Last week I visited the California Watercolor Association’s 43rd National Exhibition at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton. These pieces are amazing; here are a few that are in the show.
I know it’s not spring yet but I can’t help thinking about it. This is another poster for the band Homespun Royale. Spring is a season for new life and whimsical happenings.
This painting has a lot to do with two of my friend, Judy’s, loves: pirates and tea parties; therefore, I melded the two subjects to form a setting where young pirates are properly enjoying their afternoon tea. The juxtaposition of rough and dainty was quite refreshing. To add a personal touch, I used my Judy’s beautiful bone china tea-things as references.
This painting is for my friends who met when they were in junior high. Their friendship and quiet understanding is evident by the way they relate to each other. Their request was that I portray them as little children in whatever setting I wish. Because they are such fun and nature-loving people, I placed them in a tree with a jar of fireflies, symbolizing the magical nature of childhood discoveries and a quiet moment shared between them and a few other curious critters.
This is a poster for Homespun Royale, a band with eclectic music and musicians. I and my fellow band mates play instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, piano, cello, and french horn. In the past we also had amazing musicians who play banjo, accordion, harmonica, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and violin. Nathan Baird is the songwriting genius who supplies us with fun and whimsical lyrics and melodies. We have house shows once a month at different people’s homes since music is a great way to draw the community together.