Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Painting Inside San Francisco

I have found the real hang out in San Francisco. The Financial District, during the weekend. I have never been to a part of San Francisco that was so empty before. This past weekend I worked with painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, Pamela Francisco. Yes, Pamela Francisco, in San Francisco! Pamela designed the work you are about to feast your eyes on below for Teachscape. I had such an amazing time helping to create a change in a work space community. This project was all about the masking technique.

There are a total of four walls with the dot pattern. So while one wall was dying it gave us ample time to keep working. From one wall to the next Pamela created a system and away we went. We were in and out, working over the weekend. It was ready Monday morning for the community of Teachscape!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


The time has come to get into the medium of video. During the painting of "Robot Love" I recorded about 2 hours of video. I took the 2 hours and narrowed it down to just about one minute. Pat Watson magically edited the video. Thank you Pat! I equipped myself with a head and chest mount for this project. It was fun and exciting to work and record my work differently. However editing video is daunting. If you have yet to get your robot love, click the play button below and get some bot!

The video has made it on the Santa Cruz Public Art website as well.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Davis, CA :: Sofia & Hennessy

It has been a little over a month since we last saw, the Davis Water Tank, which is being created by Hennessy and Sofia. I caught these two female public artists nearing the end of a heat filled day. As I approach the painters, in the valley heat, I start to wonder if they fantasize about swimming inside the giant water tank they spend most of their summer with it. They are laying down the color and filling the water tank with positive energy. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bringing the Muralists Inside :: Santa Cruz, CA

'Bringing the Muralists Inside' is the title of the current show up at Cruzio located at 877 Cedar Street in Santa Cruz, CA. Cruzio is expanding, as they should, they have a very cool thing going on. They have spaces from rent for people who don't want to work in the house all alone, or in the house with the personal zoo. This space feels great inside and you are close to so many unique business in Santa Cruz.
Marvin Plummer and I are both Graphic Traffic artists and brought our creations from the outside, in.  Known for his animal portraits, Marvin Plummer has also created murals for the City of Santa Cruz. Here is a video of his most recent mural Jazz Alley (here). Marvin has such a wonderful disposition about him, I was so excited when I first learned that I was going to be showing with him at Cruzio. I love his traffic box "Woodrow" located on Laurel. So have some fun and check out the pictures below. For those of you who are in the Central Coast is it worth your time to go check out the Cruzio space and work by two Santa Cruz muralist.

This is the first time I am showing my Bonny Doon series. It is unique for me to show my two very different styles and mediums on the same wall. My Bonny Doon series is opening dialogues of many topics, abstractions being one, but forest fires and communication being a few others. I am able to start to talk about California forest fires with the viewers this night. This Bonny Doon series is created from burnt trees from the Martin Fire in Bonny Doon, which took place about 4 or 5 years ago. Many people tell me that the Bonny Doon paintings looks like braille, I reply with, well I believe the trees are trying to tell you something. Are you going to listen?

Above is my display of my book, postcards, magazine article from Coastal Grower and three of my encaustic paintings with sea glass. Below is an image of one of the musicians, what a wonderful sound, flamenco guitarist!

Margo Mullen and Marvin Plummer at Cruzio in Santa Cruz.

Two viewers looking so closely to my Bonny Doon series. One of my favorite moments is when people walk into the space and they see the robots and then, a huge smile is plastered on their face.

Above I am discussing my Bonny Doon series and telling her about my process. Below I have a 'touch me' piece we are rubbing and smelling and of course, laughing.

This was a successful night. I sold six paintings and my first print. O yes, I have prints now which start at $35.00. It has been a little over a year and a half since my last showing. I can tell I have grown so much as an artist and a women. I think the time away served me well and I am so excited for the future and I am so happy to be a part of Santa Cruz. The show will be up for the month and maybe longer.