28
Sep

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Watercolor: Belladonna (& the magic of Gustav Klimt’s drawings)

I’ll be participating in a one-evening fund raising dinner and exhibit honoring Peggy Dark at the Los Angeles Arboretum on October 23rd. Five artists will exhibit paintings inspired by the garden, on site, tucked into little alcoves on the grounds around the arboretum, which will benefit the Children’s Learning Patio. I love supporting local venues in my own city, especially when they have a steadfast charter to introduce the tranquility of gardens, and whole food growing via hands-on learning to urban kids.  It’s very rewarding to jump in, and ‘make a difference’. Do you look for regional shows to participate in with your art? This week’s #linklove post is about …[Continue reading]

26
Sep

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Watercolor: Prescribed Burn, Provence (& 18 Habits of Creative Brains)

Many years ago, I accompanied my step mother to France to see the village she grew up in, and visit her family. I remember speeding along N4 outside Paris and seeing smoke in the sky. Farmers were using prescribed burns to clear fields of ticks and parasitic worms, and ready them for new plants.  The contrast between lush Spring landscape and giant smoke plumes left an impression on my teenaged sense of wonder.   While visiting Provence last June, I didn’t witness any controlled burns (it may have been too late in the season) but the color & scent of the French landscape primed that teenaged memory, and …[Continue reading]

23
Sep

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Watercolor: Novella (& an essay on the distraction of email)

I stayed in an old mill on a river, converted to a Bed & Breakfast Inn, while attending a friend’s wedding in Massachusetts a few years ago, and the background interior of this painting came from photos I took in my room that weekend. The figure was added to the scene from snapshots taken with a model about a decade ago. Do you ever mix and match your reference photos from different times, locations and figures to create new, imagined scenes? The books I listened to (and thoroughly enjoyed) while painting this watercolor:   If you’re struggling with time management, and checking & re-checking email plays a …[Continue reading]

21
Sep

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Linocut: Stag (& breaking through Creative Block)

I’m back in the studio after the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival, and work is full-speed underway on the next group of watercolors and printmaking for upcoming shows. If you’re in Southern California, save these dates to come visit: October 15: Opening at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA Oct 15 & 16: Beverly Hills Art Show Oct 22: Pasadena Artwalk Oct 23 Farm to Table Fundraising Exhibit at the LA Arboretum I’ve been posting little studio snippets of video and images of art in process on Instagram, so if you’re in there too, come follow me (@bdelpesco) and I’ll follow you back, so we can …[Continue reading]

14
Sep

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Watercolor: La Grande Rue, Venasque (& Art Festival dates)

Here’s a little watercolor painted from a quick study made on a lovely afternoon sitting in a shady doorway in Venasque, France. I painted several street scenes to use as studies for larger paintings while on the trip I took in June. That’s my friend Angel, sketching on the lip of the fountain. I’ll be at the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival this weekend, so be sure to say hello if you’re in the area. I just posted a newsletter with the rest of my upcoming show dates, and you can see that here. (If you’d like to subscribe to the newsletter, you can do that over here.) Here’s …[Continue reading]

8
Sep

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Watercolor: Yellow Roses (& sharing your art online)

Are you sharing the fruit of your artistic efforts with us online? With Facebook, blogs, digitized museum collections and gallery previews, the entire global art world is in your studio.  Every single one of us has a shiny, gold All Access Pass. Before social media and blogging, I had no idea there is so much talent out there, right now. Living Artists, doing amazing work, today. I meet or discover 10 or 15 artists posting their work on Facebook alone every week. As testimonials spread about the benefits of Social Media as a Community, and a Marketing tool, more and more artists are jumping on the train. Do …[Continue reading]

7
Sep

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Watercolor: Laptop Nightlight (& encouragement to finish your art)

I love art featuring readers. I have a pinterest board of inspiring paintings of people and their books, and our descendants collecting imagery of this subject will likely include paintings and drawings of people curled around laptops, balancing nooks & ipads on their laps, and sitting contentedly under headphones. I finished listening to the audio book The Greater Journey by David McCullough while painting this little night time watercolor of a reader (above), and started The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I’m painting street scenes from Provence, so the book’s very french flavor fits the art in process. 🙂 For this week’s #linklove post, I’m featuring Mr …[Continue reading]

1
Sep

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Trace Monotype: Balladeer (& museum-goers are asked what they see in art)

My grandparents met in a Connecticut textile mill as teenagers. They were not yet 20 when they married. He was from Canada and spoke only French, and she was from England, so communication was challenging in their early years. Right up to the end of their lives, they held hands, patted the empty seat next to them beckoning the other to come sit close, and they made each other laugh, especially while reminiscing. I loved visiting them, typing frantically on my lap top, to harvest everything they giggled when I asked “Where were you when you first kissed?” (In the back of a horse-drawn sleigh on a snowy Thanksgiving …[Continue reading]

29
Aug

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Woodcut: Sunset Sail (& the Folly Cove Designers)

Do you and I share an interest in all things handmade? The net is rich with thought-provoking articles about WHY we love hand-made, so that tells you lots of other folks are thinking and talking about it too. I’m grateful for the flourish of community and friendships with like-minded artisans, crafters and DIY aficionados online, all accessible through our phones via ever-changing & rapidly advancing technology. 🙂 As both a consumer and a maker, I love the search for and adoration of other maker’s creations; it’s a whole forest of inspiration. Swells of interest in arts & crafts repeat through time in cycles, going back to Medieval days.  Creative communities are often regional, …[Continue reading]

23
Aug

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Watercolor: Drinks at the Reception (& Artists on Facebook)

There are so many artists sharing art on Facebook, the affirmation that beauty is a necessity scrolls down my feed in an avalanche of encouraged inspiration. Do you know about art Groups and Pages on Facebook?  In addition to individual artist’s Pages, like these by Frank Eber,  Mario Robinson,  Hollis Dunlap,  Nick Wroblewski,  Mary Whyte and mine, there are also people who put time and effort into harvesting (exclusively) other artists’ work to share on Pages. What a gift! Check out this teeny full color sketchbook devoted to Toulouse Lautrec! If you visit Gradimir’s  Facebook page, you’ll see others like it featuring Van Gogh and Bob Dylan.There are tons …[Continue reading]

18
Aug

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Woodcut with Watercolor & the Beverly Hills Art Show

The woodcut above can be found in my Etsy shop, and you’ll find a speedy little time lapse video showing the sequence when she gets painted with watercolor below. Fall art festival season is coming up here in southern California, and artists are waiting to hear if they made the cut in each show’s jurying process.  After several years of applying and not getting into the Beverly Hills Art Show, I just got my acceptance letter, and I’m thrilled! If you’re local to Los Angeles, mark your calendar for October 15 & 16, and come say hello at booth #108 between Rodeo Drive and Beverly Drive on Santa …[Continue reading]

15
Aug

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Watercolor: Tin Barn Near Adalaida (& a video: how is paper made?)

This watercolor landscape was painted after a trip to see my step dad in Central California. I love the shape of the land up there; curvy golden hillsides, forged smooth with time, and made soft & textured with grasses and shrubs. The fleshy horizon line along parts of the California highways remind me of reclined, slumbering figures. A couple of blog readers sent notes this summer asking about the difference between my studio newsletter and subscribing to this blog, and why aren’t they one and the same? Each time new art is finished in my studio, a blog post is published here, so if I’m painting and printing a lot …[Continue reading]

11
Aug

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Watercolor Portrait: Something to Say (& a Ken Auster video)

I started this watercolor portrait over a year ago in my previous studio. Then I packed and moved, and forgot about it till I cleaned and purged the clutter in my current studio last week. (How many unfinished art projects do you have stuffed into cupboards and drawers and shelves?) Part of the clean up last week involved mounting a foam-insulation panel (leftover from my daughter’s quilt wall design project) on one of my studio walls to tack art-in-process up, so I can work while standing, and step back to squint & check values, etc. I have a beautiful easel for that, but the …[Continue reading]

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