The year is starting like a blank canvas. The absence of something is not a bad thing. But when it came to fulfilling a promise to myself to start my own web site, I found myself staring at my computer screen. A lot. I should be in the studio painting but I made myself a promise to get this site up before Valentine’s Day.
I have been writing about other people’s work. You’ll find my article about the David Hockney exhibit at the San Francisco de Young museum here. And Andrew Goldsworthy’s installation at the San Francisco Presidio here. And there’s more, like my article about sculptor Joshua Harker who is a master of 3D printing here.
So now it’s time to post my own oil paintings and drawings. Sonoma has been a great inspiration as have our adventures around the world. 2013 was full of great experiences traveling with my wonderful husband, Russ Johnson aka The Connected Traveler, an accomplished writer and photographer. We visited Morocco, Paris, Berlin, the beautiful Sonoma Coast in Northern California, New York, Mt. Shasta, California’s Central Valley and more.
I found it surprisingly easy to paint when traveling, using a light pochade box and in some cases water miscible oils. And whether it’s on the road or simply here in the wine country where we live, when we travel we explore with an artist’s eye, capturing what we see to bringing it back to share with you.
So there you go. My first blog post on the brand new Pat Meier-Johnson blog. I plan to post more articles and my own paintings here soon so please follow me on this new adventure.