While showing my artwork at the Redbud Festival in Three Rivers, CA. this year I meet the director and some of the staff of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy . They are the Non-Profit Partner to the National Parks Service in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Actually, I have been looking for this organization so that I can make donations to help the parks when I sell a painting or print and a miraculous thing happened, they directed me towards a brand new website called “Paint the Parks” . As an artist of the parks, I can show my parks related artwork and donate 10% of every sale to the non-profit foundation associated with the park, celebrating the parks and helping to conserve them, what a great mix.
I thought that it was just time to paint this the largest and most popular Giant Sequoia for an all Sequoia Show at Arts Visalia in May 2017, “California’s Giant Sequoias – No Where Else on Earth”. more to come….
This is how I start and then build it layer by layer.
“Eye on the Next Generation” – the Michigan Tree in Kings Canyon National Park and “Silver Stream” a un-named giant in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park
In the process of producing a large body of Giant Sequoia works. This is how I start. Nothing fancy. I usually have a collection of paintings at different stages going on at once, then if I get stuck or bored or looking for another element to include, I can focus on something else and let my subconscious find a solution.
Seeing the news about the flowers blooming in Death Valley this March of 2016 reminded me of the last bloom like this. If you love Death Valley and wildflowers you will need to visit now. It doesn’t last long. In many areas the color is very subtle, a gentle blush on the hill sides with the dramatic rock colors behind. I think that the thing that was most surprising to me was the color of the rock was so striking because the rain had cleared away the dust in the air – amazing color – If you have the chance – Don’t miss this.
I wanted to share a glimpse of what you might see when you join me on the studio tour. I have been working on a whole new series of Giant Sequoia paintings, part of my Giant Sequoia Series, in preparation for a traveling show “All about our Giants”. These paintings are in various degrees of done and un-done. I wanted to share the whole process with you. Many of the pieces you will see are brand new and have never been seen before. I hope you will join me.
South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour
The Arts Consortium is offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the world of local artists with the South Valley Artists’ Studio Tour: Opening Doors / Opening Minds taking place March 18-19-20, 2016.
Over the course of three days, 40 Tulare County artists will open their personal studio doors to the public, demonstrating their individual creative processes and sharing different phases and facets of their work. Ticket holders can ask questions, watch the artists in action, and build a more personalized relationship with the creative forces in our community.
Porterville artist Joy Collier will have her studio open and will have a limited number of passports available for sale. Please call to reserve one – 781-2696 or puchase one at the Art Consortium in Visalia, The Tulare Historical Museum or the Three Rivers Historical Museum.
Tour Passports are now on sale! Passports are only $15 for all three days and all artist studios.
Friday March 18, 2016: 10am-8pm.
Saturday March 19, 2016: 10am-8pm
Sunday March 20, 2016: 10am-5pm
For more information call the Arts Consortium at 559-802-3266.
Monday morning I will be hanging my show at the Porterville Art Association. It will be on display from March 18th through May 9th with an artist reception on April 3rd during the First Friday Art Walk.
One room will be filled with a glimpses into giant Sequoia forests. The second room will contain some of the more colorful moments from our local environment such as; the mustard & fiddle neck in bloom, the mysterious buckeye in different seasons, Porterville’s flower the iris, and more.