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"My works focus on plein-air and studio paintings, encompassing both urban and rural environments. I attempt to pull order from chaos, direction from aimlessness and reveal what I hope is a new perspective on Nature"

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Sage and Sun Summer

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:32:00 +0000

Hope Floats                                                     oil, 8x10 inches                          Greetings and Happy Summer!Seems like just yesterday, I was teaching plein air painting in Esalen and soaking in those fine hot tubs lining the cliff-side overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  No place on Earth like it!  My students were amazing, hard working and extremely friendly, undoubtedly leaving Esalen feeling enlightened and inspired.  Ben and I were staying in the Fritz lodgings, located directly above the hot spring baths, with a breathtaking view of the the majestic ocean.  During his spare time Ben filmed some cool swallows that were flying outside our patio in the ocean mist using the slow-mo setting on his phone.  Reminds me how remarkable technology is these days, from smart phones to smart cars, it’s like the future we always dreamed of.  I can’t wait until artificial intelligence comes of age and relieves me of all decisions and responsibilities.  Hail to the Robot Overlords!!!  Anyway, until that day comes I guess I’ll keep painting in the pristine countryside of the California coast and beyond :-) This September I’ll be painting in the Costa Brava region near Barcelona, Spain, and a year from then I’ll be in gorgeous South Africa for a double workshop on a farm and then at a winery.  Sweet!  I wonder if it gets as hot there as it’s been here in Southern California this past year.  Drought’s still going strong unfortunately.  Good excuse to start a succulent garden I guess.  Going to plant some drought resistant shrubbery and herbs like sage and rosemary around the house too.  Aside from flexing my green thumb and teaching I’ve also been painting.  One of my new paintings will be on exhibit for  the 'Virtuosos of the OPA' hosted by the Salmagundi Club located in New York City. Yay!  Below are some fun pics of my recent Esalen workshop.  Enjoy!                                                             Students painting the beautiful Esalen gardens in the refreshing ocean mist Discussing the importance of 'squinting' during morning demoThis cute, little bee nestled itself on my hat and remained there throughout the entire demo! A morning demo from the Art BarnRelaxing in the oversized hanging swing for a much needed break. Esalen Class June 2015U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S  Virtuosos of the OPAPrescription for the Blues                  oil, 16x20 inchesI am extremely delighted and honored to announce that my painting ‘Prescription for the Blues’ will be on exhibit at the 'Virtuosos of the OPA' show.  This exciting and prestigious group show will be hosted by the Salmagundi Club in New York City this September.  The opening reception is on September 17th.  Show will be on display through October 1st so if you’re in the Big Apple around that time be sure and check it out! For more info and exhibition details click here. 2 0 1 6   W O R K S H O P S   N O W   O N L I N E!I’ve finally posted all of my 2016 workshops on my website.  In April I will be teaching in Ojai, in June I will be teaching in Big Sur at the Esalen Institute and in September I will be teaching for the first time in South Africa.  The South African trip consists of two different workshops, one at the Sunnyside Guest Farm[...]

Spring Flings

Sat, 09 May 2015 07:44:00 +0000

Here is a recent gouache study currently showing at Waterhouse Gallery's 8x8 Small Gems show. Curacao Cafe                                                                        gouache, 8x8 inches  Greetings and Happy Spring!Spring has finally sprung and summer is now almost upon us, some might say we’re in the middle of ‘Sprummer’ as the Earth slowly makes it’s way around the massive, magma spewing G2V class yellow dwarf star at the center of our solar system. I recently returned from my Ojai plein air painting workshop and had an awesome time!  The folks who hosted our orientation at the Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts were delightful as always. If you go through Ojai make sure you see their fine collection of Beatrice Woods pottery at her historic house!Ojai surprised me with one day of rain for the first time ever but fortunately we had lots of overhangs at the Krotona Institute to paint under so it worked out just fine.  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and luscious vino at the newly revamped Ranch House.  The gourmet food is exquisite and they have the nicest manager ever!  Ask for Russ if you go and he’ll take good care of you. The sprightly hummingbirds were out in full force up on Meher Mount, must have been over a dozen zipping around!  A truly magical place which boasts breathtaking vistas at Avatar Point.  We painted  at the Old Creek Ranch Winery and of course did a little wine tasting to loosen up for the afternoon painting exercise ;-)  I purchased a bottle of their 2012 Grenache, which tastes like “Tide-pool brine, cedar chest, dark cherry, cinnamon bears, strawberry Starburst and chocolate covered raisin.  Would pair well with duck and a cherry reduction sauce".  Nice!  And of course all of my students were wonderful!  I hope they enjoyed learning from me as much as I enjoyed teaching them!But not all my life is spent teaching painting.  I also have a couple of awesome shows that I am currently participating in.  There’s the 24th OPA National Exhibition at Cutter and Cutter Gallery going on this month and Abend Gallery’s Contemporary Figuration group show, which opens in early June.Here are few pictures from my Ojai workshop.  Enjoy! Morning demo at Meher Mount Entrance to Old Creek Ranch WineryEnchanting scenery at the winery Morning demo at winery Here is my winery demo in progress  Shirley painting the beautiful Happy Valley vistaU P C O M I N G  &  C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N S24th Annual National ExhibitionDan's Canoe                                                  oil, 11x14 inchesI’m proud to announce that my painting ‘Dan’s Canoe’ has been juried into the 24th OPA Annual National Exhibition held at Cutter and Cutter Gallery.  This exhibition is currently showing works by top notch talent from all across the nation! For more show info and to view works from participating artists click here. Contemporary FigurationLayover                                 oil, 12x16 inchesI will also be participating in the Abend Gallery Contemporary Figuration group show which opens June 12th and runs until July 3rd.  My self-portrait ‘Layover’ will be amongst the wonderful collection of amazing artwork which will showcase renowned local and out of town artists. For more info and to view online exhibition click here. 2 0 1 5   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P STime marches on, and as fun as it was, my Ojai plein air painting w[...]

Curacao Colors

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:53:00 +0000

  Here is a little gouache study inspired by my recent sojourn to Curacao Windswept                                               gouache, 8x10 inches Greetings and Happy New Year!  Hope 2015 is off to a great start for everyone.  I’m resolving to keep evolving my problem solving.  Yes!  Also hope to get to the gym regularly.  Anyway, about two month have passed since I last graced the internet with my ramblings.  So much has happened and I’d be remiss if I didn’t fill you in.  I traveled to the far off lands of Curacao, one of the famed ABC islands in the Caribbean Sea which is just forty miles off the coast of Venezuela.  There I was inspired by the beautiful, colorful, crumbling buildings and the fantastic underwater coral vistas teeming with fish of all shapes and sizes.  At three of Curacao’s museums I was educated in the dark and tragic history of the largest port during the shameful slave trade.  The Kura Hulanda Museum had the most extensive collection of slave-related artifacts and replicas I’ve ever seen, anywhere.  I visited the oldest synagogue still in use in the Western Hemisphere which has sand floors to symbolize the forty years in the desert.  It is also a reminder of when sand was used to muffle the sounds of the secret prayer sessions held during the Spanish Inquisition.  I walked on the floating Queen Emma pontoon bridge also known as 'The Swinging Lady' which opens up to let ships into the large natural port.  All this whilst dodging mosquitoes carrying the painful Chikungunya disease!  I got bit a few times but luckily no illness.  Wow!  I was there for only two and a half weeks and I still haven’t processed it all!  In addition to these far off adventures I received an award from Plein Air Salon for the 2014 October/November bi-monthly competition and agreed to participate in an exciting Cityscapes Show in Massachusetts scheduled to open in February.  Great way to start 2015!Below are a few pics of my Curacao adventures.  Enjoy!C U R A C A O (December 2014) Did a little bit of plein air painting despite the grueling heatEnjoyed a serene morning at the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue Cool sculpture in courtyard of the haunting Kura Hulanda Museum   Ben striking a pose in front of Willemstad's floating market  The charming 'Swinging Lady' bridge in all her holiday glory!We explored colorful coral and shipwrecks under the sea In between snorkeling and painting, I napped and worked on my tan at the beach These cool Iguanas were everywhere, some as big as my cat! The Curacao hermit crabs were quite fashionable, with their unique and colorful shells!Took a day trip to Klein Curacao and explored the landmark lighthouse and cool shipwrecksU P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N  Cityscapes Group ShowIdling on P3                                           oil on canvas panel, 9x12 inchesI am pleased to announce that three of my paintings will be included in the ‘Cityscapes’ show at the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery located in Lexington, MA.This exciting show, which is scheduled to open in early February, will feature some remarkable ‘city themed' artwork from renowned local and out of state artists.Click here for more info and exhibition details.R E C E N T   A W A R D !    October - November 2014 Versailles Launderette                    oil on panel, 8x8 inchesI was pleasantly surprised and delighted to get some fabulous news while traveling in Curacao. I was notified via email that I had received the ‘Best B[...]

Holiday Happenings

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:55:00 +0000

 Barlow Bygone                                       oil on panel, 8x10 inches Greetings art enthusiasts!Recently returned from teaching a plein air workshop at Esalen and had another awesome time there!  The weather was perfect and the glorious monarch butterflies were migrating once again.  I also had a wonderful group of students, as usual.  Looking forward to returning next June!  The only drawback was eating  waaaaay too many carb-laden meals.  Rice, grits and quinona, oh my!  I’ve been on the Atkins diet since I got back and feel fantastic yet bestial at the same time (if that makes any kind of  sense).Ben wants to bring a taco truck there next time and sell ribs and burgers to other protein driven urbanites like us, but I have a feeling Esalen won’t go for that.  We’re definitely looking forward to Turkey Day, that goes without saying ;-)Don’t know about you but I am completely astounded at how quickly the year flew by!  Only a month and a half  left of 2014. Yikes!   My last group show for 2014 will be at the Abend Gallery for their 24th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show.  After that, I’m off to seek some fun in the sun whilst avoiding another brisk polar vortex.  Before I fill you in about my winter 2014 updates, take a quick gander at some fun pics from my recent Esalen workshop.  Enjoy!E S A L E N   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P(Big Sur, CA - October 2014) Students enjoying a relaxing morning demoThe gorgeous Monarchs were fluttering throughout the groundsHaving a blast during the 'Paint Along' exercise in the gardensView of the stunning Esalen gardensOn the way back home, we stopped to check out the Elephant seals sunning themselvesAnd of course we made a pit stop to the breathtaking Pfeiffer Beach U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N 24th Annual Holiday Miniatures ShowFedora                                oil on panel, 8x8 inchesI am delighted to be participating in the 24th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show hosted by the Abend Gallery.  Three of my paintings will be included in this wonderful group show scheduled to open on Friday, December 5th, from 5 to 8pm.For more info and exhibition details click here.   2 0 1 5   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P SMy next plein air painting workshop won’t be until April 2015 in Ojai, CA.  There’s still time to make your travel plans and sign up for some painting time in the Southern California sunshine.  After that I’ll be back in Big Sur for my June 2015 workshop.  Esalen's a perfect place to meditate on your painting goals and also a great spot to soak in hot tubs lining the ocean cliffs (strangely I find their sugary cookies and cakes far more dangerous than the rocky cliffs) To view all 2015 workshops click here.In September 2015 I’ll be traveling to Spain to teach an 8 day painting workshop in Barcelona and the surrounding Costa Brava area!  If you have already decided to go I strongly recommend that you sign up by November 30th to catch the early bird special and save $200 off the full price!  There’s also a discount for your spouse or partner if they decide to come along and just hang out and take the tours without any painting class.  It’d be nice if Ben wasn’t the only husband napping on the beach while I struggle to catch the perfect composition ;-)It’s going to be an awesome excursion and spaces are filling up really fast!Click here for more details.  ~Well that’s all for the end of the year update and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.Remember, don’t drive[...]

Artsy Autumn Adventures!

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:48:00 +0000

 Harding Lane Dr.                                         oil on panel,  8x10 inches (Here is a little plein air sketch I did while in Wellfleet, MA)Greetings and Happy Autumn!October: The very word invokes shivers and scarifying thoughts.  Curly old creaky trees and such.  Ghosts and goblins and spiders, oh my!  But it also makes me think of candy.  I suppose a Sugar Skull sums up everything in the most tidy iconic way.  Death and sugar, it’s like, so true and honest.  Hemingway must have eaten Sugar Skull candies while smoking his Cuban cigars and writing about Spanish bullfights, no doubt about it  ;-)Just returned from an awesome plein air painting workshop I taught in Wellfleet, a small town halfway up Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  What a trip!  We planned it perfectly, just after Labor Day when all the crowds left but still before the weather turned cold and rainy.  Had some trepidation about leading a workshop in the Northeast, the weather can be unpredictable at times.  But lo and behold, the weather held out just fine and it was smooth sailing to use a nautical metaphor.  Had some awesome students, the beaches were fresh and salty and ate lots of fresh fish and crispy fried clam strips galore!Below are a few pics from my recent workshop.  Enjoy!P L E I N  A I R  W O R K S H O P(Wellfleet, MA - September 2014)Morning demo at Mayo BeachKatrina finishing up afternoon painting exerciseCharming views at Uncle Tim's BridgeMorning demo at the creek Had to paint fast due to rising tide quickly approaching   Snapped this pic right at the perfect moment!After a long day of teaching,  I returned to the cottage and was greeted by this adorable fox. That was quite a treat :-)And last but not least, my awesome class!U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N SContemporary Masters, Artistic Eden IV Antique Mirror                      oil on panel,  24x28 inchesI am extremely honored and delighted to have been invited to participate in the prestigious Contemporary Master, Artistic Eden IV exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of History.  My new painting 'Antique Mirror' will be included in this exciting show.  Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden IV is the fourth biennial fine art exhibition featuring paintings by nationally recognized representational artists. Show opens to the public on October 1st, 2014.For more info and exhibition details click here. Urban AspectRoman Alleyway                        oil on panel, 8x15 inchesMy painting 'Roman Alleyway' was juried into the Urban Aspect show hosted by Principle Gallery located in Alexandria, VA.  This highly anticipated show will feature stunning city-scape themed paintings by established artists. Show opens October 10th, 2014.For more info and exhibition details click here.2 0 1 5   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P S2015 Workshops Now Posted!My 2015 plein air workshops are now online!  To view all 2015 workshops click here. I’m excited to be returning to the beautiful Esalen grounds next summer.  I’ll also be conducting a 5 day workshop in Ojai, CA in April.  Should be an excellent time for mild weather, steady sunshine and spring blossoms!You can also join me in Spain next September when I teach an 8 day plein air painting workshop in Barcelona and the Costa Brava area.  Part of this exciting itinerary will include a tour to the Dali Theatre-Museu as well as plein air painting excursions in a charming fishing village, a preserved Medieval town, lush bot[...]

Sun-sational Summer Scene!

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:20:00 +0000

 Sunlit Gorge                                         oil, 9x7 inchesGreetings and Happy Summer!It is with a light heart and a spring in my step that I write this blog.  Having just successfully completed my sold-out Esalen workshop in Big Sur, I returned to Los Angeles to the sounds of cheers and applause. This I soon discovered had something to do with a televised game where grown men fight to kick a small checkered ball about a field or something.  Conversely, at Esalen grown men swim naked out into the Pacific Ocean, climb onto slippery reefs using kelp rope to steady themselves and blow through large hollowed-out animal horns.  Pagan ritual thanking the sea gods or primal gestalt therapy, I’m not sure.  However, I’ve included a picture to prove it!In other McChristian news, I’m pleased to announce that my new painting ‘Dust Storm’ was juried into the OPA Western Regional Show and will be on display at the Mountainsong Gallery in Carmel in August 2014.  Finally, I am super excited to announce that I’ve been invited to teach a plein air painting workshop in Spain in September 2015!  Below are some fun pics from my recent plein air workshop at Esalen. Enjoy!P L E I N  A I R  W O R K S H O P (Big Sur - June 2014)Morning demo in the gardensPlenty of painting fodder here....Student Matthias (who came all the way from Switzerland) was intrigued by the succulentsWe enjoyed 3 scrumptious organic meals a day in the cozy Esalen cafeteria One of the many perks of teaching at Esalen: I get to be serenaded by a strapping young merman at the end of the day! Some vibrant Esalen poppies to delight the senses And then there are the cliff side sulfur baths to soothe your weary body after a long day of painting.......ahhhhhhhhhhMy fabulous and fun class! Left to right (top row) Morgan, Birgit, Julie, Renate, Susanne, Greta, Vanessa, Kat Left to right (bottom row) Donald, Frank, Jennifer (instructor), Ben (assistant) and Matthias. (Cecille missing from pic)U P C O M I N G  E X H I B I T I O N S  2014 OPA Western Regional Exhibition Dust Storm                                              oil, 12x16 inches My new painting ‘Dust Storm’ (inspired by a precarious drive from San Francisco to LA) was juried into the 2014 OPA Western Regional Exhibition. This exciting and prestigious group exhibition will be hosted by the Mountainsong Gallery located in the scenic town of Carmel, CA. Opening reception is on August 30, 2014 from 5 to 8pm.For more info and show details click here. 2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P SMy upcoming Wellfleet plein air painting workshop this September is currently full.  Please contact me if you’d like to be added to the waiting list.  Keep in mind that there are no guarantees that a space will become available.  That being said, I will be returning to Big Sur for another plein air workshop at Esalen in October.  There are still a few spaces available so I recommend signing up soon as it tends to fill up relatively quickly.  For Esalen registration details click here.Finally, the last of my 2014 workshops will be in Ojai, CA this November. For more info on my Ojai workshop click here.New 2015 Spain Workshop Added!I am thrilled to have been invited to teach an 8 day plein air painting workshop in Spain in September 2015!  The workshop will take place in and around Barcelona and the Costa Brava areas, with small day trips and tours of local sites like the Dali Museum and the Gaudi buildings thrown in to the mix.  There’s an early-bird s[...]

Springtacular Splendors!

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:16:00 +0000

 Layover                                   oil, 12x16 inches(This painting was selected for the 23rd OPA National Juried Exhibition) Greetings and Happy Spring!It’s been a busy spring here in California. Recently taught a fun 5 day plein air workshop in Ojai. The students were great, the weather was sublime and the locations were beauteous! However, the pollen from the oak trees caught me by surprise and left me in a constant state of sneezing. That being said, the arctic polar vortex crap seemed to have missed Ojai, let me tell you it was HOT! Lizards galore doing pushups on the sun warmed rocks, rattlesnakes coming out of their burrows and lazily sliding through the grass, blooming flowers and blooming oaks. Ojai was awesome but already I’m sooooo looking forward to the beauty of the Big Sur coast and that magical world of the Esalen tribe. Can’t wait to soak in the natural sulfur hot springs that pour into the stone tubs along the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Oh, and looking forward to teaching painting too of course. Add to that, I will be participating in two exciting group exhibitions scheduled to open in late spring. Hop on little Easter bunny, hop on!Below are some fun Ojai workshop pics I am delighted to share. Enjoy :-)P L E I N  A I R  W O R K S H O P(O J A I - A P R I L  2 0 1 4)Morning demo at Lake Casitas Students painting Ojai countrysideSpringtime blossoms in OjaiDonelle painting at the Besant CenterAvatar Point at Meher MountSome Ojai eye candy :-)My fabulous students!Clockwise from upper left: Joan, Alane, Jennifer, Ben, Donelle, Kourtney, Nanette, Sarah, Claire and John(Rachel and Sophia missing from pic)U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N SNational Artists Invitational ExhibitionRoman Alleyway               oil, 8x15 inchesI’m delighted to announce that two of my paintings will be on display for the  National Artists Invitational Exhibition at 717 Gallery in Easton, Maryland. Show opens May 2nd, 2014.For more info click here23rd Annual Juried ExhibitionMy new painting Layover (scroll to top to view image) has been selected for the prestigious  OPA 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by the Bennington Arts Center located inBennington, Vermont.Show opens June 7th, 2014.For more info click here 2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P SAs I mentioned above, the June 2014 Esalen workshop in Big Sur is a little over a month away! There are still spots available, so if you try and sign up and they tell you otherwise please contact me directly (sometimes the elves that run the place get a little spacey from all that fresh air and deep meditation).I am also conducting a Wellfleet workshop in September which has only one spot left, so if you’re on the East Coast and you want to participate do not wait to the last minute to sign up! After that I’ll be teaching again in Esalen in October and Ojai in November 2014.Click here for registration info and to view complete 2014 workshop schedule.~Well that’s it for the McChristian news, have to get back to my painting regime. Already took up lots of time last week staring at the mystical lunar eclipse through my telescope and battling with pesky springtime allergies. The eclipse resembled a Frazetta-esque, sci-fi looking scene that simply needed an eight legged bobcat to slink along the neighbor’s fence to complete it  :-)Have a sensational and sassy summer and fight the good fight, digest those candy eggs, avoid eating too many leftover peeps and keep on creating and appreciating! Bamboo eagerly anticipating summer.......[...]

Happy New Year!

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:11:00 +0000

Wilma and John's Beach House                           gouache, 8x10 inchesHappy New Year dear friends and art lovers!  If you haven't done so yet, sharpen your pencils and prepare to make some wildly optimistic New Years resolutions! Or be like Ben and use the power of reverse psychology by resolving to gain weight along with a bevy of equally bad habits for the New Year. Haha! I’ve made lots of resolutions to be more vigilant towards keeping resolutions that somehow were unkempt in 2013; dirty, unkempt resolutions. Recently returned from a dreamy three week stay in Turks and Caicos this past December. This gorgeous place is scattered with wonderful beaches of fine coral sand and emerald colored waters. Did a bunch of snorkeling and watched as colorful parrot fish crunched noisily on corals with their  bucked teeth and gazed at turtles gliding dreamily into the depths of the refreshing ocean.Below is pic of me plein air painting at Bight Reef. Good times!Turks and Caicos, December 2013R E C E N T   A W A R D ! While away on vacation I was surprised and equally delighted to find out I received 'Best of Show' for the November 2013 Raymar Art Competition judged by the very talented Gabor Svagrik. Yay!To view November 2013 finalists click here  Best of Show - Raymar Art Competition The Story Teller                      oil, 14x17 inches2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P S  NEW EAST COAST 2014 WORKSHOP ADDED!!!!For anyone out there on the East Coast who’s resolved to take a Jennifer McChristian plein air painting workshop you will be heartened by the introduction of my first ever Wellfleet workshop in September 2014! Wellfleet is an adorable town about half way up Cape Cod in Massachussetts, so all you New Englanders come have some clam chowder and crumbly saltines with me after a rewarding day of painting. Hope to see you there! It’s going to be a fun workshop.If it’s too far to travel for the West Coast don’t despair, the Esalen and Ojai workshop dates have been finalized.Click here for registration info and to view complete 2014 workshop schedule!~Well that’s all for now folks. Cheers to a fabulous 2014 and don’t drive drunk again! May the odds be ever in your favor! And while I’m resolving to be evolving, I’m willing to keep chilling.To the Chinese I say goodbye Year of the Snake and hello Year of the Horse. Out with the tumultuous change and in with the industrious accomplishments.In the vein of the Great Cleansing of 2013 Bad Habits I present this self portrait of the removal of dead Autumn leaves. And yes, I love doing housework in heels ;-)In the words of Lars Von Triers: "Is it symbolic? Maaybeee"......Autumn's Purging                      oil, 12x12 inches[...]

Alluring Autumn Affairs

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:21:00 +0000

'The StoryTeller'                                    oil, 14x17 inchesGreetings! We’re almost to Halloween and then just a stone’s throw to Thanksgiving! Look out pumpkins and turkeys, I’m a comin’ to get you! The cinnamon brooms are already making the studio smell extra spicy and full of imaginary home pie-baking. Speaking of Autumn awesomeness, I just got back from teaching a workshop at Esalen and what an experience! Big Sur in October is overwhelmingly magical. The beauty of the place hit us like a hammer built from ten thousand Hallmark cards. The weather was the most perfect I have experienced there, ranging between mid 70‘s to low 80’s. There is an annual Monarch butterfly migration which passes through Big Sur in October, and it seemed like a veritable infestation of little orange faeries gliding through a world of over-sized flowers. Then compound the daylight beauty by having an unbelievably red sun slowly descending into the Pacific followed by a pale full moon. Sublime! But teaching plein air painting workshops in exotic and stimulating surroundings isn’t all that I do!  I’m also currently showing at the Abend Gallery’s American Industry group show as well as the Howard Mandville Gallery’s 23rd Annual Small Works group show. Additionally my painting ‘The Oracle’ placed as finalist for the Raymar August 2013 art competition. Woo Hoo! Below is a detailed recap of this month's heavenly happenings, but first take a peek-a-Boo at these delightful pics of my recent workshop at Esalen. Enjoy!P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P  (B I G   S U R  -  O C T O B E R   2 0 1 3) Demoing by the coast Gorgeous Monarchs fluttering around the Esalen gardensAn almost full moon rising above the horizonWe were rewarded with breathtaking sunsets throughout the weekMy sensational students!From left to right: Ramon, Alix, Ben (assistant), Nelly, Jennifer, Rachel, Bob, Jennifer (instructor), Judy, Eileen and Waltraud(Judy, Amy and Marie missing from pic)C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N SAmerican Industry 'Closing the Tab'                           oil, 18x24 inchesThree of my new paintings are currently on display at Abend Gallery’s group show American Industry. Show runs through November 23, 2013. For additional information and to view online exhibition click here.23rd Annual Invitational Small Works Show 'Cue Ball'               oil, 8x8 inchesIn addition, I am currently participating in the exciting 23rd Annual Invitational Small Works Show hosted by the Howard/Mandville Gallery. Click here to check out some awesome small gems!R E C E N T   A W A R D Raymar Art Competition'The Oracle'        oil, 11x24 inchesMy painting ‘The Oracle’ placed as finalist for the August 2013Raymar Art Competition judged by Qiang Huang. To view all August finalists click here. 2 0 1 4   P L E I N   A I R   W O R K S H O P SI am delighted to announce that my 2014 plein air painting workshop dates have been posted! I am excited to be returning to Ojai and Big Sur next year for more fun-filled, inspiring and exhilarating workshop experiences!To see complete schedule and for more info / registration details click here ~Well, that’s all for Fall y'all. Have a spooky Halloween and a thankful Thanksgiving!  Be sure and look both ways before crossing the street and remember to wear bright orange clothes if you’re going hunting with clumsy (or drunken) friends!&n[...]

Mystical Musings

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:22:00 +0000

'The Oracle'        oil, 11x24 inchesGreetings!Holy Moly! Summer has been flying by here in LA and I’m getting ready to fall into the fall, hopefully in a graceful kind of way and not in the vein of Charlie Chaplin. It’s been a good summer, hard to imagine it’s almost time to take out the Halloween candy and hockey mask. Soon the harvest Moon will be hanging low and orange on the horizon, the  LA smog will have a subtle shift and smell just a little less like diesel lawn mowers and a little more like diesel leaf blowers. The temperature should drop by a dramatic three degrees or so and the urge to travel will grow larger and larger until it becomes almost unbearable! Speaking of travel, I am utterly delighted to be headed back to the idyllic rolling hills and cliff-side hot springs of Esalen in Big Sur to teach my last plein air workshop of 2013! I am also looking forward to a very fruitful, exciting and awesomely audacious Autumn filled with exciting shows and events!Here is the skinny on upcoming shows and workshops. Enjoy!UPCOMING SHOWS:OPA Western Regional Exhibition'Curb Side Kiss'         oil, 9x12 inchesI am happy to announce that my painting ‘Curb Side Kiss’ will be included in the prestigious OPA Western Regional Exhibition hosted by SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, Kansas. Opening ceremony is scheduled for September 6th from 5:30 to 8:30pmFor additional information click hereFall Gallery Group Show 'The Valiant Traveler'           oil, 18x18 inches My new painting ‘The Valiant Traveler’ will be included in the Annual Fall Gallery Group Show hosted by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.Opening reception is September 6th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.For additional information click here2013 WORKSHOPS:There are a few spaces open for my plein air painting workshop in Big Sur (Esalen Institute)Workshop dates are October 13th -18th, 2013. This workshop is filling up quickly so be sure to register soon to confirm your space!   Workshop fee is  is based on accommodation.(Class is limited to 12 students)For more info and registration details click hereNOTE: 2014 workshop dates will be posted on my web site shortly~That’s all for now and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog!I hope your summer is filled with hummers and your fall will have no walls!  Huh, that sounded kind of like a gypsy curse.  Let me rephrase that......have a great rest of the summer and an awesome autumn!Blue Moon over Sunset Blvd. [...]

Scintillating Summer

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:42:00 +0000

'Full Moon Procession'    oil,  8x10 inches  Greetings and Happy Summer! It’s well into June so it must be summer and what a summer it is! It’s time for barbeques in the courtyard, pool parties, balmy nights and a spectacular Super Moon. These past couples of months have been fruitful and fun with activities including plein air painting workshops, exciting group shows and even a prestigious award!I recently returned from teaching an awesome five-day workshop at Esalen in Big Sur. Can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to teach there! We had gorgeous weather by the seaside, ate double portions of organic chocolate cake, had three scrumptious square meals per day provided for us on oaken tables in a cafeteria reminiscent of Rivendale (if the Tolkienian elves had a bar stocked with Napa Valley wine that is). We soaked by starlight in cliffside hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, loosened some old knots with a deep tissue massage, went skinny dipping in a heated saltwater swimming pool under a New Moon and somewhere in there I managed to teach a plein air workshop! Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t make it this time. The good news is I’ll be returning to Esalen in October! Make sure to register early. This workshop is limited to 12 students and spaces tend to fill up fast!For more workshop info and to register online click here.Below are a few workshop pics I’m delighted to share. Enjoy!(To view additional fun pics of the workshop please visit my Facebook page) Esalen Plein Air Painting Workshop - June 2013First day of workshopThe beautiful Esalen gardensAssisting student during critique Susie painting breathtaking ocean viewThe Esalen bathsMy awesome students!Clockwise from upper left: Samantha, Don, Debbie, Patti, Kirsten, Catherine, Usana, Adrienne, Kristen, Jodie, Vanessa, Judi, Susan, Jennifer and Ben(Susie and Beverly missing from pic)CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:Oil Painters of America 1st Summer SalonI am delighted to be participating in OPA's Inaugural Summer Salon! My new painting 'Full Moon Procession' (see image at top of post) is currently on display at the lovely Crooked Tree Arts Center. For more info click hereAbend: The Renovation'El Cid'    oil, 8x8 inchesMy painting 'El Cid, View from Balcony' will be included in Abend Gallery's The Renovation show.This upcoming exhibition will showcase the gallery artists' stellar new works.The opening reception will coincide with the unveiling of the gallery's beautiful renovations.Opening reception is July 19th from 5 to 9pm.For more info click here RECENT AWARD!Salon International 2013'Hallows Eve Revelry'   oil, 12x16 inchesI’m delighted to announce that my painting ‘Hallows Eve Revelry’ received the Jury’s Top 60 award from Greenhouse Gallery's Salon International exhibition!  2013 WORKSHOPS:I will be teaching my last plein air workshop for 2013 this coming autumn.I am happy to be returning to Esalen, Big Sur a second time this year!Workshop dates are October 13th - 18th, 2013.For more info and registration details click here~Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. It’s time to head out to the studio to get some painting done however the tricky part is staying disciplined while being tempted to take the day off and go rollerblading at Venice Beach! Ahhhhh, summer in LA. Hope you have a sultry, sensuous and sensational  summer!See you in the Fall, y’all![...]

Spring Has Sprung!

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:46:00 +0000

'Versailles Launderette'   oil on panel,  8x8 inches (SOLD) Greetings and Happy Spring!Spring is here, kind of, and never before has the season been more metaphorically linked to it’s bouncy name. It keeps swinging back and forth between Winter and Summer like some kind of giant elemental slinky. To top it off, outer space is throwing giant meteors and asteroids at us. Saw one over LA about a month ago, Ben thought it looked like a firework over Los Feliz, but I knew better.  Doesn’t faze me though, I’ll paint either way. Bring it on wacky weather! It’s still early but it’s shaping up to be another exciting year with sizzling spring group shows, invigorating plein air workshops and recent awards and accolades. Here is a brief recap including detailed info of my upcoming shows and events:CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:Small Gems - 8x8"'The Little Dictator'   oil on canvas panel,  8x8 inchesTwo of my miniatures are currently showing at Waterhouse Gallery’s 'Small Gems' group show. To view some wonderful small gems created by big talent click hereSalon International 2013 'Hallows Eve Revelry'   oil on canvas panel,  12x16 inchesI am excited to share that my painting ‘Hallows Eve Revelry’ has been selected for the Salon International Exhibition hosted by the Greenhouse Gallery.Opening reception is on Friday, April 12th, from 5 to 8pm.For more info and to view online exhibition click here 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition'Asphalt Alliance'   oil on panel,  20x24 inchesI will additionally be participating in the OPA 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition hosted by InSight Gallery. Opening reception is on Saturday, May 18th, from 5 to 8pm.For more info and to view online exhibition click hereRECENT AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:Painting is my passion, which is why I’m extremely delighted to announce that I’ve been recently elected as a Signature Member to the prestigious Oil Painters of America! I am very honored to be included amongst such outstanding and talented artists! My new painting ‘Versailles Launderette’ placed as Finalist for the February 2013 Raymar Art Contest judged by the venerable Nancy Guzik!To view February Finalists click here2013 WORKSHOPS:I am pleased to announce that my Ojai workshop in April and my Big Sur workshop in June have both reached full capacity, though you may still sign up for the waiting lists if you are interested in either (or both) workshops.  I will be teaching another plein air workshop this coming autumn. I am happy to be returning to Esalen, Big Sur a second time this year!The scheduled dates are from October 13th - 18th, 2013For more info and registration details click here~Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog! Here’s to a brand new Spring in the year of the Snake! Shed that skin baby, shed it! It’s the time to revel in new things like budding flowers, moist dew on grass and fuzzy caterpillars turning into butterflies and all kinds of thinly veiled metaphors. May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes!Anguilla 2012[...]

Holiday Happenings!

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 04:02:00 +0000

 Here is a new painting currently showing at the Howard/Mandville Gallery 'Holiday Showcase'. Exhibition runs through December 31st.'Hallows Eve Revelry'..........oil on canvas panel...........12x16 inchesSeasons Greetings!The New Year is almost upon us and although it seems the Mayan apocalyptic predictions were a tad bit exaggerated, I still think they might have foreseen all this wacky weather we’ve been having.  Just got back from the Caribbean and it was beautiful, just the most perfect weather ever, a good twenty degrees warmer than Los Angeles and who knows how much warmer than parts further North.  Ben and I snorkeled in crystal blue waters on white sand beaches, took in some Reggae music (and rum)  at the local bars, and mostly relaxed and recharged from a busy 2012.  Now it’s back to work and I’m gradually settling into my studio once again to create some exciting new works for 2013 and getting ready for my Ojai plein air workshop in April (looking forward to painting those rolling hills in the beautiful Ojai countryside!)Currently I am participating in a few Holiday group shows that will be closing by the end of December.If you still have some last minute (or post Christmas) shopping to do, now’s your chance to snag that miniature piece for your loved one!CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: 22nd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show'Sacred Spaces'.........oil on canvas panel........8x10 inches My painting 'Sacred Spaces' is currently on display at the Abend Gallery's  22nd Annual Miniatures Show. For more info and to view online exhibition click here.Annual Winter Miniatures Show'Post Holiday Blues'.........oil on canvas panel.........11x11 inchesI am also participating in the Annual Winter Miniatures Show hosted by Sage Creek Gallery.Exhibition will be on display through January 2013! For more info and to view online exhibition click here.UPCOMING 2013 WORKSHOP:Plein Air Painting in Ojai, CA April 1st - 5th, 2013There are still available spaces left in my upcoming plein air painting workshop located in Ojai, CA.Space is limited so be sure to sign up to reserve your spot! For more info and workshop details click here.~May the Holidays bring you much contentment, inspiration, organic cinnamon and free-range joy and may your New Year be prosperous, peaceful and magical! Ben and Jennifer - Anguilla 2012[...]

Autumn's Awesome Adventures!

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:43:00 +0000

Below is one of my recent paintings 'Idling on P3' which will be included in my upcoming two person show at Abend Gallery'Idling on P3'.........oil on canvas panel.........9x12 inchesGreetings and Happy Autumn! Summer is winding down and Fall is on the rise. The rise of Fall has begun. Rise Fall, rise. It’s still too hot for me, and the rest of the world too. Something’s got to give though, can’t stay hot forever (I hope!) Anyway, with the cool breeze of the California Autumn comes additional delights, like brisk evening walks, colorful assortment of gourds and giant orange harvest moons hanging low on the horizon. But enough looking to the warm glow of the future, let’s reflect a little on the past and present as I share some snippets of exciting recent events and the McChristian news!CURRENT / UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS: 'Reverence'.........oil on panel..........15x18 inches1st Annual Figurative ShowMy painting ‘Reverence’ is currently on display for the 1st Annual Figurative Show at the Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Show runs until October 30th, 2012.To view online exhibition click here. 'The Query'........oil on panel......12x15 inches2012 OPA Western Regional ExhibitionI am also delighted to share that my painting ‘The Query’ was recently accepted into the OPA Western Regional Exhibition which opened on October 5th at the beautiful Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO.To view online exhibition click here.'Sentinel'.........oil on canvas panel.........8x10 inchesThree Person ShowThis month I will also be participating in a three person show at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. I will be displaying exciting new works alongside the bold and gorgeous paintings of the talented Sandra Pratt and Zhaoming Wu. Opening reception is on October 26th from 5 to 9pm.For more info and to view online exhibition click here.NEWS AND EVENTS:I am extremely pleased to share that I have garnered several awards in the past several months!  My painting ‘Traipsing in Trastevere’ received the OPA Donor’s Award of Excellence at the 21st Annual Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. My painting 'The Query' recently received Award of Excellence from the OPA Western Regional Exhibition which just opened last week at Gallery 1261!I also received Best of Show from the BoldBrush May 2012 online competition. Woo Hoo!In addition to all that awesomely good news I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker on the Artist Mentors Online hosted by the wonderful and gracious Linda Fisler and Blanche McAlister Harris.Click here to listen to my fun interview as I share informative tips and insights on painting and teaching. Speaking of teaching, I was very honored and thrilled to have been invited to the 4th Annual Weekend with the Masters event which took place in beautiful San Diego last month. I had a blast teaching wonderful students and meeting awesome painters! Below is a pic of me teaching at the Torrey Pines Gliderport in San Diego during the Weekend with the Masters event. Good times!First day of workshop at Torrey Pines Gliderport2013 PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOPS:I am excited to announce that my 2013 plein air painting workshops have finally been posted!For more info and registration details click here.On a totally unrelated note, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavor!  Flew directly overhead just as I stepped out of my house! Looked like some surreal sky whale pack with its two fighter jet dolphins escorting its slow tour of LA.Weird and awe inspiring! Right place at the right time again :-)~Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope it helps to give some kind of insight into my mind and general cosmology[...]

Serendipitous Summer

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:21:00 +0000

Here is one of my recent paintings of a cannon chamber in the Castel Sant D'Angelo from our Rome trip in Autumn 2011'Cannon Room'..........oil on panel............9x12 inchesGreetings and Happy Summer!Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! It’s been a long time coming, still not quite as hot as I’d like or remember from summers past.  But with this year’s wacky weather I should be careful what I wish for...don’t want it to turn out like that old Twilight Zone, you know the one.  Recently returned from teaching a plein air workshop at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. My, how I love that place!  Stone hot tubs with natural mineral water right on the cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean!  We stayed in the Artist’s Yurt; a small cylindrical wood cabin nestled in the hillside with ocean views.  We dined on organic food grown right on the property on a five thousand year old compost begun by the Esalen tribe of Native Americans.  On the second to last day I accidentally cut a small piece of my thumb off with the dangerously sharp grapefruit knife, so a part of me has most likely joined the five thousand year old compost  (or been inadvertently ingested by a vegan).  Imagine that, straight from vegan to cannibal, no middle step.  That’s soooo Esalen.  Like a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, and buried at the bottom of the sea.  How cool is that! I have included few pics of the workshop, but first a few quick announcements on my 'American Artist Magazine' article, upcoming OPA exhibition at the Evergreen Gallery and my 3 day plein air workshop at the Weekend With the Masters in September 2012. NEW ARTICLE!I am very excited to share that I have a new article about me in the July/August issue of American Artist Magazine! Copies are currently available at most major newsstands.You can also order your copy online by clicking hereUPCOMING SHOWS:My new painting ‘Traipsing in Trastevere’ was juried into OPA's  '21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils'. This wonderful event will be held at the beautiful Evergreen Fine Art Gallery in Colorado.Opening reception is on Friday, June 22nd from 5 to 10pm.For detailed information regarding this event click here'Traipsing in Trastevere'.........oil on panel.........14x17 inches2012 WORKSHOPS: I will be teaching three 'one day' plein air painting workshops this September at the 'Weekend With the Masters' in San Diego, CA.The workshops are filling up fast so make sure to reserve your spot soon!For details regarding registration, lodging and fees click hereESALEN WORKSHOP,  JUNE 2012 PICS:First day of workshop!  Students Usana, Terry and Jodie hard at work Here I am critiquing student whileholding up my freshly injured thumb to slow down bleeding The lovely Esalen gardens Hubby Ben enjoying his 43rd birthday at Esalen My awesome students! Clockwise from upper left: Ben (workshop assistant), Carol, Lucy, Mary, Janice,Georgia, Vanessa, Terry, Jennifer (instructor), Usana, Donna, Sharon (Jodi missing from pic)~Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. May you have a radiant, inspiring and adventurous Summer![...]

Momentous May Musings

Thu, 03 May 2012 07:12:00 +0000

'View from the Ferris Wheel'......oil on canvas panel......16x20 inchesHola Bloggamigos!What better way to usher in the summertime than to celebrate the festive Cinco de Mayo, when Mexico kicked French butt in the battle of Puebla!  This weekend I’ll be in Fredericksburg, Texas for the opening of my three person show ‘The Color of Life’ at the InSight Gallery. So excited! We’ll be sticking around to see how this town founded on German pioneers will celebrate the historic and at the time unlikely Spanish victory over the French forces! I’m hoping to see some bar brawls myself, with lots of accordions, lederhosen, French cursing, and masked Mexican wrestlers! I suppose I should be careful what I wish for. Vive La Difference!UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:  'The Color of Life''The Color of Life' three person show opens this weekend at the beautiful, newly renovated InSight Gallery located in the heart of Fredericksburg, TX.Artists' opening reception on May 4th from 6 to 8pm.For more info and to view online exhibition click here2012 SUMMER / FALL PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS:I’ll be teaching two more workshops in 2012. One spot just opened up for the June plein air painting workshop at 'Esalen' and there is still time to register. In September, I will be teaching at the 'Weekend With the Masters'.  This workshop is filling up fast so make sure to reserve your spot soon! For more detailed information on workshops please click here or go to:’s all for now and many thanks for taking the time to read my blog.Hope you all have a spectacular and sumptuous summer! [...]

Sprightly Spring Things!

Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:11:00 +0000

Greetings and Happy Spring! I'm excited to share 'Le Sanctuaire', one of my new paintings that will be exhibited in an upcoming three person show at the Insight Gallery in early May 2012. Participating artists will include myself, Cheri Christensen and Qiang Huang. More info coming soon!'Le Sanctuaire'.........oil on canvas panel..........11x14 inchesSpring is just around the corner, or some might argue due to the incredibly mild winter that spring is just about to give way to summer.  Either way it’s already March, a time when we celebrate marching bands and all other forms of marching.  That’s right, that’s why they named it March.  Unless they meant to name it Marsh, a time when frozen tundra thaws into swampy mud full of mosquitoes.  Not sure, I’m a painter, not a historian.  For all I know the month was named after a woman named Marge.  Maybe Marge liked to march in the marsh, it’s possible.  Regardless, it’s a busy year ahead for yours truly, with gallery deadlines nipping at my heels like small, unruly terriers and plein air painting workshops thundering on the horizon like a herd of wild horses.  It’s going to be another big year for Jennifer, and I’m running as fast as I can just to keep up with myself.  Thank God for Ben, he’s awesome, I’d be nothing but a small quivering pile of jelly crying in my soup in a house full of cats without him.  CURRENT / UPCOMING SPRING EXHIBITIONS:'Cue Ball'........oil on canvas panel.........8x8 inches'8x8 Small Gems'My new painting ‘Cue Ball’ is currently on display for the '8x8 Small Gems' at the Waterhouse Gallery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Show runs until March 23rd.To view online exhibition click here'Lucky Shirt'.........oil on panel........16x20 inches This painting was awarded 2nd Place from the February 2012 'BoldBrush Painting Competition' judged by FongWei Liu. To view competition winners click here'Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden III'My new painting ‘Lucky Shirt’ is currently on exhibit at the ‘Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden III’ exhibition. The third biannual exhibition featuring works by nationally recognized representational artists will remain at the Pasadena Museum of History through Sunday, July 29th, 2012.  For more info click here'Before Lunch'.........oil on panel..........11x14 inches'2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon'In April I will be participating in Legacy Gallery’s ‘2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon’. Artists’ exhibition opens April 20th.For more info and to view online exhibition click here2012 PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOPS:JUST ADDED - NEW WORKSHOP!I am very excited and honored to have been recently invited to teach a plein air painting workshop at the Weekend With the Masters 2012 event held in San Diego in September 2012!  More info coming soon!For detailed information, locations, dates and registration info regarding my 2012 plein air painting workshops click here ~Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and may your Spring Season be filled with inspiration, renewal and prosperity! [...]

Happy New Year!

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:34:00 +0000

'Not Open 'til Dinner'.......oil on canvas panel......8x10 inchesGreetings ! Hope 2012 is off to a delicious start for you!Made a ton of New Year’s Resolutions, sort of taking the shotgun approach this year. If I make enough resolutions I’m sure to hit some of them. Actually got a lot of the last year’s resolutions under my belt: visited Rome, taught five workshops, completed a new book, but still haven’t learned fluent Italian. Well, there it is. Hope everyone had a perfectly Dickensian Christmas season. I know I did, but I think the three ghosts of Christmas that visited me were just indigestion from too much pie, turkey, and ham. Yikes!  GOOD NEWS!The New Year is off to a great start - I received Honorable Mention for my painting ‘Vagabonds at Rest’ from the Oil Painters of America ' Fall 2011 OPA Online Showcase Competition' juried by the very talented Dan Beck.  This painting portrays two beggar women on the Spanish Steps in Rome taking a break to gossip about tourists. A personal favorite of mine! To see complete list of winners click here.CURRENT WINTER EXHIBITION:Gallery 1261 'Small Works Show'My new painting ‘Chestnut Peddler’ is currently on display at Gallery 1261’s 'Small Works Show.'  This prestigious and exciting group show runs through January 21st, so if you happen to be in the Colorado area, make sure to stop by and take a peek. This show includes a wonderful array of stunning artwork from a very talented group of artists I am extremely honored to be exhibiting with! To view online exhibition click here.'Chestnut Peddler'.......oil on panel........12x16 inches (SOLD)2012 PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOPS:If you’ve resolved to learn plein air painting in 2012, please keep my workshops in mind.This year’s lineup of beauteous locations includes Sedona, Big Sur, France and Italy!Please reserve your space soon! Availability is limited and subject to change. For more info and registration details click here.~That's it for now. Stay tuned for additional info on upcoming shows and events. 2012 should be a very productive and exciting year! May your New Year be filled with adventure, creativity and joy!Buon Anno![...]

New Book and Current Winter Exhibitions

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 07:47:00 +0000

Greetings!November's here and it's that time to bundle up and get the sweaters out if you're here in Los Angeles (or sweep those leaves up and get the snow shovel ready if you're further up North).  I miss those Autumn colors I used to see in Montreal, like the entire forest was ablaze with color but in a good way, not a run for your life way.  I have posted this recent painting to pay homage to the memory of those crisp and colorful autumn days.'Remembrance'.....oil on panel......8x10 inches (SOLD)NEW BOOK!I'm proud to announce the release of my new book "UNCOMMON GROUND"! This is a compilation of my favorite pieces from the last five years, and includes some never before seen  color studies that I created for my larger studio pieces. Makes an awesome holiday gift for yourself or the art lover in your family! Copies are available in hard and soft covers and may be purchased online by clicking here. WINTER SHOWS AND EVENTS:Here is a brief overview of exhibitions I am currently participating in this month.  'Vagabonds at Rest'......oil on panel......9x12 inchesTwo of my new small paintings are currently on display at InSight Gallery's 'Small Works Show'. This exciting group exhibition runs until December 31, 2011. There's still time to hustle on over to Fredericksburg, TX and stop in for a look.  For more info and to view online exhibition click here. 'Pick Up or Delivery'......oil on panel.....18x22 inchesI am also exhibiting my new painting 'Pick Up or Delivery' at Waterhouse Gallery's annual 'Great American Figurative Artists' show. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful group show filled with top-notch figurative painters. For more info and to view online exhibition click here.RECENT AWARD FROM SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE!'Lahaina Leisure'......oil on panel......14x18 inchesI am extremely honored and delighted that my painting 'Lahaina Leisure' was awarded Honorable Mention from Southwest Art Magazine's '1st Annual Artistic Excellence Competition'.Click here to view complete online editorial from Southwest Art Magazine's December 2011 issue!That's all for now folks. Stay tuned for more adventures as 'Winter' takes the stage and 2011 gives way to the new and exciting, very highly publicized 2012. There hasn't been so much apocalyptic anticipation for a New Year since we had the Y2K bug destroy all the PC clocks and shut down civilization as we knew it!  Boy, that was a disappointment, here I still am using the internet ;-)Wishing you and yours a very memorable, magical and peaceful Holiday Season![...]

Sizzling Summer Scene

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 06:53:00 +0000

Here is a new painting I recently completed for an upcoming fall group show at Insight Gallery.  Exhibition opens on September 2nd, 2011. This painting also placed as finalist for both the 'Raymar'  and 'BoldBrush' June 2011 online competition!        'Pieton'.........oil on canvas panel.........16x20 inches (SOLD)Greetings!  Welcome again to my latest blogello, chock full of interesting news and pictures about my life and art.  Summer has finally arrived in all it's glory, having shaken off the overcast gray of the June gloom and kicked in to gear with some scorching hot days.  What better time to check out the 'Landscape' group show at Abend Gallery where my painting 'Prelude To Summer' is currently  on display. ~ A w e s o m e   N e w s   a n d   E v e n t s! ~'Where R U?'........oil on panel.......11x14 inches (SOLD)I am so delighted and honored to have received the 'Member's Choice Award/Associate and Signature Division'  for my painting  'Where R U?' from the Oil Painters of America's '20th Annual National Juried Exhibition' which was hosted by Devin Galleries. Click here for complete list of winners.  WORKSHOPS UPDATE!I've got one last workshop scheduled for 2011 so there's still an opportunity to join me in Big Sur for some plein air fun! Ahhhh, Big Sur, where Heaven really has come down and touched Earth.  After a long day of painting 'en plain air' you can unwind by soaking in natural sulphuric hot springs, the stone tubs lining the cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Skilled massage therapists are on hand to work out all the muscular knots that five hours of standing, painting, and concentrating can create.  The food is all organically grown on site, and the kitchen provides three nutritious square meals a day in a beautiful oak finished dining hall.  For more info on Esalen and to register for my August 2011workshop click here.Stay tuned for more exciting news and have a dazzling, adventurous and resplendent summer![...]

Full Speed Ahead!

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:53:00 +0000

Greetings All!Spring has finally sprung and I have an exciting roster of events, group shows, and workshop updates to share with you. For starters, I'd like to share a plein air painting I did while in Maui for the '2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational'. Enjoy!'Sugar Cane Train'..............oil on canvas panel.............8x10 inches (SOLD)'Salon International 2011'April 2 - 22, 2011(SOLD)My painting 'Le Marais Twilight' (which also received 'Best of Show' from the January Raymar Fine Art Competition) is included in Greenhouse Gallery's 'Salon International 2011'. Show runs through April 22, 2011.To view online exhibition click here.'Around the World: The Painted Journey'April 8 - 30, 2011(SOLD)I will also be participating in Abend Gallery's 'From Around the World: The Painted Journey' exhibition which will feature remarkable pieces which have been selected from the participating artists' world travels. 'Rue Saint-Antoine' will be one of my three paintings included in this impressive exhibition.Show opens April 8, 2011.For online preview click here.'1st Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art'April 21 - May 19, 2011Another piece created from my Paris trip is 'Strolling Parisian' which has been selected for the '1st Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art hosted by Legacy Gallery.Exhibition opens April 22, 2011.For online preview click here.'20th Annual National Juried Exhibition'June 10 - July 9, 2011Finally, a fourth Paris inspired piece, 'Where R U?', will be on display for the Oil Painters of America '20th Annual National Juried Exhibition' at Devin Galleries in Idaho.Exhibition opens June 10, 2011.For more info about this exhibition click here.~ 2 0 1 1 W o r k s h o p s ~Here is a recap of my remaining plein air painting workshops for 2011:Both the Sedona (May) and Big Sur (June) workshops are currently full with waiting list. The Big Sur workshop in August still has some spaces available. Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to register soon in order to secure your place and experience the seaside organic gardens and cliff side hot spring tubs!Click here to view my current workshop schedule for 2011.~Be sure to have an awesome and productive rest of the spring season and prepare yourself for more fun and adventure in 2011's summer![...]

Looking Back, Forging Ahead

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 04:53:00 +0000

I present to you my very first 2011 blog post with a recent painting I did titled 'The Artist's Refuge'. Enjoy!'The Artist's Refuge'..........oil on canvas panel............8x10 inchesIt's good to be back in the blogosphere! I hope everyone's New Year is off to a great start and that all your resolutions are sturdy and full of promise, like an acorn, that could be an oak tree eventually. An acorn, they're a hard nut to crack, ask any squirrel, they'll tell you. ~ Highlights of 2010 ~'Jardins des Tuileries'.............gouache on panel............8x10 inchesThere have been so many wonderful and exciting moments in the past year. Exciting group shows, prestigious plein air invitationals, mind bending roller coasters, indeed too many to list! If I had to pick my favorite adventure then my trip to Paris, France tops the list.Oh Paris, can my blog ever do you justice? The things you showed me in your wonderful architecture and wondering populace were without equal. I'd like to tell the tales of the terrifying toilets, trying tourist traps, and terrorist threats. The musical washing machine, the striking thespians, the sub-par restaurant service, the robust espressos, the disgruntled proletariat, the strange dress codes, the street musicians. Too much to say in too small a space. The museums alone, the cemeteries, the churches and spontaneous choirs on a Tuesday morning. The gardens of Versailles and the fascinating fake farm of Marie Antoinette. My head was spinning, my feet were blistering. Too much! Not to forget the house, gardens, and lily pond of Monet in Giverny! That is all I can put into words. Below are a few pics of my trips highlights:after a full day at Versailles Palace and gardensMarie Antoinette's estatestanding next to Rodin's 'Gates of Hell' at the Rodin MuseumBen standing where Monet once stood!had an exhilarating time at the Louvre MuseumPere Lachaise Cemetery (I enjoyed it so much we visited twice!)Sacre Coeur was a treat!could not start my day without thisthe magical Seine RiverNotre Dame is spectacular!(and of course, so is Ben)and of course a visit to the Eifell Tower was a mustTo view additional pics of my Paris trip visit me on facebook!~Here's to a year filled with boundless joy, perpetual creative inspiration and prosperity![...]

Paint Outs and Parties!

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 05:56:00 +0000

Here is one of the plein air paintings I did during the '12th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational'.'Long Lost Memories'.............oil on canvas panel...............8x10 inches (SOLD)Greetings Gentle Bloggers,Once again I must sit down and write about what a mysterious thing life is. Life is like a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, put in a bottle, and then lost in an airport baggage claim. At least my life feels like it is ;-) It has been a busy past few months, with a whirlwind trip to Paris, several awesome group shows I participated in and a week long paint out at the '12th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational'. I don't know where to begin, so I'll blog from the end and work my way back to the beginning. Indeed, the Paris trip itself was so condensed with layers of visceral voyage visuals that it will in fact need it's own separate blog, written possibly in the year 2011 after enough time has passed for me to make some kind of linear explanation for my experience. That being said, let me tell you about the Laguna Invitational, which passed as quickly, smoothly, and pleasurably as prune juice through a goose. It was great to catch up with all my awesome artists friends, painting amongst the beautiful landscapes of Laguna. I found some new magical sites like Victoria Beach, with its single castle spire rising dramatically to the mansion above it, the strange circular footprint of an abandoned wading pool carved into the rock beneath it. Another mysteriously delightful discovery was the legendary Crystal Cove, a hidden beach I'd heard so much about and finally visited! Crystal Cove is peppered with adorable cottage rentals including a strange pthalo green beach house museum of fifties game boards like Sorry and Monopoly. Takes me back to my childhood in Canada's cottage country, all those hands of gin rummy! The other events were also cool, sold some paintings, had some drinks, ate some cake, and laughed at my own jokes. Thanks so much to all the folks at LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association) who made it possible! There's some hard working people behind the scenes making it all run smooth and stay fun! Here's to doing it all again in 2011!Here is a view looking the opposite way of 'Long Lost Memories''Melancholy Morning'............oil on canvas panel............8x10 inches(SOLD)~.... a few pics of the events and such. Enjoy!Me painting an overcast scene at Crystal Cove, whilst being lulled and soothed by the rhythmic sounds of the ocean.Kicking off the Invitational at Treasure Island Park for an early morning orientation and paint out. All artists were required to paint an 8x10 for a silent auction. Clear skies, mild temps, fresh ocean breeze and a plein air easel. Ahhhhh, what more could you ask for.Finishing up my 'Quick Draw' painting at Heisler Park on a rainy and cold Saturday morning.Sunday morning at the Laguna Museum.One of my favorite painters, super talented Bryan Mark Taylor. Bryan was the recipient of the 'Collectors Choice Award' at the Saturday evening gala reception.Carolyn Hesse -Low standing by her paintings. Carolyn is an absolute delight to paint with. A very gifted and generous soul indeed.Victoria Beach and all it's splendor!Crescent moon over Laguna Beach.Ben enjoying an afternoon stroll on the beach.The lovely Carol and Bill Hanke were generous enough to provide us a place to stay during the Invitational. This was the view from our guest bedroom window. Sweet!!![...]

Autumn Adventures

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 20:37:00 +0000

Here is a new piece currently on display at the Abend Gallery's 'Four Person Show'. To see online exhibit click here. Show closes this weekend!'Observatory Overhaul'............oil on canvas panel.............9x12 inches (SOLD)Hello Bloggopheliacs!A few months or so have passed and it's time to sit down and blog. For those who have consistently tuned in to read the latest bloggits and bloggellos of my bloggentuous blogsploits in the blig, blag blorld of the blarts, you have my sincerest bloggitude. To those just tuning in, welcome, you're in for a treat of the bloggest order. But enough of this bullbloggit, let's get on with the blog:The high point of the past couple months surely was the Debra Huse Gallery's annual 'Just Plein Fun' event, which I was delighted and honored to participate in. Selected artists painted en plein air for five days on Balboa Island, the event culminating with the 'Brush Off' competition on the last day. I did not win the 'Brush Off' competition, but was surprised and pleased to receive 'First Place' for my painting 'Grand Canal Colors'! All in all, an excellent event and a great excuse for some stellar artists to come together and paint the lovely island colors. I have included a few pics from the event. Enjoy!'Grand Canal Colors'.............oil on canvas panel.............8x10 inches (SOLD)(received 'First Place' award)a few pics from event.......Diligently working on my 'Grand Canal Colors' paintingSaturday afternoon 'Brush Off' event. The guy in the background wearing the straw hat is the talented Terry MastersArtists' opening reception and awards ceremonyPosing with the honorable Jean SternYes, yes, you say, the past sounds cool, but what of the present and future? Fret not, I say!More cool news coming right up.....'Bill's Pick Up'.........oil on canvas panel..........7x9 inchesMy painting 'Bill's Pick Up' was juried into the OPA's (Oil Painters of America) 'Western Regional Exhibition' . Opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY this coming fall. Show opens October 9th and runs through November 10th, 2010.For more details click here.I have recently been invited to participate in the '12th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational'. I am delighted to be participating in this week long celebration of plein air painting in beautiful Laguna Beach and surrounding areas. For more info click here.S a v e T h e D a t e !Finally, October will yield a full harvest of traditionalist paintings with Silvana Gallery's first ever annual 'Great Impressions - Masters of Fine Art' exhibition opening on October 23rd from 5 to 10 pm and running until December 11th. Not to be missed! I have some inside information that a few celebrity guest artists will be showing, I can hardly wait! More info (and art) coming soon!And that's it for now. I'll fill you in on more cool things as the gears of time slowly and unflinchingly turn, bringing us persistently closer to a fabulous and fruitful Autumn![...]

My Exquisitely Ecstatic Esalen Workshop

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 06:20:00 +0000

Here is one of the demos from my Esalen workshop'Love Yurts'.............oil on canvas panel................7x9 inchesGreetings Bloggophiles,It’s been a busy summer to say the least, and hot on the heels of my fantastic high-desert experience of my Sedona workshop came the misty, ocean world of my Esalen workshop in Big Sur, California. If Sedona had the mystical discipline energy of Mars, with it’s desert red rock and powerful dry heat, then Esalen had the mystical emotional energy of Venus, with it’s lush green vegetation, vast blue Pacific Ocean horizon, and cliff side hot tubs. We felt thoroughly pampered with all the amenities one could possibly want near at hand. The large, spacious cafeteria provided a wide choice of meals using vegetables grown organically on the property.The gardens not only provided fresh sustenance, but held a potpourri of visual stimuli in their gorgeous array of blooming flowers! Massage therapists were professional, caring and readily at hand to thwart any stress related muscular knots created by a long day painting. A small, circular meditation room overlooked a waterfall cascading down into the ocean, we meditated there until I was up to my eyeballs in inner peace. And the highlight, aside from the delightful company of my terrific students, had to be the hot tubs of natural sulphuric mineral spring water. The hot tubs are located right along the cliff’s face, the crashing waves hypnotically breaking over the stony beach below, and at night there exist no glare from the city lights to chase away the constellations above, and the not-so-rare shooting star can be seen burning out across the sky. In the mornings a white mist rolls in off the ocean, blanketing the gardens and edifices in a undulating fog, pulling nearby objects into sharp silhouette against the pale background scenery. Cinematic, painterly, the ghost of Sam Hyde Harris is doubtlessly haunting this small piece of paradise, trying to get his phantom painting just right. Below are some pics of this truly awesome workshop at Esalen. Enjoy!Conducting demo on the lovely Esalen groundsAttempting to capture the ethereal early morning ocean mistAnother demo from the workshop'Path to Yurt'.............oil on canvas panel...............7x9 inchesView of the gardenTaking a breather to answer some questionsGiving Sharon some pointers on valuesSo much for the candid shot ;-) Love Julie's cute little side glance~ Here are a few pics of Esalen and it's many splendors! ~The cliff side hot springsThe lush gardens of delight (these were poppies on steroids!!)More flora on steroids.....Couldn't resist.......Early morning meditation in circular meditation roomThe 'Big House' where Ben and I were lulled to sleep every night by the soothing sounds of the ocean wavesThat's me, contemplating whether to return to Esalen next year.........hell yeah I'm coming back!My awesome students!From left to right top row:Mary, Usana, Julie, Jan, Jodie, Catherine, Min and NaomiFrom left to right bottom row:Sharon, Jennifer and hubby Ben(Paul not pictured)To view additional Esalen pics click here!Hope you enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping by!Before I sign off, here is a quick recap of my 2011 upcoming plein air painting workshops:Plein Air Painting in MauiDATE: February 15 - 17, 2011 (3 days)LOCATION: Maui, HITUITION: $350.(limited to 12 students)For more info and registration click hereSmall and Simple: F[...]