My new art studio is getting organized, and today I put two paintings on my new drying rack (a re-purposed picture ledge from IKEA). These paintings are from my day being a painter in one of the gardens on the annual Outdoor Art Club tour in Mill Valley, California. I was stationed at a house with a wonderfully shady woodland creek where I found Calla Lilies in bloom. The finished painting will be a gift to the homeowner. She also had wonderful succulent plants, so I also painted a close-up of this Agave to add to my growing "Landscape Reductions" studies.
Our local Mill Valley Patch online newspaper ran a really nice story called "Artists Flourish in Gardens of Delight"
that featured the event and my participation in it. This is a really fun event for me -- besides getting to paint, I have a chance to visit with many local friends that are either volunteering or taking the tour.
Another editorial feature this month was the inclusion of my painting "Geraniums" in Marin Magazine, leading off the Arts and Events Calendar. I entered their cover contest this year with another painting, but I didn't get accepted. Seeing this made everything feel just fine!
So many wonderful things are happening, I'm going to celebrate by giving away a piece of art in May. If you aren't on my email list, sign up today
, and you will get an email with all the details.