One Summer

6"x 6"
acrylic on gessoboard

6"x 6"
acrylic on gessoboard

I take A LOT of pictures when we are visiting family down in Southern California.

The top one is in Avalon, Catalina, walking down the street from where my mom and dad used to live.
The other one is from the pier at Newport Beach at sunset. You can see the Dory Fishing Fleet  market on the bottom, right.

These pieces are at  Randy Higbee's show in Costa Mesa, opening December 8. Currently all art work is available online, here, but I would recommend you go to see (if possible!) all the hundreds of beautiful art work on display there!

BTW, they are framed. :)


Everybody Has Their Own "Stuff"

Two years ago today, I had a stroke. 


I am thankful for the fact that I don't get up every morning and say, "Really? This happened to me?" and wait until I can go to bed that evening.

I am thankful for the fact that I can talk and write. (that was really hard)

I am thankful for the fact that I don't have to use a wheelchair any more and I can walk, without my AFO. (brace on my right leg)

I am thankful for my right arm getting better.

I am getting better! Everyday. There are so many who don't get better.

What happened to me was shocking, and I got a little press (The Oregonian newspaper article on me) but EVERYBODY has their own "stuff" to deal with!

I want to thank my family, neighbors (who saved my life!), friends and "friends", and whoever else that has prayed for me, supported me, helped me through this tough time.

Thank you!


Looking For Guys

5"x 7"
acrylic on gessoboard

Here is my entry into the Daily Paintworks Challenge. This photo was taken by Carol Marine on her recent visit to Santa Cruz.


Last Saturday

I met with 5 art friends for brunch last Saturday. Carol Marine, Randall Tipton, Jo Reimer, Cathleen Rehfeld, and Celeste Bergin.  
We met at Randall and John's house, everyone brought food (which was awesome!), and we spent the time getting to know everyone and talking art. 

We got to see Randall's studio, several large paintings (acrylic and watercolor),  his drawers full of beautiful art, Jo brought her collage pieces and Cathleen brought two oil paintings to share, (they were all beautiful too!) and Celeste, Carol , and I ....well....forgot...or something..... :)

I learned so much from so many talented artists sharing.....I need to get out more!


Starbucks ?

 8" x 16"
acrylic on wrapped canvas

8"x 12"
acrylic on wrapped canvas

I started these before my stroke. I got about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way done. I have since finished them. They are meant to be hung together with the longer one first. 
They are a combination of four pictures, anywhere you want them to be! Starbucks? 

These were at my "Cityscapes" show.


Sunny Day in San Fran

Sunny Day in San Fran

"Sunny Day in San Fran"
6"x 6"
acrylic on gessoboard

Here is a "quick" painting for Daily Paintworks of a scene that Carol Marine caught on camera on her visit to San Francisco. 
"Quick" for me because it only took me 4 hours and a size like this used to take me a whole week!  


Cityscapes Show

Donna and Roberta, the co-owners of Art On Broadway Gallery,  have encouraged me to have my first show since my stroke.They, and everybody else in the gallery is being so supportive of me! 
I am honored and a little apprehensive to do it. Maybe because my paintings are with my off hand? (my left hand)

Oh well!

The show is called "Cityscapes" and the opening in Saturday, August 11, from 6-9, and goes until September 1.

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Art On Broadway
Monthly Events August 2012
1st Friday - Aug 6, 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Mayor Denny Doyle enjoying 1st Friday

It's almost that time again! This month we will have demo on making torched glass beads by Carli Kruse. Carli makes beautiful jewelry with the glass beads she creates. Come and see how she does it, starting at 5:30pm.

Also, we will be having another silent art auction. Many of our artists are putting up a few pieces of their work to be sold in auction. The items will be displayed on our West Wall and on pedestals in front of the wall. The bidding will start on Tues. August 31st and end at 8:30pm on Fri.

A new feature in August is a chance to win gift certificates from participating merchants. Fill out a free raffle in each participating store and have a chance to win. Good luck!
“Cityscapes” - Featured Show
“Remarkable!” – that’s what everyone says who sees the latest paintings by Annie Salness, artist and recent stroke survivor.

Salness, an accomplished artist for many years, has tackled landscapes, interiors, and urban scenes with aplomb; her use of lights and darks and her confident brushwork have always been evident in her work. She made painting with her dominant right hand look easy. Now, almost 21 months after suffering a major stroke that paralyzed her entire right side, Salness is back on top of her game creating “remarkable”paintings with her left hand. Her journey back to health and art hasn’t been easy, but it is remarkable, amazing, and inspirational.

“Midday” byAnnie Salness

The show runs through September 1. Gallery hours are 11 to 6, Tuesday thru Saturday. Join us for a free and fun reception celebration!

Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m.
"Yeserday, Today & Tomorrow" - Guest Show
Come see another talented group of local artists display their artwork on our "West Wing Wall." The theme leaves lots of room for interpretation, so you never know what to expect.

Be sure to check back for preview photos of this exhibit in our reminder message next Friday.

The Reception for this exhibit is combined with our "Featured Exhibit" reception on July 7, 6-9 p.m.

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Is the "Big Yellow Bag", Lauren?

I completed the paintings for decarli's restaurant and took them in last Wednesday. 
No, I didn't take pictures...but I will and post them in the future! 

Here's an interesting story!

I painted the "Big Yellow Bag"  about three years ago for Paradise Perks, an espresso shop, in Irvine, California.

 "Big Yellow Bag"

About a month ago a woman named Carol went into Paradise Perks, saw my painting and immediately thought of her granddaughter, Lauren. She emailed me with a picture of Lauren and asked if the painting was of her. 

Lauren used to work at Paradise Perks. 

See the resemblance?

I, however, painted "Big Yellow Bag" based off of a picture I took in Portland, Oregon.

It couldn't be Lauren, she was down in Irvine, California! 

But wait! She transferred to  Portland State University. 

Sooooo, is it her??


Can I Do It ?????


3 - 36"x 48"
stretched canvas

I have been given, by dicarli restaurant, the opportunity to display my artwork.
I said, "Great! I will give you three 36"x 48" cityscapes" (which I just started) "by June!"

Can I do it?

Of course!


I will follow up!



"Midday"- Painting with my left hand....

14"x 11"
acrylic on canvased hardboard

Painting with my left hand is getting so much easier! 
I used this-

any time I wanted even a semi-straight line. I was too wobbly and shaky before. (Not until I was making this post did I realize that I didn't use it once! :) )

An excellent artist, Terry Miura, challenged the readers of his blog to produce a piece of artwork from the same picture. You can see the results here. He said to "simplify". He showed us how he did it at the end of the challenge, here.

I don't think I simplified enough!


Sofft Tools

Here is a charcoal drawing I did using Sofft tools, charcoal, white charcoal, and PanPastels.

I originally saw this on one of David Kassan's videos and one of David Darrow's videos.
David Kassan has an excellent list of tools here.

My left hand is getting better at finer details but the Sofft tools and PanPastels helped me draw with broad strokes to block in the form.

Drawn with my left (soon to be) drawing and painting hand!


Right Hand?

So, my right hand isn't responsive.....YET.... but...... my left hand is doing pretty well!

I begin my studio time with drawing lines...

and circles....

and things I have around.

Next time, I'll show you the charcoal drawing I did using the Sofft tools I noticed on David Kassan's video and David Darrow's video.

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