Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Artists Open Studio Tour


STANISLAUS COUNTY
ARTISTS 
OPEN STUDIO TOUR 

Saturday APRIL 22nd 
and 
Sunday APRIL 23rd  2017
11am - 5pm

This year I will be making a change.  Instead of opening up my own art studio in Turlock, I will be joining Henrietta Sparkman at her Modesto studio.  We are # 20 on the map.
2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.

FIVE ARTISTS: Henrietta Sparkman, Carol David, Chloe Fonda, Corrine Robson, Rhett Regina Owings


Henrietta works in a variety of media creating fascinating abstract works of art.
Joining us at Henrietta's studio are three other artists:
Carol David (impressionist pastel figures and California landscapes),
Chloe Fonda (watercolor abstracts and monoprints)
Corrine Robson (hand crafted jewelry).
Rhett Regina Owings (paintings, embellished paper cranes, note cards & prints)

$10 tickets/tour booklets will be for sale at our location:  2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.
From McHenry Ave. turn onto Bowen then right on Sherwood.  
We will be open from 11 am - 5 pm.

Additional tickets are available at the Mistlin Art Gallery (Modesto), Carnegie Art Center (Turlock), Chartreuse Muse (Modesto), and the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce (Oakdale).

VISIT US AT #20 ON THE MAP
2409 Sherwood Ave, Modesto, CA.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Painting a California Castle - Yes a Real Castle!

Today we went painting at Kasteel Noz in Merced County.  This place is amazing!  Casper Noz started building his dream castle in 1991.  It is nestled in the rolling foothills east of Modesto in the Central Valley of California.  You can see more of this place by going to their website at: http://www.kasteelnoz.com/

It was a beautiful day, not hot, not cold, and most of all, for an artist, not windy!  After taking a tour, we set up our easels in the court yard and began to paint.  I wanted to catch the light on the round towers before it changed.  The red brick was a pretty color and Cad Red Light and Alizarin plus white did well to paint the sunlit parts.  Adding blue helped create the shadows.

Casper seemed to like my painting and he bought it!  Imagine, the Lord of the Castle bought my painting.  I did manage to get a quick photo of it and the castle.  Scroll down to see my painting.

All in all a very fun day!




My view
On my easel almost finished. 

Here I am painting by my car.
   
Breaking for Lunch

More Painters

Standing Guard



Saturday, March 11, 2017

More ACEO Drawings in Mixed Media- Cats - Trees and More!

Bird Watching
I have been exploring more small ACEO drawings in black & white.  So what is an ACEO you ask.  It is a small work of art - just 2.5" x 3.5".
I have mine matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame.  Drawing these tiny works has been fun.  I have been exploring using white charcoal, black and white ink pens.  A variety of subjects is always a challenge to draw so small.

CATS
My kitties give me endless subjects to draw and paint.  I especially like it when they are sleeping or sitting very still.  Lacey enjoys watching birds through the window at our bird feeder.  The birds seem to know he can not get at them!
 Leo, my striped tabby cat, gets into some of the most crazy positions!  He likes to sleep in an old chair in our living room on his back.   What a character he is!
Sleeping Kitty



















Christmas Truck

About to Rain
OLD TRUCK

Curve
This old truck at a fruit stand was all decorated up with garlands, of flowers and wreathed.
Goose

Speckled Bird

All Alone

Monday, February 27, 2017

ACEO BLACK & WHITE Drawings

DRAWING IN BLACK AND WHITE
Above Monterey Bay



I have been exploring drawing with a variety of mixed media including white ink, white pastel and pencil, black and brown inks and other pens.  It is interesting to see what a colorful scene looks like using just these medias.  I am working for a good NOTAN design and practicing for a possible painting as well.  I have been influenced by Vincent Van Gogh's drawings after reading Irving Stone's book "Lust for Life".  Vincent was an amazing observer of nature and used his pens magnificently!  


The drawings are small ACEOs.  An ACEO stands for "Art Card Edition Original" and they must always be to the standard size 2.5" x 3.5" a little bigger than a business card. Collectors are putting these into binders as well as framing them.  

Collectors trade these ACEOs like trading cards.
My drawings are on a variety of papers,  usually grays and dark greens.  I have some of them in auctions on eBay and on Daily Paintworks.  Below are a few I have been working on lately.  
If you would like to buy one of these contact me.  
Each of these have been matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame. 

You can click on an image to view it bigger. 

Calla Lilies in Pacific Grove - ACEO  - SOLD


Splashing Swan  - ACEO



               Sunset #1 - ACEO

             By the Sea -  ACEO







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Food Paintings on Daily Paintworks! Cakes, Cookies, & Lemons!

Chocolate Chip Cookies   5" x 7"  oil
Good enough to eat.
Painting food is fun, but so hard not to eat it too!  Yummy cake and cookies are a real challenge.  But I struggled through it to make these paintings.  Now I have a FOOD category on my gallery page on DPW.  


Carrot Cake on an Antique Saucer   6" x 6"  oil
Lemon   6" x 6"  oil
It was easier to paint this lemon 
since I did not have the urge to eat it!


Last Piece of Carrot Cake   5" x 7"  oilOh, but this piece of carrot cake....  yumm!



  










                                                              




Friday, February 10, 2017

Trip to Monterey Bay And Moss Landing - Boats & Sea Otters!

I really enjoy the Central California coast.  The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the seals and the flight of birds in the air.  We go to the Monterey Bay beaches as often as we can.  It is always difficult to leave.  While there last week we spotted a number of sea otters just off the dock in Moss Landing.  

I did not have time to paint this trip, but I have painted there in the past.  Here is one of those paintings:
Moss Landing Bird Haven    oil

I call this "Moss Landing Bird Haven"  This is a great place to go bird watching.  There is a power plant in the distance and many pleasure and fishing boats dock there as well. 
You can buy this painting on Daily Paintworks.

Moss Landing is just west of Monterey, CA.  There are many interesting things to look at there including Elk Horn Slough which is a haven for birds, seals and other aquatic sea life. 

Here are some photos I took on this trip.  Can you see a future painting here?
The day was very overcast and threatened rain.  It made the colors almost look like a black and white photo.  The tide was way out when we were there.  


Geebes are one of my favorite birds.  They have such elegant long necks and swim so gracefully.  Now you see them, now you don't!  They disappear into the water instantly!  There were lots of them at Moss Landing on this trip.  So wonderful to see!

I hope you get to go to Moss Landing one day.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First Spring Rose in DPW auction

 Now on Daily Paintworks this 6" x 6" Daily Painting called "First Spring Rose".

This is the prettiest rose in our garden and it always blooms first.  It is called Just Joey and is a lovely rose.  As it ages it expands and changes colors.  It is my favorite rose to paint.

The little ceramic owl was bought in Mexico when I was on a painting trip there in 1968.  He gets into many of my paintings!

This painting is now on display at the Tracy Grand Art Gallery in Tracy, CA. 


Below is how this painting might look framed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Foothill Paintings now on Daily Paintworks

    
Side By Side   12" x 16"  oils
Pat's View   12" x 16"   oils
Country Living   12" x 16"  oils

Bring in the Clouds  12" x 16"  oils

I now have 5 new foothill landscape paintings up on my Daily Paintworks Gallery.  These are from a series of paintings I did from scenes in the California foothills east of Modesto and up toward Sonora.  All the seasons are shown here.  

Check them out on Daily Paintworks.


Spring Creek  12" x 16"  oils

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Flower Paintings on Daily Paintworks

Mums   8" x 10"  oil

Birdbath   12" x 12"  on gallery wrapped canvas
Added today to my 
Daily Paintworks Gallery 
are these two floral paintings.

"Mums" was painted from my mums which decided to bloom.  They were very pretty white until the frost hit them and the tips of each petal turned pale purple.  They were a challenge to paint, but I enjoyed painting them very much.








This painting was painted at my local nursery.  What a fun place to paint!  So many nooks and crannies filled with interesting things to look at.  This birdbath was tucked into one corner and so I set up my easel and painted away.  I really liked the clay bird perched on the edge of the birdbath.


Check out both of these paintings on my Daily Paintworks Gallery 
and on my website at

www.RhettsStudio.com  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Carmel Mission Note Cards on DPW Gallery Store

 I just added this set of note  cards to my 
Daily Paintworks Gallery Store.  All painted at the Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA.

This is one of my all time favorite places to paint.  There are so many scenes, this place could keep me painting for a life time.  Lovely gardens, sculpture, old adobe buildings, fountains, and so much more.   

If you have not been there I hope you can get to go sometime. 

You can view these paintings on my website as well at:  www.RhettsStudio.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

New Gallery on Daily Paintworks

I am so pleased to announce that I now have my own gallery on DailyPaintworks.com  I am just starting so have only a few painting up right now, but planning more soon.  Just put up some note cards for sale and have a painting in the auction.  So hopeful for more sales and exposure.  And check out the new widget on the right!  Links right to my DPW gallery.

Note Card sets available on DPW

In the Auction on DPW
CLICK HERE TO BID