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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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

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

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 summer 2019. Keep an eye out for updates!

2-Person Show at Washington Reid Gallery

I'm dropping off 6 of my larger paintings from my She Was Just a Dream series in the morning at Washington Reid Gallery

The Artist Reception is on Saturday October 22, all event details here. I'm excited to be showing in Culver City, an art haven in the middle of Los Angeles, and at this wonderful venue. Also, I love the combination of my work with Dale's - we both love vibrant color and make work dealing with memory and loss, but in completely different ways. Should be exciting - join me! 

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.