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California Art Club at the Natural History Museum

I had previously visited the California Art Club 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Natural History Museum with my friend SB when we stopped by the Butterfly Pavilion a couple of weeks ago. I liked it so much I suggested it as an activity for our Culver City Art Group
It’s so hard to get people to leave home. One other member, aside from BG and myself, showed up.
Too bad as they missed a super exhibit. I have to say I have never seen so many wonderful paintings in one place. The exhibit ended today. I only wish it went on longer as I would have visited it a third time!
Not only inspirational for painters but for photographers (like myself) as well.The composition is the same for a painter and a photographer. I get a lot of ideas from looking at paintings. This road cutting through Death Valley makes the painting. You probably can’t see it but there’s a car on the highway with red tail lights.
I love this bridge at Yosemite. I’ve taken a few photos of it!I enjoy taking photos of chairs and benches so this appealed to me.
Market Street in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities.california art club

This painting at the entrance to the exhibit was one of my favorites. After the exhibit we ventured outside where members of the California Art Club were painting scenes of the gardens.

BG recognized Xavier Gonzalez, a very talented artist who used to be a member of the Culver City Art Group. He was invited to paint with the California Art Club.

We stopped to talk to this gentleman, Donald Townes, who was painting a very colorful scene. You can see another spectacular ocean painting of his here.

One last painting of Malibu from the vineyards in the hills.

I’m a member of the Natural History Museum and I find it money well spent as I enjoy the permanent exhibits and the temporary exhibits like this one!


Artsy friends at art show

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Yesterday I took the Metro #733 rapid bus to Ocean Park (south Santa Monica) to attend the Venice Art Forum Group Show artist talk at the invitation of my friend Barbara Golbin.

I took several art classes with Linda Jacobson, the founder of the forum, centuries ago at UCLA when after years of doing no art I felt the need to get started again. She was instrumental in getting my creative juices flowing and I haven’t stopped since.

When I met Barbara the day of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and discovered she was an artist in hiding, I introduced her to the art forum. I dropped out but Barbara kept going.

I really love her artwork and I don’t say that lightly. She has her own definitive style and is not afraid to try new things.

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Each artist was given the opportunity to talk about their art and what inspired them.

I love art and I never cease to be amazed by how each artist expresses themselves so uniquely.

Barbara likes flowers. How she interprets them is her own vision. I can spot one of her paintings a mile away in a crowd of thousands!

Below is the video I made of Barbara’s section of the talk:

I made this video with my point and shoot Canon G16 and at times I forgot I was shooting a video, therefore a few erratic moves!

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Another artist I greatly admire is Carole Garland. She said not everybody enjoys realistic painting. I had to comment that her paintings are not realistic. They are HER impressions of a scene. I happen to love the Santa Monica Pier myself, which is depicted in these paintings.

She also has a series of paintings of downtown Los Angeles at the TAG Gallery which I plan to visit this coming Thursday.

So much art to see, so little time!



California Heritage Museum – One Man’s Passion

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This was my second visit to the Watercolors: One Man’s Passion, Selections from the E. Gene Crain Collectionexhibit at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.

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The museum, as its name suggests, celebrates the history and culture of California.

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This Victorian house was moved from another location in Santa Monica for a second life as a museum. Otherwise it would have been demolished. Don’t you love stories like this?

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A friend suggested a visit to the watercolor exhibit a few weeks ago and I thought, why not? I love all kinds of art. I was totally blown away by the paintings.

So I proposed the exhibit as the September activity for the Culver City Art Group.

We were not allowed to photograph in the art gallery upstairs. So these photos are of the downstairs which is furnished in the Monterey style.

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I am a big fan of ceramic tiles. This table is decorated with California Poppies, the official state flower, Eschscholzia Californica.

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The downstairs is decorated with Monterey style furniture and ceramics from various California factories.

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I salivate over ceramic tiles. I don’t know why. But when I see decorative tiles I make a beeline for them.

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Meyers Pottery: Rainbow Pottery. I think this was from the 50s… not sure… but it’s worth a fortune today.

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California Mission.

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The founders of Santa Monica. Colonel Robert S. Baker and U.S. Senator John P. Jones. In the middle, the house that became the museum.

We were not allowed to photograph the watercolors in the upstairs gallery. You’ll just have to take my word for it that they are spectacular. Artists included Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Phil Paradise, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes.

We were told it is possible (but not certain) that some more paintings from the collection might be on view later in the year. If so, you can be sure I will be there!

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