Showing posts from September, 2013

Inspiration: Clementine Hunter...and some big news!

Clementine Hunter was a self-taught African-American folk artist, born some time between 1886-1888. She was born on a plantation, and didn't start painting until she was in her 50s. I just found this beautiful picture book at the library, Art from Her Heart, 
 by Kathy Whitehead and illustrated beautifully by Shane W. Evans. 
 She lived on Melrose plantation, a haven for artists and writers. She found art supplies wherever she could, and painted after her day's work was done. Scenes from plantation life, hanging laundry, working in the fields, hunting, dancing at a party. going to church, filled her canvases.

She strung them up on a clothesline and charged twenty-five cents. She was not let in the front door at one of her first gallery exhibits, but had to enter after the gallery was closed.  By the end of her century long life in 1988, her paintings sold for thousands of dollars and were in museums around the world, including the Smithsonian, and auctioned off at Sotheby…

Paintings at the Rockridge Cafe

Nineteen animal paintings are now on the wall at the Rockridge Cafe, until October 9th. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and take a look.
I'll be there for breakfast   Saturday September 14, from 10am-12 noon I'd love to see you!
Rockridge Cafe  5492 College Ave Oakland, CA open 7 days 7:30 am to 3pm

New Art and other News

I'm getting ready for a new exhibit,  all paintings of animals, at the Rockridge Cafe in Oakland,
going up next week.  These folk art critters were so fun to paint... Folk art is one of my biggest influences. I think it's the simple shapes and the detailed patterns.

And the new school year has begun, with a whole roster of names to learn and match to faces,  new art supplies (!) and new projects to plan.  We kissed this one goodbye... she's off traveling the world, with no return ticket home.
(You can follow her blog her: ).
We skyped yesterday. She's currently in Istanbul.
I am still amazed that we can do this.

In the last week or so of summer I was a flurry of activity, stripping, sanding, painting this cabinet in our kitchen.  The back wall is now 'million dollar red'.
I've often wondered who gets to name pant colors. Now that would be a fun job to have.

Stay tuned for some other BIG news coming very soon!