Thursday, August 13, 2015

droplet


droplet
36 x 48 (diptych)
acrylic on panel
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droplet
(detail)
acrylic on panel
click to see large


ere i saw elba

ere i saw elba
acrylic on panel
36 x 48


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

upcoming workshops -plein air landscape and acrylic painting workshop

Two upcoming workshops for the fall. 

 a one day plein air painting workshop held in tilden park and a two day weekend workshop in my Berkeley studio. 

one day acrylic plein air painting workshop -
sunday, september 13th
11 am - 4:30 pm
(note - garden closes at 5:30, so you will have additional time to work at finishing your painting)

paulsen lane, petaluma
acrylic on panel

 

tilden botanical garden

there will be a focus on composition, 
- how to block out a composition and balance elements of color and value in your landscape painting.
I do have a few extra plein air easels, if you don't have one.

$65 + $25 materials fee  
(which includes a primed 16 x 20 panel) if registered before september 1st.

($80 + $25 materials fee)
if registered before september 1st.

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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.)

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.


two day acrylic painting workshop -
understanding paint

october 3rd & 4th, 
11 am - 4:30 pm

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, July 31, 2015

before I met you


before I met you
acrylic on canvas
(diptych)
30 x 48
click to see large



before I met you
acrylic on canvas
(detail)


before I met you
acrylic on canvas
(detail)



bee's wing



bee's wing
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40
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bee's wing
detail
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bee's wing
detail
click to see large

Saturday, March 07, 2015

new work - fall and winter

the caliphate of air
acrylic on canvas
48 x 72
(click to see large)


michaelmas day
acrylic on canvas
48 x 72
(click to see large)

waiting to hear back
acrylic on canvas
48 x 72
(click to see large)

waiting to hear back
detail
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waiting to hear back
detail
click to see large


abstract - october
acrylic on canvas
24 x 30
(click to see large)

abstract - august
acrylic on canvas
24 x 30
(click to see large)


abstract - september
acrylic on canvas
24 x 30
(click to see large)

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"




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


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



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

painting a day - heinz avenue, may 2nd (sunset)


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

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