Summer Art Season is Coming – New Works in Oil and Photography

Preparing for the summer season of shows, I am adding some photography to my repertoire. Both Russell and I have a photos in the Marin Society of Artists upcoming Images 2017 show at the Marin Society of Artists, June 15 to July 8 with a reception June 25. Also coming up: The Marin County Fair. Judging takes place in a couple of weeks and I plan on having several pieces of art in the show — paintings as well as a giclee. 

This has been a year of growth for me and I think you’ll be seeing some changes in my style. I learned a lot with Carol Smith Myer and her teachings are always with me. But my subject matter has shifted. The still lifes that were my focus in the classroom were great training and I return periodically to get my discipline back. But this past February the blizzard in New York City and the glow of the multicolored jumbo video screens created a surreal atmosphere that I was oh so happy to capture in this painting depicting stylized New Yorkers braving the elements in Times Square.  

18 x 24 oil painting of New York Times Square in winter. Art by Pat Meier-Johnson

Times Square Winter – 18 x 24 Oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

I so liked what evolved with Times Square Winter that my senses easily responded to a scene on the opposite coast, San Francisco. We had a great lunch with a friend of ours from Taiwan who was spending some weeks working in San Francisco. But she had yet to see the Cliff House on the far west tip of the Richmond District of San Francisco. We ordered up a window table and enjoyed the great lunch and the sparkling sun on the water. Heading out of the building on the water side, we leaned over the edge and saw a beautiful enormous mandala being carved in the sand. It was a meditation by the artist who even signed his work, only to have it washed away in the waves. By now the light was quite magical, reflecting the sky in the water and bringing out the gold tones in the sand. No wonder the state colors are blue and gold!  

Oil painting of Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Art by Pat Meier-Johnson

Ocean Beach San Francisco, 22 x 36 oil on canvas by Pat Meier-Johnson

People were walking their dogs and strolling while the waves, which typically can be quite brutal, were gentle that day and lapped at the sand, covering just the walkers’ toes. I grabbed my camera and snapped a bunch of pictures. This time it was mainly the long afternoon shadows that made the picture magical. 

Once I completed the picture, I did a video of it, scanning from figure to figure, dubbing in the sounds of the surf and a barking dog. I plan on posting it to Youtube and will link it here where I get a chance.

So you are seeing a shift in my work. I don’t know what quite to call it, but it’s different and I’m enjoying it.  Currently on my easel: Sonoma Hills. Stay tuned.

I’ll have lots more for you to see. And remember, if you like a work on my site but it’s not available or perhaps you have an art budget to maintain (don’t we all) ask me about limited edition giclees. I am so very happy with the quality of the giclees that I can barely tell the difference between them and my originals.

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