Santa Fe

The tiny Santa Fe airport is an adobe house! How do you like that?! :)

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Streets of Santa Fe, they look different :)

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Keep Contemporary gallery moved to this downtown location pretty recently, and is known for showing edgier and more LA type of art compared to most others. 

 

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Inside Keep Contemporary  

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Panoramic view of the wall. As for me, I’m seriously in love with this quilted geometrical piece on the right.

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Making Lemonade was the piece in the show. 

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And it started snowing at night...  which prompted me to enter Chris Roberts- Antieau gallery. It was really impressive!

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Canyon Road is full of great art!

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Bandelier Monument National Park proved to be fascinating. 

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It was a really wonderful weekend full of new connections and great impressions.

Mexico 2019

It was so amazing to visit Mexico again! This time in the state of Nayarit, a place I’d never visited on my previous trips through Mexico before. I was so excited! We flew into Puerta Vallarta and went up the coast to the little village of Sayulita. A gorgeous place on Earth, blessed with constant ocean surf and jungle all around.

Playa Los Muertos

Playa Los Muertos

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Sayulita is small and very colorful. The new buildings come with humungous murals on them in a variety of styles. It was very inspiring to see.

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Finding food with dietary restrictions can be a tough challenge in Mexico, but it’s not so bad in Sayulita. We can be thankful to the Californian hipsters who came before us, I guess :)

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Surfing is one of the biggest things in Sayulita, along with art.

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As are traditional ceremonies. We got lucky to see and hear some of the local festivities and a Sunday mass.

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I’m so grateful that this little paradise exists within a 4hr flying distance to Northern California. Just what I needed to shake off that winter blues :) I also really love Mexican humor about the political climate.

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Fond memories of Mexico

Today I'm feeling nostalgic about the time I spent painting in Chapala, Mexico. It was a really amazing month! I made several paintings during that time on loose canvas, then rolled the paintings up and brought them back to California. After I stretched and framed this one back in SF, I had a show at Torpedo Sushi on Broadway in Oakland. While hanging the show, I stroke up a conversation with a guy eating his dinner at a table. He went on to buy two of the paintings I hung up that night. But here on the video I'm just finishing it up :) 

artist residency

Life Drawing at Studios 11

It happened! After a long period of wanting to do a life drawing session, Studios 11 invited a beautiful model, showed up in solid numbers and dedicated 3 hours of studio time to sketching a nude. The experience was refreshing! Despite that figurative work has never been my big focus, I find the practice of great value to develop drawing skills.

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I decided to experiment a bit with Yupo paper, oil pastels and ink pens and indulged myself in the interior just as much as the figure.

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Volume and some work with color.

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A very literal spacial sketch.

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After establishing spacial relationships in the above sketch it was easy to come up with this next one.

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The session was enjoyed by everybody and will definitely become a recurring occasion.

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