Friday, June 13, 2014

patti s. (age 11)


Something I've been working on for the last few days - 
from a school photograph of a young Patti Smith, age 11.
I stumbled upon this photograph on the web and really loved it. 
I think I like expression on the second, earlier stage best, 
but unfortunately, paintings don't have a control Z, "un-do" button 
and it's so easy to kill a painting with "death by tinkering", 
so i resisted the temptation to keep pecking away at it.

patti s. (age 11)
acrylic on panel
8" x 10" x 1.5"
painting is available for purchase 



patti s. (age 11)
(detail)

beginning state

mid-way through

Monday, June 09, 2014

painting-a-day -the irish girl (girl with grey eyes)-



the irish girl (girl with grey eyes)
acrylic on panel
8 x 10
click to see large

the irish girl (girl with grey eyes) - detail
acrylic on panel
8 x 10
click to see large

sold

Saturday, June 07, 2014

painting-a-day, clapper rail, salt marsh


clapper rail - salt marsh
acrylic on panel
9 x 12
click to see large

sold

Friday, June 06, 2014

painting-a-day! luna (on the ottoman)

It's summer, teaching is over, and I'm reviving my painting-a-day blog :-)

ok……..technically, it will be closer to 5 a week (a girl does has to play sometimes!)
and technically, the inaugural piece wasn't done in a day, but over several days.
But i'm pleased with the eyes, and that pre-pounce intense kitten look.

luna (on the ottoman)
acrylic on panel
9.5 x 14
click to see large

sold


luna (on the ottoman)
acrylic on panel
detail
click to see large

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

hands-on acrylic painting workshop - south bay!


I'll being teaching a workshop in November -
a student from a previous workshop has generously offered to host the class in her home in Brisbane, so it will be down in the south bay*
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understanding paint -
a hands-on acrylic painting workshop



- learn how to make your paintings more luminous
- how to add texture
- how to make colors more vivid

In a relaxed, supportive environment, we will explore some of the ways that acrylics can be used. There will be demos, one on one help, creativity exercises, and the time to finish one small painting.
(plus, I throw in a bunch of useful painting and studio tips.
and a big pot of vegetable soup :-)

The workshop focuses on understanding how acrylics (and paint in general) works, and covers basic info on materials (supports, grounds, mediums, additives) - as well as a variety of techniques, such as glazing and scumbling.  Not even sure what any of that even means?  Don't be intimidated - past participants have included painting novices as well as professional artists  - no past painting experience necessary.


november 2nd and 3rd
10:30 to 4:30
brisbane, ca


Workshop is $200 + $25 materials fee  if registered before october 20th
Workshop is $215 + $25 materials fee  if registered after 


A deposit of $100 holds a place in the class, and is refundable up to 10 days before the workshop.
(If a participant needs to cancel after that time, the deposit can be applied to future workshops). 


* interested in having a workshop in your space?
If you have a suitable space which can accommodate approximately 6 or so people, let me know.  If you would like to host the workshop in your space, then you get to take the class (with materials included) for free!


for more info, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me
claire@clairebcotts.com

Friday, October 04, 2013

kalassal art sale - 1/2 off at kala art institute

big annual 1/2 off art sale at kala art institute!

open friday through sunday, lots of events -
family art making, open studios, pickle tasting!
(and if you are lucky, you might snag an adorable heinz pickle pin :-)

more info here

http://www.kala.org/kalassal/

here are a few of the little paintings I have there.

like waves over water
mixed media 

one eye shut
mixed media 


gildersleeve
mixed media 


no enemies in the world
mixed media 

studio floor










Tuesday, September 03, 2013

heinz avenue, may 2nd (sunset)


heinz avenue, may 2nd (sunset)
9 x 12
acrylic on panel

heinz avenue, may 2nd (sunset) 
(detail)


to purchase, contact me at 
claire@clairebcotts.com

Friday, August 30, 2013

goose!


goose!
acrylic on panel
11 x 11.25

goose! - detail



duck, duck, goose!

winding up the painting-a-day (ish), one more to go.

I been working on this one for the last few days - 
to amuse myself, I wanted to paint a duck, another duck, and a goose, just for the silliness of it.

earlier in the summer, I had a run-in with a very, very mean goose.
(let's just say, I never knew that geese had teeth…..)
this is from a photo I took of him/her/it.

studying my adversary from a safe distance, that ominous angry black bump, the clawed feet, the angry hissing noises it made, all I could think was….the dinosaur that walks among us

sold

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

painting-a-day - duck (II)


duck (II)
acrylic on panel
8  x 10 
(click to see large)

I went swimming up at lake anza today, trying to squeeze in as much summer as possible.
Many female mallards - now that I'm painting birds, I'm studying their feathers more closely.
There was one sunbathing, resting up on a buoy, you could swim up very close - the pattern on her feathers was really quite beautiful.
I know that at korean weddings, it's customary to give a set of carved ducks - symbols of fidelity since they mate for life.
I hope these two paintings end up in the same home…..

any guesses on what I'm painting tomorrow?  
 ;-)

if you are interested in purchasing this painting, 
send me an email at
claire@clairebcotts.com

Monday, August 26, 2013

painting-a-day - duck


duck (I)
acrylic on panel
8  x 10 

(click to see large)


I have always liked that little black curly feather on mallards.
very sassy.

if you are interested in purchasing this painting, 
send me an email at
claire@clairebcotts.com