It's finally starting to feel like fall around here! Of course my husband says that the only proof of fall in southern California is that everything is suddenly flavored pumpkin spice...like my coffee and granola were this morning :)
Here's a shout out for my upcoming show. It officially opens June 6th (which also happens to be my due date, so we'll see if I actually attend). It will be at Bella Rosa Gallery in Santa Barbara (1103 State St, right next to The French Press). The show will run until the end of July, and there will be plenty of work to see! The owner is even being super nice to me and picking up all my work, so I don't have to lug it all down there...carrying things is a bit of a challenge lately :)
Here's a link with a little more 1st Thursday information. And here's a map of all the galleries that participate, I'm at number 11.
Oil on panel, 16x16 inches
Available at Bella Rosa Gallery, June-July 2013
In other news we moved into our new home on Saturday! And I'm about 75% unpacked, the only thing slowing me down is that the two bathrooms aren't finished (we don't have sinks yet). But still, not bad progress for 4 days (and 39 weeks pregnant lol). We're loving it here!
Last auction up for sale today. I shipped all of my remaining etsy shop orders yesterday, and today my paints got packed up :( It made me sadder than I expected. I put all my essential painting supplies in a single box marked "studio: open first". That way I can find it easily when I get the energy to paint again! Our remodel is almost done, we move in this weekend, which means I won't have to wait much longer to set up the nursery (finally!).
Just wanted to send out a quick note letting you know that my Etsy shop will be put into "vacation mode" next week. Our move date is set for next weekend which means my studio will be all packed up and I won't have the ability to ship things for a while. How long "a while" is depends on: how fast I can unpack, when exactly baby comes, if our move date changes etc (there's a lot of variables going on here!).
Anyway, my point is that if you've been leaning towards a particular piece or just wanted one last look now's your chance! I've also added a Moving Sale section for special sale items (these usually go pretty fast so be sure to check them out!).
I was really sad to not participate in the annual studio tour this weekend, but since most of my studio is packed in boxes waiting for our approaching move date I guess I didn't have much of a choice :)
I'm really fond of how this little piece turned out. It was one of those afternoons that was just perfectly warm and sunny, and the purple sunset shadows were just beginning to creep up.
I really liked this one. It was one of those days that's really foggy but still warm because the sun is trying so hard to break through. The beach was empty with the exception of a few surfers in the water.
Here's a view I definitely wouldn't come across anywhere around here! I loved the color of the bright blue sky next to the golden hued hills, and the light on the temple structures made it even better.
Janine is a missionary who has recently spent some time in Nepal and Tibet. You can view her team's site here. I especially recommend this post which includes the story of their 4 day trek into the small village of Darma (a journey I would never survive!).
Well this season Janine is back at YWAM preparing for another journey into the unreached world (possibly Cambodia or Afghanistan). I've decided to start a small project to help support her. While she was on furlough we went through all her photos from her trip and I picked out ones that I would just love to paint. I get to play with new subject matter, and she gets all the proceeds when they sell (a win win!).
There will be 7 paintings in this series, starting with this one:
A bit of a unique situation of how this painting came to be, let's just say I felt a little more "watched" than normal, and you'll be able to see photos of me painting it in the summer issue of Carpinteria Magazine :)
I painted this the same morning as yesterdays painting. I usually wouldn't paint a bright sunny scene without any shadows to play with, but I decided to have a go at it anyway. My favorite part is the brushstrokes in the sand, and that deep teal color of the wave about to break.
And for some reason the camera didn't want to cooperate with me for this one, in person the sky is not that splotchy looking!
The best part about being at the beach so early in the morning is that no one is there! Everything is so peaceful, it's also when I see the most dolphins :) Painting into the light like this was a bit of a challenge though, I hate wearing hats, so my arm got a little tired shading my eyes.
I wanted to go out and paint (because the clouds were amazing!), but I could tell they were going to open up and pour on me any second. So I stayed in the studio and painted the view from my window. The ocean was an amazing color, a teal shade, that made it look much more tropical than it actually is.
I don't usually like to paint outdoors, but recently I've been venturing out more and more, just to get away from the sound of the freeway (and freeway construction!) that plagues my current studio. Standing in the sand on an empty beach beats a noisy studio any day. And I'm having fun getting loose with these plein air paintings, I have a vision of what I'm striving for them to look like (and it's nothing like my studio work!)
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.