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

4th Annual Coaster Show

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

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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

New Work: "Peeping Tom"

One of the perks of having a studio at The Hive Gallery is that I get to participate in their monthly group shows. This month I'm putting a piece in the "Erotica"-themed show (mature audiences only). Mine is a playful take on the subject, using body-less clothing as I'm wont to do. 

C. Rasmussen, Peeping Tom, 2016 | $193 | 12"x9" | Oil on wood panel. 

Show opens February 6 (8-11PM) and is up through Feb. 27 (gallery hours Wed-Sat 1-6PM or by appointment). 

Click link to view a short video on Instagram of me painting the cloth.

New paintings and what inspired them

Here are two new paintings to prove that although I have been slacking off in the blog-o-sphere, I have been hard at work in real life.  I hope you like them.

We Celebrate the Freaks

The title of the above piece is a paraphrase from a passage in a Salman Rushdie book that I love, The Ground Beneath Her Feet.  The imagery is from photographs I took in the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (NB: Although many famous Argentines are buried here, including Eva Peron, this has nothing to do with my painting).  I am inspired by the architecture of fancy graveyards and I like how the statues look silhouetted against the sky, something I accentuated in this painting. I was also reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon while painting this, which is set in Barcelona and has several scenes in graveyards. Although a great read, this is quite a dark book about a writer selling his soul to the devil, so I'm sure some of that got into this painting too...

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When I'm Alone I Get Carried Away

The title of this piece is not a quote, but rather refers to the stir-crazy feeling I had while painting this piece.  Really, the turmoil I was feeling was in other parts of my life, and painting this was calming.  Yet some of that anxiety and loneliness got into the painting, something a friend pointed out to me upon seeing the completed piece.  Perhaps I subconsciously think that by having control in my painting I will be able to exert some more control in my life.  Isn't psychology fascinating? And just to thicken the plot, I should note that I actually painted these two paintings simultaneously... And yes, the dresses continue, albeit in an evolved way.

You can view these hot-off-the press pieces at my current show at Barefoot Coffee Campbell.  The opening reception is tomorrow, December 8th from 4-7, but the show is up through Jan. 31st so just pop by whenever.

Heavy Traffic - My upcoming show @ Barefoot Coffee Campbell

Come check out my upcoming show at Barefoot Coffee Campbell December 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.  OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday December 8th 4-7PM.  1819 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

The title of the show (and the featured painting above), Heavy Traffic, is inspired by that Neil Young quote I read in a Rolling Stone interview some years ago: “There’s many different people inside you. Many different beings traveling through you. On the outside you may look like you, but it may be that several different things are coming through you, and it’s heavy traffic.”   This idea is reflected in the range of the work I have selected to show, which will include some never-before-shown older paintings along with some brand-new ones straight out of the studio.

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I Still Don't Know If I am a Falcon

My newest finished painting: [singlepic id=110 w=125 h=250 ]

Again, it was inspired by this poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:

I live my life in growing orbits which move out over the things of the world.

Perhaps I can never achieve the last but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,

And I have been circling for a thousand years,

And I still don't know if I am a falcon,

or a storm,

or a great song.