Riki Strandfeldt for omitting her house on the corner!). The price is $150.00, free shipping in the U.S, contact me personally or buy through ETSY.
The Prodigal Son is a fine art ink jet (giclee) print on archival water color paper. 2 prints are available from a signed and numbered limited edition of 75. It measures 20" x 20 " image area on 23" x 23" unmounted paper. The price is $150.00. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me personally or buy through ETSY
Inspired by one of the great stories of all time.
Thanks to all who came out last Sunday for the Venice Art Walk to benefit the Venice Family Clinic. As always it was terrifically organized and staged with so many people volunteering their time and energy to make a fun and fascinating event. And for the finale the whole town was on the street looking up at the sky for the solar eclipse. There was a cloud cover that made for easy viewing most of the time but at the Silent Art Auction someone handed my son Ray a welder's mask, this season's fashion pick for viewing celestial phenomena. Have yours ready for the next one on August 21, 2017.
The painting pictured here, Maple Street, measures approx. 8" x 10", oil on mounted masonite panel. It will be up for auction along with other donated works by hundreds of artists this Sunday, May 20 at the VENICE ART WALK and SILENT ART AUCTION benefiting the VENICE FREE CLINIC
I've been donating to this annual event for about 15 years now. The accompanying artist's studio tour is a great time.
People watching, great snacks and refreshments at just about every stop, fascinating lookie-looing inside artist's studios. I personally am not featured on the studio tour, just one of the many artists donating a piece for auction.
BTW, it's a silent auction meaning you write down your bid under the piece and the next person who wants to bid on it must write a higher bid. At the end of the day, the last (and highest) bidder wins.
Try to catch it!
When people ask what I do I sometimes joke that I’m a house painter.
It started when I was 7 years old around 1960.
We were living in East LA. in an 8 unit cluster of apartments that my maternal grandparents owned. My folks were wanting to move us out and get into one of these new housing tracts that were springing up all over the San Gabriel Valley. My dad had been in the War so he was eligible for a no down payment Veterans Administration home loan.
On the weekends we kids would walk across the driveway to Grandma and Dada’s (our name for Grandpa) and stay with them for the day while my folks drove around to look at model homes on display.
The new "phase" of a housing tract might have 3 to 5 different models to walk through. You’d stop in at the home where the developer had replaced the garage door with a glass slider and converted the space to a sales office. You’d fill your Dixie cup at the refrigerated water cooler and pick up one of the sales brochures.
Inside were descriptions of homes and floor plans each with lyrical names like “The Brentwood”. But what grabbed you were the architectural renderings of the homes. Blue skies and shady trees casting dappled light on the house and driveway. You could see yourself pulling up after a long day at the office.
At the end of the day my folks would be back and I’d collect these brochures and marvel at the artwork.
We ended up in a tract called Brighton Hills in Montebello. I started drawing my versions of houses in the neighborhood. I did that for a while then went on to drawing cars and what have you. But it planted a seed that emerged years later as I searched for my direction as a fine artist. As a painter I did a whole series on Brighton Hills.
Fortunately my mom held onto those drawings and stumbled on them years later when going through old photos. Thanks Mom.