Throughout the Fall of 2017 I've had the opportunity to travel and paint in the high deserts of Nevada (Black Rock Desert), California (Lava Beds National Monument) and New Mexico (in and around Santa Fe). My palette, forms and symbols shifted dramatically and tuned into a Southwest aesthetic. These pieces were painted on beautiful fine art papers provided by Legion Paper using a combination of gouache, India Ink and pen.
This collection of works appeared in my show, "Second Chances" at the Perish Trust in San Francisco during the months of May and June, 2017
Please join me for the opening party for "La Vie de Chateau", my show at Lost Art Salon in San Francisco: Thursday, November 30th from 5:30-8:30pm. The evening will begin with a brief artist talk. These pieces and more were completed during my 2017 artist residency at the Chateau Orquevaux in Northeast France.
Examples from my "Blue Note" and "Build" series - mixed media monotypes considering the improvisational aspect of music ("Blue Note") and the step by step, piece by piece process by which we build love, cities, skylines, etc...("Build").
These new "pour paintings" are for my Dec. 1st show at Lost Art Salon. Send me a brief email so I can send you an invite.
The title of the show, "In Between Color", refers to my aesthetic goals for these piece - an interest in the colors that are created when colors cross over each other and a compositional concentration on the spaces between color. The idea for these specific pieces and the technique came about during a week of painting at Sea Ranch earlier this year. It was my "aha-moment". I had spent the morning walking the Northern California shoreline and taking in the changing color of morning as the clouds burned away and the bright colors of land, sea and sky were revealed. When I returned to my cabin I was searching for a new way to capture the feeling of the experience I had just had. This led me to explore a technique of pouring the gouache paint on to sheets of large watercolor paper, directing the paint with forces other than a brush. This way of painting can be traced back at least as far as the work of Helen Frankenthaler in the 1950s and 1960s. I call these pieces my "Pour Paintings."
I have also been working on a series of small paintings of San Francsico's Pier 70, a commission for Pizza Antica in Danville; and another commission for a San Francisco law office inspired by the landmark color studies of Josef Albers.
Mixed Media Monotypes on Paper, Inspired by the California coast.
These pieces are examples from my series, "Alicante83": abstract memories of a summer spent in Spain.
These are often self portraits and images of friends. The black and white works in ink are a from a series entitled "Faces of the Musee d'Orsay" and were completed during my recent art residency in France during June of 2017.
These mixed media monotypes continue my consistent fascination with the figure at rest and in motion.
Collage Works and Mixed media monotypes.
A series of mixed media monotypes inspired by a number of visits to the antiquity galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Limited edition prints of some of my work are available through my gallery, Lost Art Salon, and the online retailer, Serena & Lily (www.serenaandlily.com). They are beautifully reproduced in San Francisco on heavy archival paper, and are limited to a total edition of ninety-nine. Each is pencil signed, titled, numbered and dated. They range is price from $275 to $395 each.