OPEN STUDIOS All Art and Photo Classes – Due 10/9, 10/15, and 10/22


Over the next 3 weekends, Santa Cruz County artists will open their studios to visitors to show their art and art making processes.

For each art class enrolled in at GBK, attend a total of 3 artists studios. (Art 1, Art 2, Art 3 – any type of art from glass to textile to painting, printmaking, or photography.

(Photo students must attend studios of photographers, AP 3D – 3D artists, and AP 2D – 2D artists.)

For each visit, you must post an account of your visit,  your impressions of the studio, the artist, and their work.  Make comments about their techniques and processes (the artists are all required to post information about this in their studio in order to participate in Open Studios. If you don’t see it, ask about their technique.)  AND, comment on the inspiration this gives you for your own art work.

For extra credit, ask questions directly of the artist and post results of your “interview.”

For extra credit, you may attend and post accounts about more than 3 artist studios.

For extra credit, attend the Preview Show at the Santa Cruz Art League on Broadway (see link.) Post name and artist for what you would award 1st 2nd and 3rd place in the whole show and explain why.

On the weeks you don’t actually attend a studio, you still must make a weekly post about a local artist you find who will be participating in Open Studios. (It may be one you visit later.) Look at their website (the ones in magenta have links.)

Share ideas about why the work is interesting or appealing to you, what you think are the most important aspects of their style and the message or ideas behind their art. Also, note if you think there is a connection in their background or biography listed on the website that contributes to their art.


Students may attend the studios together but they should have independent posts.  You also may be inspired to visit particular artists by reading others’ posts.

There is a Guide Booklet in the art room 216 with maps if you want to plan your weekend trips.  South County is the first weekend,  North County the second, and some artists are open for the third, Encore weekend.

For Art  1 – There is an hour,  free choice, sketchbook drawing due each week.


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  1. This week I am not able to go to a studio so I found the website for an intriguing local artist named Peter Koronakos. He makes sculptures and animals out of found or recycled objects. I thought his work was interesting because the junk that he uses to make the sculptures has a story of its own and when it is all compiled together it seems to have a personality. His art is inspired and influenced by human existence and he feels that the history of the found objects speaks to him.

    • Sounds interesting! Sculpture made from recycled materials (assemblage) brings all the history of the object, adding to the meaning of the work, as well as adding interesting form. Remember, you can choose to go to his studio in the next 2 weeks and see it in person.

  2. I am not able to go to a studio this weekend so I’m making a post on Geoffrey K. Nicastro. His art is impressionistic and fascinating, his sculptures made with a careful attention to form and aesthetics and perhaps inspired by Native American carvings. What I find fascinating is the fact that he doesn’t box himself in as an artist and tries out different things, whether they work or not. He doesn’t have a clear pattern and doesn’t state himself to be a “painter” a “sculptor” or a “carver”. He also doesn’t worry too much about how realistic his art is going to be. Personally, I find drawing and painting things too accurately makes me feel bored and unfulfilled, as if a part of the soul of my art has left. He shows that I don’t have to be a remarkable realistic artist and I can make my own stylistic choices based on what I find aesthetically beautiful. I love how expressive his paintings are and the way they show the intensity of different people’s personalities. Each painting is like looking at a different character or person’s mind, and we instantly get an idea of how this person thinks just by looking at the shape and form and color. Perhaps each of them are different facets of his own personality expressed on canvas.

    • I like how you weave in a discussion about art into your comments about the artist. You definitely make his work sound very interesting. Remember, you may want to see his work in person as well.

  3. All righty, so I have to visit 9 studios in all and today I visited 4. So let’s get to it.
    The first artist I visited was a kind old lady named Donna Vandijk. There I saw wondrous paintings of flowers, in this geometric sort of way. I asked her how she did it since some actually had pieces of stem or flowers on the paper. When I say flower, I mean the entire flower with its roots. It was very detailed. She used coloured pencils and took the flower apart when she was working with it, that’s why one of her earlier ones has actual petals. If I were to describe the art, it would say a combination of geometric and scientific illustration. I really liked her work; it has this really clean edge that I don’t usually employ. I also really liked the fact that in one painting she put the actual stem of the flower in the painting. If one stood back a bit, it looks like she coloured it in. I’m trying to find a picture of some of her work, but to no avail. Anyway, she’s very into natural materials and does not like framing things; all I got was that she didn’t like glass over her work. Inspiration from this: I have this urge to draw the entire flower with its roots in my style, with maybe watercolour.

    Ok second artist, Faye Cates, was a potter. There wasn’t much to see there, mostly bowls, plates, cups and soap dispensers. They were very clean, well done and exact. There was one bowl that really caught my eye. It was called ‘Leaf Bowl’ which I found a picture of
    Maybe down to earth is a better word, her bottles and jars are in the shapes of pumpkins and pears. I adore the way she designs some of her pieces, some of the textures she got I would love to try. I asked her how she does it, so she just told me the steps she took to make the average plate or bowl. All of her pieces are thrown, then she waits till they’re leather hard, trims/adds details, bisque fires and then glazes. Overall, I liked her and her studio was nice and organized. I would love to throw some clay soon; I have not visited a clay artist who doesn’t do bowls or plates.

    Next is Chris Miroyan, very sweet and very enthusiastic to answer all of my questions. This was probably the most outgoing artist, I met thus far. Her studio was open and part of her house, like most of the open studios. She was a painter and worked with acrylic paints but also looked like she added newspaper and glitter to some. For some of the paintings, it was very layered and had this 3-D effect. This look was very nice and different; it made everything look happier and real. Birds inspired her, because that was the main subject in most of her paintings. That and party hats on the birds…she said it symbolized a connection to nature. I have a link of two pictures I really enjoyed from her gallery. This one of the cake
    And this one of one of the birds
    She has been painting for a while and seems to have a very bright weird style of painting. For the 3D effect she built something on the canvas and then painted to. Gloss medium is used to make it shiny and even more realistic. She was my favourite artist of the day, actually. I would love to paint these happy shiny paintings of birds with party hats. It would be fun. (I would like to point out that aside from her happy bird paintings, that she has these weird pictures of bird heads on children’s bodies.)

    Ok last one. I actually got lost when I found this studio; she’s all the way over in Watsonville. Another potter named Elaine Pinkernel, has been doing this for a while. The process of her technique isn’t explained on paper, but rather with pictures. According to the pictures she sometimes starts out with pieces and does geometrical designs on them, attaches them together, rolls them into a cone shape, adds bottom, removes roll (that held clay in place) then fires. That was just one of her ways of doing it, she also does single slabs. In the studio, there were plates, vases, soap/butter dishes, and weird designy plate things on the wall. One had a computer chip in it (I overheard later she used to be a programmer at apple…). Also I think she put ceramic pieces in trash bins filled with fire, at least that’s what the pictures in the back depicted her doing. I don’t have a formal name for it so I’m going to call it bin firing. It was a huge open studio, right in the middle of nowhere. I actually liked her practical ware, with its geometric shapes and earthy glaze colours. Ah wait I have a better word for describing her ripped apart method pieces, quilt like. My inspiration from her is that I kinda want to try out the ripped apart or quilt method, looks fun.

    All right cool, I hope I wrote enough…

    • Excellent reporting on some very interesting artists! I can see you have lots of inspiration and things to try now too. It’s an interesting idea to paint over a more dimensional surface to play with 3d illusion and 3d actuality. Miroyan’s work reminds me somewhat of Hannah Hoch’s or Max Ernst’s. If you like her work, you may be warming up to Surrealism. I think the bin firing is like pit firing or Raku. Maybe we could try some of that – save your orange peels!.

  4. I went to five open studios today, but my favorite was S. Cartwright, #67. Her studio was a walled in porch in her house, with a love bird in a cage in the corner. Her work surface was just a folding table, but she was able to make some really nice pieces of art. She did a really good job at capturing the expressions and personality of dogs and horses. Some work is etchings, but she also spreads ink out on a piece of glass and wipes away parts to create an image. I am inspired by the way she gave the subjects of her work a clear personality, and made the animals seem real. I will write more next weekend.

    • One of my favorite things about open studios is seeing how even a simple work space can be enough to make very cool works of art. She definitely sounds like an artist that animal lovers would enjoy. You may want to try her monotype technique sometime or even a combination monotype with your linocuts (a monoprint).

      • Because I didn’t go to Open Studios this weekend, I will write about two that I saw last weekend. They were numbers 28 and 29, out in Aptos on Cox Road. Number 28 was Elizabeth Romanini, who did amazing work with pencil, ink, and watercolor. She drew birds, grasses, insects, and nests and made them really lifelike. Almost everything that she drew, she had in the room. There was a table covered in tiny boxes of insects, another had hummingbirds and chickadees mounted on branches, and there was a whole bookcase full of nests. In the same house, but downstairs was Lucy Martin, number 29. She also did really realistic work, but hers was of mushrooms done in watercolor and gouache. She made the paintings seem real because they were not perfect like what you sometimes see in art. The forest floor with the mushrooms was all hectic and intricate. I will be going to see more art on encore weekend.

      • That’s great that Romanini had the objects on hand. I’m glad you got to see these two – their work must have been so inspiring to one tuned in to nature as you are. I want to see these two next weekend too.

    • Today I went to see seven Open Studios. My favorite was Stephanie Martin. She made prints with copper etching. There were amazing pictures of all sorts of sea birds and birds you see in the woods, as well as pomegranates, flowers, and nests. Some prints were on plain paper, but she did some on old books, street maps, and a map of the London Underground. I liked the style of art she did because the birds seemed real. There was one that was a young owl swooping down at a piece of thin white cloth blowing in the night breeze. This was all etched in incredible detail, because I could see the line for each thread that made up the cloth.

  5. I went to 12 studios today. Some of them I picked out, some of them my mom wanted to go to. We went to Robynn Smith, #27, Elizabeth Romanini, #28, Lucy Martin, #29, David Flemming, #40, John Maxon, #45, Michael Mote, #54, Matthew Taylor, #55, Betsy Andersen, #117, Susan Hancey, 132, Fanne Ferow, #135, Larry Worley, #137, and Susanna Waddell, #139. We had to see a lot, and by the end, it gets very tiring, and harder to focus on the art.

    Robyn Smith did mixed media abstractions and horses. It’s hard to know exactly what she does. My favorite piece was “Herd # 1.” Here is the link:

    Elizabeth Rominini did pen and ink nature illustrations of plants, birds, and bugs. I really liked this artist for two reasons. Firstly, because I like nature illustrations, and secondly, because she had a very soft touch. Here is her website:

    Lucy Maritin was in the same studio as Elizabeth, and their work went perfectly together. She did Watercolor illustrations of mushrooms. They were really interesting to me, because we are doing watercolor right now, and it showed what the medium can do. Here is her website:

    David Flemming did oil painting. All of his paintings were really good, and he had a LOT of them. They were everywhere in his house. There were at least 100-200.

    John Maxon did oils too. His work was interesting, but didn’t stand out like some of the other artist’s did.

    Michael Mote also did oil. He wasn’t there when we went in, so we didn’t spend very long. He did natural landscapes.

    Matthew Taylor did abstractions. They were interesting, but not striking.

    Betsy Anderson did figurative and abstract water media on paper. Her work was very interesting and hard to describe.

    Susan Hancey did figurative and abstract landscapes in acrylic. My favorite piece was “Evening Marsh.” Link:

    Fanne Fernow did encaustic abstractions. I thought her’s were OK.

    Larry Worley did basketry. His were very interesting and unique.

    Susanna Wadell did oil still lives and landscapes. I really liked her work. Here is her website:

    • I bet your mom was finally glad to be able to attend some of those studios since she is usually on duty at her own studio. You are lucky to have an artist tour guide even though it is a lot to absorb by the time you approach # 12. I also enjoyed Betsy Miller’s studio. The narrative work has mysterious elements in it, doesn’t it. Did you change one of the drawings at the table marked “change this”? I was tempted by didn’t have time. I’d want to spend at least an hour drawing once I started because it felt like such a creative place to be. I heard that David Fleming has lots of work. It’s inspiring, isn’t it, to see someone with such creativity.

      • I didn’t do the “Change this,” but my mom did, and in 30 seconds it looked just like her artwork. I found that I couldn’t remember the ones in the middle that well.

  6. Today I attended the studio of Jim Patterson, a photographer that lives in Santa Cruz. He lives on 20 Moran way, only a few blocks from my house. He primarily does underwater photography, which he does by taking video while scuba diving, and then extracting still shots from the footage. He also does miscellaneous landscapes, ranging from photos of beach sunsets, to panoramas of frozen lakes. In his landscapes he uses high exposure to simulate motion. I am inspired by his capturing of motion in static images, and plan to experiment with this in the near future.

    • That’s a technique that makes a lot of sense….making the most of the dive and the digital media to get the best results. It’s great to hear how you are ready to experiment with some of these techniques.

  7. Today I ended up going to a total of three because I’ll only have time to visit studios this weekend… But I took notes so I’ll post my observations , one each week.

    First, I visited the studio of photographer Leon Canerot, exhibit #34, on 605 Townsend Drive. His photos show his love for travel, as he has many pieces from Cambodia, Egypt, Peru, Alaska, Death Valley, Tanzania, Vietman, and different locations in California. Most of his photos are either from ground level or areal view, and he’s published a book of his photography called “Up CLose and Personal”, which features his series if pictures of dew drops on flowers and insects – nature Up Close and Personal. A technique I noticed he used was slowing down the ISO, and making his pictures of water overexposed to create more of a flowing, soft look.


    Me: “What inspired you to photograph different landscapes around the world?”
    Leon: “Because it’s there! It’s just so interesting, I want people to see it. I’ve just seen so many things around the world that deserve to be brought back to others. And I just enjoy it.”

    Me: “Is this all you do for a living?”
    Leon: “Well actually I’m retired now, but I do it because I enjoy it. I’m not getting rich off of it, though. I also enjoy traveling with my wife so I take pictures while I’m at it.”

    How I’m inspired by his art: It inspires me to, since my family and I have traveled a lot in the past, to show what I’ve seen in my drawings.

    • He sounds like an interesting and inspired photographer, adding expressive content to recording his travel experiences. Thanks for sharing the results of your interview of the artist. In thinking about the inspiration he gave you, you may want your sketchbook drawing to be about one of your family’s trips.

  8. I went to visit the studio of Isobel George. The studio seemed very relaxing and calm. She had everything all lined up on her table ready for her to paint. She seemed very organized. Isobel was very nice and friendly. She explained one of her techniques which was when she blended colors she would just pour the colors on the paper and let them blend themselves. Her art was very interesting because it would have one main figure and then the rest would be mixed figures. I really liked her colors because they weren’t over powering to the picture and so you could really see the images. You would look at a picture and get a story in your head and then you would look at the name and get another story. So it was two stories in one!

    • It sounds like he work was very thought provoking. I like art (and artists) that encourage viewer interpretation. It’s good to see that both organization in the studio and then a release to the nature of the medium fostered her creativity.

  9. I did not have time to visit a studio this weekend so I will be commenting on George Haas. what interests me about his work is first of all its photography, but secondly that the clothes that the people in his images were wearing is not completely ridiculous like fashion can sometimes be. Another thing that interested me was the fact that not all of his subjects were posing when he took the photo. An example is in one of his images: his subject has her eyes closed. His photos also aren’t all pristine, which is a plus and a minus. It’s a plus because it looks more organic (yes I am saying that about a fashion shoot) but it is also a minus because it could come across as being lazy, or just not good at photography. Anyway, it was interesting to look at his work.

    • It sounds like unconventional fashion photography. I wonder it that becomes more eye-catching and better advertising because it is not the expected image. Remember, you can go actually see his work in person also if he is open at all during the next couple of weekends. But, of course there ay be many others you have lined up to go to, even some in your neighborhood.

  10. This weekend I wasn’t able to go to an open studio, but every year since about third grade, I have gone to Dawn O’Regan’s studio and business called ribbon street where she desplays and sells “functional fabric desighns”. She makes little pouches made out of beautiful and fun ribbons, Lunch bags(we have several), iPhone ans iPad covers, wallets, aprons, place mats, cosmetic clutches and much more! She gets fabrics from japan and many other places.
    I have known Dawn sence kindergarden because I was friends with her daughter Emma. Dawn is friendly and bakes really good cookies. She desplays her wares in her back yard which is very beautiful and has a nice ambiance (i think they still have chickens…). She has three daughters and usually one of them is helping with the open studio.

  11. This weekend I was unable to go to an open studio so instead I will be commenting on the work of Jil Sanders. Jil works in a style of Japanese weaving called Saori. Saori uses what would be flaws if looked at traditionally, as a basis for the actual weaving work. The inventor of Saori, Miseo Jo said of her work, “Weaving with no rules is more than just individual hand loomed weaving compared to mechanical weaving “but is the practice of pursuing spiritual wealth.” A former painter and art teacher, Jil changed interests from painting to Saori weaving and now is the teacher of Saori Santa Cruz a school that teaches Saori weaving. I like Jil’s work because it is interesting and creative. It seems somewhat wilder than traditional weaved work and I especially enjoy the idea of taking what everyone thinks to be mistakes and turning them to success.

  12. So I didn’t go to a studio but I’m still posting. I’m going to talk about Bonni Carver.

    I think the most interesting thing about her work is the color. From the paintings she has on her website, it seems like she’s drawn to more warm colors, and rarely uses cooler, more blue-green. I actually really like that because the paintings feel more welcoming and friendly for some reason. It’s strange how colors can make you feel different things!
    I think the fact that she traveled through the Western Europe and then continued to do art exhibits on boats and cruises has influenced her work. She gets to see a lot of places and decide what sorts of styles she likes best. It’s a good way to get that sense of self as an artist–at least in my opinion.

  13. This week I’m not able to attend a studio, so I am making post on F.J.Anderson. This artist’s work is a highly Restoration of natural setting. I viewed the gallery and found there are lots of drawing of both animals and plants from dogs to worms. His works are so vivid that I can take a picture of a real animal, and his drawing will be exactly like the photo. I like his art because I am interested in animals too. I think that he uses fascinating skill to draw them and I can easily tell that the dog in this drawing is a happy dog, and that is an angry dog. I noticed that there are many seascape and ocean I animals in his drawing. I guess that he is inspired by the ocean and beach, so he is good at keeping the beauty in his art works. As he posted in info, he grows up near the ocean and that contributes to his art.

  14. When I walked into her studio the first thing I noticed was the big hand made paper with koi fish that were painted in water color above the desk where she was sitting. The studio was rather small but it neat and bright and it had a lot of art. Some of her art was realistic while the other art was not as real looking and was colorful. Her subject matter was koi, lily ponds, bamboo, irises and sunflowers. She was really nice and happy to talk with me. I thought it was really cool how she made her own paper. When I was looking at her art it made me want to do water color.

  15. This weekend I went to a photography open studio by Sebastian Kennerknecht. He mostly takes pictures of endangered species because he’s a conservation photographer (his goal is to raise the awareness of extinction through pictures of the animals that are endangered). I really loved his pictures because they were all so different and you could tell that he put a lot of effort into his work. He played with many techniques, such as long exposures, increasing/decreasing the contrast for effect, and taking close ups vs. landscapes. His work inspired me to try taking more pictures of animals, because I’ve always thought that taking pictures of animals are one of the most cliche subjects to photograph.

  16. I looked at John Crawford on the website and his work really spoke to me because it reminds me of Eric Carle and he is one of my favorite artist of all time because you would think it would be simple but it is very hard to do because it has a messy kind of look to it but it is still very detailed and itis in color which is part of the reason of why I like it.

  17. I was not able to go to a studio this weekend but I did find an artist named Mike Shuler who’s art looks very interesting because he makes wood vessels and paints them in a contemporary style. This art intrigued me because it requires a great amount of skill with the actual carving of the wood and then the intricate paintings on the wood to gives each vessel their own personality. Mike was inspired to do this when he was a child and found the chairs in his dining room puzzling, because of the symmetry. Because of this fascination he made his own lathe and started to make cups and bowls. This then eventually became what he does today.

    I was not able to go to a studio this weekend. So I looked online and found an artist whose name is Katharina Short. In my opinion, she is an abstractionist. Although all of her works look far from the reality, they truly give me a deep impression of how they expose the emotion which cannot
    be expressed by words. Her works provide me room to think about what it will be like under people’s camouflage. Are they dark, wilder, taller, lighter…? All kinds of latent emotions are suggested by her works and special and individual spirit.

  19. I went to a handful of studios this weekend but one of my favorites was Sandy Shaw’s. She uses pen, japanese rice paper, and acrylics. She glues down the rice paper and then draws her sketch and outlines it with black ink (oftentimes a permanent marker). She then paints over her drawing with acrylic but, between each layer of paint, she applies a layer of gloss gel medium. The majority of her paintings contain brilliantly colored and eye-catching flowers. She has the most amazing studio space surrounded by orchards, vegetable and flower gardens, and beautiful landscapes. She was a very warm, genuine, welcoming, and inspiring person. She was also extremely supportive; when I told her about my art business she became so excited. She invited me to come to her studio and create art with her and she introduced me to her children and friends. She also told me about her background and how she came to be an artist. Both of her parents were scientists and neither of them wanted her to become an artist. She wanted to go to a school of the arts but they wanted her to go to a university. As a compromise, she went to a university but majored in the arts. Sandy, however, knew that she didn’t want to have to financially rely on anyone else so she went to school for business as well. Through business, she made a lot of money but, at the same time, she never stopped creating art. She achieved financial independence and was able to pursue her passion for art as well. She not only inspired me to pursue my own love of the arts, but she reminded me to enjoy the process and to have fun.

  20. I also was not able to go to the gallery. However, I did look at the digital artwork gallery of F.J. Anderson. The most intriguing aspect of that gallery was the texture of the paintings. The first painting was of a shark tooth. The dark part of the tooth had this smooth but grippy look to it and I could imagine what it would feel like to touch it. However, the lighter part of the tooth had a very smooth look to it. Even the edges of the tooth had a perfect ridge to them that appeared sharp. I felt like I was being sucked into the image and the three dimensional effect on me. The painting looked very realistic and meticulous. It was one of the best pieces of art I have seen.

  21. I was not able to go to specific photography studios this weekend but I did visit an artist and her name is Shirley Rhoades, she does oil painting and watercolor painting at most of the time but she also does some photography. I met her on friday afternoon and chatted with her, she was a soft and lovely woman, and was really patient to your questions. As I came to her studio, firstly I saw some watercolor paintings hang on the wall, the fluidity and beautiful combination of color just amazed me. I also do watercolor painting, and Shirley’s work gave me a lot of inspiration of how to control and organize the color in one painting.
    And then she asked me about what I usually like to draw, I said people. She nodded and said that’s one of her favorite. She showed me a box of her collection of pictures of people, and we found some common hobbies like old posters and photos of ballet dancers. Then, I found some photos of native American Women and girls with coloful blankets in that collection, the nice and bright color combination amazed me once again. And Shirley said yes it was her took those pictures, that’s how I found she was also a photographer. I think she is really sensitive to color, and the style of her work are just like her and her personality, soft, positive and sooooo nice.
    She also shared something about how to draw hands with me because we talked more about painting than photography, I said my weakness is to draw hands so that I hope she can give me some suggestions, and Shirley said oh I drew terrible hands for most time of my life, and she spent lots of time to improve her skill, so she suggested me to change hands into geometry, like, you can imagine your fingers as ellipsoids…….basically, more practice will be most helpful. Then I drew an artist’s( I cannot remenber her name, but I think we have her picture somewhere our classroom)portrait and she gave me some guide and suggestions, she said you are an excellent artist which made me felt more confident, and, I just enjoyed spending time with such a lovely lady and a great artist.

    here is her website:

    • What a great experience you had in visiting this artist! She was very generous with her time and inspiring for you. It was great for you to see both the paintings and the photographs. A lot of artists work in both.

  22. This week, I’m not able to go to the studio as well… But I have seen the art website of Beth Allison Gripenstraw. I think she is amazing. At first, I just open her website, but the style, the music, the design really attract me! And I go in to her painting. It is so great! I totally lost myself in them. Because I love colors! And her paintings are full of various colors! And I really love the content she draw. She didn’t draw many very meaningful and great things. She just drew some very normal things, like the kitchen, one corner of bedroom(some drawers which are mess. And there a big mirror on the top of these drawers. And there is a woman sit on the bed, seems like the woman is think of something…), and many many dishes seem like waiting for people to wash… What she draw are very common, but they fill with details and are a little abstract…

  23. I didn’t go to any studios this weekend but I did find one artist that I was really interested in, Bridget Henry, who makes woodcuts. When you first look at the pictures of her work, they look like they could just be paintings with very distinct lines, but the video from her website shows that the process is really complicated and long. It kind of shows something about her personality because of the time spent on each layer of the woodcuts just to get one color. For that she would have to be extremely patient, and theres not much going back after each layer. She talks a little bit about how few of her pieces she’s been satisfied with, which is so common with artists. I’m also drawn to these pieces because of how well they convey the personality of the subjects, mostly people.
    Here is her website:

    • She came to Kirby a couple of years ago and presented her work. She has a wonderful style and her technique is quite complex since she has to plan far ahead in the reductive woodcut process.

  24. I couldn’t go to a studio this weekend so, like FiddleGirl, I’m going to comment on Dawn O’Regan’s art. The little things she makes really are wonderful. The prints of the fabric are always bright and cheerful and the products are also surprisingly practical. That probably comes from having kids. The lunch bags are just the right size for a thermos and a small Tupperware. At my school, all of the cool kids had a Ribbon Street lunch bag. Her studio is in the apartment above my best friend’s garage. I remember going up there a few times and seeing the stacks of fabric covering every surface and the little snippets scattered across the floor. There were ginger snap cookies on the table and they did taste really good.

  25. This week I’ve been out of action due to the flu, so I’m going to write about a website of Paul Roehl ( With multiple art degrees from San Jose State and experience teaching college classes Roehl has a scholarly background. This shows in his contemplative pieces which intelligently capture the mood of the environment. He does not depict a romanticized version of reality, but simply conveys nature’s naked beauty. He achieves this partly through the use of a soft evening light which “invites the viewer into a moment of reflection and contemplation through the beauty of a reality indicated but not directly depicted.” Many of his pieces are recognizably Santa-Cruzian landscapes, including views of two gates, the monterey bay, and pogonip. The result is a meditation on the Santa Cruz area, awash in a blur poignant light and vibrant colors.

  26. This week I was not able to attend any open studios, so I will write about the art of Rain Jordan that I viewed through her website. She specializes in textured acrylics and mixed media abstracts, and 3 dimensional abstracts. I am intrigued by Rain’s artwork, because nearly every piece incorporates squares or blocks of some kind, or seashells. Despite this, each of her works is very different from the next, and they are all unique. Her emphasis is on the beauty of nature and human interaction with nature. Rain lives in Monterey Bay, which is probably a reason for her many sea inspired pieces.

  27. This weekend I visited 3 studios: Ravetz’s studio (#39), Peter Vizzusi’s studio (#42), and Kerry van Stockum’s studio (#36). But I’m only going to talk about Ravetz’s studio for this blog post. Ravetz is a photographer who mainly focuses on motion and color in a picture, with almost all of the pictures blurred due to a long-exposure lens. Ravetz had a series of photographs that focused on women in high heels walking, which I thought was interesting because of the movement, but I didn’t particularly care for the display because none of the prints were particularly different. Ravetz also did several pieces on dancers, which I found interesting, but not particularly moving or different. I also didn’t find his studio particularly inspirational (however, I understand that because he photographs in different areas, so his studio probably doesn’t provide his inspiration).

  28. I looked at the work by Susan Dorf. My main focus was on her mixed media paintings. I really liked the one called Spirit of Garland ( I chose Susan because of her last name at first but once I actually saw her work I realized what kind of person she was. I coul tell that she was messy because of the painting’s lack of clarity and the blur of the paint. The objects in her work blend into the backgrounds of the paper.

  29. This weekend i went and saw john crawfords studio
    he is a painter who uses bright or dark colors to convey a feeling of a landscape
    his paintings are mostly serial
    his art is not exactly my style but it is beautiful

  30. This weekend I wasn’t able to attend an Open Studios. Instead I found the local artist Aimee Nelson. She majored in art in the 60’s and has been painting almost exclusively water color since the 80’s. It is clear through her paintings that she is very practiced. The paintings are beautiful! Many of them are portraits but others include nature and animals. I think she is incredibly talented, just based on the thumbnails of her work. I’d love to see her studio in person (I may go visit for one of my Studio posts). She is very skilled with the medium and creates incredibly tone and light values. I don’t know if there is a connection between her background and the paintings. Her bio wasn’t very detailed.

  31. I, too, was unable to attend Open Studios this weekend, so I looked on the website and found Ann Elizabeth Thiermann. I love her work. I particularly like her portraits, like “Portrait of Jane” and “Portrait of Courtney,” because of how much character she managed to put into their faces. I want to meet the people, know more about them, about their lives, about their personalities. “Portrait of Courtney” I especially like because of the aura of mystery surrounding it, that the woman and her reflection look slightly different.

    What I like about her style is the blurry, almost dreamy, brush strokes she uses. It makes it look carefree and slightly lazy, like a weekend morning. This is, I think, also the message of her work: that you don’t always have to take art so seriously; it can be fun, too.

  32. I looked at the website of Peter Koronakos. His art is sculpture made of recycled materials. I think that he is inspired by history he associated with the sculpture. He is very fond of making animals with the recycled materials. I feel that he believes the objects he uses to make the animals are somehow related to the animals themselves. He also uses the objects to give the animals a kind of expression.

  33. I did not have time over the weekend to visit any studios. I looked at a local artist named Evelyn Drew. I really liked her artwork. I liked the painting called the captains house because it was so colorful. in the painting there is a dock and it gives it a realistic look because she added darker colors to the water to give it a shadow. i like how the red fence has little tiny details on it. I really like this kind of art. I like art that is colorful and bright. i have seen some of Evelyn Drews art in capitola before with the car and the surfboard with the santa cruz logo.

  34. I checked out Joan Hellenthal’s art online. Hellenthal incorporates a unique shading into most of her work, creating a blurry post impressionist affect, not too different from Gauguin. However, the piece that struck me as most fascinating reminded me of a different artist. In this work Hellenthal’s shading makes me think of Rothko, the way the colors define what the painting is about, more than the actual subject matter. Reds and yellows bleed into fading whites as the red bird sits, almost cloaked in its background. The cup seems like the only thing that sticks out and creates an interesting contrast between that and its surroundings.

  35. I also looked at Kathy Edwards’ website online,
    There isn’t a lot to her website apart from samples of her work but from what I could tell, she is a digital photographer who does a large amount of post-processing, especially with colors. This is pretty evident by the fact that she calls herself a digital artist, suggesting manipulation and work in the stages after the picture is taken. I recognize a lot of her landscape scenes, because they are common places like the harbor and West Cliff, but it throws you off a little bit because of how much she has exaggerated the colors. A few of her pieces are macro flower and texture pictures, which are mostly interesting because when it first comes up, you have to figure out what the subject even is, as the DOF is small and the colors are bright.

  36. F.J Anderson,
    I looked at his digtial media and its very cool. I really admire his artistic range. I really enjoyed his black and white illistrations. I liked the ones of the dogs. There was one specifically that i liked. It was a dog looking at the viewer chewing a ball in its mouth. And i use the word “chewing” as a continuous action verb, because its a common image every dog lover sees. But he was able to capture the image of the dog in mid chew that showed that he was alive and what makes it more cool. He seems like a cool dude… though i never met him.

  37. I tried very hard to find a photo person online and i did. if he is close than i might visit him :3 His photos were okay. not my taste. He went for more the classic styles with a modern twist. Personally there were only about 5 out of the 32 he put in that i liked. I really liked is photos that were either scenic portraits. He had one with BEAUTIFUL contast of a man sitting in a wheel chair. He looked old. And he was in the middle of the desert? which i mean it must be one of those photos that makes you think and ask yourself why? which is the kind of photos i like… also the flower one was nice.

    • You might think more about why you like that photo so much. Perhaps you might find your Concentration in photos that have contradictions and unexplained contexts that stimulate the viewers imagination.

  38. I was not able to go to the open studios this weekend either. I did, however, attend the preview show at the Santa Cruz Art League. It was a great show. Very interesting. Very beautiful. It was hard to pick my top three, but I managed it eventually. First place goes to Brenda Mills Brannan’s Morning Glory. I loved the color scheme, the rich oranges and golds in particular. I also loved the story it told. I wanted to know more about the woman in the painting and why, among other things, she was holding a pair of shoes. Second place goes to Joe Leeman’s Summer. I chose this one, again, for the beautiful colors but also for the blurry quality that made it feel like a scene from a dream. Third place goes to Sara Friedlander’s Blurred Landscape: Palo Alto Hills. I loved how, even though it was a landscape, it managed to tell a story, at least to me. It also evoked memories of when I visited England; it had that quality. Overall, I loved the show.

    The artist whose work I looked at online this weekend was Bob Bishop. His work first interested me for the fact that some of it was obviously influenced by Asian art styles, which I love. It’s also slightly magical in quality, particularly his Oculus: Snakes with Grass. I think the main idea behind his art is that of peace and tranquility.

  39. This week I visited the studio of Susana Arias. Many of her works were vertical ceramic sculptures whose titles suggest they represent trees. They did not look like trees, being rather more abstract. They had been fired in sections, and most included either bowl-shaped pieces of ceramic, ‘nests’, or simplified birds perched on top. Her other works were outline-only depictions of horses, acrylic on canvas, according to the labels. Her studio was originally a warehouse, and it had a succulent garden in front with a fountain.

  40. Today I visited some open studios. Here is the first one:

    The first open studio I visited was Vivienne Andres’, a watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media artist. There were paintings throughout the house and her studio. Her art is relatively abstract and uses a wide variety of color, texture, and form. I looked at her various pieces as well as looking at her studio, which showed information about her artistic process. For her watercolor paintings, this is her usual process: before painting, she lightly draws out the image in pencil. Then she uses a variety of overlays in transparent color. She then goes over the image with more opaque washes of color and texture, revealing the form underneath the layers of color. Here are some examples from her website:

    For her mixed media paintings, she cuts up tears off pieces of painted watercolor paper (sometimes from her actual paintings). Then she overlaps them.
    Some examples:

    I was able to talk a little to Andres when my mom and grandma were looking at prints. I asked her why she chose watercolor for her paintings, and she replied that she had allergies to both oil and acrylic paints. But she also really likes the medium of watercolor.

    Overall, I liked her art, though it wasn’t exactly my taste.

  41. Since I couldn’t visit any studios this week (as I explained in my previous post), I’m going to talk about a studio I visited last week. It was by Van Stockum, a watercolour artist. In her technique, I noticed that she had outlines on the more distant object, and used very fine lines for details. She was keen on silhouettes, and did lots of contours with internal shading. In her pieces, I realized that she drew mostly local scenes here in Santa Cruz, and she uses lots of blues, greens, and browns to add on to the precision of her watercolour. She also draws people’s houses for postcards upon request.

    Interviewing her, she told me that she likes watercolour because it has “purity, translucency, and challenge [,making] it ideal.”
    Later, she explained that “[she begins] her process by taking about 10 to 30 photos of a vista that is of interest to [her]”. She takes these photos over a time span of a few hours. Later,the takes these photos and edits them on her computer for balance, and choses the best one. Using a 6H pencil, she sketches the picture, using a conversion sheet up to 1/32th of an inch and a magnifying glass. The drawing and painting process takes a total of about 8 hours.

    She inspires me to take more time in what I’m doing and to pay more attention to the details when I draw/paint. It also inspires me to not be afraid to leave something for a little bit and come back to it later when I again find it interesting.

    • It sounds like this was a great studio visit! You could pick up a lot about her techniques and processes. It is interesting and inspiring to hear about the preparation and commitment she has to the work.

  42. Today I visited a guy who took pics of rock formations and he used a lot of exaggeration in colors and the sharp lines. My favorite was of one particular round print on metal of some sort of a cave of orange yellow and red colors.

  43. I visited Susanna Arias, who does abstract sculptures and encaustic horses. The horses are very pretty, and simple. the abstract sculptures have bowls that look like nests, circular eggs, simplified birds, and cylinders for cones.

  44. This weekend I went to three open studios, the first of which was Shelby Graham’s. She photographed an assortment of things, but mostly buterflys in exhibits. She told me that she takes most of them up at UCSC’s natural history exhibit. Just from looking at her work I learned that even something as gross as a old butterfly stuck through with a piece of metal can be beautiful and meanigful.
    The next open studio I went to was Lynn Guenther’s who makes beautiful jewelry out of metals. She doesn’t use molds because that makes the jewely to heavy, she shapes everything by hand. By looking at her wearable art and takng to her a found out that she is inspired by nature (plants and animals) and by self expression, like dancing people. She uses all sort of metal and jewels. My favorite piece was a pair of earings with little silver birds attached to a coil of copper wire with a pearl set into it.
    The final open studio I went to was Karen Close’s who made sculptures made from drift wood, beach trash, and wire set in cement. To make the cement lighter (especially for the bigger sculptures) Karen mixes in this type of potting stuff. By mixing it in, she also gives the cement a cool texture. She is sharing an open studio, with a another photogrpher who does beautiful work, but I can’t remember her name just now.

    • I love Shelby’s Butterfly series. She had a show last year of these at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. You saw a great variety of media too in your visits: photo, jewelry, and cement, even!

  45. This weekend I visited 6 open studios. The first one I visited was a photographer. The man there told me his wife did the photography and he framed her photos. He told me that his wife and him were doing open studios next weekend, but they were there for some reason. But, while I was there, he introduced me to a photographers work who is supposed to have a studio open next weekend named Gero Heine. I think I am going to go to his studio next weekend because I liked it so much. The guy there showed me some of Geros photography. He showed me a book of geros photography too. He told me that he was born in Germany and when he was in high school he and his family moved here to santa cruz. After gero graduated, he began traveling to Africa to take photos. He told me that gero has the best wildlife photo of 2011. It is of a tiger. His photos are amazing and the man that showed me them said he will have his studio next weekend. I might go visit it and I strongly recommend other people to visit it.

    The next studio I went to was a photographer named Joshua cripps who I looked at online last weekend . his studio was located at his house in his front yard. He told me that he has always had a thing for nature. He loves hiking, camping backpacking and adventure. One picture I really liked of his was this one of a waterfall ( at Mossbrae Falls) near Dunsmuir, California.
    I also liked the one of Big Sur

    The next studio I visited was in the same neighborhood as Joshua Cripps studio. This man is an artist though. His art was set up in his backyard. His name is Doug Ross. He does silkscreen prints of mostly marine wildlife, birds and bikers. There was one of a jellyfish I really liked. And one of some birds I really liked.

    the next I visited was a photographer. Terry Mccormae. His photography was of nature, travel, and wildlife. His studio was set up inside his house. I tried to go to the link for his website but it says its not found..

    the next one was a metalsmith named Michael wood located near Costco. He had a really cool sculpture that was a turtle. I like these flowers He also had a sculpture of a hand that was really cool. He said he studied art in high school for 3 years and a little bit in college too. He also said he got inspired by his mother because she had a studio set up in their garage.

    The last studio I visited was one of my favorites. Her name is Teresa Mattos. She told me that she grew up here and graduated from soquel high. I talked to her for a long time. Her art was so realistic. She told me that she has always been interested in drawing/painting figures. She did oil paintings and drawings. One that I really liked was a drawing of a little boy because it was so realistic. She even does art lessons too. I also liked this one of a little boy sitting in a chair.

    I really enjoyed all the studios I visited.

    • Wonderful comments! You had some great visits! You definitely would enjoy Gero Heine’s studio next week. He has come to the school and give lots of great advice to students and shares some good stories about his experiences. I also saw Joshua Cripp’s studio today and was very interested in the filters he uses. Did you notice it on the camera he had set up? I may put a set on our wish list for the class to share……

  46. Open Studios Visit

    I went to four studios today with two other students (they are in Art 1). I asked about the artists’ process and ideas. I also asked the artists additional questions. Here is my account:

    Howard Seth Miller:
    He is a photographer. His process is to take a picture in black and white. He would then transfer those pictures to photoshop and color the photo himself, creating his own piece of art. He made different sizes of the pictures he created. There were two series of photos: a Bachelor theater theme and a school/childhood series. Many of the pictures would have been impossible to take in one shot, so he combined multiple shots on photoshop. The pictures were really creative. He had people pose for him in exciting environments. My impression of the artist was that he was very sarcastic but could be warmed up to as long as you seemed interested in his art. When I first walked in he asked jokingly, “You have paper and a pencil? What…no iPad?” He definitely wanted to talk about his art but he had to be asked about it. His art I thought was very creative, especially since he creates his own colors. The studio was a bit cramped but it was very organized. He shares the studio with Joohee, an artist who paints and makes jewelry.

    This artist shares her studio with Miller. She is a painter and makes jewelry, mainly earrings. Her painting technique is to work from the bottom up and to create an abstract piece of art. Her paintings are abstract landscapes. She described them as “organic binary images.” Most of the art was painted on canvas with darker tones. Her jewelry technique is that she first buys lots of beads and many different colors. She then begins wearing/carving stones to make small and delicate beads. She likes to combine many colors and create very delicate earrings. She says she makes about 1-2 pairs of earrings per day. Her jewelry is based off her paintings in the way that they are “organic binary images,” meaning they represent cell-like features. My impression of the artist herself was that although she was shy, she was eager to discuss her ideas. The studio was laid out similar to Miller’s, since they are right next to each other. My impression of the artwork was that it was very abstract. I thought it was interesting painting but I was not that impressed. I was incredibly impressed by the earrings though. They were beautiful.

    Lexis Rubenis:
    He is an abstract painter. His paintings are generally large and very colorful, with no defining features just interesting shapes. His technique was first to figure out a color scheme and pick out the paints he was going to use. He starts with large color fields and begins to tighten the composition and add details. His art does not tell a story or represent an idea, but it is VERY cool! My impressions of the artist were good. I thought he was a nice, relaxed, young man who seemed interested in sharing his ideas and art. He was wearing a fedora and oxford shoes and in his studio he was playing old jazz music. His studio was open and inviting. His artwork was amazing! It’s hard for me to describe how cool the paintings were in words though. He has doing this kind of art since 2000. He started with a workshop that worked with acrylic paints and since then he has been interested in the art. He used to do lots of abstract drawings which show themselves in his paintings. Each painting (they are huge) takes him about 10-30 hours. He usually likes to paint at night because it’s more relaxing.

    Robert Larson:
    He is a collage artist that focuses his art mainly on Marlboro cigarettes and cigarette packages. His process to create each collage takes him several years, but the collages are well worth the time. He spends 75% of his time walking through urban cities (usually manufacturing cities such as Oakland, San Jose, etc) and collecting materials. He said jokingly, “I usually end up in places that most people would consider ‘ugly, unseen, and dangerous.’” These materials are mainly Marlboro cigarette packagers but he also picks up lottery ticket findings, match packets, and other industrialized man-made materials. He then begins to put these materials in a way that shows the collision of man-made objects and nature. His whole idea is to show how the ugliness of American consumption can be turned into an idea that can be shown through beautiful and organized art. He wants to show the connection that these objects to nature and how nature affects them once the object has been discarded. He believes that each discarded object tells a story about not only the manufacturing but the nature and world that later affected it. My impression of this artist was that he was incredibly impressive. His ideas were so insightful and creative. I think that it’s one thing to have technical skill and be able to draw, but it is another thing to be able to turn that technical skill into an idea and express that idea through art. I almost wanted to sit down and interview him. He really seemed to have a clear idea about what he was trying to express, and I found that really impressive. I also thought he was impressive because he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of his art, he just wants to exceed his own expectations. I was asking him if it was hard to sell his paintings (because that is always hard for me) and he said that although he spends years on his collages and it’s hard to let go, he is a professional artist and it’s how he makes a living. He said it was a trade-off; sometimes it feels good sometimes it’s very sad. The rest of his studio was very organized and impressive as well. He was my favorite artist to visit just because he had some many great ideas. He was also very friendly and really wanted people to understand his work.

    • Wonderful comments! You made some very insightful remarks about the artists and the works and shared some excellent assessments of their style and content. I remember a show Larson had a Cabrillo many years ago and am glad to hear he is still committed to these large scale assemblages. They are powerful art even though they not be the most salable for a living room!

  47. This week I’m not able to attend a studio either, so I am making post on Ann Elizabeth Thiermann. This Artist makes many beautiful wall papers. Her works are most landscape painting. Her skillful drawing on the wall papers makes me feel like I am not facing a wall but ocean, expanse flatland, and mountain even just look at photos. Besides, I like her portraits as well, I think she is pretty good at catching the motion of models. The best thing I like about her art is the color. Whatever she does, the use of color in her landscaping, figures makes me feel relaxing. different colors in her drawings works together well.

  48. I went to three art studios today at the Tannery with two other students.

    So here’s my account. I also asked them some extra questions.

    Lexis Rubenuis–
    He was an “abstract surrealism” painter. At first, I didn’t really know what that meant. As I looked around at his studio, I was intrigued by the eccentric feel of all his paintings. When we asked him what his method was, he said that he first got together lots of colors. In his eyes, the color is the most important part of the work. To me, his art was about the relationships between colors. His works said that it doesn’t matter what you paint, as long as the colors speak for themselves. That was my favorite part about his paintings. He got started with a workshop on acrylic painting, but also did small drawings and sketches that you can see bleed into his various pieces–sort of like a rough blueprint. One of the things that I thought was the most interesting about him was the fact that he painted at night. To me, that really shows why his paintings had that dreamlike quality to them. I think that he was my favorite artist, and if I was going to take one piece of advice away from his art, it would be that creativity is spontaneous: make the art you want to make, when you want to make it. It’s about you, not anyone else.

    Howard Seth Miller–
    This was a very interesting man, in my opinion. At first, his photographs didn’t really look like photographs at all because they were so vibrant and had a glowing softness that is uncharacteristic to conventional photography. It quickly made sense when we started asking questions, though, why they looked that way. He explained to me that his camera lens was almost 100 years old, and that, although sometimes a little temperamental, it produced a warmer, fuzzier tone. In response to my questions about the almost unnaturally vibrant colors, he explained that all his photos were actually taken in black and white! After he took them, he digitalized the film and put the pictures into photoshop, where he would proceed to spend hours or days layering them with colors. He said that it’s painstaking work, but overall it was worth it. When we asked him why he bothered doing that, as opposed to just taking pictures in color, he said that photography was an art form. Miller explained to us that in the past, photos were always taken in black and white, and people colored over them using hand. Through photoshop, he attempted to bring that sort of style back, with a little more surreal feel to it. His photos are whimsical and interesting, and I had a lot of fun viewing them.

    Robert Larson–
    This was actually a very interesting man. As opposed to some of the other artists, he was quite keen to share his ideas with us, and we ended up talking to him for over fifteen minutes! In that time, we learned a lot about who he was, his artwork, and even his positions on various philosophical topics. When we walked in, it seemed to me that it was all just a collection of cigarette packages on a canvas–nothing special, really. After looking around for a little longer, though, it began to dawn on me the sheer amount of them there were on each collage. When he informed us that he collected them all himself, I was actually very impressed. It must have taken massive amounts of time to do that, I thought. Apparently, I was right. He told us that 70% of the time he spends creating a piece is merely looking for the components. He said that some pieces could take as long as six or seven years! He spent a long time explaining why he chose matchbooks for his material. He said that the irony of hours of painstaking work on something that provides immediate gratification was a constant source of wry humor for him, and that it expanded his outlook on the world. To find all of his materials, he spends hours upon hours walking through the worst parts of industrial cities like San Francisco and Oakland. He sees the places that people avoid because of the danger or ugliness, and it helps him appreciate his life. Larson told us that one of his favorite parts of his collages were the fact that he was taking something that people consider “ugly” or “trash,” and he makes into into a work of art–something beautiful. But to him, that isn’t the most important part. He told us that the whole thing wouldn’t even be interesting to him if it weren’t for the weathering on the packages. “Each one goes through a journey,” he tells us. He says that the weathering is what makes them beautiful. To me, that is an idea that can be applied to more than just collages–in fact, it can be used to think about people, too. That is what I took away from my time with Robert Larson.

  49. I like Donna vanDijk ‘s artwork because her style and medium is very unique. In the past, she would create mixed media pictures by incorporating and combining collage, her own drawings, and maps. For the past two years, however, Donna vanDijk’s artwork has consisted of mixed media flowers, vegetables, and plants in general. Instead of incorporating maps, Donna now uses parts of real flowers and vegetables, such as dried flower petals and roots and includes the scientific names and qualities of the plants. She also uses colors that are vibrant enough to catch the eye but are not overwhelming. Donna is an older woman but is very sweet and has always been very supportive of my own pursuit of the arts. Her studio is an extension of her house and is very similar to the other rooms in her house: somewhat dark but at the same time warm and welcoming. My favorite aspects of her house/studio are the life-sized tree trunks and roots (made out of some sort of fibrous material) that seem as if they are supporting the ceiling.

  50. This week I visited two studios that are both located in the same building: Patty Dellin’s glass studio and Chris Hogeland’s painting studio. Chris Hogeland rents a house and half of the studio from Patty Dellin, and they both produce different media of art.

    Patty works with glass, taking one piece, which will become the base, and shaping it, then melting other pieces into the first. This creates the effect of pieces of glass floating inside of each other, and makes interesting textural effects. The refraction patterns in the light are unusual because of the second firing, and makes for an interesting effect.

    Chris works mostly with acrylic paint, but also adds charcoal, graphite, and even natural elements like soil to her paintings to change the texture of the canvas. She is inspired by natural forms and movement, and creates strange abstract pieces, while at the same time capturing the appearance of the image. She does many landscapes as well as portraits.

    So that’s all for this week. Hopefully I’ll visit more studios next week, but I really didn’t have much time this week. Hope everyone else enjoyed their weekends!

  51. Again, I am unable to go to Open studios due to my father having eye surgery earlier this week and having to stay home with him this weekend. I am reviewing an artist named Mike Bailey. One thing I like about his work is the way both bright and solemn colors are used to add flavor. It offers a stark contrast that adds a rather moody tone to his paintings while maintaining a lighthearted appearance. I also like the way that the colors blend together like a sunset, but objects are still distinguishable. But perhaps what I like the most about his art is the abstract paintings. They have a surreal, “Alice in Wonderland” feeling to them, with geometric shapes that could be interpreted as anything and remind you of fire. Yet they never feel like a clumsily put together collage and manage to have control over light and shadow.

  52. I went to visit Louanne Korver’s studio. She does oil paintings and they were amazing. When you look at her paintings they look like a photo. Her studio was very clean and organized. You walk up the stairs and you see all these paintings and pictures. It was very relaxed. She had the picture of what she was drawing right by where she was drawing. You could see on the picture how she divided the picture up into squares so then she only had to work on one square at a time rather than one whole picture at once. I also got to talk to her and she was very nice and funny.

  53. I wasn’t able to visit any Open Studios this weekend, so I went to Jim Haswell’s website and looked at his photography. I really love his black and white portraits of the children, I think he really captured their personalities and didn’t make their expressions forced or unrealistic. I also like that all his pictures are very crisp/sharp, which makes his photos look more realistic and they make me feel like I’m actually apart of them. I’m not sure how he did this, but I’m guessing his camera was VERY steady. I also liked his photos because they capture places around the world, which I think is more interesting than pictures of nature or things that are familiar to me. The one nature shot he took that I love is called Water 1 – he took a picture of the reflection in water with reeds surrounding it, giving it a surreal feeling even though he didn’t use photoshop!

    • Yes, sometimes reality seems surreal, doesn’t it? Probably he had to shoot with a fast shutter in working with children and I bet he has a great lens. If you go to his studio next week, take a look at his photo equipment.

  54. This post also makes up for last week, so I’ll cover two artist’s websites that I found particularly intriguing.

    Anne Altstatt-
    While her illustrations are more observational, Anne’s collages and prints are more imaginatively composed. She mixes mediums in her collages to convey emotion in a very effective way. Her compositions are really interesting (especially in her collages) and sparse. There’s not much to look at, but enough to preoccupy the viewer for a long time. She says it well in her bio: “I think of the art I make as… the intersection of mysticism and scientific inquiry, exploring where they compliment and contradict,” crossing the more observational drawings with symbolism and motifs.

    Katherine Stutz-Taylor-
    Katherine also does really beautiful print work. While her work is more analytical she creates an imaginative quality through her unique style. She carves from woodblock, which is a lesser used form for printing but evokes a certain quality that no other medium well achieves.

  55. This weekemd I visited Marie Gabrielle’s studio. She makes watercolor paintings of places all over the world from France, to Hawaii and some locally in santa cruz. Her paintings are pretty because when you look at them upclose you see they are mostly made of dots and brush strokes but when you back up and look at them from afar you get an idea of the landscape she was painting and the time of day she was painting it. She begins a piece of work by loosely drawing the landscape or drawing things like buildings in more detail. She then does a light wash over the whole piece. She starts painting from the lightest value to the darkest value and then uses a smaller brush for details. When the painting is complete she sets it up in her studio to get a fresh eye on it and she adds anything that she thinks is needed. She inspires me because her work is detailed and simple at the same time.

  56. I went to Mary Hammond’s studio today and it was absolutely gorgeous. She is a fiber artist and she makes scarves, wraps, and also frames some of it. I got to see not only the art itself but her studio upstairs where she does the work, and I talked to her briefly about the process. Mary gets her inspiration from all types of things like the weather, fashion magazines and other artwork. She has a board of ideas and any different types of yarn, fabric, thread and other materials she uses to incorporate into her artwork. Every piece is unique and absolutely gorgeous-my favorite part is that it’s wearable! My mom actually bought a piece for my grandmother she liked it so much. She explained the process to me on how she makes them and I’m thinking about trying it out on a smaller scale sometime, as a gift for someone!

    • It’s great to acknowledge how many things can give inspiration! It’s nice that she had her work space set up with the “ingredients.”
      I should show you the loom we have in the basement. You might be the one to bring it back to life!

  57. This weekend I visited an artist named Sharon Von Ibsch who is a local who started painting in college. She displays mostly flowers that are close up and they are very cool. She mostly paints roses, orchids and tropical flowers. She also displays landscapes of places her and her husband have visited and they are awesome. She also loves to paint big extravagant paintings of seascapes or forest scenes. She was awesome and I really enjoyed her exhibits.

    I also saw the workshop of Bonnie and Steven Barisof and they were working with clay. This was probably one of my favorite workshops I visited because I really liked the shapes and colors of the pottery. They made some really cool pots with many built up pots on top of each other. They used a lot of the same colors in their works like a light medium and dark blue all together and the mixed very well. It was a great experience especially because I saw Steven make a pot which was very interesting.

  58. This week I reviewed Joan Hellenthal’s art online. She uses a shading technique that I really like, when I have my lasses off, it looks like what I see. She is really good at using color to highlight the parts of her work that she want’s you to look at. I think that she really likes to incorporate nature into her art,. HSe really likes to highlight natural beauty. I thik she is also influenced greatly form other artists.

  59. I did not have the time to visit a studio this weekend, however, I have had the serendipity of coming across an incredible artist by the name of Ronald Cook. Cook specializes in…instrument making! As an art! His work is being displayed in art shows across Santa Cruz and is truly quite a sight to see. Cook’s style includes using recycled materials to make his instruments and detailed, intricate carving in his instruments. Interesting techniques he has used include transforming the scroll and pegs of a stringed instrument into a dragon’s head or a satyr. His work is absolutely beautiful in every single mannerism and not only uplifted my view of woodwork, but placed in me a newfound sense of admiration for all the work that goes into creating the perfect musical instrument.

    Here is a link to one of his works:
    Banjo-Dulcimer #2 “The Bishop”:

  60. Ah this weekend I was busy and had to look up an artist using the handy dandy link. With this I found the website of two artists, a son and a father I presume. Both containing the last name Eckerman. The father looks like he does more 3D work and the son 2D. But 3D seems to be used more often. I really enjoy both their works. I like the wire pieces that Ea does and I adore the stone sculptures (especially his dogs!) by Michael. I just learned from the gallery that some of his stone dogs are part of the public art downtown. That’s pretty cool. I think the uniqueness of it all is the most important aspect. Actually I don’t think wire trees are that unique.
    I’m drawn by the 3D artwork and I would to learn how to use stones like the way Michael uses it for his dogs. Ea’s wire tree makes me want to try using wire now. I don’t know if there’s a message behind those works, maybe just that he’s a dog person

  61. I couldn’t go anywhere this weekend but I was looking around on the web sight and I found a photographer named Jeanine Lovett. I was immediately struck by the vibrant colors and spectacular scenery in the photos. It’s so perfect it’s almost unbelievable. She really seems to have a love of nature and wants to share that in her art. Looking at her web sight makes me want to be a photographer. If the things in the pictures look that good on film what would they look like in real life? I used to sometimes borrow my mom’s camera and experiment with taking pictures of things like smoke and fog. I think I’m gonna start doing that again.

  62. This weekend I visited three studios.

    Ann Altstatt:
    Altstatt’s studio was very inviting. The first thing I noticed when I entered her house was the ceiling–she had attached prints to the ceiling in a sort of collage. It gave the entire house a very warm atmosphere. As for her work, Altstatt does prints, collages, paintings, and illustrations. On the side, she repairs bicycles and sews. Her prints feature lots of vibrant colors and overlapping images, a technique which I find intriguing. Her works reminded me that art doesn’t have to be super complex; simplicity can sometimes convey more emotion than a busy canvas.

    Linda Cordy:
    Cordy works in several different medias, but her most prominent was digital collage. However, my favorite aspects of her work was her photography. She has a good eye for composition in photographs. Also, I enjoyed her studio in general. The house had nice lighting and good colors in the rooms which made the black and white photos pop. Her work inspired me to return to digital art. Photoshop is a great program, as well as Corel Painter x.

    Cynthia Armstrong:
    In the Cordy’s backyard nestled amongst the garden, Armstrong showed her gallery. The art on display were oil and watercolor paintings, mostly of plants and vegetables, but some nature-y scenes as well. I especially liked her technique of using rich, vibrant colors and the softness of the lines. Cordy’s art reminded me about how much I have missed painting with thick oil paints and how much I like the textures oil paints produce.

  63. Once again I was busy this weekend, but I did browse through Susana Arias’ sculptures. We haven’t talked about sculptures in Art 1 yet, but I found them intriguing because of the extra dimension to play with. Drawing on paper is fun, and I still have a ton to learn. But Arias’ sculptures are inspiring and interesting. Sketches can be drawn of sculptures, but Arias’ are photographed so the emphasis is more on the shape and complexity of the sculpture. One thing I like about sculptures, is the ability to touch and feel the artwork. Arias composes her works of different materials with different colors and shape. From one of her works, I can tell that she coated some of the material with glaze but left other parts alone. Lighting and shadow are also a fun component of sculptures that can be manipulated.

  64. This weekend I visited photographer Sara Friedlander’s open studio. Sara has a unique technique where she takes multiple photos of a single location (in this case a subway station) at different times and slightly different angles, then layers the photos on top of each other with the use of photoshop. This creates an affect not to different from scrapbooking. Sometimes the pictures have an overlap of people or other images that makes the photos seem chaotic, which captures the spirit of the New York Subway. Sara also told me that after she photoshops the pictures together she draws on them using whatever her imagination brings to the picture. In this, the works were a unique mix of both photography and minimalist abstractions.

  65. This weekend I went to Ann Wasserman’s studio. She is a jewelry artist who works mainly with glass beads and hammered metal. I walked around a little bit in the space looking at her different pieces, until my mom had a question about a specific technique and she offered to show me her process. Her studio was really small, literally the size of a garden shed, but she had it really well organized, with one size for silver work and one side for glass. She started by explaining that she usually only uses pure silver, as sterling silver has a more complicated process behind it. She cut a few inches of a thick silver wire and used two blow torches to heat up the metal and melt the edges together. Once it started glowing pinkish, she put it on a different surface and hammered it flat. She explained how if she wanted different textures, she could put down a sheet of textured surface and hammer over it. She talked to me a little more and encouraged me to take a jewelry making class, particularly the one at Cabrillo.

  66. this week i went to heather glass in aptos
    glass work is what she usually works on
    she is also brilliant sketch artist
    most of her works are based on nature then sand blown
    i got to talk to her
    she said although she got accepted to many art schools she could not afford to go, she moved to santa cruz and took a few cabrillo classes, one being stain glass, which started her on her way to what is now her life.

  67. This week I visited the studios of M.E Bailey and Michael Singer.

    As soon as I walked in the door I was impressed by the sheer volume of works Bailey had on display. Landscapes, coastal views, abstractions, watercolors, oils, still life, jazz, metro. He has quite a portfolio. Having started at age 47, Bailey has already won international recognition for his pieces and painting workshops. I was struck by the vibrancy of his colors; composition created a contrast which made them pop. His abstract works reminded me of graphic design. He says the abstractions are the hardest because they have to come entirely from the artist’s mind. Bailey spends a lot of time on his abstracts, adding or removing elements and reflecting on the results.
    Bailey himself was very outgoing and almost crushed my hand with his handshake.

    The best pieces at Michael Singer’s studio are a part of his house. As a fine woodworker, Singer had a hand in a lot of the elements of his own home, from the mind-blowing kitchen to the furniture. Singer sticks to a modern style with hand-selected imported and domestic wood. Most of what he had on display wasn’t for sale as he encourages commissions where works together with a client to design a piece.

  68. Anna Oneglia
    Anna Oneglia, most of her artworks are narrative. Most of then are describing the people’s daily lives in India. And some of them really touch my heart. My favorite one is called “Mother Love”. There is a woman who hugs a little baby, and she is smiling, touching her child’s hair by. And the little baby feels his mother’s face by his tiny hands. And this painting shows the connect between the mother and the baby so well. It expresses that they couldn’t survive without each other. And It makes me start to miss my mother so much…

    Lexis Rubenis
    He is an abstract painter. His paintings are full of various colors. And there are very interesting, but indefinite figures. I was trying to figure out what were they, but I failed… Finally, I realized maybe there were no constant meanings, you could regard them as anything you like. And this is one part that why I love his painting so much. Besides, I saw some paintings that he drew that are about tombs(many)… although there are only two main colors–back and white to fill the whole picture, they are so vivid. I could feel the mystery and a little fear(just my feeling) by the change of dark and light, using black and white.

    Robert Larson
    He is such a interesting man. One of his artwork is made by useless Marlboro cigarette packages. He comes up with such a good idea that let useless and normal things become meaningful and attractive stuff. He not only creates such a beauty of vision, but also did a lot for protecting the environment.

  69. I went to four studios last weekend. Two of them where Liz Crain and Betsy Andersen. Liz Crains studio was very cool and she had lots of things to look at. She makes ceramics. I took lots of pictures and i talked alot to her too. She told me what was in them and she also showed how she made them. Her studio had i think all of her ceramics, or at least many of them. I really enjoyed seeing everything that she made, and if i where to make ceramics later in my life, that defiantly helped alot for me knowing how you make them. I know a lot about it now.

    The other studio I went to was the Betsy Andersen’s studio. She was very different then the others i went to. She painted on a fabric that i forget what was called, but she said that there where people before me that told her that they used the fabric for book binders, so it was very thin paintings. Her art work was very different that what I have seen, because she would paint huge, dark paintings that looked like they had a very interesting story behind them. She also let me come into her house and look at the paintings of her own that she had in her home. In her home she had different paintings then in her studio. In the house there where lighter paintings and in the studio there where very dark and emotional paintings.

    • Great observations and great choices of talented and generous artists! Betsy paints on Tyvec which is used in construction. I want to get some to try in the art room. Her work is so evocative and personally meaningful.

  70. Today Rowen showed me Nidhi Chanani’s business card, and I decided to check her out online. Chanani makes both wood carvings and prints. Her work is very bubbly and really gives life to her subjects in a non-traditional sense. All of her work is very whimsical and even the realistic scenes are very sweet, but somehow still maintain a sense of emotional depth that isn’t exactly easy to create. Her focus seems to be somewhat innocent romance, whether it be young love for animals or fantastical mermaids, or a couple on a swingset. What really inspires me is how her work gives off a nostalgic feeling and her use of color. The contrast isn’t too abrupt, but it really brings her images to life.

  71. I was not able to go to a studio this weekend because we bought a house. I did look at the artists page and found John R. Crawford who is a painter and he does a lot of landscape paintings. His works really interesting to me because my grandfather used to paint landscapes and we have one in our house now. Both of their styles are very similar and looks very nice, the way he can blend parts of the scene but still show detail so you know where this location is. John says that his goal is to reach the point where my skills and my emotions are aligned allowing the forms to evolve spontaneously. This shows to me how this man really just paints what he feels which impresses me.

  72. This weekend I went to Glen Carter’s art studio. Glen does 2D mixed media, which means he includes things like strings or steel wool. He will even soak rice paper in black ink and drag it across a canvass to add an effect. When Glen is working on a project he first made a sketch, then made a large painting, he tore the big picture into small pieces and used that as the background. He looks at it and then “responds to it” and decides what is needs to become a complete painting.

  73. Joe Ravetz is a digital photographer who’s subjects are mainly dancers and people in motion. He states that he prefers to work with longer shutter speeds to create the motion effect. When I looked through the pictures he has displayed, a lot kind of look like a blurry mess to me, as I think for that effect to work, one part of the picture should at least be still, but it might just be a preference thing. There were some that definitely did work out though, and really showed the motion that he was trying to convey. One series he has is women in high heels, which honestly looks like most of the pictures were by accident, but again it might just be my preference. For me, it makes me think about how I would like to do some long exposure work, but also makes me thing about what I don’t want to do!
    This is his website:

  74. This weekend I visited Peggy Snider’s house off of Western and saw two completely different artists there. Peggy herself was in the first room of the house and her art displayed showed many different abstract sculptures. She uses clay to make most of her figures and she prefers the technique of carving features into the piece rather than incorporating the features through gradual shaping. I really enjoyed her play on the Classical almost Greek or Roman style of the human body in sculpture form. The figures were headless and limbless standing in an idealized manner. Her sculptures are painted a variety of colors such as soft greens, dark blues, and peachy pinks.

    The other artist was named Dyann Paynovich. She focused on art through clothing and jewelry rather than on a canvas. Her earrings are all made by the same process: thin cut silver that is painted and different colored stones are attached. The color scheme was mainly blues, greens, and purples for most of her works. She also hand died loosely woven scarves that pertains to the same color scheme. In some of her work she incorporated beads, metalwork, and thread work. She considers her products as eclectic (made up from a broad range of sources) but unfortunately she does not have a website and only shows her art locally at outdoor markets and Santa Cruz things.

  75. Last weekend I was unable to visit any of the open studios, so I searched through some of the websites of open studio artists and found some really interesting art.
    First, I really liked the artwork of Elizabeth Romanini. On her website she writes about having no formal fine art training or classes and simply took a few courses at UCSC. She works as a scientific illustrator and shows respect toward nature through her very realistic-based drawings and prints. I love her use of fine line and detail in her pencil feather drawings-those are amazing! I really like realistic art, so her techniques appeal to me. Maybe I could look into being a scientific illustrator!
    here’s her website url:
    Second, I looked at the artwork of Donna Bourne. She paints lots of reflections, marches, and landscapes with acrylic. I think she interestingly combines realistic and abstract painting views. I loved they way she captures every plane and shape with landscape color, and doesn’t get distracted by the extreme detail within nature. She shows its pure essence. Its beautiful!
    here’s her website url:

  76. This weekend I visited six of the open studio artists and got into some really interesting conversations and artsy discussions with them, it was a blast getting a taste of the Santa Cruz art scene. I visited Lebourveau, Cripps, Martin, Altstatt, Cordy, and Armstrong.
    Lebourveau- printmaking -serigraohs, lino, etchings. She created lots of beautiful detail through nature scene and objects like flowers, birds, and houses.
    Cripps- a photographer who travels the world “searching for the perfect light and beauty combination”, took a beautiful batch of photos in an old hollow blue ice cave in Canada (he was selling huge canvas prints and they were amazing!)
    Martin- makes etchings and paintings of nature. She works with a lot of wildlife and said she liked to “go to local museums and draw interesting taxidermy birds and animals,” because she is able to re-create its realistic details. She loves focusing on bird’s feathers, beaks, and eyes.She also works with detailed flowers- like chrysanthemums. Also, she draws pastels of all her work before etching.
    Altstatt- printmaking- she works with earth problems and projects like fire, text, and fine lines. she integrates photography in her prints. They are poster-like, she uses a printmaking process from the 1700’s with limestone and acid, and then an oily crayon or marker creates her drawing or print. (she gave me a little demo) also, after chatting for awhile I found out that she attended CSSSA her junior year of high school (2007 or so) and took the same printmaking major classes as me! Interesting how her life has turned out- She was accepted to RISD, but suddenly decided to stay in Santa Cruz and uses UCSC’s great printmaking facilities.
    Cordy-acrylic painting and collage. She combined photography and painting and liked to use photography to created a “distressed” look for her paintings. She described her self as an “environmentalist and steam-punk enthusiast”.
    Armstrong- acrylic and watercolor paintings of landscapes, produce, and flowers/plants. She combined thick texture in her acrylic produce paintings that i loved. She is a trained science illustrator and teaches field drawing- she showed me a bunch of her field journals and they inspired me to take a journal to doodle my findings in while in nature! She started in the art field in 1997, after deciding she liked drawing animal and plant specifics rather than describing them in her science illustrating jobs, and thus she became a successful artist!

    It was a great weekend of art influence!

  77. I am not able to visit open studio this weekend, but i went out to do photography myself, and I visit a photographer Efren Adalem’s website. His work mainly focus on animals, and individuals instead of large groups. His photos not only a kind of art but also help us to learn those animals, to learn the nature. Therefore I get some points from him that while we are taking photos, we should consider more than just get some objects or people or landscape into lenses. Let’s think about the meaning of photos, try to express more. My favorite photos are the series about Snowy Egret. The white snowy egret and the blue sea is a great color combination,!i=1717302934&k=W2Qk6z9&lb=1&s=A, especially this one, its posture of flying is really beautiful. So glad that Efren caught this moment.

  78. I was not able to visit any studios the weekend of the 9th. I went to the website of Joe Ravetz. Most of his work uses long shutter speeds, to try and capture the feeling of motion. Because of this most of the subjects of his photos are dancers or athletes. I liked a his work for the most part, but some of it looked accidental or like an unintelligible mess.
    Last weekend I visited two studios, Myers and Doyle. Myers focused on nature photography . He said that he preferred to take photos of animals, but he was told that landscapes would do better. Most of his photos use interesting color contrasts. He used a long exposure for his landscapes, which gave them an interesting cloudy look. Most of his animal shots used a short exposure, with the exception of a panning shot of a bird in flight against a cliff face. He uses various digital cameras and likes them because of the sheer volume of shots he can take of the same subject. Doyle also does nature photography, but her photos are more abstract than Myers’. Most of her photos have complimentary color schemes. She seemed to focus on using lots of parallel lines in her photos. She misses film cameras, but hasn’t used one for awhile.

  79. Okay, so I went to Open Studios last weekend with Ava and we saw three people.
    We were downtown so we walked to places clses to Walnut Avenue, Louden Nelson, etc.
    1. The first lady we saw was down the street from the Bagelry and she did prints, and drawings and a few small paintings. I really, really liked her and her.. husbands? (he did some art, but he mostly made bicycle frames) house because it was pretty small and had a loft in the back. The whole front room was just covered in drawings and prints, the walls had the few paintings on them but the ceiling (it was v-ed) had prints all over it. A lot of her prints were the art and then a saying/phrase/sentence at the bottom. I liked her work a lot, especially the prints. If we could try that in Art 3 sometime that would be pretty darn cool.
    2. The second lady we saw was by Louden and she did more collages. In the front she had cards with her photography on them but inside her front room were all her collages. It looked like she’d draw different stuff like characters and then combine them in a collage, not like mixed media really. Her stuff was okay, I wasn’t too into it but she did have yummy food….
    3. The third lady set up her stuff actually behind the house of the second lady. She had about 10 works, all oil painting and watercolor. They were all still life, so peaches, flowers, limes; it was a little boring.
    I definitely want to try and incorporate the first girl’s style into my work and so that would be my inspiration. I liked how she did prints and of people too, like portraits, but I think a big part of why I liked her was her style.

  80. I went to visit Jasper Marino’s studio. For me it was a lttle disorganized just because things were everywhere. They didn’t really have anything layed out like the other artist I visited. His art was very different. He does functional ceramics, screen prinintg, and paintings. He mixes all the things together. On a cup or bowl we will paint a design or picutre. I really liked his desings. They were simple but really pretty with all different colors. In the studio he had a video of him paintings desings all aroud a house. It was cool to see him in action. He would do big strokes that at first you didn’t know what he was drawing but close to the end you could see it.

  81. I already visited all the Open studios I needed to go to for art 2 and photo 1. so this weekend i looked online at an artist named Jennifer Almodova. I really like her style. she does paintings and sculptures.

    One of the paintings that i really like is called Profusion. I like the trees and all the plants. It looks like somewhere tropical. I like this art because it is colorful. I really dont like art that is dull with no color. Its just boring to me. I like how she uses so many different shades of green in this piece.
    I did not really like the sculptures as much as the paintings but, I kind of liked this sculpture.

    I also like this one Through the trees..

  82. Since I went to three studios last week and wrote about them all, I will be writing about the website of Joe Ravetz today.

    Joe Ravetz is a photographer who used to do documentary films. I think that is what influenced his photography the most. He likes to go into deep subjects and analyze them through a camera. What I think is most important about him is that he doesn’t just take a picture and try to sell it, he tries to find something meaningful in the picture. Ravetz follows some of his weightier subjects over long periods of time to see how they change and what that means in terms of both his photos and philosophically. He’s a very interesting man, and I’d be interested to see some of his documentary films. If their anything like his photos, I’ sure they’d be great.

    If I were to take one thing away from Joe Ravetz, it would be to find a theme and stick to it, at least for a while. If you look at something for just a second, it can seem boring. But if you continue to look deeper, you can find the meaning and beauty in almost anything.

  83. I went to Doug Ross’s studio, and I bought one of his pieces. He does silkscreens of animals, and the one I got was of a sea cucumber. His pieces are a bit whimsical, and very interesting. I think a lot of people would like him.
    We also went to the Tannery and looked around. There was one person there who did collages with trash. They were very interesting.

  84. First, I visited an artist called Sharon Von Ibsch. Sharon started painting in college and paints close ups of flowers in exquisite detail. Her favourite flower is the rose, although she also paints tropical flowers and orchids. She and her husband like to travel and so she paints landscapes of the places they have visited. I would say that her main motivation or artistic inspiration is nature. She loves to capture the natural scenes in vibrant color.

    Second, I visited an artist called Armstrong. Armstrong started her artristic career in 1997. Her main subjects, as Ibsch, are flowers and plants. She also paints vegetables and fruitHer drawings remind me of drawing that one might find in a scientific journal; they are very accurate without much embellishment. She creates her art with thicl brsh strokes that, while capturing the beauty, also make it seem almost rustic.

    Thirdly, this weekend I visited an artist called Chris Hogeland. Hogeland has quite strange abstract pieces that are meant to embody movement, I think. She also paints landscapes and portraits. She uses really weird medians for art. While her painting is on canvas and she uses paint and charcoal, she also uses soil sometimes. It was nice for an artist to use natural elements in their art work.

  85. This weekend I went to three art studios and interviewed all of the artists there. Here are some of my observations.

    The first open studio I attended was that of S. Cartwright, a print maker. She had a large printing machine in her house which was pretty cool. Her prints were very cool, more free form than most. She had a lot of prints of animals. She uses mainly what is a subtractive method to make her prints. The following is the text verbatim from my interview with her.

    Me: How do you make your prints?

    Cartwright: Ok, these are called monotypes and using a flat surface usually made out of an acrylic plate. I’ll ink the whole surface with a ruler and than draw into the dark ink with a pointed tool like a q-tip and start removing the ink in what is called a subtractive method cause’ you’re subtracting ink and you can create an image that way and once it’s where I like it I’ll put it on the bed of the press and put dampend paper over it and run it through and under the pressure of the press the image will be transfered to the paper and after it dries if you like you can put water color or pastel and put colors into it… The other technique I use is called copper plate etching were i polish up a piece of copper, flat copper, bevel the edges so they don’t cut the paper and then cover the whole peace with an acrylic ground and then I draw into it with a stylis or a little needle and everywere I’ve drawn it leaves a line it goes through the ground and than the copper goes into acid and the acid etches into all the lines that that I’ve carved into the ground and than once its were I want it I take all the ground off, roll ink on it, wipe off the excess ink till’ it just sinks in to the size lines and then I run that through the press…

    Me: Do you have an inspiration as an artist?

    Cartwright: Well, the natural world is probably my biggest invitation. I enjoy doing animals and only lately have I started to do people too. But a lot of things inspire me, what other artists do, looking at books of art, and just being around artistic people…

    The second open studio I attended was that of Karene Laine, a fiber artist. Her art was very wild and free. She used a specilized method that she talks about in her interview. I like her art because it is abstract and kindof random. The folowing is the text verbatum from my interview with Karene Lain.

    Me: What do you do?

    Lain: What I do is called foil on fabric. So did you want to know the process?

    Me: Yeah that would be great.

    Lain: So I start with black fabric, black cotton, often a canvas a heaver fabric and then I apply adhesive, in this instance it’s with a brush or a clay chisel, and I apply it with a rhythm so it becomes musical, almost lyrical, and then I have different colored foil that is spacific for this process and I put it on, once the adhesive has dryed… I put the foil on and than I put it in a heat press, so its a heat transfer so with the heat and the pressure from the press the foil will melt and adhere to were the adhesive is. And than often the pieces aren’t like fully foil so there’s spaces in between, so the adhesive picks up were the foil is and where it isn’t there is more room to layer another color on, and another color, and then what I find that there is no more room no more adhesive to take the color so I put more adhesive on top, let it dry, and than put another color on, and another color and than I do the process over and over until it looks and feels like its complete. From there I’ll take it and sometimes I’ll cut it in strips and than basket weave it and sow it. Other times I’ll back it to make it more stable and sometimes Ill take almost a quilting type fabric and I’ll sandwich it and sew it and back it again and then I make things with it.

    The third and final open studio I attended was that of D van Dijk a botanical artist. She found inspiration in plants and did drawings and woven sculptures of them, sometimes incorporating the actual plant material into her work. A former student of architecture she is very precise and acurate with her drawing. I accidentally deleated the second part of our interview so this one will seem kind of short. Trust me though… it wasn’t.

    Me: So what do you do

    van Dijk: (laughing) Thats not fair!

    Me: I know. (I didn’t’)

    van Dijk: What do I do, ok, so I do botanical drawings from, I take real plants and I pull them up and I look at the roots and I look at the blossums and I draw tham and than I cut all those parts out of paper and I glue that down on a background and varnish it. So that is my botanical drawing it isn’t a drawing as much as it’s cut paper…(she said some more very interesting things that all got deleated)

    So that was my open studio experience.

  86. This week I went to the studios of three artists: Michael Mote’s, Ann Thiermann’s, and Michele Indiana Anderson’s.

    Michael Mote was my favorite. I just loved his “The Power of Silence.” Its lighting was amazing. Here are my impressions of the studio, the artist, and his work. The studio was nice, if a little small. It was, however, quite bare (apart from the paintings). The floor and walls were simple and a bit boring, and there was no furniture. Mote himself was very kind and a bit bubbly. He welcomed us when we walked through the door, even though there were several other people there already. His work was beautiful. It was mostly landscapes, but there were a few portraits here and there. The colors were all gorgeous, especially his greens and blues. His use of light was phenomenal in that it created a very real, somewhat mystical, effect. He described the process of creating his paintings thus: he started with basic, abstract shapes to represent the major landmarks. Then he added color, filling in those shapes. Next, he shaded to give the painting its 3-dimentionality. Then he thickened the colors and created shadows. Although, he said, a painting can change completely during any one of these steps. His work inspired me greatly. It made me want to paint fantasy landscapes, using his lighting techniques.

    Next, I visited Ann Thiermann. To be honest, I didn’t like her work as well. It lacked the mystery, beauty, and meaning of Mote’s art. That’s not to say it was ugly, however. Her studio was actually her house. It was small and cramped, but homey and full of life. Thiermann herself was very nice and eager to answer any questions I had to ask. Her work was simple but had a certain elegance to it. It was bright and happy. She used mostly pastels and acrylics. This was the process she used to create her art: First, she made two studies, to plan out her composition. Then she moved onto the larger composition with a light wash. She painted on location so that she would not have to work from memory. She honed her light and colors based on what she saw. Something that really inspired about her work was the fact that she used historical events as her subject matter. One of works, a mural she painted on a library, showed a Native American village in which the men were performing a traditional dance. I want to paint history, although I think I would use a more European subject matter.

    Michele Indiana Anderson’s art was unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the work reflected the woman. She had a one-of-a-kind personality. She was a Buddhist Nun. That should show you how weird and awesome she was. She was very kind, very funny, and very personable. Her studio was part of a larger workshop and was therefore only a tiny room. But a tiny room filled with art is better than a large barren one. It looked very professional, despite its size. Her work was beautiful. It was more abstract than that of the others. It featured geometric shapes and absolutely gorgeous colors heavily. The process she used to create her art was quite interesting. First she took a cut out of a geometric shape, such as an isosceles triangle, and put it against a canvas. Then she painted over it with a glaze, again and again, adding layer after layer. Next, she took another shape and repeated the process. Eventually, she achieved hundreds of layers. I believe that is what gave her colors such depth and life. It was these colors that inspired me. I want to try using layers to create such beautiful shades.

    All in all, this was a great year for open studios.

  87. The latest studio that I went to was Craig Mitchell. Craig’s studio was in a garage behind his house. The garage had all of his sculptures in it. His art was made out of bits and pieces of various thing. My favorite piece was Popeye on a slide with some other cartoon characters I didn’t recognize.

  88. Since I couldn’t go to open studios last weekend, I went to two photographers this weekend to make up for that. The first I went to was a studio by Joe Ravetz. His main focus was on manipulating photos to have more movement. He did this by taking exposures a few seconds long to create a slight blur but still leaving the subject in focus enough to be able to tell what it was. He did a series on women behind, focussing mainly on their shoes and blurring their movements. He also conveyed movement in his photos by taking pictures of ballets, some with blur and others without. One of my favorite photos of his was one of a ballerina twirling, since he almost made her look like an orbiting planet:!i=1328292089&k=3Wf5Bt7
    The artist at this studio was really nice and I talked to him about how I’m learning about the dark room and such. When I told him this, he actually showed my a picture of his that was taken with film.

    The second studio I went to I didn’t like nearly as much. The photographer was Leon Canerot, and he took pictures of landscapes, wildlife, and architecture. His studio didn’t have much focus on one type of subject and his shots seemed all over the place. He didn’t really try to use any artistic methods to manipulate his subjects into evoking emotion or anything. I think the only photos of his I did like were macro shots, but I mostly liked those because of the level of detail they had, not because they had an interesting composition or something. Overall, I liked Ravetz’s studio much more than Canerot’s.

  89. This week I visited the studio of Patricia Majio. She had set up a little ‘garden’ of potted plants out front, which must have been for Open Studios; normally the place is drab, gray, and depressingly urban, a nearby abandoned train car is covered in graffiti. Some of her works were medium size, in muted colors, and they were slightly 3D, with either small things embed in the paint, or the paint itself textured thickly. They were inspired by her trip to Tuscany. Other works were large and in bright colors, depicting simplified houses and landscapes. She herself was not there, but I spoke briefly to a student of hers.

  90. Here are two accounts of studios I visited for the two remaining blog posts I didn’t yet write.

    One of the places I visited was Paul Fortis’ studio. He does really detailed pastel paintings, mostly of nature and various scenery. I’ve visited his studio a couple of times because my mom and my grandma both really enjoy his art and have occasionally purchased his paintings. I’m always impressed at the scale of his work and the amazing detail and vibrancy that pastels can bring to landscapes. He also did some less detailed/more abstract art, though personally I think I prefer the more realistic pieces.

    I also visited the studio of Carol Riddle, who does watercolors mainly of the Santa Cruz coast. Her watercolors are very detailed and she utilizes a lot of water to blend and soften her colors. Also, I noticed that she often incorporates warmer colors along with the cool shades of blue and green, such as red and orange. Some examples can be found on her website: ( I think that she does a very nice job using the medium and her art definitely captures the Santa Cruz area well. She was sharing a studio/house with two other people who made jewelry and sculptures.

  91. I couldn’t go to another studio this weekend, so I looked up Denise Davidson. She is a local artist and mainly works with mosaics, graphic design, and photography. In the Open Studios tour she was accepted as a mosaic artist, so that is probably her specialty. Her mosaics are beautiful. I like how much color she puts into them; really makes the piece seem more lively. Most of these mosaics are done separately but some are done on plates, cups, bowls, windows and more. My favorite of the ones she’s put online is of a sunflower. The colors she picked are beautiful and really capture my attention. The website does not give a full enough background for me to connect any of her artwork with her personal life.

  92. I saw an artist named Doug Ross and it was amazing. He did a lot of sea animals which was very cool. When he would paint something he would use the same color but in many different shades and then something totally different. Like he would do and ocean scene with many blue colors and then a bright red octopus right in the middle. He did do some other things but they all had something to do with animals and nature and that was awesome. I liked all the studios I visited and I will hopefully go again next year.

  93. This weekend I attended the studio of Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, a Santa Cruz muralist and painter. She works mainly with landscapes, which sometimes include living things. You may have noticed her work on the sides of buildings or electrical boxes. Her technique is to lay down a layer of acrylic, and then use pastels to draw over it. This creates the illusion of paint, which it partly is, but has the smooth texture of pastel. Her works are extremely life-like, and I hope that I will be able to create such realistic works as she does.

  94. Today I went to see James Aschbacher. I have known him since I was about eight and he has always been very welcoming and friendly. He turns his entire downstairs into a studio to display his artwork and it is very well lit and cheerful. I asked again today about his process and he went through it with me step by step. First he puts between seventy to eighty layers of spray paint on poster board, which makes the poster board feel like sandpaper. Then he sketches his composition on a separate piece of paper. Once he is satisfied with it, he draws the composition onto the spray-painted poster board with a a special type of pen that resists his acrylic paints. He then uses acrylic paint to fill in his drawing. James, however, does not use a any brushstrokes. He puts a splotch of the paint onto the picture. The paint then spreads until it comes into contact with the drawn outline, which resists the paint and keeps it from bleeding over. He says that this type of process takes a long time but he is able to achieve colors that he wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve. Once he is done painting the composition, he takes a piece of wood and paints a border around the edge in three colors. He then carves hieroglyphs around the edge and paints those in too. One of the things that I found to be really fun and interesting is that, while painting in the hieroglyphs, James wipes his brush in the center of the wood (where it will later be covered by the composition) and creates what he calls spirit animals from the brush strokes. He then glues the composition to the center of the wood and nails around the edge of it. I love his artwork. It is very playful and creative.

  95. This week I went to yet another open studio. I forget the name of the artist but she had short grey hair and I think she was in her 60 s. She took amazing and detailed photos of lots of objects focusing on color contrast and lighting. She took a lot of pictures of trash, and while I was speaking to her she showed me this photograph she took by sticking her camera into a trash can down town!
    She also had photographs from various places she had been around the world and just shots of people and places around Santa Cruz. She was sharing the open studio with another artist, but I think it was her house. She didn’t have a studio. Her house was near a few blocks from west cliff and about a block from Garfield park library.

  96. I went to 6 studios this weekend but there were two in particular that I really enjoyed. The first one was Lila Klapman’s studio which had a lot of very unique sculptures and a few paintings. What I loved about her sculpture work was the mediums she used; it looked like the shape was formed with paper mache and then maybe added onto with clay and paint? Whatever it was it was unlike many of the typical bronze or clay scupltures I have seen before and I really enjoyed seeing her work. In the same space was another man, I can’t remember his name and forgot to take a card, but he did paintings that were so lively and bright. I loved how the shapes he did were never outlined in harsh lines or too distinct. There were so many colors and textures that it was easy to visualize the people in his paintings coming to life whether it was dancing, laughing with friends or just talking. I could really imagine all his paintings as real people.

    The other studio I really loved was Patricia Majio’s studio. Her paintings were more abstract, and at first I didn’t really get them to be honest. The shapes were kind of simple and I couldn’t tell what they were, or what they meant until I asked her. After I talked to her briefly I liked them even more because they weren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they had meaning. I saw Heidi Schindler there too! She also told me about a workshop that she’s starting for teen girls to paint landscapes. It’s supposed to help destress you and help you work on emotions and freeing yourself of the inner critic. So I thought that was an interesting project. I also learned about her studies in Japan, which suprised me because her work reminds me much more of the the southwest, like New Mexico or Arizona. Patricia also had some Jewelry out on display, and some painted chairs in the front, so it was nice seeing the different styles and mediums of art.

  97. This week I went to three studios, the first studio I went to is about wooden furniture designation by Michael Singer. This artist design all kinds of wooden furniture and he shows his house which is exhibited with all his works inside. I noticed that in the studio he shows many kinds of woods that he uses in work. Some of the woods has really nice stripe and dots on the surface. I am also interested in his skill, because he makes wooden furniture in good shapes with nice curve such as a beautiful cabinet with only three legs support. The other thing I like is that all his work are very delicate and they catch the light. I can probably use some of his work as a mirror. My favorite one among his works is a cylindrical pillar with the shape of honeycomb. He said that one with the shape of honey comb takes him the most time to finish. Every comb of that is made individually, then he glue them together and polish the surface.

    The second studio I went to is by M.E.Bailey. His art is painting and he majors in watercolor painting. I am interested in watercolor because I know and tried the watercolor painting when I was still in primary school. I am impressed of that because the watercolor always spread out on the paper and it is really hard to make a ideal drawing by watercolor. However, this artist draws nice watercolor painting. Although the drawing by watercolor is not as realistic as the drawing by oil. I thought the watercolor work is more abstract and free. Then I visited the studio that he works in, there are some interesting stuff like the color wheel, which is a wheel from yellow to blue then finally goes back yellow, and the color in the center of the wheel is black. In addition, I interview the artist about where does he do this drawing, he told that he always went to those sights that are drawn on the painting and did the landscaping for the whole day. I think it is cool to do that.

    The last studio I went to is a glass art studio on the gran hill. When I first saw the glass work, I was not so impressed because there are not a big amount of glassy work, and it is kind of similar to the work of another artist that I visited last year, one thing noticeable is that the glass he makes are incredible light. However, after I went to the studio that the artist works in and he explains to us the process that he makes his art. I found it is really complex, a lot of things are involved, and it is very different from the work of another glass artist I know. For example, he has a very small oven compare to other artists. For some complex work, the way he does is, he did parts of glass individually. He will make some bridge that connect the parts first, but he cannot make all those parts at the same time. The former part will also cool down when he did the next part. To solve the problem, he needs to heat the former parts by the small oven at the same time he did the next part. He works for like five minutes and heat the glass by 20 minutes, then he starts to work again on another part. It is cool and really involved.

  98. 1.) I visited Anna oneglia at the tannery last week. She paints and makes stencils based on her trips to india. Her work is very colorful and she paints alot of elephants. She was using her apartment at the tannery to display her work. She had out her sketchbook journals from her trips that included many drawings of everyday objects and people in india. She also included newspaper clippings, photographs and stamps. I thought it was a cool way for her to journal about her travels. Her work inspired me to travel and draw things that I see.

    2.) This weekend I visited Lynn Guenthers studio. Her house is very pretty with a garden and pond. She makes jewelry out of Silver, Copper layered to create contrast. She uses a saw for the design, then she uses different colors of metal to look dimensional. She also uses found objects, gemstones and glass. In her studio, she has a demonstration of how she makes her jewelry. It inspired me to try and make some jewelry of my own and create other 3D art.

  99. Jeane Rosen Sofen

    This artist has a varied portfolio of mixed-media paintings and pastels. I particularly liked her series of creeks and rocks which she made using textured paper. The paper made an interesting 3d effect which translated well into her prints.
    I got to talk to her for a little while. She told me she can spend up to a 100 hours on one painting. Sometimes she’ll get into “the zone” and wake up “knowing I should work today… that’s when I do my best work.” She showed me the photographs she takes which she uses as her subject matter. In picking a composition, she said she pays most attention to the light and shadows.
    Sofen has been experimenting with abstraction. She pointed to an example and talked about how changing one aspect on the right side of the piece, brought out another aspect on the left side. “Everything thing you do effects the whole, it’s very interesting.”

  100. I visited three studios this weekend, all local and within fifteen minutes of my house.

    Shirley Lehner-Rhodes has been my art teacher since I was in 6th grade, living only a few blocks from my house. Given this, it was important for me to visit her studio as well as very convenient. Her studio contains multiple large paintings and smaller ones she does just for fun or to teach her students. When I walked into her room, I was startled by the way it transformed from a home run art class to a studio complete with light and soft music in the background. In addition, there was candy so props to Shirley for that. It is a pleasant place to work, and I can attest to that because once a week I work there with her. As for the art itself, it’s beautiful and striking, especially in watercolor. It manages to be bright and blend together at the same time, creating beautiful pieces.

    After this, I went to an artist named Andrea Dana-McCullough, a clay artist that ran open studios from her garage. There, I was greeted with the contrast of color against white and the images of nature and animals. One of her more interesting subjects are insects. I have a stupid, irrational fear of insects, something I can trace back to something that can only be called the cockroach incident. But alas, that is beside the point. The pieces made me rethink the beauty of insects and the way they live, the patterns on their exoskeletons. Another thing I like is that the pieces have use. They are dishwasher and food safe. Personally, I would prefer not to purchase pottery that can only be used for decorative purposes. When art has function, it gives a new meaning to it. This is why my mother decided to buy a creamer and bowl painted with glossy black ravens.

    The third studio I visited was Mike Bailey’s. I posted a comment on him beforehand, but I feel visiting his studio was almost an entirely different situation. It was wide, clear, and almost every inch of his house was filled with art. I discovered that not only does he have skill with abstract art, he has a skill for landscapes as well. One piece I loved was called “Bordeaux Reflections”. I loved the atmosphere it had and the way the reflections of people walking on a rainy day gave me a sensation that was somewhere in between cheerful and sad. Around his studio he had questions about art that really made you think. “Does Art need to be beautiful?” “Do you have to ‘like’ it?” This got me thinking. In my opinion, it’s the everyday things that people don’t conventionally see as beautiful that often make the best art. Sometimes, an “ugly” painting evokes more emotion than say, one of a flower or waterfall. It’s important for artists to see the whole spectrum of the world at large instead of simply what we choose to see.

  101. I visited four studios this weekend.

    The first one I went to was Anna Oneglia’s apartment in theTannery Arts Center. She does a lot of India related paintings. they’re very bright and colorful. She also does block prints with famous quotes on them. A little thing I noticed is that there are sometimes postage stamps on her paintings. Lots of ones with Ghandi (which isn’t surprising) but it was just this little detail and I thought it was really interesting. The atmosphere in her studio was very bright and inviting. it kind of matched a lot of her paintings.

    Next I saw some of Carol Eddy’s clay works. She had her tide pool inspired series on display. They were very impressive and life-like. They were 3D designs with lots of texture and color. I talked to her for a minute and she said that it was really simple. She would use a household item to make a pattern on a piece of clay and then shape it into something tide pool-like.

    After that I saw Beth Shield’s paintings. They are very abstract and scribbly but in a modernistic way. They are bright but more subtly so Anna Oneglia’s paintings. She uses a combination of oil paints, wax and graphite to make her art. her studio has very little furniture in it and it has very dramatic lighting. I liked her art the best.

    Lastly I wandered into Stephanie Schriver’s workspace. I was drawn in initially by the funny clay people inside. Most of her sculptures are caricatures. She captures the essence of the subject perfectly. I really liked her dog pieces. One in particular sticks out in my memory. There is a kind of dog (Which I think is actually called a Komondor) that is lovingly referred to as “the mop dog” on the internet and other places. Her version of the mop dog was absolutely true to the nature of there dogs. It’s eyes were totally covered by droopy locks of hair (as was the rest of its body) and it seemed to have a big grin on its face.

  102. went to see six artists today, i’ll list them in order.
    1. George j dymesich: he’s a potter who lives in the aptos hills, he specializes in oriental pottery and makes his own glazes from stuff he finds in nature. he said that he has a studio in japan, and the way that studio is set up inspired him to convert his garage into a japanese style studio. every few months he has people over from japan and they all sit together in his japanese style workspace and make pottery together.

    2. Kathy Edwards: she’s a photographer who uses film as well as digital photography. she started taking nature pictures to escape from the banal life of her office cubicle. most of her shots are of things in her back yard.

    3. Milinda Picatti: she is a watercolor artist, she said that her evolution as an artist has kinda been backward. she dropped out of art school and has since then been building up her fundamental skills, she’s had to work backward from the techniques she’s learned in seminars to the basics of watercolor. she does at least one full sized water color of a truck every year, but doesn’t like it. her work will be featured in next year’s santa cruz bank gallery, the theme of which is farms.

    4. Gero Heine: he’s a photographer with a German accent. He was drawn to wildlife and animals in nature as a kid, and has used photography as a way to express his respect and reverence of animals and nature. He works entirely in digital photography and described how scary it is that digital cameras are advancing so quickly.

    5. Bill Kennann: he is an oil painter who dabbles in watercolors. he paints primarily landscapes. one thing he does is paint first in watercolor, then recreate the image on a larger canvas in oil paint.

    6. Frank Leonard: he is a photographer who primarily shoots nudes in nature. most of his shots center around one or both of his subjects nipples. he says that he is fascinated with them, and lucky for him, his wife fully supports him in his photographic exploits. some of his pictures however border on the pornographic…

  103. I went to 3 studios this weekend.

    1. Daria Salus
    She does these really interesting necklace pendants etched in silver or brass and with an enamel overcoat. She told me that she goes out into nature and takes photos of birds, branches etc. and uses them as inspiration. Her work is really interesting and well done, I liked it a lot.

    2. Roberta Lee Woods
    Roberta did these really interesting boards that she would coat in wax, then she would take pages from old books and iron them on. After, she’d put on gold or silver leaf, burn it, hack it apart with a knife.

    3. Jerry Clarke
    He does these really cool sculptures where he finds various bits of driftwood, shells and rocks and sculpts ocean critters–particularly herons. He has a couple in front of his house that took him about 350 hours to make

  104. this weekend I visited a total of five open studios. I will wright about my favorite three. The first artist we visited was Lisa Hochstein, she makes abstract collages out of sheet music covers from the 1930’s and 40’s. she uses bright and opposing colors and some parts of the text from the covers. her studio was half gallery and half workplace (although the work space is hidden behind large sliding doors) the artist was very kind and helped us find other artists to visit that would interest us.

    the next artist we visited was Glenn Carter. his art was on the modern side consisting of single thick brushstrokes and mixed media (including a lot of red string) his studio was modest with a gallery space and a work space. however the work space was also mostly closed off. one of the most interesting parts of his studio was his garden. a series of hard-packed sand walkways led around bed after bed of vegetables, succulents and exotic flowers.

    the third, and my personal favorite studio was that of Melissa and Mattie leads. his art consisted of MASSIVE (larger than human size) pottery. he then glazed on paintings of mostly people (particularly naked women in provocative poses with knives) . his studio space was completed open, with a galley space and a work space both of which he invited you to tour. one of the amazing things to see was the MASSIVE gas kiln in which he fired his work. another amazing area is his yard. walking through his yard is like walking through his brain. he used damaged pots and other items to create an amazing yard. heavily inspired by the work of gaudi in Barcelona Catalonia. He said he was working on a new rocket ship for his son to play in, he also said that a lot of what is glazed onto his pots are from life experiences he has had. including a pot we nearly bought that featured tango dancers that was inspired by when he took tango lessons.

    • I’m so glad you went to Mattie and Melissa Leeds studio. The scale of his technique is phenomenal and the way the creativity spills out into the yard is delightful. I love the chimney and rock work, done by his mason artist-friend.

  105. This weekend was the encore weekend so my visits from the first weekend apply again ..

    I stopped by the studio of Donna Vandijk. Her work was very detailed, an interesting combination of accurate details and more shape-oriented designs. She had paintings of flowers, including the stems and the roots underground. It was very precise, as she took the flower itself apart while drawing it, similar to the artist in my previous post. One of her pieces has actual petals in it, which are well integrated into the piece. Yet another had the actual stem, which I found very interesting since she made it look like she’d just drawn it in.

    In the display of her work I noticed a peculiar trend: she doesn’t like having any glass over her paintings (to eliminate glare), and she doesn’t frame any of them either, for she’s into organics.

    She inspired me to take things in a more analytical yet abstract sense, and even when I reach her elderly age, to keep doing what I enjoy instead of retiring to a rocking chair.

    I found these past few weeks enjoyable, I usually don’t see much art outside of museums and what I create on my own.

  106. I went to Art Leaugue TWICE and it was very nice to see everybody’s work. Unfortunately I didnt take notes of the artists, but I remember the paintings and drawings that stood out to me thus leaving the strongest impression on me and therefore being my favorite top three pieces. I liked the graphite drawing of an eguana, the ceramic lamp that had holes drilled into it, and the abstract of ucaliptus leaves.
    Douge Ross basically did simple prints. He used bright colors as well as many grays. He went through the process of how he makes his work. He basically draws a sketch and then prints pictures as reference and does prints of his sketches. And then he screen prints them on silk. HE seemed to be very into sea animals which inspired me to do more things with local marine animals.

    Barbara Bailey Porter was an oil painting artist. Her studio was very organized and she primarily paints on canvases. She does some landscapes but my favorite of all her work is probably her still lives which occupied a large corner of her space. My favorites were her squash and lemons, and the one of the doughnuts next to a box with a glass of juice. Also she had a nice painting of boats in a harbor. She seems to try to conserve the strength in her brush strokes and how they all come together to create form and dimmension. She also paints quite thinck and with bright colors. Her work inspired me to develope MY style much like her work.

    Virginia Ray does mixed media assemblage. She basically said she finds things in nature and turns them into art. some of her peases were even just a few leaves or a beautiful piece of wood. Her space was very earthy in some ways, and there was a sign that said she is writing a book. Probably one of my favorite pieces of work of hers was a very small starfish sitting on tope of the skeleton of a leave sitting on a coing, sitting on a little raft made out of bundles of grass. It is a bit difficult to explain but it was very beautiful. It inspired me to work with more natural materials and discover things to create new things instead of just creating things out of materials i find at an art store.

  107. Gero Heine was a photographer who went around africa and india and takes pictures of animals. the pictures displayed in him home were VERY orgnized and clean all framed and bright. He has a great sense of colors and space. He also really affects the viewer emotionally with the animals in their natural habitat and all. I love the photograph of two little birds on the back of a zebra. I can see he had his focus to very shallow depth of field. The birds are so cutteee! I also love the monkey in the tree. It inspired me to try taking a silhouette photo.

    Sara Friedlander was a very talented photographer who basically did mixed medoum work. She took photos and mixed them with paintings. Some of her images are purly visual and some are more religious. My favorite is one of the jerusalem wall. She basically had a very clean studio with paintings on the wall and a computer in the corner of the room. Very nice work. SHe inspired me to think a little outside of the box with what I can do with mixed medium and collage maybe even using my own photos!

  108. I went to heather glass
    she used sculture although her drawing skills assisted in many ways
    she didnt go to school for art because she couldnt afford it
    she took some cabrillo classes one with stain glass which started her with glass
    her pieces usually involve nature although they are not limited to her surroundings

  109. I went to john crawford
    his art is greatly influenced by his surroundings
    hes lived in santa cruz his whole life
    he has an amazing sense of color and texture
    i got a chance to interview him
    he starts with one piece that he does when hes in the place hes painting then another back at his studio
    he says that the most important thing in art is response which i very much enjoy
    one of his recent works was more realistic of the dali lama, trying to capture feeling and personality

  110. I went to another studio that was very beautiful. It was Sheryl Barabba’s studio. I really enjoyed her art because some of it I could imagine myself painting. There was one painting in particular that really took my attention. I cant really explane the painting without showing a picture of it but it was wonderful to look at and think about. I also liked that her art changed, like some of it was simple and clean and a couple other paintings looked a little more dark and powerful.
    Sheryl’s studio was nice and clean and she had her husband walking around and talking to her guests too. I also talked to her a lot and she is a very sweet and polite woman. I think that that reflects on her art too and in how her studio is. I am glad that I got to see her art and I will defiantly remember it.

  111. For my open Art Studio trip, Jacki and I visited about five art studios, my favorite of which was Ronald Cook’s. I posted about wanting to meet him before, and finally was able to conduct an interview with him today! He started out making instruments because he had played them professionally and was getting an art degree (one his favorite medias being charcoals). What I truly loved about his beginnings was that he was in a similar predicament that I’m actually in right now. He wanted a certain instrument and didn’t have the money to buy it, but instead of waiting for a Holiday gift or something along those lines like I’m doing right now, he went out to the library, began reading books about European and Native American instruments and books on instrument making, collected some pieces of wood that he could find from people, and made himself that instrument. He also has made an amazing chess set that took him around 1.5 – 2 years to complete! And the best part of my experience was being able to play some of the instruments he’d made! We also talked about him giving me lessons on instrument making so I could make myself instruments instead of having to wait so long to receive them.

    Other artists I visited today include Marsha Blaker-DeSomma, whose glass work is absolutely phenomenal. I felt as though I had opened the door of her studio and stepped into an ocean when I entered. Her work often imitates that of coral reefs. And they actually do look more than similar to actual coral reefs! Her work left me breathless. We then visited Roberta Lee Woods, whose work had a very homey-style to it. I especially liked a 3d one that she had done of a shelf lined with nearly empty acrylic paint tubes, paint brushes here and there, random jars, and trinkets. We also got to see two impressionists, each in different studios, by the names of Susan Hancey and Susanna Waddell. Hancey’s work was more dark and blended, whereas Waddell’s work focused more on brighter tones and food!

    I had a wonderful time visiting studios today and learned a lot about the intricacy that goes into any type of art from instrument-making to oil paintings. I also learned that art galleries tend to be great places for trying good cheeses and fine crackers. I guess there’s just something about cheese and crackers that screams fine art! Both ways, the art that I got to see and the cheese that I got to nom on were both amazing!

  112. All righty, I went on an adventure today! My posse went to about 5 artists today. So I’ll post about all these 5 artists.
    Let’s start with the first part of the adventure; it was way out in the woods. There we found a man named George Dymesich, who was a potter. He was very down to earth and he made all his own glazes from things around him, even made his clay. Very eco-friendly. From the look of all his stuff he did many handy things, like pots and sake sets. There were a lot of Japanese inspired dishes, I really enjoyed those. This guy was heavily inspired by Japan, had Japanese friends who came over to throw pots and went to Japan to make things. I really liked his studio space, it was in his garage and very open. I really enjoyed his Japanese style wheel. The artist was very nature oriented; I enjoyed how into his work he was by making his own glaze and clay. The process of how he made clay was pretty much the same way people make clay pieces, by throwing them. Inspiration from this: learn to make my own glaze to be awesome
    All right second dude was a photographer. I believe his name was Gerottrine. This guy gave me a life story with only the price of one question. Which wasn’t bad, wasn’t bad at all. I got all the information down, well most of it anyway. His studio, I would say is everywhere, he goes everywhere to take pictures of nature. Not just nature, but animals. I liked most of them, except when there was a blur to them. Other than that, he was a digital photographer since forever. He switched to digital in 2005 and has never been happier. He’s inspired by nature, everything around him and drawn to taking pictures with texture, design, or pattern. I’m not sure how I should describe his technique, I mean he takes pictures with his digital camera and when they’re good he makes them into art. Inspiration from this: take more pictures of nature and appreciate film
    All right third artist was Kathryn Edwards, another photographer. She was nice. She also did digital with Photoshop and lightroom. I am unsure what lightroom is, she didn’t explain. Her photos were nice; I enjoyed one of a tree that was heavily photoshopped. She had some really rich colours in most of her pictures without using Photoshop. She was inspired by nature and only really went to the beach or backyard to take pictures. The reason she started taking pictures of nature was because she was working in a cubicle. Yeah she didn’t go into that. But overall her photos were okay, she told us that most of the time she made mistakes but they turned out kinda cool. She didn’t have a studio really, I mean most of the artists were displaying outside and didn’t show their studio. My inspiration from this: try exposing a sunset or sunrise for a long time to see how it turns out.
    Okii we’re almost done here, just three more. Next is Melinda Picatti. She was a watercolour artist. She actually had a wide variety of paintings, such as an old truck to a mountaintop. She was working on a table when we all came in, very friendly. So nice that she told us a story of how she stores an oversized cake in her bath tub. But anyway her technique was very scattered. In one painting she had very detailed work that was rather beautiful and then in other ones she was really loose and scattered. I’d say that my favorite paintings of hers were all the ones of rocks. They were really incredible, one of the things she never messed up on. There was a reason that some of her paintings weren’t always so awesome. She learned backwards as she said. After dropping out she took workshops and learned how to do more that way. Sometimes she sketched before painting other times she didn’t. Usually for more detailed paintings like the vehicles she sketched. This woman was inspired by everything, mostly nature, fruit, corn and rocks. Inspiration from this: work more with watercolour.
    Nearing the end here with Bill Kennann. Mostly oils but he dabbled in some watercolour. With the oils it was very layered and sketchy. While the one watercolour I saw was very clean. The paintings had still life’s, landscapes and some people. His studio I assume was his garage. I’m sorry I did not talk to this guy, we waited and he was talking to someone for a long time. He was inspired by the ocean; there were so many ocean pictures. I didn’t really get inspired from his work.
    Right last one was far out, Sylvia Valentine a photographer. Nature photography! It looked really nice.ugh okay she was really happy and her photos show it. With their bright colors and rich environments. All in California doesn’t look like it but they were really pretty. Some of the time the pictures were from a different state. It all comes from the heart she says. She got really into the environments, trying to capture the spirit of them.inspiration:take more nature shots that make me feel something?
    Ok I’m done…FOREVER.

  113. This weekend I visited the Barisof’s open studio (25th anniversary!) and took in their unique pottery. Their style is very Japanese influenced, from the texture to the designs to the personification of different pieces. I loved their glaze work, which came in countless colors and shades, but was always blended nicely. I also visited Peggy Snider’s open studio, who’s work mainly consisted of sculptures. While her style may be construed as reminiscent of classical sculpture art (and certainly that seems to be the initial reaction to her work), I thought that she also took a page out of the Asian-sculpture book, especially when it comes to the figurines’ faces.

  114. For each visit, you must post an account of your visit, your impressions of the studio, the artist, and their work. Make comments about their techniques and processes (the artists are all required to post information about this in their studio in order to participate in Open Studios. If you don’t see it, ask about their technique.) AND, comment on the inspiration this gives you for your own art work.

    Today I went to three art studios the first one was Shelby Graham’s studio. She did photography in a unique way. Her studio was very full of photos that she has taken and used her own style to each one. She focuses on the butterfly effect which is that one small motion can change other things. She takes Polaroids and transfers them to artist paper. Once on the paper she burns some holes in it with a magnifier glass to add texture. The second studio was Glenn Carter who did something called mixed media on paper. This was paintings with real things mixed into them. My favorite one was a long one which had a panting of the ocean, but had strings to show where the waves where. This really added the next dimension and i want to try something like this. The third studio i went to was by Lisa Hochstein she makes collage’s our of vintage sheet music. The pieces are torn to look like they are dripping. She also uses colors to make shapes while using different pieces. All three of these artists show me that using little things like burning holes or adding string or even just arranging color to form shapes can make my art unique and special and I want to try doing all of these sometime.

  115. As I browsed through the different artists, one really fought my attention. John R. Crawford. His fine art paintings are extremely beautiful. And the eat he explains his artwork is quite beautiful as well. “My goal is to reach the point where my skills and my emotions are aligned allowing the forms to evolve spontaneously”. He says this on his website and I feel that that is a great way to express art. Each of his paintings are paintings of things here on our own coast, yet they explode with deep colors that interact and create a field or a beach or the ocean. It makes me want to take a brush and just go to town with a bunch of colors!

  116. Lucy Martin

    She is an amazing artist. She draws so many paintings about mushroom. At first, this is what she catches my attention. And after seeing most of her paintings, I am totally shocked that her paintings are full of details. For example, on painting called “Rainy Afternoon”. And there are six mushrooms in her picture, they are different sizes, different shapes. And the most important thing is I find there are two raindrops on two mushrooms. How careful and absorbed she is while drawing. Besides, her drawings make me feel I am just in the forest, and I am talking and expressing our emotion face to face…

  117. This week I wasn’t able to visit a studio, but I did browse through some of Larry Harden’s drawings. I found her artwork intriguing because even though it appeared a child had drawn some of her works, the real artistic ability came from the arrangement of images on the canvas. The drawing I looked at had no real shape or boundary. The drawing could also be interpreted different ways by the viewer because of Harden’s abstractness. There was definitely an overall image, but within that were smaller images that were both individual but part of the image as a whole. At least in the images I saw, Harden expresses her artistic ability more in the ideas of art than in precision. She seems to get her ideas down quickly and instead of revising her work, keeps the original in its raw form and I like that about her style.

  118. I went to Shirley Lehner-Rhoades’s studio again and paint an oil painting with her, but I didn’t go to a photography studio.However, I found a photographer I like: Jeanie Lovett. I think the most attractive picture is the one with a flying butterfly, the color is pretty bright, just like summer.Jeanie’s work shows multiple elements of art and principles of design,especially the proportion. You can see most of pictures put emphasis well, they show the things photographer wants to express, and even more dramatic than they truely are.
    These pictures are taken from all over the world.Jeanie mixed natural elements and art skills perfectly, and tell us how amazing the nature is.Her work somehow suggests us to go outside and observe this big big world, and your room cannot be the place that can provide you with most wonderful pictures. My host family is pretty active that they take me to a lot of places, and we went to San Francisco to watch sailing and the “Blue Angles” couple weeks ago, we went to the wood and explore the nature, we went to Boston to visit Harvard campus……I can always find something interesting. Whatever, if you do love photography, you should travel more.

  119. This weekend I went to six open studios. I actually visited three printmakers as well as three photographers, kind of on accident but it ended up being really cool.
    First, I went to Melissa West’s studio. She didn’t have a lot of info up about her process, but from what I gathered, it was a mix of linoleum block printmaking and painting, some with both mediums. The majority of her paintings were of landscapes and nature, while the prints were a mix of figures and religious inspired. It seems like her subjects kind of match the medium, where painting can be a little bit more free than the harsh lines of prints. I liked a lot of her prints that had dark figures, basically like silhouettes, so that kind of inspires me to do some silhouette work.
    Next, I went to Andree LeBourveau’s studio. Out of all that I went to, she was probably my favorite person to visit. Her work was set up in the front room of her house, which was really bright and sunny and happy, and seemed to reflect a lot of her work. She is a printmaker who mainly does flowers and birds. I think I really liked them because of how simple but bright and colorful a lot of the work was. She was in the midst of showing her workspace and explaining some of her techniques, so I ducked in to listen. She talked about a couple different processes, one which involved photosensitive paper and etchings, and sounded a lot like what we have to do in the darkroom to get the right blacks and whites. Then I talked to her a little bit and she mentioned that she knew Susana and told a story about how she used to come in to her class sometimes and people would get confused because they looked alike. She was very inspiring, and reminded me that I really want to do some printmaking work.
    Finally, for art, I went to Doug Ross, yet another printmaker. What struck me right away was how much his work reminded me of Charley Harper, who notably illustrated The Golden Book of Biology as well as so much else. It was actually almost strange how similar they were, although I think Harper’s work was bit more detailed than Ross’s. Most of his subjects were marine life, including a lot of seals, and then some bikers and other things. He was kind of doing a demo but seemed to be talking to someone he knew so I couldn’t really ask about his technique. He had some info posted up though, to make each print, he first draws it out, then edits it on the computer, then takes it into his studio and makes prints out of it. I didn’t really understand how the end part goes, but somehow he ends up with a bunch of versions of the silkscreen print.
    Then, for photo, I went to Joshua Cripps’s studio, who is a nature photographer. I generally am not a huge fan of landscape, because it seems like everyone’s go to subject and a lot of them really aren’t interesting, but Cripps’ work had a lot of depth to it. My favorite piece was an ariel shot in New Zealand, off the coast, showing the different tones in the water. It was composed really well and was kind of hard to tell what it was at first. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, but according to what his info said, he’s been to around 25 countries, although not all ones he’s taken photos in. He gives me inspiration to make landscapes and nature photos I take a lot more interesting.
    After that I went to Conner Quinto’s studio. I went because I liked the picture he displayed with the open studios entry, which was a macro picture of a flower with really bright colors. When I went to his studio, however, 90% of his work on display was landscapes, and not particularly interesting ones either. My mom made a comment about how it seems like every photographer has a picture of that one big rock at Natural Bridges, including Quinto. I did like the few macro pictures he had, which had really small depth of field and great colors. He inspired me *not* to do the boring landscape thing everyone does.
    Finally, I went to Sara Friedlander’s studio, which was really interesting. She does mixed media photography painting, where she puts a picture on her canvas and then extends the picture with paint. What really struck me was how well she matched the tones and gradation of the photo in her painting. Her most interesting piece was a large collage type of thing, with a mix of her own photos and public domain photos mostly from the holocaust. She had a paper up talking about her experience in Jerusalem, and how going back really inspired the project. It inspired me to bring more personality and experiences into my art and photos.
    That was like the longest blog post ever, sorry…

  120. Over the course of this weekend, I went to three open studios. They were all very different and very unique.
    The first place I went to was also my favorite: Leopold Glass by the artist Kevin Leopold. As I walked up to the Leopold Glass studio, the first thing I noticed were beautiful glass spheres with lights inside, lining the walkway. We came to a patio where there were a variety of glass pieces either displayed in glass cases or hung up on branches or laid out on the tables. Much of his work was inspired by nature: glass pumpkins, seahorses, starfish, turtles, abstract flowers or suns. He had an extensive display of glass spiral ornaments, each unique in shape, texture, and color. His work was displayed outdoors, because his workspace is small, and is actually an old bomb shelter. He let me go down to take a look at the studio, where I saw a large amount of colored glass rods. There were many tools spread across the table and a kiln for reheating the glass and cooling it slowly so the glass doesn’t crack, but all the real work was done with torch work. Everything that he made that was hollow was heated and blown. For the ornaments, he used a glass tube, and then drew on it with the meltng colored rods to create designs and add color. He told me that it is difficult to keep a texture to the colored glass because it heats so quickly and has a tendency to blend with the clear glass. He’s done a lot of experimentation to get the different textures in his pieces. He’s never taken any lessons, but now he teaches classes. Because he was never taught, his work is very unique.

    The second place I visited was Weigand Painting by the artist Dana Weigand. This studio was quite mellow and peaceful with a lovely view of the forest and music playing. Her paintings were displayed on the walls and on easels outside. Most of her paintings involved people, and when asked if she used live models or pictures, she replied that she uses both, and often uses a live model and then takes a picture of the live model. She starts with a sketch in charcoal, or sometimes even sketches with the paint. She uses many different techniques to achieve a multitude of textures: charcoal, pallette knives, brush, oil sticks, and pastel. She had many pieces with people in them, but I particularly like her abstract paintings of landscapes and seascapes. I was inspired to try combining different mediums to create different textures.

    The last place I went to was Bud Bogle Furniture. He worked with wood to make rocking chairs and foot stools. He showed me his process of cutting the wood into the right shapes, and making the joints to hold it all together. He then glued five strips of wood together and clamped them into position to give them the curvature of the rockers. Once they had set, he sanded it all down first with a machine, and then to make it extremely smooth, he finished it off sanding it by hand. He then varnished it and added the cushions, resulting in beautiful rocking chairs and rocking love seats and footstools.

  121. Finally i was able to go to open studios this weekend unfortunately i could not spend a lot of time at each studio due to a lack of time. The three studios i did go to were Teresa Mattos at the sash mill, Michael Wood on fern st., and Andrea Dana.
    My favorite studio was that of Teresa Mattos. she worked in oil and did very realistic portraits of people.Because people are very difficult for me to draw or paint or anything else, i can appreciate someone who is good at it. She also gave me a lot of insight into the world of being an artist. I was able to talk to her about how she became an artist and her story was very interesting. She was a self taught portrait artist and she paid her way through art school by painting portraits of people.
    The second studio i went to was the Blacksmith Michael. He had a very small studio over on fern st. He was also a self taught artist, attending seminars to learn more about his craft. I asked him if he had ever apprenticed anyone and he said no all of the learning i have i went and got. He did many different studies involving metal work.
    The final studio i went to was the home studio of Andrea. Her medium was clay. what i found very interesting about her was that she painted her clay pieces with more colored clay and then after firing she carved away some of the colored clay to make a picture. the clay underneath was white.

  122. This weekend I visited Carol Riddle. She was displaying her watercolor pieces, all of which had a theme of the ocean/beach or the forest. The watercolor was very realistic and detailed. I asked her why she started working in watercolor and she told me that she learned to paint landscape at her father’s farm when she was a child. At the farm, she first sketched the animals in her watercolor landscape and then turned entirely into watercolor. It was really interesting talking to Carol because although she did not grow up in Santa Cruz, all of her watercolor pieces are of Santa Cruz and Felton. I enjoyed her painting of Steamers Lane because the landscape was so realistic and she made the surfers kind of blur into the water.

  123. This weekend I went to studio #42, hot glass by Peter Vizzusi
    He wants the glass to be functional, hates wavy lips “because then its not art and it’s not good craftsmanship”
    studio had lots of pictures everywhere of musical artists and magazine clippings. He also gave a demonstration of creating a vase.

  124. This weekend I went to three studios in aptos.
    The first one is the photography Leon Canet. He introduced a picture which he took from south France to me.
    The second is the watercolor woman Kerry Van Stockum. She discussed with me that everyone has\
    their own style of drawing.
    The third one is the acrylic woman Rain Jordan. She introduced the shell art which she took shells from Peru.

  125. This weekend I went to four open studios: Aaron Johnson, Ann Altsatt, Susan Dorf, and Jennifer Almodova.

    I’d picked Susan Dorf and Ann Altsatt earlier in the week, and was surprised. Susan Dorf’s style was very vague and abstract, but not in the traditional sense. Her shapes were very blurred and didn’t have a lot of depth. Ann Alsatt mainly works with lithographs, and has a very modern, street-like style. I really loved seeing her house, because it was literally covered with her work. The ceiling was coated with unfinished prints and the back had some of the metal plates from her work peeking out.

    Aaron Johnson and Jennifer Almodova were last minute additions. Aaron Johnson does paintings and woodblock carvings of trees. His style is very realistic, generally, and VERY detail oriented. He uses a lot of light and perspective in his work, but my favorite print of his was an abstract tree. The tree was very similar to Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms in that he really emphasized the contorted nature of the plant. Jennifer Almodova, on the other hand, works mostly with watercolor. Her work, in particular, is really special because she’s really mastered watercolors. Her still lives of oranges and bowls look like photographs. She teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and in Half Moon Bay. She originally majored in sculpture, but really loves how quickly she can have a finished product with watercolor. She went to Turkey earlier in the year and was inspired by the patterns of the scarves she found there and uses them as backdrops in a few of her paintings.

  126. I was downtown on Sunday and wandered through a few of the open studios that I passed by. The foyer of the first house I dropped by was full of the artists collages. She was a mixed media artist of sorts, combining hand drawn imagery into her collaged pieces. I visited another collage artist but this was different, paintings on top of photographs, a technique I really enjoy. The images reminded me of a project I did last year, combining different man-made with nature. I happened upon the third artist I visited behind the house of the second. She had a small sampling of her art but they were beautiful paintings. Still lifes mostly, oil and watercolor. As a collage is a good idea for a Breadth project it might be nice to try to combine these and other styles or do semi-collage for my Concentration, like an artist I found when looking a portfolios on the college website who does stenciles of architecture over floral paper and stuff.

  127. I went to my third open studio last weekend. Mr. Cripps had set up his display in his backyard. It was all nature photography, mostly landscapes with a few close ups of flowers. Almost all of the photos were color, and the artist tried to achieve a complementary color palette. Of the landscapes, almost all were of rivers and cliffs. There weren’t any particularly experimental photos, since everything was taken with a normal shutter speed and expose there weren’t any unusual effects. He seemed for focus on lines, balance, and tones as the chief elements of his photos.

    • I especially like the graduated filter he had on display with his camera that showed the way he fixed the exposure for the differences in lighting between land and sky. Did you see it? His explanation of his process was also especially well illustrated and humorous.

  128. I went to three photographers Sebastian (, Gero ( and.
    Sebastian photographed wildlife, mostly birds and some tigers. He has traveled many places including . I thought it was interesting that he has a background in behavioral ecology. When I talked to him he stressed that knowing your subject is important so you can plan conditions that will land you in a position to take a good photo. The first picture on his website he explained how he gets those shots. He has to leave his camera there for up to three months and first he has to water proof it. There is a motion sensor so it take a photo every so often. He said that particular mountain lion he has caught on camera multiple times.
    Gero took photos with amazing detail and large prints. His technique was varied. My favorite shot was one where he took camera and set a long exposure time blued upward in motion, stopped and kept going for the last couple seconds. The photo was taken in a redwood forest and the effect was that ever part was in focus but also had detail, it almost looked like you were falling.
    I figured out later that the last photographer wasn’t actually part of open studios. She had some good photos of vultures at the pinnacles and some other nature photography. There were also people photos which I looked at because I’m going to be doing that soon.
    My favorite out of the three is Sbastian, and Gero as a close second.

  129. 1st Weekend: John McWilliams, Ron Milhoan, Rosy Penhallow, Janet Firth, Ina Hohensee, Jim & Connie Grant, Bob Bishop, John Maxon, Nancy Finley, Anna Belom, and Melissa Offut
    Jim and Connie Grant are glass blowers and they were doing a demonstration, so I got to see them heat the glass on the end of a pole and then shape it. It was fascinating. Their finished products had designs sandblasted on them. The first one I went to was John McWilliams. He did a lot of very nice landscapes as well as figure painting. His landscapes were very skilled. He worked fat on lean and would do each piece section by section, instead of working on the whole thing at one time. His brush strokes were very loose, which I really liked. His figure paintings I didn’t like as much. They felt stiff. They didn’t accurately portray the qualities of skin or the shading thereof. The paintings ended up feeling very angular, despite the fact that the outline wasn’t. The landscapes I enjoyed the most were John Maxon’s. He used very vivid colors to paint (mainly) the cypress trees that grow on the cliffs. I think he worked with a pallet knife as well as brushes to shape the paint on the paper. The way the paint was put on the paper, as well as the colors he used was very effective in portraying the trees. The bark, painted to look smoother than the leaves, was a good contrast to the energy of the leaves.

    2nd Weekend: Evelyn Markasky, Joshua Cripps, Virginia Draper, Karen Close, David Hartley, and Jeanine Lovett
    All of the photographers I went to see the 2nd weekend were quite interesting, however the one I enjoyed the most was Joshua Cripps, simply because he added a spin to his photography that I haven’t seen any other photographers do. He takes really gorgeous digital nature shots that are highly dependent on natural lighting. In his display he included a wall where he laid out his process in a very humorous light, something I haven’t seen any artist do. He didn’t take himself too seriously and I really liked that about him. He admitted that photography is difficult and that sometimes his pictures just suck, despite the fact that he is a seasoned photographer. I also really liked Virginia Draper’s work. She had a series where she paired iconic images taken at Natural Bridges with still lives of pieces of trash she found in the area. She said she was trying to give a new perspective to the beauty that Santa Cruzians have come to expect from the area. I thought it was a very effective technique because of the contrast that was created.

  130. I saw the Wilderness Photographer Geo Stein (I believe that’s how you spell is name). He was really interesting to talk to. He separated himself from other wildlife photographers. He said wildlife photographers wanted to capture animals doing things in there nature. He said he captured them from an artistic view, like how people photograph nudes in artistic, he does that with wildlife… which sounds weird. But, i liked how he separated himself. Also he talked alot about how digital is better. He went on in detail but it was eh. We saw another Photographer off of soquel street, im blanking on her name, but she was okay at photography. She seemed to just enjoy it. Her best photo was in fact an accident. She just left the shutter open for a long time on a beach. And the wavs blended together on the photo. It was cool… i should try that.

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