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5 days of watercolor at the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field School

I first heard of Andie Thrams from a friend (who also happens to be an incredible artist, Courtney Cerruti). A bunch of us took a workshop with Andie at the Tilden Park botanical garden in Berkeley and I knew I wanted to learn more from her. Then a few months ago I saw that she would be teaching watercolors up in the Sierras and I started figuring out how to get myself there as well as to get baby care coverage for 5 whole days!! (many many thanks to my amazing husband and parents!!!)

The whole experience was awesome, from camping out on the SFSU field campus, eating hot meals in the canteen, having class at a different site each day in the Gold Lakes Basin area… No Instagram, no cell reception, no internet at all. No distraction. I’d wake up at 6am, get some coffee, start painting outside my tent and take a deep breath. I’m feeling a bit of culture shock now being back in the Bay Area suburbs that I call home. Each day focused on a different theme or technique. Day 1 – color, day 2 – line, day 3 – composition and so on. Here are some of the work and play that I produced. I cannot say enough good things about the people I met (the other classes happening concurrently included mycology and bird identification by song), the organizers, and of course our lovely instructor Andie.

color studies: leaves, soil/bark, flowers
color studies: leaves, soil/bark, flowers

 

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study of leaves, color, and glazing (with quinacridone gold), drawing in veins with a cream color pencil

 

study of line, practice the motions of mark making with pine needles
study of line, practice the motions of mark making of pine needles

 

background
wet into wet play, a good way to start background blurry colors (this feels a little bob ross to me, but oh well), I’d build on top of this over a few days

 

setting up in a field of mule's ears
setting up in a field of mule’s ears

 

before deciding what to focus on, talking a little walk around, sketching and quick color study can help me decide where to settle in
before deciding what to focus on, we’d take a little walk around, sketching and quick color study helped me decide where to settle in

 

this plant is appropriately called paint brush
this plant is appropriately called paint brush

 

fell in love with wispy plants and grasses
fell in love with wispy plants and grasses

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baby hands
back at home, my studio helper assists with photography

 

brilliant pink penstemon and rock at Fraizer Falls
brilliant pink penstemon and rocks at Frazier Falls

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lichen - exemplifies lots of techniques, wet into wet, dry brush details layered on top, gouache details, glazing...
lichen, instructed step by step by Andie Thrams – exemplifies lots of techniques, wet into wet, dry brush details layered on top, gouache details, glazing…

 

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flowers and rocks, detail

 

Evening painting at camp, 3x3 grid suggested by Andie. I like this because you can see the light fading over time, from green to blue
Evening painting at camp, 3×3 grid suggested by Andie. I like this because you can see the light fading over time, from green to blue

 

painting site for the day
painting site for one of the days…I didn’t want it to end.

Lots more studies and paintings done, lots in progress, I would love to return again next year.

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From…To…Happy New Year!

from me to us

from expecting to mothering

from “I’m still learning to be an adult” to “making it work”

from squirming to rolling to crawling to walking to climbing, and falling in between

from consulting meetings at 2pm to watercolors at 2am

from earbuds and daydreaming to singing aloud and being happy if you know it

from 8-mile hikes to playing in the leaves

from lazy Saturdays to ceramic pigs

from a movie and a cocktail at the Kabuki to the 1970s Robin Hood animation at home one, two, three, hundred times

from Hawaii to France to Yosemite and back

from sleeping through the night to waking up every two hours to back to sleeping through the night (knock wood)

from brunch at Plow and coffee at Farley’s to brunch at Plow and coffee at Farley’s

from this year to next, may the ride continue

happy new year!!

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Feeling Like A “Real Artist” with a Show at The Shop Friday

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Well my last post was about how I feel like an artistic poser at times. So I am thrilled to say that I will have work on display at November First Friday in San Mateo at my favorite printshop/workshop space/gallery The Shop at Flywheel Press. I’m feeling more like a real artist already!

I’ll be showing work next to some very talented ladies, including the lovely Rachelle Kaldani.

I’m displaying original watercolor and ink sketches that went into making my zines. I’ll have copies of the zines for sale too! All super affordable because everyone should get to own art.

Hope to see you at the opening reception this Friday, November 7, 6-9pm at 309 7th Ave, San Mateo, California 94401.

Here’s a peek at what’s to come.

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From the making of “Growing Up Half Ass(yrian)” a collab with Seana Murphy.

squat floating  bellies

 

From the making of “Expecting” a zine about pregnancy. (ps Seana made this awesome blue jean quilt)

And last but not least, my new zine about breastfeeding “Public/Private” hot off the presses!

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