Category Archives: Still Lifes

Left-handed Still Life with Fruit

Fruit Bowl - Oil Painting on linen panel by Pat Meier-Johnson

Fruit Bowl – Oil Painting on linen panel by Pat Meier-Johnson

I decided to try a still life painting with my non-dominant hand. A large brush, broad strokes, and voila. Even the pattern and folds in the tablecloth came out well. Of course I went in with my right hand and finished off a few things. The stripes in the bowl were more difficult to do with my left hand, for instance.

Best thing about still lifes is that you get to eat the fruit afterwards. The mangoes were delicious.

 

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Marin Open Studios

Pat Meier-Johnson exhibits her oil paintings at the Marin Society of Artists

Pat at Marin Open Studios 2015 (photo by Lynn Tompkins)

What an exciting couple of weekends! It was time for the 2015 Marin Society of Artists’ group exhibit at the Ross Art and Garden Center, part of Marin Open Studios. What started out as a relatively slow first day continued to grow and by Sunday of the second weekend, (Mothers Day) the gallery was full of people looking at the works of some 15 local artists…including me.  Thank you to all my friends who came by throughout the two weekends.

The preparations for this exhibition began much earlier. I had to select the paintings I wanted to include and finish my three New York City urban paintings. Then I had to frame them all. I even built a frame for one of the very odd-sized ones like the 10″ x 30″ View from Keller Estate. (Yes, I bought a mitre box and saw, clamps, furniture glue, and pine trim and made a fine frame that went so nicely with the earth tones of that Sonoma painting.) Russ printed some great giclees and prints of my paintings that I matted and inserted into plastic bags.  Thank you Russ!

Judy Theo, our friend who used to own Wolf Gallery here in Sonoma, came over and gave me some great tips on working art shows and what sells and why. My friend and neighbor, Connie Parker helped me lay out the show on the garage floor where I had taped out two 4 x 8 areas. She laid out the paintings in a such as way that they really worked together. I took pictures and oh, did that help when the time came to hang the show!

I’ll say one thing, my background in setting up trade shows came in handy. I had everything from breath mints to wire cutters, my handy labeling machine, even a change of shoes.

Saturday morning, 11am, the doors opened. A few people came in, largely locals and friends of the artists, including my friends. Then, after lunch, a swarm. Then another. I sold two paintings. Originals. No one ever told me that it would be hard to part with a painting, but these were my two best pieces. (Does one get visitation rights?)

Some friends stopped by late Sunday and bought two paintings that will be featured art in their newly purchased wine country vacation rental home. I was so thrilled and can’t wait to see them when they have their open house.

I find it very interesting to see what people are attracted to. A lovely family came by on Sunday and both father and daughter immediately chose my View from Keller Estate and Sebastiani Vineyard paintings, one for each of their houses.  Others loved the edgy urban scenes.  Still others were drawn to the flowers.  Several people pointed out something that I  had never verbalized. My colors are “juicy” and the images are “happy”.  I take that as big compliments and if my paintings put a smile on someone’s face, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do since I was a little girl at my artist grandfather’s knee, watching him take such pleasure in painting.

The Same Pear Cool and Warm Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14  on canvas

The Same Pear Cool and Warm
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
11 x 14 on canvas

View from Keller Estate Oil Painting by Pat Meier-John son

View from Keller Estate, Sonoma
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
10 x 30 on canvas

Sebastiani Vineyard by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas

Sebastiani Vineyard Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on canvas

Beautiful Fall Flowers Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

Fall Flowers – Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Linen Panel 2014

Oil Painting of unexpected spring snow in New York by Pat Meier-Johnson Spring Snow Central Park 2015

Spring Snow Central Park New York Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 11 x 14 on Linen Panel 

Cow Talk Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on Linen Panel

Cow Talk
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
16 x 20 on Linen Panel

 

Highway One near Jenner California

Highway One Near Jenner Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 on Linen Panel

 

Cakebread Vineyard at Dawn Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson 8 x 10 on Linen Panel

Cakebread Vineyard at Dawn
Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson
8 x 10 on Linen Panel

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Sonoma Valley Olive Festival Painting

2015 Olive Season Poster

What an amazing start to 2015! Sonoma Valley chose my painting, “Gift of the Olive” for the Olive Festival Poster. I loved working on this painting because of the way the light worked with the translucent gold oil in the decanter that played off the gray-green olive branches and bright orange persimmons.  This is indeed an honor and I have been basking in the lovely warm comments and hugs that are so plentiful here in Sonoma.

The poster is available for $15 plus tax and shipping from the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau as well as the new delightful Studio 35 gallery.  To buy a poster you can also contact me directly at patmeier@patmeier.com.

You can read all about it here.

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Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20  Oil Painting on Linen Panel

Fall Flowers by Pat Meier-Johnson 16 x 20 Oil Painting on Linen Panel

I love this time of year….Yes, I say that every day. But truly, there’s nothing like fall colors, so painting this arrangement of leaves and blooms was particularly enjoyable. It’s nice to have a setup that keeps the light consistent. And because of the light and subject matter, I can dig into my oil paints as they come out of the tube, bright and unabashed.

It’s too bad that the fall colors last only a few weeks. In fact we are expecting rain tonight that will likely knock the remaining bright leaves off the trees.  Soon we will have the duller darker colors of winter and I may have to go to the snow country to get some cheerful subject matter.

 

In the studio painting Fall Flowers

In the studio painting Fall Flowers

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Into the Pot

Oil painting of soup pot and vegetables by Pat Meier-Johnson

Into the Pot – Oil Painting of Soup Pot and Vegetables by Pat Meier-Johnson

If I had to choose a favorite time of year, it would be fall. The nip in the air, the soft warm clothes, fireplace nights next to my honey, and comfort food.

I painted this still life of a soup pot and vegetables a couple of weeks ago. As expected, the hot spotlight started to warm the veggies and a faint whiff of onion hovered around the studio. I became quite enamored with choosing the right colors to create the sheen of the metal of the pot and wish my own cookware looked that good.

Well last night was the first night for my  fleece blanket and as I look out my second story window this afternoon I can see the bright liquid amber tree a block away. The painting of “Into the Pot” inspired me enough that I went to the store the other day to buy some legumes that will soon warm our insides some chilly evening soon.

Soup’s on.

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Two Hats – Oil Painting

 

Oil Painting by Pat Meier-Johnson

Two Hats by Pat Meier-Johnson 12 x 24 oil painting on canvas

Sometimes a subject just stares you in the face for days and even years before you recognize that it has the potential to be a good subject for an oil painting. So it is with our favorite hats that one particular sunny day just caught my eye. Perhaps it was the light shining through the red hat, the weave of the white hat, or the shadow that the white hat cast on the blue background. I had a fun time doing this oil painting, studying the color and shape, even the radiance of the shadows.One of my idols, Wayne Thiebaud is a master of taking the ordinary and making it very special.

I created the background for this oil painting using acrylic paint for the background. I was surprised how easily and pleasantly the oil paint behaved on top of it, not to mention how well it sealed the canvas for an even working surface. Thanks to the guys at the paint shop for indulging me as I returned to have them re-mix the paint so it had just the right value to support the strong red and white of the two hats.

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