Its going to be a busy but fun weekend for me.
Friday night I will be live painting at Wine and a Bite, a fun art and foodie event in Fallbrook. Purchase tickets at the Chamber of Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday and Sunday I will be at Summerfest in Orange County. Located at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary this festival will have food music and art all weekend long.
I hope to see you at one of these events!
I have suffered from migraines for several decades and I have learned a few connections between migraines and art. For instance a few years ago a friend brought me an article from the newspaper that discussed the idea that many artist that suffered from migraines would depict one had or one eye bigger than the other in their portraits. It was something I never considered having to do with migraines but looking at my paintings many of which had one huge eye and one tiny eye I realized that those were the paintings I created when I had particularly bad migraines.
Also, there have been many times where I have had an unbearable migraine to where the sound of my own breathing and blood rushing through my veins is painful. Sometimes these last for days. I have more than a few times found relief by “painting it out”. Its dreadfully painful to leave a dark quiet room for the brightness even of my dimly lit studio when I have a migraine and even the sounds of distant birds or traffic feel like blades going through my head. Sometimes I spend a half an hour trying to paint, and make my migraine even worse and wind up back in bed. Sometimes though I go into a near trancelike state. And I immerse myself into the work, emerging many hours later with a completely finished painting and no migraine. I have very little memory of those hours. It is, infact about the only time I can complete a work in one sitting. I feel some of my best work was done this way.
When I was recently describing the process of my newer works to a family member I realized that I go through a very similar process creatively that I do with my migraine paintings. I tend to approach the canvas without any preconceived notion of what the finish painting will be. And I get completely absorbed to the point where I lose track of time, and often don’t have much memory after of the time I spent on a painting, or where the idea of it came from. It is a mediative state for me full of color and light. Sometimes I look at a painting I have finished and think who is this, what inspired this, what place is this. And then the true magic happens for me. Often that very day but sometimes a week later, someone will say “You painted me and my late husband on one of our late night ocean swims”, “This is me and my lover in our lake” “You painted exactly how I feel right now and in all my favorite colors”.
This has happened so many times now I am accepting it as a truth. I feel as if I am a vessel and the universe is using me as a tool of creation.
I told my aunt this and she said “but the migraines, what of the migraines”. I had noticed I was getting a lot less migraines. I mean a couple mild ones a month, instead of half a dozen severe ones and nearly daily mild ones. But what I hadn’t thought of is that this seemed to match up with me painting these new series nearly every day.
Working the art show this weekend I the three days of it not painting. Day 2 I got a mild migraine, by the time I got home from the show Tuesday morning the migraine was so bad it sent me to bed for the day. Its still here and mild but maybe thats just a sign I need to find some time today to work in the studio. Magic things happen there.
My artwork will be flying out to Bloomington, Indiana for the Summer. It will be displayed at Max’s. Which is an entertainment venue, gallery and bistro. Shout out to Tim King for sharing my artwork with the owners! I will be sending them my bistro series, full of tasty color washed calimari, coffee, and sweets.
Join me Sunday morning in Old Town Temecula. I will be selling my art and donating a nightstand for the auction.
Not only did the reception at Earth Bistro bring many old and new friends together to enjoy some great food and company, but it also got me in touch with a few friends from the past. My artwork was spotted by dear friends of mine who I lived next door to for a year, 14 years ago as well as someone I went to High School with in Garden Grove decades back. That is three friendships renewed from the opportunity of showing my work at Earth Bistro. Sometimes there are gifts even better than selling art that we can get from showing. Get your work out there, be seen. There is no show to small that it might not change someone’s life, and that life could very easily be your own. Thank you Tony from Bigfoot Art Classes and Earth Bistro for making this show happen!
This afternoon Earth Bistro and BigFoot Graphics will be hosting an art show for my impressionistic modern paintings at Earth Bistro. This show features my lesser seen modern works in the entry area.
Earth Bistro is a wonderful place to grab a healthy dinner with fresh local ingredients. They are very food sensitive aware and have no nuts on the premises and also have a very large selection of gluten free or vegan meals.
Monday late afternoon 4-6. Earth Bistro on Winchester in Temecula.
This Weekend is the Catalina Arts Festival, the longest running event on Catalina Island. I am excited to visit fellow artists, Snake Jagger, Carlos Martinez, and the man I consider a mentor who inspires me always, Danny Peterson.
The show will be three days from Friday-Sunday and a lot of work, but I can’t imagine a more lovely place to work than on the beautiful shoreline of Catalina Island. I will be hoping to see my good friend Anna more than once, and enjoy the worlds bests waffles and fried chicken while I am there. My friend Rachel has graciously offered to help me as there is no way I could carry the 40 or so paintings over there myself.
Following the full weekend I will have a reception in Temecula on Monday the 23rd from 4-6 at Earth Bistro, where my abstract art is now on display!
Thank you to both Catalina and Earth Bistro for having me, and to Tony Moramarco who curates the Earth Bistro shows.