Centered on the Center 2019

The Huntington Beach Art Center is showcasing local artists again! The show has been up since January 26th, and will close on March 9th.

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“Brown Pelican” by Linda Sackin, 2017

Opening night was wonderful, as I have come to enjoy meeting and connecting with my fellow local artists. There are so many styles and mediums at this show, there really is something for everyone. My personal favorites include a pelican quilt by Linda Sackin, a colorful circuit-board-type piece mixed media collage by Eva Altmann, and an abstract swirl called “Color Go Round” by Larry Wallace! The art isn’t just on the walls, either – there are inventive metalwork pieces and lots of fiber arts (for which I have special affection) to enjoy.

The cherry on top of all this is that my print of “Arrival at Emerald City” sold before I even saw it on the wall! If my other piece, “Davie for Adoption” sells, I plan to donate that money to the HB Humane Society, where Davie currently resides.

Go check it out!

 

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“Arrival at Emerald City” by Claire DeWilde, 2018
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Centered on the Center 2018

I’m showing “Space Camp – Craft Day” at the Huntington Beach Art Center in this year’s Centered on the Center exhibition. The show opens January 27 at 6pm at the Huntington Beach Art Center.

[[EDIT: Thank you to the lovely person who bought my piece! I’m sure your wall complements it nicely.]]

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Imagine II

This month I was honored to be in a juried art show called “Imagine II – The Art of Children’s Book Illustration”

Hosted by The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona with support by the SCBWI, it featured a whole wall of work by Leo Politti, which was awesome to look at, as well as artifacts and sculpture from the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art. The space was absolutely filled with work from thirty-seven Californian illustrators, including a piece by yours truly!

It was great to come together for the Illustrators Reception and celebrate the art that inspires literacy and piques the curiosity of little humans.

As of this posting, you’ve got just a few days to see the show! The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 4, and it all comes down after September 23rd.

UPDATE: Here’s an article about the show.

Centered on the Center 2017

I’m excited to be participating in one of my favorite shows again — this time with not one, but TWO pieces. I love this show because it showcases the incredible range of skill and imagination to be found in our own community [of hundreds of thousands of people.]

I hope you’ll join me (and much of Orange County’s artsy population) at the Huntington Beach Art Center on Main St this Saturday the 28th.  There’s sure to be something for everyone in this open-subject, open-medium show!

The exhibit will be up through March 4th.

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House of Spook 2016

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hos16blog3Last night I joined 20 artists in haunting an old house in Whittier with some spooky art!

Among the sweet treats and ghostly ghouls we displayed Halloween-themed art work and sold prints, stickers, and apparel.

Since this was to be a spooky show, I paid extra attention to potentially hair-raising moments to find inspiration for my piece.  I was sure that finding a creature in the shower was pretty spooky, and a shift in perspective only heightened the terror.

It was really fun to have a show in a historical building.  The house looked spook-tacular, and a good time was had by all!

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Up, Up and Away

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I painted this 24 x 12″ canvas in May of this year. It showed at the Orange County Fair from July to August, and now it’s back in my painty little hands!

I came to call them “melty ducks” and I like to think they’re mildly miserable in that melty muck. All of them are trying to pull themselves up and out of the goo, and now one of them has done it! He floats away uncertainly. The misery below is miserable, but at least it’s familiar. What about the others? Are they excited? Jealous? Proud? Indifferent? How do their feelings affect the one as he floats off?

Oil paints are goopy melty fun — the perfect medium for goopy melty creatures. I associate oils with school assignments, where we painted from life. I had never done a completely imagined oil painting. I started with a very dark blue base coat and worked the values up into the light.  It’s still quite a dark painting, especially considering how bright my work usually is. It’s moody, but hopefully just enough to be eerie and not mournful.

If I were to do a second painting, I’d explore what awaits this floating blob when he finally turns his head up to the future.

This painting is for sale! Shoot me an email if you’re interested.