, as in the photo to the right, which I took while wandering around downtown LA's warehouse district a couple weeks ago (I was looking for the historic Woman's Building on N. Spring Street, but that's a story for another time).

Why painting?

A photographer friend of mine asked me recently why I picked painting as my medium. Simply put, because I love it so! What do I love about painting? To quote a line from Almost Famous (one of my favorite movies): "To begin with, everything."

I put together a short list to explain this admittedly somewhat irrational love:

I posted this image on Instagram and asked what people saw in this paint (kind of like looking at clouds). Answers ranged from dolphin to jaguar. What do you see?

COLOR MIXING
It can take me longer to mix the perfect color than to actually use it sometimes, and I love every minute of it.  There's something supremely satisfying about mixing the most beautiful hues, just so.  It's a tactile sensation - especially when the paint is fresh and buttery; a visual thing - creating lush, vivid colors or muted, somber shadows; and a mental puzzle - figuring out which colors to combine to make a specific color, and how that color will change depending on what it is placed next to on the canvas.  

BLENDING
Blending is so fun!  It's basically softening 2 colors or values together to create a third.  You can use it to soften lines together.  Most often I find myself with a dark and a light value, then I brush them together to create a medium value that serves as a transition, often between highlights and shadows.  This can create the illusion of roundness on a flat surface.  I'm still surprised sometimes at what a little blending can add to the painting's overall effect.  It really is the little things that make a big difference, and I love paying attention to the details. 

A few of my favorite tools.

CREATING BY HAND
We live in a digital age, and while I love my smart phone, computer and the internet as much as the next person, there's something special about creating by hand.  In part, it's the fact that this thing is unique - no one else could make it exactly the same because humans aren't robots.  I love having the ability to paint from life, but make adjustments as I see fit - changing the colors, textures, or values to suit the mood or emotion I am trying to evoke.  However, nowadays our digital tools are so good that you can do that digitally too, which is partly why this photographer friend posed the question to begin with - why painting?  

So there is another element: creating something by hand is physical - it uses your whole body and senses.  Even though painting is primarily about your eyes and hands, I also notice the smells - I love the smell of oils, but not of the mediums that go with them - and the tinkling sound as my brush hits the side of jar when I whisk it around in mineral spirits to clean it off.  I do try to avoid tasting my oil paints (although I've had some close calls!), as this could be fatal!

You get the idea - painting is both a physical activity and a mental puzzle, and I get immense pleasure out of these exercises.  What makes your chosen art form or creative outlet the "bees knees" for you?  I'd love to know - leave me a comment below!

 C. Rasmussen | detail from  Through  | 2016 | oil on canvas | 24 x 30 inches | $1295.

C. Rasmussen | detail from Through | 2016 | oil on canvas | 24 x 30 inches | $1295.

4th Annual Coaster Show

Tomorrow - be there or be square! Opening reception for the 4th Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

Click image to join Facebook event page

I'm excited to be a part of this highly-anticipated annual event featuring mini-paintings on 4-inch regular beer coasters (round or square) and priced at $250 or less.  Scroll down to view my 4 coaster paintings ($60 each) - click each image to view making-of timelapse videos.  Read full story of how the Coaster show originated here (scroll down past featured artist Mark Todd).

  C. Rasmussen |  Breaking Through  |   2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster |  Click image  to view making-of timelapse video

C. Rasmussen | Breaking Through | 2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster | Click image to view making-of timelapse video

  C. Rasmussen |  Gushing Forth  |   2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster |  Click image  to view making-of timelapse video

C. Rasmussen | Gushing Forth | 2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster | Click image to view making-of timelapse video

  C. Rasmussen |  Grabbing Hold  |   2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster |  Click image  to view making-of timelapse video

C. Rasmussen | Grabbing Hold | 2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster | Click image to view making-of timelapse video

  C. Rasmussen |  Grabbing Hold  |   2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster |  Click image  to view making-of timelapse video

C. Rasmussen | Grabbing Hold | 2016 | $60 | Oil on 4-inch coaster | Click image to view making-of timelapse video

Gratitude for "Solidarity" Exhibit

Wow. Wonderful show at Lamperouge Gallery yesterday!

 Christine Rasmussen in front of her paintings at "Solidarity" opening reception, Aug. 21, 2016. Photo credit: Eleonor Doctora Villena.

Christine Rasmussen in front of her paintings at "Solidarity" opening reception, Aug. 21, 2016. Photo credit: Eleonor Doctora Villena.

So pleased to be a part of it, and surprised (in a good way!) to get a whole wall to display 6 of my new paintings. Feeling incredibly grateful to everyone who was able to make it out, and all the kind comments about my work since. 

 Artwork by: Ann Phong (top left), Lore Eckelberry (top right), Tracey Weiss (bottom right), Peggy Sivert (bottom left). Photo credit: Christine Rasmussen. 

Artwork by: Ann Phong (top left), Lore Eckelberry (top right), Tracey Weiss (bottom right), Peggy Sivert (bottom left). Photo credit: Christine Rasmussen. 

The show was a big success due to the amazing artists involved - the fabulous Michael Frietas Wood curated the show, and he along with Beanie Kaman, Peggy Sivert, Ben Zask, Gilles d'Amecourt, Kristan Marvell & Tracey Weiss did an excellent job installing the exhibit.  The show was balanced and created a flow through the beautiful converted industrial venue.  Not an easy feat when you are trying to give equal weight to 15 artists with many color palettes, subject matter and both sculptural and 2D elements!  

Like many of the viewers, I only wish this magical and poignant show could have continued for more than one day. View more photos on the Facebook event page

 Artwork by: Michael Freitas Wood (top), Won Sil Kim (bottom left), Ben Zask (bottom middle), Nicholette Kominos & Da Aie Park (bottom right). Photo credit: Christine Rasmussen

Artwork by: Michael Freitas Wood (top), Won Sil Kim (bottom left), Ben Zask (bottom middle), Nicholette Kominos & Da Aie Park (bottom right). Photo credit: Christine Rasmussen

Invitation to "Solidarity" a pop-up group show

I'm happy to invite you to see a couple of my new paintings, alongside 14 other talented artists, in Solidarity: a pop-up group show.


DESCRIPTION
"This group of artists is a reflection of the great diversity that makes up this city...the exhibition encompasses the energy of Los Angeles, demonstrating a shared harmony and unity - a working dialog of acceptance - that comes from all its communities."

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/610606342450717/

Lamperouge Gallery is located in the Brewery Art Complex. 
Directions & Map: http://www.lamperouge.org/about/

 

 

June @ The Hive

Do you believe in second chances? If you missed the show last month, you have another chance to come see my paintings (& meet me!) at The Hive Gallery & Studios this month. I'll be present for the event nights:

  • June 4, 8-11PM, Opening Reception
  • June 9, 6-11PM, DTLA Art Walk

Trust me, original paintings are ALWAYS better in real life, so if you're in the area, stop by!

Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 729 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. 

New Exhibit Up @ Hive Gallery

I'm pleased as punch, as they say. This month I'm renting a wall space at the Hive Gallery & Studios, so instead of craning one's neck up to see work displayed on the banister of my studio, you can now view it at eye-level. 

My display at Hive Gallery, April 9-30. 

I'm showcasing one piece from my She Was Just A Dream series, and 20 paintings from my Windows series - click on the link to read more about my 50|50 project. 

The show will be up April 9-30, with events on:

  • April 9 for The Hive's 11-year Anniversary Show (8-11PM) and
  • April 14 for DTLA Art Walk (1-11PM). 

Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 

"What's that?" you ask. The wall is covered in faux-fur from the last occupant. This place is quite an experience! Come check it out. 

Happy International Women's Day 2016!

Happy International Women's Day! This year the theme is Pledge for Global Gender Parity. Yup, "parity" is a word, one I was unfamiliar with; it is a synonym for "equality." Learn something new every day. 

My pledge is to help women & girls achieve their ambitions. With that in mind, for the month of March (Women's History month) I'm donating 10% of all sales in my print shop to Girls, Inc., a nonprofit organization "inspiring all girls to be strong, smart & bold."

My print shop features fine art prints ($35 each) of original paintings from my "Flawless" series, which is about refusing to apologize for femininity, recognizing that pretty isn't weak.

Click to view the collection of available prints.

To make YOUR pledge for parity, click here
#iwd2016 #pledgeforparity