With a bang

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“Parallel”, 40″ x 30″ Oil on canvas

Happy belated new year, humans! Just wanted to let you know that I’m still alive and painting, and here’s the recent easel crop for 2015. Currently in hermit mode, but that’s always good news for the studio. Some good news coming up soon, so stay tuned!

 

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“Locus”, 24″ x 24″ Oil on canvas

 

 

Reminder: San Francisco Open Studios THIS WEEKEND

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Calling all art lovers- this is the last weekend of the 2014 San Francisco Open Studios Tour. Yours truly will be participating with nearly 100 other artists at FORT MASON. Oh, and the Renegade Craft Fair is ALSO happening there at the same time. Arts. Crafts. Free admission, free snacks, free wine, free views of the Golden Gate. Just no free art. ;) Opening Reception from 6 PM to 8:30 PM on Friday, November 7th and 11 AM to 6 PM SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 8th and 9th. I’ll be in the Golden Gate Room in Building A.

Come out! Spend dollars on local art instead of all that boring expensive life crap, like mortgage and car payments*. I’m sure the banks will understand just this once.

*Marianne is not responsible for your fiscal irresponsibility. She will be accepting credit cards, however. :D

Lines and dots

20140829-211631.jpg “Twisted Pair”, 20″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas

When I take my glasses off, the world immediately dissolves into suggestions of forms. And at night, before bed, if I gaze into the darkness, it pixellates. My painter eyes grasp for shades of purply orange brown, trying to assign a shape to the flash of the smoke detector. But the vision without aid can’t form one. It’s mark is too fleeting.

All of our moments are fleeting, changing every nanosecond into something new. I wonder if that’s why I am so enamored with recreating my moments in painting form. Coaxing them from nothingness, arranging pigments into lines and dots, feeling as if, in this way, I don’t really lose them to the ether of memory. That if I trap them, they won’t disperse into the void of spacetime until they are too scattered to be recognized. Clearly a fool’s errand in the end, but an entrancing process nonetheless.

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Lots of titles under consideration for this 24″ x 36″ acrylic….

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Sundays in the studio

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Happy end of the weekend! (I know, it’s not really as happy as Friday or Saturday) As the workweek approaches, I invite you to enjoy the apropos scene featured in this painting I finished five minutes ago, titled “The Gray Race”, 24″ x 36″.

This is an image I experienced while leaving Chicago at dawn. Commuters walked, biked and drove their way to offices on a Monday morning.

Fun facts about this painting- 1. I did not use any black or pre-mixed grays while creating it 2. The title is shared with an album from one of my favorite bands. Do you know who? :) Thanks for reading.

Artist Admiration: Hadley Northrop

 

 

 

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“Foreign Cinema”, Oil on canvas by HADLEY NORTHROP

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to start a new blog segment called “Artist Admiration” to highlight artists whose work I adore, and that I think you should see / know about / obsess over / purchase. :) The inaugural artist I’m highlighting today is Hadley Northrop, based in San Francisco. Her paintings are warm, soft, dreamy, evocative and memorable. If you like my work, you’ll probably also like Hadley’s. We are both obsessed with light and color. She participates in Open Studios at least once/year, has pieces in shows in various locations in the Pacific Northwest, and is an overall awesome person. See more of her kick-ass work here. Love an artist you think should get more exposure? Post their website in the comments. Thanks!

 

 

 

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“Travellers”, oil on canvas by HADLEY NORTHROP

 

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“Polar Bear”, oil on canvas by HADLEY NORTHROP

 

 

Invitation to disconnect

"Out of Order", 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

“Out of Order”, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas

It’s Friday, and tomorrow is the first day of summer. It’s also my late father-in-law’s birthday, which makes it bittersweet. We miss my husband’s father, as we miss my Grandpa and others we’ve lost. But rather than focus on the day they left this world, I prefer to cherish our memories of them on their birthdays.

Today I’d like to invite you to reflect on what moments are important to you. Were they the most-liked Facebook status updates? The most epic vine videos? The best blog posts? I know they’re not, but these things consume so much of us. I’m not saying to burn your devices and smash your TV with a baseball bat, but on what is likely to be a beautiful weekend no matter where you live, disconnect for a bit. Don’t just put the phone down, turn it off (unless of course you’re calling someone to tell them you love them).

Go to the beach, visit a garden, check out your local art museum, make sun tea on your patio, take that friend you never see anymore out for a pitcher of sangria.

Chalk art from my hotel door at Portland's Jupiter Hotel

Chalk art from my hotel door at Portland’s Jupiter Hotel

I was recently in Portland and met a random person who turned out to be my sister from another mister. Instead of retreating into my hotel room for a few hours of internet crap, we hung out and had cider at a nearby brewery, and it was awesome. So in case you need it, here is your official invitation to disconnect from all this stuff this weekend and go make some real-world memories. :)

Knowledge is Powell’s

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Portland natives may recognize the book beacon that is Powell’s, the subject of the above triptych painting “Bastian”, 36″ x 54″, seen here on proud display in my home.

For my fellow logophiles, please note that the title is not a misspelling, but a dual reference to the homonym and to a film. There’s one other hint that this bookstore is located in Portland- can you see what it is? Unravel the mysteries in comments! :)