Wednesday, November 19, 2008

News Release

Yellow Mist·36x48·MixMedia·2008

Pamela was raised in Texas until her mid-adolescence. She migrated to Northern California in the late sixty and currently lives in Oakland. Pamela is currently a senior at California State University East Bay majoring in Studio Art and will be graduating in the Spring Quarter in 2009.
Using abstract expressions she focuses on movements in nature, shapes and colors. Pamela takes time each day to observe the clouds, water and landscape. She uses a combination of oils, latex paints, charcoal and inks, to capture the rhythms and textures that she observes.Yellow Mist·36x48·MixMedia·2008

Opening: Sunday, November 23, 2008
7:00p until 9:00p
Paintings on display through November 26, 2008
California State University East Bay
Art & Education Building
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holly Thornburn

Holly Thorburn
CATEGORY: Paintings
MATERIALS: Mixed Media on Canvas
London / Campbarbossa Gallery
I know this is mixed media, but the layering feels like the kind of scumbling i can only dream of achieving when i paint. It feels like it's 20 feet deep.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shalene Valenzuela

Don't think anyone's posted about her yet...
She visited the Ceramics class (which I sneaked into) and did a presentation of her work and different glazing techniques and other cool stuff. She makes molds of ordinary household objects and uses a lot of underglaze and screen printing on the clay. I thought her process was about as interesting as the work she makes :) These are a couple of my favorite pieces, but she has a lot more at


Study from Nature series #4 - Mountains

I like this application of the ink on Rice Paper

Gu's Phrase - Study from Nature series #4 - Mountains
Wenda Gu
Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
Ink on rice paper
h: 275 x w: 183 cm / h: 108.3 x w: 72 in
Contemporary (ca. 1945-present)

Di Rosa Preserve - Art/Nature Gallery
Hi everyone in Blogsville,

Has anyone ever been here before? Is it worth going up to see?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Performance Art

Hi all, I know Dickson that you have not asked for performance art yet, but after we went on our field trip I remembered something more about Andy Goldsworthy. He is an Scottish artist and deals mostly in creating art in nature. A friend of mind introduced me to a great YouTube video on Goldsworthy that I hope all of you will enjoy. His work amazes me and he is such an unassuming person. I like his comment that he oftens pushes his creations to the point of collapse. It makes me want to go live in Scotland.

YouTube - Rivers and Tides:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chinese Dog Family

Weird but my dog is on the same couch in the same room.
But this is Li Ji's dogs, painted in 2007

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I had a great time in SF yesterday...what I learned is:
1) popular art that sells doesn't have to be "good" art or even well done.
2) beautiful art can sell
3) there is no limit as to what one can call art
4) it's a really good idea to get out there in the Contemporary Art world and see what's selling.

Thanks Dickson - I think it would be really good to go to the Art Museums as a group and check out all the new openings as well. Lucy says "hi"

Friday, November 7, 2008

Folklore project 1.a

Hey group - I received 2 responses (thanks very much!!!) and have another request (should you decide to accept) may I be a pest and request one more thing. We just were informed in Wednesday night’s class that the presentation is to be in PowerPoint. Now I’m freakin’!! So to break up a lot of writing, would you be willing to send me an image of your work (even from Boostmetal)? I’m thinking of having the image along side the written statement/distillation each person’s process and it would be a great way to show your art to a new audience.

Thanks again for your patience and help! (Also, I dropped the last question as I now realize that this may be something I need to extrapolate from the information i received - (Yipes! I'm sorry Carol - but your response has helped a great deal!)

Guidelines - the Ritual of Getting Started:

•What is your ritual before beginning a project?
•What is the purpose of the ritual?
•Was there an informal learning process?
•The values and beliefs conveyed by way of the ritual.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Banksy " Applause" / screen print on paper

Hard to see in this format - again, love the weird humor.

Banksy "Painting Everyone Always Says They Want To Buy but No One Does (Sharks)

Great paint and a wonderfully weird sense of humor.

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) California modernist
Hi Everyone,
I happen to love Diebenkorn's paintings and this weekend is the last he'll be at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. I will probably cut work tomorrow and go.
Here is the link to the art museum:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ali Silverstein

Information on Ali Silverstein is remarkably scarce, but what little is there suggests that he is a British native. Artnet reports that he attended Columbia University for a time back in 2002 - whether he received his undergraduate degree from there is not mentioned - and received his MFA from London's Slade School of Fine Art a year later. The majority of Silverstein's shows have been on British soil, but he has been known to exhibit in New York and San Diego on occasion. At present, he is represented by the Bischoff/Weiss gallery.

Silverstein works predominately in watercolor and acrylic, and he uses each in a very similar method of broken color to render portraits and floral still lifes. On his website, his series are divided into the two categories of "grid" and "blind," the former of which is representational (and likely composed via a grid) and the latter of which is more abstract.

Ali Silverstein on Artnet
Ali Silverstein's Official Website


Monday, November 3, 2008

Gone with the Wind 2007 No. 2
Cao Jingping
Acrylic on canvas
h: 130 x w: 130 cm / h: 51.2 x w: 51.2 in
Contemporary (ca. 1945-present)
10,000-20,000 US$ (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
+65 6476 7000 Send Email
Linda Gallery Inventory Catalogue

London Town a Little Humor

This site was lighthearted and I thought it very creative. A little of the whimsy for a change. So have a good Monday folks! The artist is Ronald Searle a British bloke. He used pen, ink and watercolor crayons for this piece in 1920. I almost went with his painting titled "Precious Objects" but this one made me smile more.
The title is : "The Great Tabby Houdini could do anything"
The gallery is Chris Beetles and the web addresss is: