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

Belladonna 7.75×9 watercolor

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?

Backlit canna foliage at the Los Angeles Arboretum

This week’s #linklove post is about Instagram.  Do you show your art on Instagram? There are 300 million daily active users, all consuming purely visual content on that platform. Visually oriented people (read: art lovers) all scrolling the instagram feed – every. single. day.  I use it and I love it. So does Jeffrey Larson. And James Gurney. And Pumpkin the Raccoon. And Micheal Klein.  And David Gray. And Sadie Valeri. And Ali Cavanaugh.  There’s very good artist-company on instagram, as well as phenomenal inspiration.  And art collectors. 🙂  Need more encouragement? Read this.


Belladonna watercolor in process

If you’re in California on these dates, come and 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

This is a 5-minute video about Gustav Klimt and the magic of line, produced by the Getty Museum. I’ve always loved his work, and there’s powerful magnetism in his gestural figure drawings and watercolor studies. This clip talks about his influences at the time, and his journey in art-making style. He wrote nothing about his art, so everything we know is based on observational conjecture, letters, other artist’s anecdotal writing, exhibition reviews and details from the history of places he lived. Can you imagine what he would have told us about his work if he’d kept a written chronicle of his studio happenings & his process?

I just ordered postcards to promote October shows, for patrons who don’t want email notifications. Some folks want a little art in their mailbox to prettify that pile of bills. 🙂 In November, I’ll start painting for Spring shows, and then it’ll be time for a little break over the holidays, so we can indulge in festive group meals followed by familial conversations while sprawled on couches in a food coma. It’s hard to believe Fall has started and summer is over. But onward we go, right? What are your art making plans over the holidays?

See you in the next post!


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Art Quote

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

~Steve Jobs

4 thoughts on “Watercolor: Belladonna (& the magic of Gustav Klimt’s drawings)”

  1. I love the way you paint interior scenes. I rarely paint that subject matter, however it makes me want to experiment
    with interiors- lovely work!!!

    1. Thanks for your compliments, Carole! I hope you do experiment, as the subtle shifts in color and light through windows is both challenging and peaceful to paint. I look forward to seeing evidence of your adventures!

  2. Wow, so much information packed into one blog post! This is why your blog is on my personal Top 10 list; you’re always inspiring and informing. I hope the gala dinner is a smashing success!

    1. Gabrielle – Thank you for such a kind comment! It’s so nice of you to take the time and leave such generous feedback. I tap my paint brush to yours in a sympatico toast to creative sharing.

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