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

 

 

Summer in San Francisco

"Carrier Wave", 16" x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

“Carrier Wave”, 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Ah, summer. What once was a welcome break in the gray is now a game of Death Race 2000, in which the sun attempts to murder everything in its wake. (Those of you who also live in Sacramento can attest to this fact.) Summer in San Francisco, however, is a thing of beauty. That typically cold wind transforms to a pleasant breeze, patio dining suddenly returns, hipsters play Neutral Milk Hotel songs on the steps of townhouses, rooftop parties with organic Sangria break out spontaneously. It’s a fantastic place to be.  I may not be in San Francisco at this very moment, but odds are you aren’t either. In lieu of experiencing the glory that is a warm day by the bay first-hand, let these recent paintings featuring a sunny day in SF transport you to memories of urban relaxation.

"Retrofit", 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

“Retrofit”, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas

I suppose this could be any city, but the cable car steel atop a hillside kind of gives it away. What was great about this image was that the Bel Air was a surprise. I was taking a photo of the dusk light on the skyscraper, when a beautiful pink classic car snuck into the shot. Happy accidents make for great compositions! What surprises me is how people often comment that my paintings look like photos, when I feel like they’re awfully loose up-close. I’ve been starting to create some looser images that I look forward to sharing soon. For now, here’s another summer-y snapshot:

"I Heart Parking", 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

“I Heart Parking”, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas

Betwixt the palm shadows on pink patios sits a Vespa, a symbol of beauty and freedom in its own right, underscored by the satisfaction that is finding a parking spot in San Francisco. Those brave and brilliant souls motoring around this town on 2 wheels must never experience the excitement-disappointment-panic rollercoaster that is spot-searching with a regular car. What I LOVE about this piece is the natural heart shape created by the tree leaves and their shadow, framing this moment.

You may not know this about my work, but I don’t manufacture compositions. I hunt them down, taking photos myself, then using these images later as references for paintings. I described this process to a collector once as collecting, selecting and recreating moments from real life. My intention is to imbue those moments with some of the added glamour, drama, mystique or glory that they have on their own if we just notice it.

All of the above paintings are currently available for only $400 each directly on my website at MarianneBland.com. Thanks for reading!

Find your art in San Francisco

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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

 

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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. 😀

 

The wrong kind of rollercoaster

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

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

"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. 😀

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. 🙂

 

Catching up

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas featuring Russian Hill Bookstore in San Francisco

8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas featuring Russian Hill Bookstore in San Francisco

Usually catching up on something isn’t fun. Catching up on past due bills, for example, catching up on home work, or yard work, or work-outs… basically anything with “work” in it is usually nowhere near the “fun” bucket, and doing extra of whatever you’ve put off doing in the first place inversely makes it less fun [did I just write a math word-problem?].

"Banana Trolley", 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas, featuring a cable car in front of the Buena Vista.

“Banana Trolley”, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas, featuring a cable car in front of the Buena Vista.

But today, we’re catching up with posts of my recent artwork (there’s that W-word again, darn it!), defying my imaginary equation by making both catching up and [art]work fun. Well…at least think looking at new art is fun. If you don’t, quick, click away! More art entering your eye field in 3..2..

"Bay Light", 8" x 24" acrylic on canvas featuring the old Bay Bridge at night as a barge passes by.

“Bay Light”, 8″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas featuring the old Bay Bridge at night as a barge passes by.

I photographed, canvas-prepped and have been furiously cranking out what will eventually be hordes of paintings for the upcoming Open Studios events I’m participating in in both Sacramento and San Francisco. And my goal, as always, to have affordable, original art available for emerging collectors, is on track with a series of smaller pieces.

"Dogpatch Overlook", 10" x 30" acrylic on canvas featuring the bay view from one part of Potrero Hill

“Dogpatch Overlook”, 10″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas featuring the bay view from one part of Potrero Hill

I’m also trying some horizontal and vertical sizes I haven’t yet tried to better suit those of you with awkward architectural spaces. You know, the ones that look at you mournfully from spots like my weirdly tall TV nook, forever alone in their un-decorated-ness.

"Coit Pride", 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas featuring Coit uplight with joy lights on the night of the Supreme Court DOMA announcement

“Coit Pride”, 5″ x 7″ acrylic on canvas featuring Coit uplight with joy lights on the night of the Supreme Court DOMA announcement

With real estate at a continually inexplicable premium in our bay area, there are probably lots of empty little spaces on odd little walls too. Which is why I bring you handy, tiny 5×7 and 8×8 pieces to grace them with cheer and color. As I happened to find myself in San Francisco the day of the Supreme Court DOMA & Prop 8 rulings, I snapped a couple commemorative images that I’m working on some limited edition originals of.

Turnip Truck, 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer's Market Series

Turnip Truck, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer’s Market Series

I’m also halfway into a Sacramento Farmer’s Market series of small paintings. So far I’m the only one that likes the truck.

"Matoes", 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer's Market Series

“Matoes”, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer’s Market Series

"Sunday Browsing", 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer's Market Series

“Sunday Browsing”, 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas from Sacramento Farmer’s Market Series

"Summer Squash", 18" x 24" acrylic on canvas painted for the KVIE Art Auction

“Summer Squash”, 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas painted for the KVIE Art Auction

And then there’s this one of a liquor store in SoCal for which I haven’t come up with a title yet.

As-yet-untitled 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

As-yet-untitled 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas

There, all caught up. Hooray! And on a Monday too. Wow, anything really is possible! 😉

94109 Nightscapes

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“Polk St Cleaner’s”, 12″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas

"Late Night Leopold's", 12" x 16" acrylic on canvas

“Late Night Leopold’s”, 12″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas

I recently completed these 2 paintings for the 94109 show at Studio Gallery. This paint-out showcases scenes and subjects local to the 94109 zip code and includes a great selection of cityscapes. These pieces are just up for a few more days, until this Sunday, June 9th. I’ll also be at the Marin Art Festival June 15-16. More to come on that soon…

I enjoyed these romantic palettes with creams and pinks. Both are scenes from Polk Street; the top, “Polk St. Cleaner’s” is a street scene with trusty neighborhood shop signs and cars tucked away for the evening. “Late Night Leopold’s” is the corner of Union and Polk, where a lone figure peers into restaurant windows.

Wait for it

 

Tonic

“Tonic”, a just-completed commission piece for the wonderful Utsumis of SF. 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas.

Sometimes you think you’re being leisurely and cool when you post new artwork for the first time in 6 weeks through your cell in bed, and then the ether holds your photos hostage in that space the chick from poltergeist was lost in. Take 2! Let the art-ogling commence…

As-yet-untitled 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas painting of dawn in the city

As-yet-untitled 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas painting of dawn in the city

This piece isn’t named yet. I have some good options floating around (again, that darn ether…), but no decisions. What sounds like a good title to you?

 

Also untitled currently, this is the final version of a previously posted 24 x 30 oil on canvas painting featuring a diner in Redwood City

Also untitled currently, this is the final version of a previously posted 24 x 30 oil on canvas painting featuring a diner in Redwood City

So this one isn’t new, but like the title of this post, I had to wait for it to be right. I stared at it on the wall of my studio for months and eventually I figured out what it needed. NOW I like it, and now I can seriously consider a title for it. Suggestions?

Thanks for your patience with my rusty blogging ineptitude. 😀