This is an oil painting I started last night on an 11 x 8 canvas. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. They grow like wild all over San Francisco…they also remind me of my father who left this world in 1999.
I spent an entire day on Saturday meandering through an amazing exhibit at the SF Art MRKT… (http://www.art-mrkt.com/sf?gclid=CKeZq7vwj7ACFcYBRQodWBCpoA). I was in heaven. There was such an abundance of both beautiful and fascinating art! I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least. There were about 50 different galleries from around the world…the bulk of the influence was from LA, SF, NYC, and London. It was a veritable feast for the eyes consisting of contemporary art representing many different mediums as well as some amazingly bizarre and compelling installations. I found the gallery representatives to be friendly and open. This event lacked the usual pretentiousness I often see at other shows. I found gallery owners to be open and excited to share and explain the artists that they were showcasing. I just wish more of the artists were present and available to converse with the visitors.
The highlight of my day was getting the opportunity to see an old friend of mine, Charles Hespe, owner of Hespe Gallery in San Francisco. Check out his gallery at: www.Hespe.com. I had not seen Charles in over eight years so it was such a treat to be able to say hello and give him a hug. I am looking forward to getting together with him in the very near future so that I may ‘pick his brain’ for a bit. I could really use some guidance in regard to the business of an emerging artist as well as receive his constructive criticism on my recent work. I can only dream about having some of my art in his gallery. One day perhaps…an ambitious (if not lofty) goal to aspire to! I am up for the challenge!
Charles represents some amazing artists and I love the aesthetic that the Hespe gallery embodies. Please check out some of the artists that he represents. Eric Zener is one of my favorites. You can see Eric’s work on Hespe.com as well as on his website: www.EricZener.com. He is an unbelievable photorealist. The piece (shown below) was hung at yesterday’s exhibition and was priced at $86,000.00. A very, very talented artist indeed.
Another one of my favorites is Marianne Kolb, as seen below. You can see some of her available work at http://www.Hespe.com or on her website at: www.MarianneKolb.com. Marianne’s work is hauntingly beautiful to me. She paints what isolation feels like. She paints fear. She paints desperation. Her art is not for everyone….but it is for me. I hope to one day own one of her pieces. Her pictures do not highlight the beauty, depth, and complexity they rightly deserve…justice that can only be dutifully served by viewing it in person. There is life and light amidst the dark nature of her paintings when you view it ‘live’.
The rest of the photos I am posting were taken by me yesterday and highlight some of the pieces I found to be the most beautiful or intriguing. I am sorry that I do not have all the artists names in which to give credit. It was a bit of a crazy day and I did not bring a pen nor notebook with me with which to record the details of the works. I am sorry I cannot give credit where credit is due.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend as well as enjoy perusing my photos of some amazing artists. Have a peaceful evening…and be sure to watch the solar eclipse occurring in a bit…if you are in a part of the country that can see it that is: an annular solar eclipse will take place on May 20, 2012 (May 21, 2012 for local time in Eastern Hemisphere), with a magnitude of 0.9439. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.. This is also known as Ring of Fire. It will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA, and also the first annular eclipse there since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994. “For the May 20 solar eclipse, the moon will be at the furthest distance from Earth that it ever achieves — meaning that it will block the smallest possible portion of the sun, and leave the largest possible bright ring around the outside,” NASA said on its website.
Today I was so excited to get together with a new friend, whom will remain nameless. He drove us out to Ocean Beach and we had cocktails at the famous Cliff House…one of my favorite San Francisco haunts. It was a glorious, sunny, windy, rough ocean water kind of afternoon. So beautiful. We had a wonderful conversation, ate dumplings, and drank cosmopolitans. I am grateful for a lovely evening. Here are two pictures of what look like are some wicked rip tides.