iPad Workshop with Anne Ward
9:00a to 1:00p
Saturday, October 1 – FULL
Sunday, October 2
at Marcia Burtt Gallery
517 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara 93101
“There is always a challenge whether to do the safe, familiar and predictable or to search down a path that may lead you to a place that is closer to your true nature… a place that hides locked behind the fear of failure, humiliation and rejection.” Dan McCaw
This will be the first interview in the series. This is my friend, mentor and accomplished painter/author Dan McCaw. I first ‘met’ Dan twenty years ago when I pressed my nose against the windows of gallery showing his work after hours. His paintings, their beautiful shapes, design and color spoke to me without words and stopped me in my tracks. Years later I was thrilled to meet Dan in person and stand in awe of the studio space he shares with his two sons who are also artists. Over the years, I got the privilege of observing the power of someone connected to their authenticity and creativity and living life from that place. In that way, knowing Dan and his family has enhanced my life well beyond the realm of making paintings. For that reason, I thought he would be the perfect person to talk about facing the shadow self. Dan has done that in a series of paintings and during our talk he shared his valuable insights about acceptance, frustration, fear and courage. I think his paintings illustrate a point and his insights are valuable beyond the realm of painters.
For more information on Dan and his work, please visit www.mccawcontemporary.com.
For the past few years I have really enjoyed using the iPad to paint when I don’t have time to drag out the oils. Yesterday morning, in the early morning hours, I did a digital painting of some butter from my fridge. I love to use butter as a subject and as a means of better understanding yellow and its mysteries.
This year has been full of incredible opportunities for painting and travel. In June, Ian and I were privileged to paint and stay in the island home of one of my art heroes, Fairfield Porter. Years ago when I first encountered one of his paintings in a gallery in Maine, I felt I had discovered a great ‘teacher’. He painted his life and the people in it using the language of simple shapes constructed with integrity and sincerity. To me his paintings elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary in an authentic way. Fairfield Porter passed away in 1975 but the family home on Great Spruce Head Island in Maine remains virtually untouched by time. Bowls that he used in his still life paintings are still in use, postcards pinned to the wall are still there, the dictionary in one of my favorite of his paintings “Interior with a Dress Pattern” still rests on the same table. So incredible! His easel and remnants of paint can still be seen on the worn floors of the screened porch where he would have spent so many hours painting. I can still hardly believe my great fortune to have stayed in the home and stood in the footsteps of Fairfield Porter on the island where some of my favorite paintings were painted! Completely magical…which is why it seemed appropriate to title my first painting of it ‘dream’. Here are a few of the paintings to have emerged thus far…plus one of Ian’s.
Marcia Burtt Studio
March 1 – April 21, 2013
Marcia Burtt Studio presents Artist Focus: Anne Ward, a group exhibition exploring color and pattern in glimpses of suburban life. Within these casual tableaux, Ward finds repeating forms and patterns, discovering examples of nature replicated in the manmade. Flowering tablecloths blend with cut blooms, an orange chimney plays off the fruit hanging on the trees. Her closeup still life paintings feature bright hues and impasto brush work.
Complementing Ward’s paintings and exploring similar themes and forms are works by Dana Hooper, Michael Ferguson, Patricia Doyle, Susan Petty, Ann Lofquist, Ian Roberts, Marilee Krause, Marcia Burtt, Jeff Yeomans, and Bill Dewey.
For more information, please contact
HOURS 1-5 Thursday through Sunday
I am thrilled to have an upcoming showing of my paintings at Marcia Burtt Gallery in Santa Barbara. Many of the small still life paintings were done in our kitchen using fruits and vegetables grown in our yard. Some of the paintings were done at the beach this summer with the kids in tow….I know they will thank me for it one day! And a few of the paintings represent the fleeting moments of the kids growing up. Here is a link to the show details.
Also exciting this month will be details of an online shop that I am launching. I’m very interested in the idea of promoting centeredness and have created some products using my art to do so. Stay tuned!!
This week in our garden we pulled out our summer crops to prepare for winter. I was struck the complexity of the uprooted plants, their tendrils and their reach. I reminisced about the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers we’d enjoyed all summer. It saddened me to realize that this season was over. No more languid days with children, their laughter and squirt guns. The brittle leaves had reconciled themselves to the passage of summer way in advance of me. It seems its not so different from being a parent. With each new season one has no choice but to embrace and honor the new phase. There is no time to bask in the harvest of last season. The garden reminds me to appreciate now and the beauty of its fleetingness despite how much I would like to hang onto it. So in that vein, I set up my easel in the center of the kitchen, in the middle of summer to try and capture some now. The now of my husband reading the paper, the now of the beautiful light in our family room, the now of my daughter being 9 and playing on the computer . The process allowed me to feel as if I’d elongated the present and fully appreciated the beauty of this ‘now’.
Brentwood Patch | view article >
By Jared Morgan
Urban gardening company Farmscape has transformed about 10 Brentwood backyards into mini vegetable gardens. The company has serviced some 200 homes in the Los Angeles area since moving here from Claremont in 2010.
Her husband told her he thought it was just a fad, said Brentwood resident Karin Fielding as two twenty-somethings scurried about her backyard with baby vegetable plants. Continue reading