on the road...california
Greetings from California--I'm away on the first of my summer teaching trips and enjoying California hospitality, beautiful weather, great food and the artists who came to my class in Yreka.
I flew into San Francisco last Tuesday, rented a car, and stayed with my friend, artist Phyllis Lasche
that night. It is always a delight to see Phyllis, and she had a beautiful new cold wax painting on the easel (I am kicking myself for not getting a photo of that.) She treated me to a lunch that was also photo worthy--the first of a number of memorable California meals featuring the creative use of fresh vegetables, melt in your mouth strawberries, interesting sauces and other healthy ingredients. From Phyllis's house I drove north to visit with Rodney Thompson
and his wife, Kathy. I was completely charmed by their home, gardens, and Rodney's studio.
His large scale, stunning cold wax painting (Suspect Terrane, 6ft x 5 ft) displayed in the dining room (see below) immediately drew me in with its complex, subtle textures and glowing colors. Rodney and Phyllis are both highly developed artists who have taken Oil and Wax Workshops from me in the past, and there is special pleasure to see where they have taken their work in cold wax.
From Rodney's place, I headed up to Yreka to prepare for the three day intro Oil and Wax Workshop that just finished today, As I have been so many times before, I was impressed by the focus, curiosity and enthusiasm for the process of those who came. In this class I was especially interested in some of the original ideas for possible personal directions with the medium, including use with sculpture and fiber materials. Every class is a unique mix of backgrounds and experiences, personalities and approaches. This was a small group but very focused and interactive.
Tomorrow I leave for Davis, CA and a private class, then dinner with an old friend from graduate school and a flight home Tuesday night. I look forward to a few weeks at home before the next round of travel.