Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lisa's Paintings in "Bold Botanicals" Exhibit

This fall my work will be in three separate exhibits at two different galleries, and this is the first one to open!  For the past year several ACCI Gallery artist members, including me, have been cleaning up, replanting and reorganizing the ACCI sculpture garden behind the gallery in Berkeley. It has come out beautifully, and this is our celebration of it's grand opening - the "Bold Botanicals" show. There will be outdoor garden sculpture and indoor pieces too - including several paintings and giclees of mine with a garden theme.  The exhibit runs from September 16 - 30th, but come by September 18th from 6-8 pm for our festive preview party with Brazilian Jazz and sangria to meet the artists and hang out in the garden!

And after this?  In late September through October I will be exhibiting a selection of landscapes in oil and gouache at Collector in Jack London Square, and in mid-October I'll be back at ACCI for their "Cabinet of Wonders" exhibit, with my newly completed Kunstkammer group of still lifes. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Paintings at ACCI Gallery, Berkeley

ACCI Gallery In Berkeley, is currently displaying some of my work -  The gallery is looking beautiful, and the new sculpture garden in the back is a lovely asset, especially in balmy spring weather.

From left to right, my gouache painting "Garden Reflection", a small giclee of my gouache painting "Dusk", oil on panel "Planting Oaks" in an antique gilt frame, "Multnomah Falls" in a wonderful Tramp Art frame from about 1900, and a small oil I did of "Maine Rowboats", aesthetically moored at the end of Mount Desert Island when we visited in the Fall of 2013.

I am now on Instagram, as is ACCI, and the gallery posted a picture they took of my rowboat painting, along with many other examples of their exhibited artists' work.  I am attaching a screen shot of the Instagram posting below, but you can also go to Instagram and see more of my artwork at #manopantheart or at #accigallery to see my pieces, and the work of many other artists represented by the gallery.

Display of a group of my paintings at ACCI Gallery, Berkeley

Instagram posting featuring "Maine Rowboats" at ACCI Gallery

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mount Diablo, oil on canvas

Mount Diablo

In late fall I began a commission to paint Mount Diablo, in central Contra Costa County, for a client and friend who sees this view from her bedroom window in Alamo.  She may be moving to southern California in the next year or so, and wants to "take the view with her".  This is a pretty big painting for me, at 24" x 30", and the huge mountain looms so close to the house that it was a challenge to really get the scale of the thing.  The near foreground was not quite as arboreal as it appears here - the view was filled with her neighbors' houses, driveways, and recycling bins, and when I drove out to do my on-site sketches, clouds covered the top ridge, creating another problem for me.  (A day or two later the sky cleared and the client sent me a photograph of the top of the mountain so I could fill in the blank in my drawings...)

I decided that to make the mountain look Really Big, it needed to be bathed in late afternoon sunlight, the clouds above it retreating in perspective, and the foreground had to be in deeper shadow to make the composition more dramatic. I eliminated the houses between me and the closest foothills (while keeping a few of their trees and shrubs) to keep the view pristine and powerful.

All of this is a demonstration of how artists can paint the truth without necessarily painting exactly what they see!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Painting Projects at Year's End

The White Stag

As Thanksgiving approaches, here is my magical White Stag to usher in the holidays!  He's painted in gouache on heavy rag paper, and is now sold and living in a new home, but happily he's still available in the form of greeting cards and giclee prints. Greeting cards in this design, as well as many others based on my paintings, including my extensive selection of Christmas cards, are now available at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, Books Inc, Alameda, and Payn's Stationery on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.

Some of my framed paintings and giclees now exhibited at ACCI Gallery, Berkeley

I continue to be an exhibiting artist member of ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, and this month they have several of my paintings displayed, including my piece, "Planting Oaks", in the front window! Framed in an antique gilded frame, it is a bird's eye view of a crow in a California live oak, with an oak savannah landscape far below, painted in oil on museum board. The crow is based on a real crow that visited my back garden more than once in late summer, each time with an acorn in its beak.  He or she lingered long enough for me to study his plumage and stance, and the acorn too, and this painting was the result. It's a storybook interpretation of the crow I saw, but is also based on a real bird and real behavior, which charmed and inspired me.

Planting Oaks

ACCI Gallery,  on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley

"Planting Oaks" in the front window of the gallery

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lisa at the Lafayette Gallery "Artist Market" August 16th

I will be participating in the outdoor August “Artist Market” in the historic – and beautiful - Forge Courtyard next to the Lafayette Art Gallery, for one day on Saturday, August 16th from 11 am to 5 pm.  On display will be a selection of my smaller and a few larger framed paintings in oil and gouache, fine prints and giclees, and lots of my greeting cards. The Artist Market is right next to the gallery, and there will be many other artists displaying their work too, in a variety of media. 

For more information, contact the Lafayette Gallery (note new location)
3420 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA  94549

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lisa at East Bay Open Studios 2014

My space at the Jack London Square Market Hall for East Bay Open Studios, in early June, with all of my stuff around me, from framed paintings, to giclee prints, to greeting cards. Thanks everybody for my successful two weekends, and a HUGE thanks to my family - who packed greeting cards, carried heavy stuff hither and yon, helped with setup and breakdown, and entertained the crowds with music and song!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2014 East Bay Open Studios Coming Soon!

We're off and running - over 400 artists will be opening their studios the first two weekends in June during East Bay Open Studios, and I will be exhibiting my work with over 50 participating artists at the Jack London Market Hall at Jack London Square, right on the waterfront.  Check out the ProArts online gallery of all of the other artists participating in Open Studios too.  (I'm listed under Haderlie Baker, artist # 215 in the directory).  You can see examples of some of my new work on my directory page, and also check out all the other 400-plus artists!

The official Open Studios happens on the first two weekends of June (June 7-8, and June 14-15) from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. both weekends.  This year there's an added bonus:  First Friday is June 6th, and the Market Hall is hosting "Jack's Night Market" with food, music, AND all of us artists too, in a special sneak preview of Open Studios from 6-10 pm that Friday night.