Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Just Below Junction"accepted into 9th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibit


Just Below Junction 20 x 20

The 9th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition was just juried by Ratindra Das and will take place at the Fallbrook Art Center in Early 2018.

Here are  the details:

Fallbrook Art Center
103 South Main Fallbrook CA 92028

760 728 1414

info@fallbrookartcenter.org

Opening Reception
Feb 3 5 to 7 pm

 Show runs Feb 4 to April 15

open Mon Sat 10 to 4 Sun 12 to 3


Friday, December 1, 2017

Gum Drops and Gems opening December 2nd at Nancy Dodds Gallery Carmel

In time for gift giving, I have five affordable 6 x 6 paintings at Nancy Dodds Gum Drops and Gems exhibit in Carmel.
The opening reception is Saturday from 5 to 7.







Sunday, October 15, 2017

American Women Artists Exhibition Under a Vast Sky at the Tucson Desert Art Museum until December 3th


Poppies Above the Bay 21 x 21 watercolor on paper
This painting and 144 other beautiful works by women from across the United States, are on exhibit until December 13 at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. Be sure to attend Under A Vast Sky: Symposium on Women in the Arts, November 4 from 9:00 am - 4 pm, at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Street. The event is free to the public. You can view the works in Under A Vast Sky on the gallery page.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Painting California CAC book includes my work!


New Logo with tile
Final day!
Order the New California
 Art Club Book at 
a Special Pre-Publication
 Price!


Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns
Skira Rizzoil's 
second book on the California Art Club,
 will be published this 
October and available at fine booksellers
 across the country.
 The 276-page book spotlights 200 works
 by California Art Club 
artists, who have focused on evocative 
seascapes, charming
 seaside towns, and beach communities
 from San Diego near
 the Mexican border to Crescent City,
 situated just south of
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While the book has a suggested
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 the California Art Club is offering
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 supporters the opportunity to order
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 at this special pre-publication price:

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Orders at this pre-publication price
 will be accepted through 
Sunday, September 24, 2017
and books will be shipped in early October.

So don't delay, as quantities are limited.

Visit californiaartclub.org to place your order.

Monday, September 18, 2017

California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition to include "Blue Ridge" , juried by Dean Mitchell


I am very pleased to share that "Blue Ridge" has just been accepted into the California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition. The juror is Dean Mitchell!
It is one of 80 paintings he selected from across the country.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sonoma Plein Air Art Festival Sept 10 to 16th

I will be on the square in Sonoma on Saturday September 16th from 10 to 4 as a part of the annual plein air event . Now in it's 15th year, the festival has raised over 1 million dollars for Art Education in Sonoma County.

Here are a few paintings from years past:

A Thirsty Hill

Windbreak Chileno Valley

Pacific Promontory



More information and the complete schedule of events is at http://sonomapleinair.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

Artists Round Table Materials Notes

In lieu of a handout, here are some notes for the demo for June 1

Colors:

Are what strikes most viewers about my work. I worked many years to see and understand values.
Only with accurate values can one get away with expressive saturated colors

Tools are gray scales  like this one http://www.cheapjoes.com/cheap-joe-s-value-sketch-and-composition-finder.html

Materials

Paints

I have many, many tubes of paint on my palette.
They are there for convenience in quick mixing in the field and opacity vs transparency

Recessive Colors (less saturated)
(used for distant elements)

Cobalt turquoise, winsor yellow, cobalt blue, manganese blue, permanent rose, yellow ochre, jaune brilliant#1 (holbein), burnt sienna

Advancing colors

Windsor green, winsor blue (the thalos) ultramarine blue, quinacridones (gold, burnt orange), cadmium yellow,pyrol orange, perm alizarin crimson,winsor red


Arches 300 lb hot press, bright white

Brushes Synthetics

Jack Richeson 9000 Signature Series Rounds 12 and 14

Escoda Prado 12 and 14 less thirsty for damp conditions

1/2 inch flats and large flat wash brush

Robert E Wood Palette

Always nearby paper towels or toilet paper

Artists' Tape


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monarch of Carmel Valley in California Art Club "Golden State Splendor" exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum July 15 to Nov 5


Monarch of Carmel Valley, 16 x 20  plein air
This was just painted this past May during the Carmel Art Festival.  I love this hill in upper Carmel Valley.  It is about 20 minutes beyond Carmel Valley Village and the drive to it is through some exquisite Oaklands, stands of Sycamores and horse ranches. I feel the tension leave my neck and back as I pull out here along Carmel Valley Rd. Often painting in absolute silence.

The title is cribbed from Hanson Puthuff who titled a painting "Monarch of Malibu".  If I can paint the hills of California half as well as he did I will be happy.
 I chose the title for this piece because this hill feels so majestic.
It is truly my vision of splendor!

California Art Club
Golden State Splendor
Santa Paula Art Museum
July 15 to Nov 5

Reception Sat July 15 4 to 6 pm.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yellowstone, Lower Falls in LPAPA "Salute our National Parks" Exhibit, July 3 to 31st.



Yellowstone, Lower Falls 16 x 21 Studio Watercolor
This painting has been juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association " Salute Our National Parks" exhibit, July 3 to July 31, 2017 at the Forest and Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach CA.
I need to thank my parents for being intrepid travelers and my Dad who has an artist's eye for the source material. I don't recall ever painting a waterfall and it was a great one to paint.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nice mention in Plein Air Magazine July 2017 Barns Portfolio
















Plein Air Magazine recently featured a portfolio of barn paintings and included my painting "Sunny Day Petaluma", one of only a handful of barn paintings I have painted. In this one the adorable tractor caught my eye.


Here is a larger photo so you can see it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Going Softly to Gold Plein Air Watercolor painted on Mount Diablo


Going Softly to Gold 14 x 14

I took advantage of an afternoon with no wind and continued my exploration of the scenery on Northgate Road on Mount Diablo. This meadow had the barest tone of green under the grasses going to gold that made interesting patterns..

Monday, June 5, 2017

Seven Layers of Spring, painted on Mount Diablo

Seven Layers of Spring

The dark pine-covered ridge was the perfect foil for the early spring oaks and poppies.
This was painted on Mount Diablo on Northgate Road looking down from the poppy meadow and across to the western ridges of the peninsula. there's not enough elevation to see it , but the San Francisco Bay is in between the last two ridges.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Diablo Ranch

Diablo Ranch 12 x 16

Painted east of Mount Diablo during the spring burnout when the bare hills are interesting to paint.
Plein Air Watercolor

Monday, May 22, 2017

Best Watercolor Award for "Carmel Valley Evening Glow" from Mian Situ at the Carmel Art Festival















The thrilling moment with Mian Situ.

Carmel Valley Evening Glow 12 x 12
Best Watercolor Award Carmel Art Festival 2017
Judge Mian Situ

The light in Carmel Valley is different, so close to the Ocean, it seems brighter, clearer there, the air is so clean. The land seems to glow at every time of day, but especially in the evening.

Here are the other paintings:

Monarch of Carmel Valley 16 x 20

I pushed myself to paint this subject at the largest size I can paint in these plein air events, it is such a monumental hill, it reminds me of a Henry Moore Sculpture.



A Morning Hike 12 x 12

I painted framed and parked during the Quick draw in 2 hours on Sunday
morning.
 I drove to Carmel River Beach Lagoon because the energy is so positive and there are lovely wildflowers in case the fog blocks the views. I concentrated my focus on the point of land and painted everything else in soft focus.


Lagoon Morning 9 x 12 Quick Draw

Quick Draw Framed
I like how it glows inside the black frame.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LPAPA first annual Waterworks Exhibit, "Winter's Light, LaJolla Shores" and "Peak Near the Eiger" now through June 4 in Laguna Beach



Winter's Light La Jolla Shores 11 x 14



Peak Near the Eiger 11 x 14

There's something to be said for stepping out of one's comfort zone.
The San Diego Coast and a snow covered mountain in the Alps are my subjects in these two paintings.

The exhibit information
LPAPA first annual WaterWorks Exhibit
May 2 to June 4th

LPAPA in residence
Forest and Ocean Gallery
Laguna Beach

Reception  Saturday May 13th 5 to 8 pm

The entire exhibit can be seen online at daily brushwork:

http://dailybrushwork.com/grid2.aspx?OJSID=10776&OID=3&GSID=2103&pg=2


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kern County Plein Air Invitational Paintings

Tejon Ranch Greens 16 x 20

Eyes Lifted to the Hills (Painted at Bakersfield National Cemetery)12 x 16

Very Early at Wind Wolves 11 x 14

High Noon Wildflowers 12 x 12 ( painted at Wind Wolves)











Where Elk Wander  9 x 12 ( painted at Wind Wolves)

The top three paintings are available through the kern county arts council at info@kernarts.org.

The bottom two are being tweaked in my studio.
The week was wonderful, the weather cooperated, my hostess was gracious and it helped to have done this before, so I knew the lay of the land.
Tuesday I stayed at the wonderful Wind Wolves Preserve from dawn until sunset. Learn more about it at http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html
It was so good to see all the living greens all around Kern County. I pushed myself to paint a 16 x 20  at Tejon Ranch and I am glad I did.

The list of participating artists and awards are here and well worth checking out:

http://kernarts.org/annual-kern-county-plein-air-painting-festival/

A big thank you to David Gordon and the Kern County Arts Council.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring training for the first time in years!

With the drought over and a genuine rainy season, I found myself very rusty after a season of slow methodical studio paintings. Here are the three plein air I've completed so far this month.

Eastern View Curry Point 9 x 12

My favorite place to paint on Mount Diablo, I thought was a good place to start.


Green Going 9 x 12

I was energized by finding this view of Mount Diablo near my house and wanted to paint the green before it went completely, we had a few 70 degree days and it is surprising how much the grass faded. I got this done in time for Saint Patricks Day.




Poppy Pastures 11 x 14

Nothing gets my paintbrushes dancing like the poppies on Mt Diablo. Going back as soon as it's sunny because the poppies don't open without sun.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poppies Above the Bay and Morning Glow selected for the California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibit


Poppies Above the Bay 21 x 21


Morning Glow 9 x 12

The California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibition will be at the Autry Museum of the American West from April 8 to 30th with several events during the exhibit.

Artists' Gala Reception, Saturday April 8

Figurative Demonstration, Sunday April 9

Lecture and Tour , April 22

Paint and Sculpt Out , April 30th.

For those of you in the Los Angeles area, The Autry Museum of the American West is located at
4700 Western Heritage Way. It is open every day during the exhibit except Mondays. For more information about the  events, please visit:

 https://www.californiaartclub.org/exhibitions/annual-gold-medal-juried-exhibition

This is my seventh consecutive time accepted to this exhibit, to see all the paintings I've exhibited, please visit

https://robinpurcellpaints.blogspot.com/p/california-art-club-gold-medal.html

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CaliforniaWatercolor.com in the Early California Style Award in 8th Annual Signature Watermedia Exhibition

Curry Point November just won the CaliforniaWatercolor.Com Award 
(In the Early California Style) in the 8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center. 
The exhibit runs February 5th to March 19th.
The juror was Dale Laitinen.


Caption: Curry Point November , 21 x 21, plein air watercolor on paper

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ventura Beach work in process




"Ventura Beach"

This may not be finished, I am putting it aside for a week or two to make sure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Curry Point November in Signature American Watermedia Exhibit 2017

Curry Point November 21 x 21

Curry Point November Framed



I am showing a photo with me in it to show scale, this is a pretty large painting for plein watercolor.
Thank you to Juror Dale Laitinen and the Fallbrook Art Center for presenting this for the eight time.
Since this is going to a watermedia exhibit , it is framed in a traditional matted format.

Here is the exhibit information:

Signature American Watermedia Exhibition 2017, 8th Annual
Fallbrook Art Center
Feb 5th to March 19th  Opening Reception Saturday Feb 4th, 5 to 7 pm.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Study from Santa Cruz, Winter Sky over Santa Cruz


Winter Sky over Santa Cruz
I did this the same trip as Cypress Hush, intending it to be a learning experience, winter light and clouds are not my forte. I like it as a plein air piece trying to get the light right with careful attention to value and color.