Field Trip

De Young and Ocean Beach Field Trip

Last week I went with to San Francisco with my friends Elissa and Laura. We wanted to catch the Turner exhibit at the De Young Museum before it was gone, so that was the catalyst for getting up there. Turns out, so was everyone else. The show was CROWDED to say the least. 

Of course I'd photograph one with a palm tree

Of course I'd photograph one with a palm tree

I confessed to Elissa and Laura that I was never a huge fan of Turner. I always thought his work was too atmospheric for me and maybe he used too many layers to get his point across. 

We first went up to the tower to have the 360 degree view of San Francisco. It will always be one of my favorite cities. You can't beat the bay, hills, park and buildings. In the entryway to get up there, these Ruth Asawa pieces were hanging on display. I love sculptural installations like this. The shadows are gorgeous and the metal work so detailed.

A Turner watercolor

A Turner watercolor

We moved into the Turner exhibit and were soon suffering from mild claustrophobia. It felt like solid people pushing forward to make a wall around each painting. "Wow!" I thought, "who knew everyone loved Tuner so much?" As we made our way through, I found myself far more draw to the watercolors than the oils. Seeing all those layers on paper only makes sense in person, but the photo above shows an example. There was also a room of unfinished works, which all of us like as well. Turner definitely grew on me after seeing the show. 

Elissa and Laura checking out the velvet bordered paintings

Elissa and Laura checking out the velvet bordered paintings

We decided to head off to the rest of the collection and found this amazing, expansive breath of fresh air in the empty gallery spaces. From here on out, our day became super relaxing. 

Elissa brought three blankets for us to sit on at Ocean Beach. I sketched people at the beach and a Sumi ink of cargo ships on the ocean. 

Here's Elissa's beautiful landscape. I love all her layers and textures she gets with watercolor. I felt like we need to do this more often!

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We stopped at Mollusk Surf Shop after we left the beach. I had been dying to come here, but always get here after they close. I guess I always spend too much time at the beach! They have the softest t-shirts with the coolest designs and beautiful built-ins like this treehouse. 

We stumbled on this tiny shop The Last Straw. Don't expect me to link a website because the owner doesn't take credit cards and lets you purchase by cash, check or IOU. She was so sweet, reading her library book while we browsed her soaps, jewelry and other objects. The fence you see above protects the cute garden beds behind.

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Good times! It was pure bliss being in San Francisco for the day. What a way to end the summer!

 

 

 

 

Two Art Shows, A Cleanse, Pom-Poms, Taxes & Slowing Down

It was a very busy weekend with an art show at Collector in Berkeley, a workshop in SF with Dana Haim, an art show at the Citadel Gallery, crafting for a baby shower and taxes. Whew! I have been overcommitting for the last two months and while I feel lucky to be involved with all these projects, I have been feeling really burnt out. Luckily, I'm on a cleanse so that's really helping things! Ha, not really. I am cooking or preparing every single meal since I have not been consuming dairy, grains, legumes or sugar. It makes it hard if I go out to eat anywhere since I can't eat much of anything but salad. I've been somewhat of a homebody at this time. Anyway, I'm doing it to myself.

 

FRIDAY

Great turnout at Collector

Great turnout at Collector

Talking with an art fan

Talking with an art fan

The art show opening at Collector was fantastic! A good friend, artist Elissa Nesheim came out all the way from Gilroy and there was a really nice crowd. I love working with this art shop. Skye and Christina have a great eye and they are so good to the artists. The shop has art-filled walls and an incredible selection of artist prints and handmade goods. Collector also now carries prints of my work. It was so hard to not eat the brie and drink the wine at this opening! 

 

SATURDAY

Dana Haim in the center of all this yarn

Dana Haim in the center of all this yarn

All my poms

All my poms

My friend Anabella and I headed up to San Francisco early to attend a pom-pom workshop by Brooklyn artist Dana Haim at Makeshift Society. I saw her Pomifornia workshop tour on the Jungalow blog and posted by Makeshift Society. It seemed like it would be really fun.  Dana was so great and I learned a ton from her. The other guests were super fun too. I am brainstorming a summer project with these and hoping to include glittery yarn. I love learning new things and Dana Haim has transformed pom-poms into something new and exciting. Working on these fluffy little spheres was addicting. I loved "painting" with the yarn and experimenting with the designs. It reminded me that I love working with a variety of materials from paper to textiles and that I just love color so much.  

Faye Moorhouse at Faye's Video

Faye Moorhouse at Faye's Video

After the workshop, we headed over to Faye's Video & Espresso Bar to see the work of UK artist and illustrator Faye Moorhouse. I love her quirky, wonky work. Faye's wonky movie posters were just the thing I needed to see. 

An awesome turnout at Eye Tea at the Citadel Gallery, including Bella's parents seen in the foreground here. 

An awesome turnout at Eye Tea at the Citadel Gallery, including Bella's parents seen in the foreground here. 

The show Eye Tea opened at the Citadel Gallery on Saturday night. It was awesome to be a part of Slow Art Day. We were the only venue in San Jose to take part. The theme of artists reflecting on social media and information technology seemed really fitting for the idea of slowing down. Slow Art Day asks participants in galleries worldwide to view 5 works of art for 5-10 minutes each. The average time viewers spend in front of a work of art is said to be about 17 seconds. Slow Art Day asks viewers to stop and view the art. 

String Theory, art installation by Frances Marin and Anabella Pi ñ on at Citadel Gallery. Watercolor, paper, dyed string and cans. 

String Theory, art installation by Frances Marin and Anabella Piñon at Citadel Gallery. Watercolor, paper, dyed string and cans. 

Anabella and I came up with the installation String Theory. Two kids talk on a tin can, but there is a lot of noise and eavesdropping happening around them. A fairly simple and straightforward message here. We had been spending many hours on this in the last few weeks. I will be posting about the behind-the-scenes of this project soon. 

 

SUNDAY

I spent time crafting in the morning for a friend's baby shower that's happening this weekend. We made banners and other decor for this. Afterward, I went to Bryan's jiu jitsu competition. It was so cool to see him win his first match. 

 

MONDAY/TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY

Still in my robe as I write this!

Still in my robe as I write this!

And then, taxes. For the last few years, I gather up my documents and data early in the year and get about 75% finished with my tax work. Then, life and projects get prioritized and I end up scrambling at the last minute. Since I have a variety of streams of revenue including teaching, wholesale, several online shops, events, direct sales, etc., my taxes are quite a bit more complicated these days than they were a few years ago. I am quite proud that I am so much more organized and knowledgeable about bookkeeping than when I started. It took years of hard work, but I feel really good about being able to handle this aspect of what I do. I have to be honest about not keeping up with bookkeeping in the last part of 2014. When I sat down and went through the numbers, I was really happy to have made more than I thought. I am determined to get my taxes done earlier in 2016. I'm also determined to stay more on top of bookkeeping for the rest of this year. 

Now it's time to slow down a little. I'll be going on vacation for the last week of the month. I think it's well-deserved after this crazy schedule I've had. I have a few fun projects to work toward until I leave, but it is so much less than I have had going. On the trip, I will have limited internet access and I think this will be a very, very good thing.  

 

 

 

Delta Workshop weekend adventure

Well, it's been some weeks since my art show was hung at Delta Workshop in Sacramento, CA. I've been excited to share with you a recap of how the two weekends went midst the heat, the show and the ranch. Here we go! 

I headed up to Sacramento on June 1st to drop off and install the work. My boyfriend sent me off with some necessary liquids. Here are some mason jars of green juice, water and coffee for the ride up.

I headed up to Sacramento on June 1st to drop off and install the work. My boyfriend sent me off with some necessary liquids. Here are some mason jars of green juice, water and coffee for the ride up.

When I arrived, Bridget, the owner of Delta Workshop, greeted me with 
her usual friendly smile. Here she is showing me some of her stationery 
selection. 

When I arrived, Bridget, the owner of Delta Workshop, greeted me with her usual friendly smile. Here she is showing me some of her stationery selection. 

The install went smoothly and you can see my artwork behind her display rack.

The install went smoothly and you can see my artwork behind her display rack.

The following weekend, June 8th, I ventured up with my boyfriend and friends to attend the opening. This was going to be my first time at my friend Bella's family ranch in Shingle Springs, CA. Bella always told me the ranch looks like my paintings. I think she's right.

A vintage trailer on the ranch. 

A vintage trailer on the ranch. 

I see where Bella gets her amazing vintage style. This scene of her mom's living room is perfectly welcoming.

I see where Bella gets her amazing vintage style. This scene of her mom's living room is perfectly welcoming.

Bella's mom  is a great cook and we ate nopales (cactus) that grows right off the porch steps, steak and green chile, a New Mexico staple. 

Bella's mom  is a great cook and we ate nopales (cactus) that grows right off the porch steps, steak and green chile, a New Mexico staple. 

Morning coffee and archery.  

Morning coffee and archery.  

Breakfast on the ranch.

Breakfast on the ranch.

A sketch I made of Bryan playing Mancala.  

A sketch I made of Bryan playing Mancala.  

Los  Piñones, a truly great family that I feel honored to know.

Los Piñones, a truly great family that I feel honored to know.