Friends, I’m excited to be showing four paintings in my first juried art show this month! This was one of my goals for 2015, so I’m thrilled that it’s actually a reality. The gallery is located at 50 Wharf Rd. in Bolinas, CA, right on the (left) coast. And if you happen to live locally you can check out the opening this Sunday from 1-3. Otherwise, it runs every Thursday-Sunday in November (minus Thanksgiving Day).
There are over 20 artists represented, all of whom paint together at Marin Art School. This show was primarily organized by Dorallen Davis, who I’ve been studying with at MAS for the past 4+ years, and judged by Camille Przewodek, both accomplished colorists.
By the way, if you’re wondering what a colorist is exactly: it’s an approach that uses vibrant colors to push the warm and cool effects of the sun. Think Monet, Van Gogh and the rest of the Impressionists. It’s a really fun way to look at the world.
I am really into painting flowers lately: just drawn into all the colors and textures I guess. So last month I took a little field trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden and spent the afternoon wandering around, discovering new plants, and getting up close.
I generally paint from life, but these images might inspire some abstract explorations down the road.
This area is so tranquil. And such a beautifully landscaped section of Golden Gate Park. I could spend hours wandering around the paths, exploring. I think my favorite might be the Ancient Plant Garden. Don’t the ones above look prehistoric?
I love that shade of green. So many fun things to see in this place, whether you’re right in the thick of it, or sitting back enjoying the long view.
I try to participate in the Minted challenges as much as possible, and I’ve always been so inspired by the designers who do their own calligraphy and hand-lettering. So I finally decided to take a class over the weekend. My boyfriend and I signed up for an Intro to Calligraphy workshop at Pippa & Co. in Alameda (quite possibly the cutest party store I’ve ever seen).
The class was taught by Jillian Schiavi using Micron markers and Jelly Roll pens, rather than the typical calligraphy pens and nibs. I’m not sure if that made it easier or harder, but we learned the same basic techniques, strokes and exercises.
It did not come naturally to me, but my boyfriend seemed to have a knack for it. This is definitely something I’m going to have to practice for awhile before entering any contests. And we both agreed: if all we end up with is better handwriting at the end of the day, all the practice will be worth it.
Regardless, I’ll most likely be back at Pippa & Co. to try another class. This store offers some really fun workshops from time to time. And if that’s not your thing, come for the adorable space and festive party supplies. You’re bound to find something that puts a smile on your face.
My motto for the new year is “See, and be seen, in 2015”, but it may as well have been “The year of change”. Just 5 weeks in, and I’m already adjusting to lots of changes, both large and small. I’m not big on change, but I’ve finally decided to stop resisting. So I’m going to add one more thing to the list: a new name for the blog.
Although I haven’t been posting much lately, I have been spending lots of time thinking about this blog. And the new name, daybybay, sums it all up for me as I continue to collect inspiration from my favorite place on Earth (otherwise known as San Francisco). In the coming months I’ll be doing a design refresh as well, but I wanted to introduce the new name first. Baby steps, right? In the meantime, you can still get here via jotsnap.com. And if you’re the type who likes to jump right in, and not hold on to the past, welcome to daybybay.
Some friends and I went on a beautiful hike in Mt. Tam this weekend. Just a few miles over the Golden Gate Bridge and you’re immersed in nature, and on this particular hike, a heavy forest filled with Redwood trees.
Whenever we decide to go hiking in the Bay Area, one of the first things I do is pick up my trusty book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, to decide on a park and a trailhead. This time we decided on a 5 mile loop that started across from The Mountain Home Inn.
We started down the steep Ocean View Trail and within the first mile we spotted an owl: a Spotted Owl. (See it on the branch up there?) And it was obviously used to hikers because it didn’t seem phased by us being only a few feet away.
We continued on towards Bootjack Trail and found ourselves at the back entrance of Muir Woods, so we took a detour and walked through—it had been a while since I’d been there. And as usual, it was super crowded with tourists.
We then followed the Troop 80 Trail back to Alice Eastwood Rd (a steep climb out, with lots of stairs) and finished our hike. With the little detour through Muir Woods it ended up being over 7 miles, and we definitely worked up an appetite. Fortunately, the hike ended back at the Mountain Home Inn where we had lunch on the back deck and enjoyed this gorgeous view.