Under pressure

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by artproject2010
"Pressed", 48" x 48" acrylic on canvas, A commissioned painting.

“Pressed”, 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas, A commissioned painting.

Long time, no type! Hello again, darling art-lovers. I have returned from the hibernation / wormhole I fell into nearly four months ago, and I’m back to tell exciting tales of art! Despite the evidence to the contrary, I’ve actually been busy in the studio, albeit mum on the blog. I spent a few months hard at work on the above commission piece, a 4 foot by 4 foot canvas titled PRESSED, for an amazing couple in Seattle. Featuring a nail salon setting with manicurist closing shop, this mammoth work is the largest representational painting I’ve completed since a 50′ mural for the city of San Bruno. But that’s not all….

As yet untitled 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

As yet untitled 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas

This was the first piece I completed after finishing the commission (title TBD- don’t worry, I don’t do “untitled” ;), and then there was this…

As yet untitled 10" x 10" acrylic on canvas

As yet untitled 10″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas

…and then, like a beautiful little gift from the heavens, the opportunity for a solo show at Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, CA fell into my lap. That’s right, ladies and gents- mark it on your calendar. The opening for “VESTIGES” is Saturday, April 19th from 7-9 pm at 405 Vernon St. in Roseville, CA (near Sacramento). The show opens on Thursday, April 17th and will run through the end of May.

As yet untitled acrylic painting, 18" x 24"

As yet untitled acrylic painting, 18″ x 24″

“Vestige” means a “trace or mark of things vanishing or lost”, and will feature works like the above as well as several as-yet-unfinished nightscapes showcasing scenes that feel out of place in time or represent modalities on their way out of fashion, like bookstores and record shops.

"3rd sign's a charm", acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"

“3rd sign’s a charm”, acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″

While this is SUPER FRIKIN EXCITING, it also means I have agreed to execute several large-scale pieces in a very short amount of time while holding down a full-time job. Thankfully, my husband and family are super-supportive, and I am capable of some remarkably fast painting. My basic grasp of mathematics is helping keep me on schedule (X number of paintings need to be created every Y number of days, with Z number of hours per piece on average), but I’m in complete Liam-Neeson-mode ["Quickly! There's no time!].

As yet untitled acrylic painting on canvas, 18" x 24"

As yet untitled acrylic painting on canvas, 18″ x 24″

This means that socializing, general chores and life itself is primarily on hold until mid-April. I also doubt I’m going to have the time to post every work in between now and then, since I will have roughly THIRTY works on display in the Westpark Workshop Gallery (back room) at Blue Line. Showing concurrently will be America’s Clayfest, so there will be sculptural work as well as my 2D paintings on display for almost 2 months. If you need help planning a day trip to the Sacramento area to see this stuff, let me know. If you are local, you better darn well get your butt over there, people. ;) I’m so excited I can hardly contain it. And now, back to the studio.

 

 

Find your art in San Francisco

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by artproject2010

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Now that your Halloween festivities have drawn to a close, the next party starts in 7 hours! Join me and 9 other great artists at community workshop space SHARED at 739 Bryant San Francisco tonight from 7-9 pm for our reception to kick off weekend 3 of Open Studios!

Some of my favorite local artists are also showing this weekend at other locations throughout the city including John Kraft, Hilary Williams, Mike Kimball, Johnny Botts and Stephen Wagner. Some of my other favorites participated in weekends prior (hope you had a great time, Trish Tunney, DK Haas and Hadley Northrop!) Be sure to check out the virtual guide at ArtSpan to plan your studio visits this weekend.

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Warning: ART may cause feelings of inspiration, introspection, despair and longing, amongst others. A common side effect of viewing art, known as “non-buyer’s remorse” may be avoided by remembering to bring your wallet and using the coupon code: BLANDFAN for 30% off paintings by Marianne Bland. ;)

11 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, Nov 2 – 3
739 Bryant St San Francisco, street parking available

Stay Golden

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 24, 2013 by artproject2010

 

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“Stay Golden”, 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

I was pretty moody and sullen as a teenager / young woman, as I imagine pretty much everyone is. How anyone manages to push past the insanity of hormonal avalanches is a wonder. I think I purposefully blanked a bunch of it out, honestly. I like to consider myself a much more balanced person these days. Whether or not that’s factual is up to contention. ;) I do make a conscious effort to stay positive, and to see the good side of things even though it is SO much easier (and coincidentally, much more hilarious) to point out the obnoxious bad sides of everything.

My beloved Grandfather passed away earlier this year, and while I never heard him say it, Grandma says he used to call those special instances in everyday life “golden moments”. The above piece, “Stay Golden” was one of those. I was walking down the street with my friend Nick, whom I hadn’t caught up with for years, in the SOMA [South of Market] neighborhood of San Francisco. The warm sunlight of dusk illuminated this bit of probably-sanctioned graffiti professing “Knowledge is Golden”. The reference to the abstract  of “golden” in light of.. well, the ACTUAL golden light, was a “golden moment” for me. Looking at this painting reminds me of Grandpa. It reminds me to stay positive, since being a cranky bratface never helped anyone. Even though I may have LOTS of reasons to be cranky. LOTS OF THEM. ;) I remember that Grandpa never complained, and it was one of the many things that made him a delight to be around, so why whine?

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“Potrero Pavement”, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

The above piece, “Potrero Pavement” is a recent small painting capturing one of those early morning weekdays in the city when shopkeeps sweep the dust off their entrances and everything is quiet.

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“Sentinel”, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

And this other little guy, “Sentinel” is from a walk around Russian Hill with my friend Jill one wonderful evening. This dry cleaner’s was quiet, stately with its own little ambience and I wanted to honor it in a painting. Alright, battery on the laptop is running out. Hope you all enjoyed this update from recent work that I thought I posted already. :D

 

The wrong kind of rollercoaster

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 22, 2013 by artproject2010

It’s been one of those pull-the-sheets-up-when-the-alarm-goes-off-and-punch-yourself-in-the-face kind of months. After years of lusting after a stable gallery relationship, I finally got picked up by HANG Gallery in San Francisco. It started off with a bang- half their inventory of my work sold within weeks, I sold a piece that wasn’t even in the gallery through them and picked up a commission. Then we realized that there was a miscommunistanding about geographical boundaries, and they dropped me until I move back into the bay area full time [which is probably never, since we own a house in Sacramento]. So ends my brief foray into career validation, as quickly as it began.

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I got to visit Chicago for the first time, which I was very excited about. However, it happened to be during the annual marathon. Did you know that GPS devices don’t understand special event street closures? They also don’t sound like Daniel Craig. My attempt to visit the highly-recommended (by both friends and strangers) Chicago Art Museum was thwarted by people who inexplicably enjoy running. Thankfully, I can still read a normal map, which got me to my work-destination, but only after my limited free time was eaten up by making u-turns at the painstakingly slow instruction of angry traffic cops. As a goodbye gift, Chicago took a chunk out of my knee (it’s healing up pretty quickly) and also forced me to scuff the rental car on an impossibly narrow [and insanely expensive] parking garage.

My carpal tunnel started acting up again, which I suppose is good that it’s happening now since I have no damn time to paint at the moment, which I discovered while crawling into my rental car through the passenger seat after coming out to this in the hospital parking lot:

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And my husband’s birthday is coming up, but I’ll be traveling to San Francisco, Portland, and a host of other cities for my day job (I’m a recruiter for an art college), leaving me no time to honor him or attend my nephew’s birthday party at that. I just found out that my on-campus support is being promoted, which means those students I try so hard to find are probably going to slink into the ether.

On top of all that, Open Studios is coming up. Which I have virtually no time to prepare for. Thankfully I am an expert in pulling things off with no prep time.  So if you find yourself in San Francisco November 2-3, please come visit me at SHARED 739 Bryant St in SOMA. There’s plenty of street parking, we’re having an opening reception on Friday, November 1st  from 7 to 9 pm, and I will have my own original art for viewing and sale. I have one of those nifty SQUARE thingies so I will be accepting ALL credit cards! You too, Discover renegades. ;) Hope to see you there. Also hoping October ends soon. When one door closes, a window opens, right? RIGHT?!

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100 pieces of original art $10 & under!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2013 by artproject2010

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Art clearance sale this weekend from my home studio in Sacramento! 100 pieces for $10 and under. Come stock up! 10 am – 5 pm Sat & Sun 5850 Bridgecross Dr Sacramento. Part of the Capital Artists’ Studio Tour going on this weekend and next all throughout Sacramento. Learn more at Ccasac.org

HANG Gallery SF & how to hang my art in your home!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 9, 2013 by artproject2010

HangBIG NEWS, art fans! First, I’m very excited to announce that I am officially represented by HANG Gallery at 567 Sutter St. San Francisco! Hooray! This is so exciting for me, as I have long appreciated this gallery, the artists it represents and the quality of their artwork. To be included in their family is an honor and a big badge on my imaginary artist achievement sash. So if you’re local to San Francisco, enjoy seeing regular rotations of local artwork, or ever find yourself visiting downtown San Fran and hankering for some art to ogle, think of HANG. They’re on Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr & Pinterest – pick your social media poison to stay up-to-date. ;)

ArtStudioNext, I’m participating in Capital Artists Studio Tour 2013, an annual Sacramento area Open Studios event. Spanning the weekends of September 14 – 15 & 21 – 22, this free event gives art appreciators the chance to visit local artists in their studios. It’s a self-guided tour running from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Preview artists in the digital version of the guide, available here, then set a course for an art class planet! Don’t forget to bring your wallet too, since Open Studios is a terrific time for deals.

My studio is open THIS WEEKEND, at 5850 Bridgecross Dr. Sacramento, CA. I will be opening the vault and displaying mixed media abstracts, original drawings, figurative paintings and experimental works from college- it’s an art clearance sale with many pieces under $50. I’ll also have those cityscapes that aren’t on display at HANG available for viewing / purchasing.

Progress shot from my studio while I worked on my SF Heart

Progress shot from my studio while I worked on my SF Heart

Other current / upcoming events:

Capital Artists’ Studio Tour Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento 1519 19th St Sacramento, Sept 3 – 22

San Francisco Open Studios, SHARED 739 Bryant St. San Francisco Nov 2 & 3 10am – 6pm

SF Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St Oct 11 – Nov 10

New paintings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 31, 2013 by artproject2010
"Strapped", 10" x 10" acrylic painting on canvas featuring an afternoon pedestrian commuter moment from the Mission District

“Strapped”, 10″ x 10″ acrylic painting on canvas featuring an afternoon pedestrian commuter moment from the Mission District

Ask and ye shall receive, Margret. And anyone else who was mentally asking for new images. ;) Chances are there are always new-and-as-of-yet-unposted works at any given moment. Chances are also good that I am too lazy/busy (take your pick) to have posted them immediately.

"DOMA" Day, 10" x 10" acrylic on canvas featuring a Dolores Park scene on the day of the DOMA Supreme Court decision

“DOMA” Day, 10″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas featuring a Dolores Park scene on the day of the DOMA Supreme Court decision

I’ve been working in a bit of a reduced palette lately and incorporating more day scenery. I think I dig it but as always, I really need time to sit and stare at things for awhile before they soak in, even when they’re finished.

"Tourist Trap", 10" x 30" acrylic on canvas featuring a novelty/t-shirt shop on Embarcadero at night

“Tourist Trap”, 10″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas featuring a novelty/t-shirt shop on Embarcadero at night

Other times, I know right away I love (or will love) a piece, and sometimes I love an image defiantly- in that I couldn’t care less if anyone else likes it or not, because I definitely do. “Tourist Trap” is one of those. It’s not something you’d see on a postcard of San Francisco… even though it’s an image of a place filled to the brim with trinkety crap such as said postcards. Which is kind of ironic? Or possibly I’m thinking of this ala Alanis Morrisette irony (which is to say the wrong usage of this word)… I’ll let the English teachers among you decide (I know you’re out there).

And then there are these little cuties, that have already been claimed. Sorry everyone else who isn’t my Aunt Kasey, friend Jill and collector Beth. :D

This was hard to make. But it came out pretty awesome for a tiny city painting.

This was hard to make. But it came out pretty awesome for a tiny city painting.

You can almost feel the ocean air. :)

You can almost feel the ocean air. :)

Took a few glazes to get the morning fog right, but it feels cozy now. (Fog is cozy to me, don't judge.)

Took a few glazes to get the morning fog right, but it feels cozy now. (Fog is cozy to me, don’t judge.)

That’s it for the itty bitty painting parade! Enjoy your long weekend. I’ll be sipping Sangria and- you guessed it- spending lots of time in the studio. :)

 

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