Stretch 2019

Reviewing 2018 and planning for 2019

Looking back to move forward.

Tranquility and Light – solo exhibition

2018

2018 definitely had its ups and downs. I had 2 solo shows scheduled. One went off without a hitch and the other was cancelled at the last minute. Tranquility and Light at the Throckmorton Gallery in Mill Valley looked great. Even though the second solo was cancelled, I ended up with a new series of azalea paintings that I’m proud of. I participated in 9 group shows and 1 two person show. Thanks Elizabeth Ashcroft of Grey City Gallery and Jenny Wantuch for showing with me (and creating a great post card to announce the show).

My paintings installed at the Grey City Gallery

I was juried into Volume 42 of the Studio Visit Magazine by Lisa Crossman, Curator at the Fritchburg Art Museum. The book was published in the summer of 2018. However, I didn’t receive my copy until November. You can see the current volumes online studio visit magazine

Studio Visit Magazine – Volume 42

Here’s my year end productivity count:
93 paintings created, 82 paintings sold, 2 commissions completed and 2 new galleries joined!

Stretch – expand – grow in 2019

My word for 2019 is Stretch. My intention is to extend, expand and reach out beyond my limits. This came about after spending some time thinking about my ideal day and how I see myself growing in the new year. I also have “add yoga to my exercise routine” for a while now and stretch works for that too. My big goal for the year is to create and sell 100 paintings!

I decided to participate in the year of 100 rejections challenge after reading this article. Last year I applied for 51 opportunities. I got 23 yes’s, 16 no’s and the rest I didn’t get any response. To get 100 rejections (noes), I will really have to stretch myself. I figure this gives me permission to try for those scary things that will get me out of my comfort zone. And really what have I got to lose? I have so much to gain!

Painted Boxes

Summer Lake, oil on wood, 5″ x 8″ box

When I was looking for something different to work on, I found these small wooden boxes online. I ordered 8 boxes to experiment with. It was a challenge to paint on the lids and it took me a couple of tries to figure out the best way. I ended up taking the lids off and taping the edges.  This way I could hang them on the wall as I usually do with stretched canvas. I found that I don’t get the same effect painting flat as I do upright.  It’s not as easy to see.

A selection of boxes are available in my shop .  Have a question about a box or want to see more views?  Send me an email.

 

Summer Lake Sunset

Last summer I spent a weekend in Maine with friends and family. While relaxing by the lake I took a ton of photographs hoping to use some for inspiration back in my studio in San Francisco. The summer lake boxes are my memories of that special time.

River Journey, oil on wood, 4 x 6 box

River Journey was inspired by many of my previous river paintings. I was thinking about the time I spent floating along the backwaters of Kerela, India and the time I was an artist in residence at Chalk Hill.  The residency is a short walk away from the banks of the Russian River.  I would go to the river every late afternoon to cool off after a day spent painting.

Commissions

Large Atmospheric Landscape Painting

For a law office conference room. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 60″

I’m just coming off a year long hiatus from taking commission requests. With a new request on the horizon, I thought it might be interesting to share stories of several past commissions that highlight how my commission process works.

Large Landscape Painting installed in a home.

For a family in Silicon Valley. Oil on canvas, 48″ x 72″

A family in Silicon Valley saw my work and contacted me to see if I would be able to recreate a painting they liked in a larger format to fit a custom made niche in their under-construction home. They came to my studio to see the piece that caught their eye to make sure the colors were exactly what they wanted. It was. We then discussed size, price and delivery date. After their house was finished, I was delighted to be invited to a celebration of all the artists, designers and crew who contributed to the construction of their home. The above painting is installed in their grand foyer.

large sunset painting California landscape painting

Sunset for a San Francisco home.

One spring a couple saw my paintings through the window at “April in Paris” on Clement St. in San Francisco.  They sent me an email and asked if they could see more work.  I invited them to my studio and showed them a selection of paintings.  With a specific space and theme in mind, we discussed making a dramatic sunset painting to fit over their fireplace.  They let me know what they liked about each of my existing sunset inspired paintings.  I took notes and made sure to add those elements to the painting.

 

Boston law office conference room painting

Conference room. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 60″

A year after I had done a commission for a law firm in Boston, I was contacted again to create paintings for the lobby and a conference room for a new space they were moving into. Their interior designer reached out to me with color swatches and size requirements for two new paintings. We had several email exchanges discussing color scheme and I showed her in-progress photos for approval. When I finished the paintings, I sent an email for final approval with high-res images before shipping the paintings to Boston.

If you are thinking you might want to create a special painting just for you, a loved one or for a corporate environment — Let’s talk! Schedule a consultation. I’m available to consult with you in person, via email or phone to work out a plan.

Cost is dependent on size. 50% of the payment is required for deposit. The balance is due upon completion. I send two in-progress photos of the painting to ensure the work is on track. The timeline is 4-6 weeks. You are welcome to see the painting in person or I will email a photo when finished. You have final approval before delivery.

 

I look forward to working with you!

 

References available.

 

 

Big Big Big!

Painting of Point Reyes

Point Reyes, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

Earlier this year, Aerena Galleries my representation in wine country, asked me to create a series of large paintings. Specifically 60” x 60” or larger. I was excited and a little nervous to take on this task, having never painted that large before.

Me with a 60″ x 60″ for scale!

There were so many factors to consider, from selecting inspiration, ordering and delivery of large canvases to laying out enough paint on the palette. One obvious consideration was I will need to use large brushes. I did my best and learned along the way. I still think I can improve upon how to have enough paint ready for such a large surface.

Afternoon Light, oil on canvas, 72″ x 48″ a work in progress

When deciding what to paint I thought of some of my favorite places to use for inspiration, like Point Reyes and the Russian River. I wanted to keep it familiar while I learned how to go big.

California Summer, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

Painting this large requires the full use of my body. It takes a lot of energy to make this work. Not only is painting strenuous, moving the canvases around was a challenge. I was barely able to hold them on the sides to hang them on the wall for painting. After each session I needed to soak in a warm bath to soothe my muscles.

Painting in Progress: Point Reyes, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

I have 6 blank canvases waiting for me. The largest is 70 x 70! I’m looking forward to starting on a new series of “biggies” in September once I finish all the paintings for my solo show in Texas at the Glade Gallery at the Glade Cultural Center. Tranquility and Light opens on October 4 at the Glade Gallery Foundation Gallery

You can see all of the large scale paintings online or in person at Aerena Galleries.

 

 

Land And Sea – Juried Exhibition

Morning Garden, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 was selected to be in the exhibition Land and Sea at Main Street Arts.Land and Sea Exhibition at Main Street Arts

A national juried exhibition of landscapes and seascapes, Land and Sea, will feature close to 40 works from 28 artists. The exhibition was juried by Deirdre Aureden the director of programs and special projects at The Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.

Visit www.MainStreetArtsGallery.com to purchase work online and follow the blog and social media for exclusive content. Exhibition catalog available online and in the gallery.

Artists Included:
Brandin Barón, Pirjo Berg, Paola Bidinelli, Irja Bodén, Lauren Brady, Phyllis Bryce Ely, Faithanne Carapella, John Magnus Champlin, Sage Churchill-Foster, Linda Griswold Davis, James DeLucia, William DeMott, Fay Deng, Barbara Jablonski, KS Lack, Ruth LaGue, Adam LaPorta , J.(Jie) Li, Anni Lorenzini, Sewall Oertling, Andrea Pawarski, Nicole Reddington, Roslyn Rose, Helen Santelli, June Szabo, Victoria Veedell, Tim Waldrop, George Wallace

Exhibition Dates: May 26–June 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26, 4–7 p.m.

Main Street Arts
20 W. Main St.
Clifton Springs, NY

Synergy at the Zen Center

I’m getting a workout installing the paintings at the Zen Center

Denise Dmochowski and I installed the latest edition of our work of Synergy in the Art Lounge at the Zen Center of San Francisco. The exhibition of our paintings will be on view until September 30.

 Denise and I blend our paintings together by color and light.

Synergy. The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, synergism. By presenting our paintings side by side we strive to create a beautiful atmosphere of peace and joy.

In the Art Lounge at the Zen Center. Through the doorway you can see Presidio Sunrise.

Our paintings shown together compliment each other beautifully. The colorful, light filled images draw you in offering a place of serenity and allowing for a connection to a deeper level of consciousness. In our individual interpretations of nature there is an energy that connects our work.

A selection of paintings to bring peace and calm to the visitors of the art lounge.

Do you have an idea of where we can show our work together again?  We are always looking for new places to show.  Please let us know, we would love to hear from you.

Synergy
Denise Dmochowski and Victoria Veedell
September 11 – 30
Zen Center of San Francisco
300 Page St., San Francisco, CA

How I begin a painting.

Presidio Series

Introducing my newest series of paintings inspired by morning dog walks through the Presidio. It’s a beautiful way to start the day. “Saturday Morning Presidio” is available at Secession Art & Design it’s on view in the Ecological on view in the Ecological Resiliance exhibition until September 30.  See the invitation below.

 

Sunrise Walk Presidio, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″

Presidio Sunrise, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

Saturday Morning Presidio, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″  

 

 

 

Atmospheric

AtmosphericSan Ramon Valley Conference Center | 3301 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA

July 21 – October 19, 2017 | Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

This exhibition presents artwork that reflects the local environment with a notably moody aesthetic. Featuring paintings by Sarah Morrison, David Nyquist, Karen Smidth, Amy Lee Solomon, and Victoria Veedell.

Featuring two of my atmospheric landscape paintings “North Bay Passage” and “Monday Sunset”

North Bay Passage, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

 

Monday Sunset, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

Synergy the Pop Up

Denise and I were delighted to see our artwork hanging together in a beautiful flow at Real Old Paper Gallery in North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Synergy was a one night only pop up. It was our first experiment with creating this kind of an exhibition.  We had a great time meeting new people and talking about our work.  All of my paintings from the show are available for purchase here.

Talking about our work with the guests.

Denise talking with Aaron of Paradox Media

Welcoming visitors on this rainy First Friday Art Walk in North Beach

We held an art giveaway and Sam K. from San Francisco was the lucky winner of these two little gems!

Thank you again for visiting!  We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Next up: Spring Open Studios at Yosemite Place, Saturday, May 6, 11 am – 5 pm.

1777 Yosemite Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124