26 September 2008

More on "Painted Ladies"

Here are some pics from the house of Andy Bohbot, a real estate investor that restored this house beautifully . he also purchased the painting I made of the house. Isn't it amazing what you can find in Los Angeles? Earlier in the week I was painting the group of houses to which this one belongs from the other side of the river valley.

SouthWest Museum Show

Undoubtedly our most prestigious venue to date, the Southwest Museum Gallery hosted a wonderful show. I even sold one of my favorite paintings. Here I am with Jennifer McChristian and hubby Ben posing in front of my piece "Threshold".

10 September 2008

Falkner Winery

Last Sunday a group of us went o a Segil Gallery sponsored event at the Falkner Winery in Temecula. The surroundings and smell of the place are spectacular. Unfortunately, so was the heat. And at the reception time, some chilled wine fell in empty dehydrated stomachs which prompted and abundance of sudden "I need to sit down" moments . Great places to paint all over.

02 September 2008

Tale of two cities.

I have been painting in some "iffy" parts of town lately. All by my own. Not the smartest thing since a painter is like a sitting duck waiting to be pounced on. In one particular corner pictured below , a woman took pains to explain that I shouldn't be standing in the same spot where they gunned her son down... I did linger a little longer but I had to finish the painting at home because every car became suspect after the news.

Last weekend I painted some beautiful Victorian homes from the Arroyo Seco Park and I had a quiet spectator, a drunk who didn't say a peep but sat for a whole hour taking swigs at some brown-paper bag wrapped bottle. A little unnerving. By the way, if San Francisco has the "painted ladies" I think Los Angeles should have its own and these houses from the Arroyo are perfect candidates .

I also have painted in this some posh spots like Wattles Park in Hollywood. It was beautiful and quiet but people tend to look at you with more suspicion in the well-heeled hoods' until you actually start painting and you stop making strange gestures , pacing back and forth and hand-framing.