Inner Space and Inspiration Birchfield are on exhibition at the Valencia Country Club for the next three months. Although it is members only, it is a very nice venue to show your work.
I just wanted to let you know that I have a sculpture, Majestic Valley Oak, in the SCAA Gallery at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall. It is in the front window, and I love that!
The exhibition runs 7/4-8/31. The opening reception is this Friday, July 11th from 6-9pm. Of course I will be there to greet you! The gallery is located outside of the mall right across from Sisley's Restaurant. 24251 Town Center Drive, #110, Valencia, CA 91355.
In addition, there will be a Wine Reception, Friday, August 1st, from 6-9pm. I will be gallery sitting on Sunday, July 13th from 4-7 and again on Saturday, August 2nd from 3-6pm.
Here is a description of the sculpture:
Majestic Valley Oak, Quercus lobata, is the largest North American oaks and is considered to be the monarch by virtue of its size, age and beauty. Descriptions of its remarkable stature appear in the diaries of many early visitors to California. A member of the Beech family, it can reach heights of more than 100 feet with trunks measuring 6 or 7 feet in diameter. The largest on record is 151 feet tall. The magnificent tree is limited to California. Young trees can have a taproot that is up to 60 feet deep, allowing it to withstand drought. Quercus lobata can live up to 600 years. Valley Oaks are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in the fall.
I created Majestic Valley Oak as an homage to the beauty and grand stature of the Valley Oak. I began by creating an armature, or framework, to give the tree a defined form. I then melted steel rods, and drip by drip, transformed steel into this beautiful oak tree using an oxyacetylene torch. I have always loved trees and was inspired by a very special Valley Oak in my neighborhood. I have been drawing and photographing this tree for years, finally making it into a sculpture.
Majestic Valley Oak
steel on granite
I created this Graffiti art piece as the logo for the upcoming Men In Nursing Conference - Creating Your Own Canvas. The theme reinforces the idea that your life is a blank canvas and that you can create your life and career in a way that fits your needs and goals. I want each attendee to select a word heard at the conference that resonates with them, inspires them. Then, taking that word, create grafitti art. My hope is that they will take this artpiece out when they are feeling a little down, nursing is a difficult job, and be reinspired to continue to help people in need.
I am part of The ARTree, a non-profit art organization. The ARTree Community Mural Project started this Saturday, April 26th. This photo was in the morning on Sunday, people already working! It's really fun to work on and the community involvement and interaction is wonderful. We will be working on it again next weekend. Please come by and join in! Take the walking bridge, between Nissan and Buick on Creekside. Turn right on the paseo and walk until you find us.
Janet Dunn showing off her first framed watercolor painting from our continuing watercolor class through the City of Santa Clarita. She is a great student and really a joy to have in my class.
First through third grade created self portraits in a single color. They used several mediums for changes in color values. Each portrait shows their interests in the background. I assembled all of the portrait colors into a "color wheel". It is 30 feet long! The first picture is a "panoramic", I have never taken one before so it is a little shaky as I had to walk all thirty feet. The bottom two are details.
Had the opportunity to share my work with new and old friends! Enjoyed the evening very much. I think I will make a boquet with the new roses...