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Venice Beach in June gloom

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Last summer I posted about walking around the Venice Canals on a grey, dismal day. That same day I took a few shots of Venice Beach too. The canals are a couple of blocks inland from the beach.

Abbot Kinney founded Venice of America in 1905. He visualized recreating Venice, Italy on the shores of Los Angeles. To make a much longer story short, he won a coin toss and chose the swamp lands south of Santa Monica. Like all such visionaries, people thought he was crazy.

The mural is by Rip Cronk who painted many murals around Venice in the late 70s. However, this one was created in 2004.

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There is nothing worse than being at Venice Beach, or any beach for that matter, when the sun refuses to come out. But June Gloom is the worst. It is dark and hazy and bleahhhhhhh. Don’t come to LA in June, is all I have to say! In recent years June Gloom has expanded to Grey (or Gray, depending on your inclination) May. So don’t come in May either…

I wonder what Abbot Kinney would think of today’s Venice Beach. It’s a great tourist trap. And on a clear, sunny day the wide beach is spectacular.

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venice june gloom

I lived right on Ocean Front Walk a few decades ago when it was fun for me. Now in my older age, it is not one of my favorite places. I prefer the Santa Monica Pier for my beach-going.

I lived right on Ocean Front Walk a few decades ago when it was fun for me. Now in my older age, it is not one of my favorite places. I prefer the Santa Monica Pier for my beach-going.

I lived right on Ocean Front Walk a few decades ago when it was fun for me. Now in my older age, it is not one of my favorite places. I prefer the Santa Monica Pier for my beach-going.

After visiting the canals earlier in the day I was wandering around looking for things to photograph. This is the most amazing fire hydrant I have ever seen. True grunge art.

After visiting the canals earlier in the day I was wandering around looking for things to photograph. This is the most amazing fire hydrant I have ever seen. True grunge art.

A person hole (formerly known as a manhole) cover.

 

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I’m always attracted to anything purple. I took several photos of these flowers and when I looked at them in Lightroom I was surprised to see all the light shining through the centers.

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Painted on the side of a food truck parked in the street.

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Self portrait. I’m standing in front of the palm tree. This globe is over the doorway of an apartment house.

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A colorful mural on Pacific Avenue.

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An unintentional abstract art painting. If I could have cut this off the building I’m sure I could have sold it for $10,000. Although I could also see it hanging in my living room.

I have thousands of other photos of Venice. I’m sure you can’t wait to see them! No worries…

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Triple art treat in Tujunga

katherine kean

Photo copyright Barbara Golbin

McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga held its inaugural Artist Studios Tour on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Two artist friends who live in that area were participating by opening their home studios to the public. So my friend B and I decided to drive out there to be supportive.

As my car, AKA Cinnamon Girl, spends most of her life sitting in the garage I knew she would enjoy the 70-mile round trip (northeast of Culver City). We’ve been having unusually muggy weather on the Westside and as we were leaving Culver City around 1:00pm CG’s windshield was splattered with rain drops. In our terrible drought we will take every drop!

Our first stop was at Katherine Kean’s studio. (Photo above). She has a beautiful home nestled in the hills with lovely views all around. There is a lot to be said for living out in the “boonies.” As a die-hard city girl, even I can appreciate the call of the wilds!

I did take my DSLR with me but for whatever reason l left it in the car. Fortunately, my companion thought to whip out her iPhone to snap a picture of Katherine standing in front of one of her pieces. (Tweaked and cropped just a little in Lightoom by moi.) I’ve followed Katherine’s career for many years and seen her artwork evolve. I’ve always been a big fan.

Katherine comes across as a serene person and her paintings match her personna.

I encourage you to click on this link to her website.

Katherine was generously sharing her space with another artist, Rosanna Norton. I’ve met Rosanna on a couple of occasions previously but never seen any of her artwork. I wasn’t expecting her or her art to be at Katherine’s house so this was icing on the cake .

rosanna norton

Photo copyright Barbara Golbin

All I can say is that I immediately got the connection between Rosanna and her expressive work as her artwork matches her colorful personality. (And clothing!). What a nice surprise.

Click here for Rosanna’s website.

Last, but certainly not least, we drove over to Melissa Reischman’s home studio.

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Photo copyright Barbara Golbin.

I have a certain affinity with abstract art. The lack of immediately identifiable subject matter allows my imagination to run wild. I’ve also had the good fortune to see Melissa’s work over the years. She is always experimenting. I happen to love her latest series of black and white drawings such as the five at the top of this photo. Black holes, electricity… all kinds of powerful images come to mind.

Visit Melissa’s website here.

It’s no secret I love art! As I have often said, I even like art that I don’t like! But it’s even better when I feel an emotional connection with the art I am viewing. That certainly was the case on Saturday.

I believe there may have been twenty artists on the Tujunga open studio tour but I have a short attention span, and in any case, we had planned to only visit Katherine and Melissa. My brain had taken in all it could at that point and we headed back to civilization… I mean Culver City!!!

B and I often end up at the same restaurants when we have dinner together. Even though we do try to think up new places, there is nothing as comforting as the tried and true. One of these is The Original Thai BBQ of Culver City on the corner of Venice Blvd and Clarington Ave where we ate dinner Saturday evening. It’s off the beaten track and not as glitzy as the eateries in downtown Culver City. I usually order tofu and a mixed veggie curry. Mmmmm, I could eat that right now for breakfast!

I know Katherine and Melissa are often exhibiting their work in art shows around the LA area. So look for their names and check out their work in person when you have the opportunity. And say hello for me…

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