Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Images: Front and back covers of the American Art Collector
Front cover of Inquiring Mind
Lots of stuff happening!
I just received my copies of the "American Art Collector", which I wasn't expecting until the end of November. I am excited to be a part of it--the book has turned out very nicely. This was a juried competition, and the book is published by Alcove Books in Berkeley, CA. It includes over 300 artists from all over the US, working in 2D and 3D formats. There is quite a range of styles and overall the work is of very high quality. These are distributed to art galleries nationwide, and are also available for sale at bookstores. And there are 3 of us featured in the American Art Collector who are part of Point Reyes Thanksgiving Open Studios! Myself, photographer Philip Loring Greene and ceramicist Carolyn Means.
The latest issue of Inquiring Mind arrived about a week ago. Inquiring Mind has been using my artwork for several years now & I have a large image of the "Mountain Lions" painting in this issue. IM is published in black and white only, but the I love the large format and each issue is really beautiful and the writing is superb. Subscriptions to Inquiring Mind are by donation and it is published twice yearly. It is produced for and supported by the vipassana community and is a non profit venture.
I will have both of these publications displayed at my Thanksgiving Open Studios for your perusal--& copies of the Inquiring Mind to give away to those who are interested. And just so you don't forget, here is the scoop on Open Studios:
Point Reyes Thanksgiving Open Studios
Friday Nov. 27 through Sunday November 29
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
Group Exhibition at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station
Opening Reception on Saturday Nov. 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Brochures with maps are available at local retailers and at artists' studios OR
on our website
We have over 20 artists participating and you can see their work and read about them on the website. So check it out and plan your holiday weekend!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


And here's the finished piece.


I have been working on this painting of a barn owl in a persimmon tree. It is close to being finished (I think) And I have been having encounters with REAL barn owls since I started working on it. (This is what always seems to happen to me--somehow I "call in" what I am painting to where I am seeing & experiencing it up close & personal.....always interesting & always a thrill.
And I "discovered" that I have a timer on my camera (who knew?) & I figured out how to use it (imagine that!) so that enabled me to take this "self-portrait" of me working on the painting. Those of you who are technology-challenged, like myself.....will understand this---the rest of you can just roll your eyes. :-)

Friday, October 16, 2009


Well, maybe I shouldn't say "New Directions"--I have done ceramics off & on since the 1970's. But it had been AWHILE--like since 1997. YIKES. And I missed doing it, but I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started again. (Funny how that works) And the most interesting thing to me is remembering how the ceramics and the painting complemented each other & bounced off of each other---& what an incredibly fertile time it was, when I was doing both at the same time. And now that is coming back--how wonderful!!! It feels just right.
And I will be debuting my new pieces (whatever I can get finished) at my Open Studios on Thanksgiving weekend. (That will be the Fri.-Sun weekend of Thanksgiving from 11-5 at my studio in Pt. Reyes Station) After that, I will be adding ceramics to the rest of my display at the Farmer's Markets.
The pieces pictured above are all hand made in either Navajo Wheel or Hawaiian Red clay---fired to cone 5 and glazed with blue and green cone 5 glazes in an electric kiln. Some of the raw clay is left between the glazed areas. I love that look & feel.
I am experimenting a lot, so it's hard to say what you might see in the upcoming months. Come by & check it out!