Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wildling Museum Demo

The Wildling Museum, Los Olivos, CA

As forecasted, rain Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the weekend of the demo I would do at the Wildling Museum in Los Olivos. Watching the weather channel we knew the rain was on it's way and the weatherman was right on the money.
When Linda and I arrived to set up it was dry still but overcast and cold. Needless to say very few people came to the event put on by all of the art venues in town with artists giving demonstrations at various locations. At the museum I would guess maybe 50 people came by but I think the cold kept them moving to take things in before heading for home. I met some nice people and a few of the other artists stopped by to talk. The rain came and I came away with a decent eucalyptus painting and went home a little wet and with some freezing hands and feet.

Brrrrrr! Doesn't look that cold huh...ya had to be there. I forgot to tell Linda to take the flash off so there is a bad glare here on the painting. One artist came by and turns out she lived in Hawaii at the same time that Linda lived there and her daughter went to the same school as Linda's daughter....small world. A photographer showing at the coffee shop came by and all 4 of us had a lot of laughs. It was nice to be out hanging with artist friends.

This is a better pic of the painting...pretty common subject with me lately, these eucalyptus trees, I'm messing with various color strategies. The sky doesn't show well here but it is this nice greenish blue blending into a light violet towards the bottom...too subtle to show good in this pic. I don't know what is up with my digital camera that has worked great for the last 4 years...might be time to get another one with more megapixels. That little camera (old faithful) gets good details of anything under 16x20 but it's just not taking good images of the larger paintings. This painting is an 18x24 so the details get blurred. Lots of distractions out there today and there are things I might change on this one but overall I'm pretty happy with how the painting came out. As for the day spent there, well, sometimes nature works with you and sometimes it doesn't. Despite the cold I think we all had a fun time of it.


Marian Fortunati said...

Another feather in your accomplishment cap, Ron!!! PLUS a nice painting!!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Marian,
The painting came out decent and we did do a lot of laughing so I can't complain.

This is the 3rd time out with this french easel using stretched canvas and one thing I've learned is you need some cardboard to go behind the canvas to keep the light from showing through giving you a heck of a time with your colors. I brought my little umbrella but didn't even waste time hooking it up since I was under the porch...but still the light came through while I worked the sky. I think cardboard cut to the size of the canvas would work better no matter what the light was like. Thanks Marian.

cbmosaics said...

Too bad about the rain, but sounds fun anyway! It is always nice to hang out with other artists, I agree. Wish I could've made it. And you did get another beautiful painting done. :)

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Christine,
Yep, it was a lot of fun kidding around with the other artists who stopped by. The rain wasn''t so bad as much as the cold was. I think maybe after the first hour it seemed to get colder and colder, hahaha.

Liz Abeyta said...

Hi Ron,
Man are you brave- 18x24 for a demo piece! And it came out terrific! Love the atmosphere.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hahaha, Hi Liz...yeah that was a bit big for a timed demo but we had 4 hours and I could have stayed to finish if I needed more time. Glad I didn't because it was cold and raining at the end. Thanks for checking it out and the comments Liz. I appreciate it.

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.