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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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My favorite kind of shopping

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Yes, Photoshopping is the only kind of shopping I really enjoy! The photo above is the revised version of a photo I took last year.

I took the photo below from my deck but from my vantage point, no matter how I tried to move around, the Sony Studios water tower ended up splat in the middle of the palm tree.

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I had the original photo printed on canvas but whenever I looked at it I wanted to take my scissors and move the water tower to the left. But thanks to Photoshop, I didn’t need to use scissors.

I like the revised image sooooooooo much better… and added a couple of birds for good measure!

What do you think?

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A sunset by any other name…

culver city sunset sony studios

západ slunce, غروب, Tramonto, Posta del sol, Matahari terbenam, Coucher du soleil, solnedgang, Zonsondergang, Закат, พระอาทิตย์ตกดิน…

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However you say the word “sunset,” really there is no word to describe its beauty and wonder… like snowflakes no two sunsets are alike (as far as I know).

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My view is across Sony Studios in Culver City towards the ocean.

culver city sunset sony studios

After a cold snap (cold being relative) the last few days we have been back to our usual November weather…. in the mid 70s (25C).

culver city sunset sony studios

But before you send that hate mail, tomorrow we are dipping down to the 60s (18C) and will stay that way for a few days… with showers.

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But in the meantime, this evening as I was sitting in my office the whole room turned orange so I ran outside to the roof deck and was amazed to see this sunset. Maybe the best I have ever seen. But then every sunset is the best one, isn’t it?

Like they say, Seize the day… or the Sunset!

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Views from my deck in Culver City to commemorate my birthday

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View of the sunset over Sony Studios from my roof deck. From left to right, the water tower, no longer operational but most of the studios in the LA area retain them as a landmark. The Columbia Studios marquee for the latest release, The End of Days. I stared at Skyfall for weeks, my favorite movie of 2012. At right the rainbow sculpture commemorating the Wizard of Oz which was filmed here when the studio name was MGM.

This day last year was a special birthday. We won’t go into which one. But I celebrated it exactly as I had dreamed on the Brighton Pier in England. You can read that blog post here.

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This year I wanted to stay home. I had already traveled to New Mexico and Miami in 2013 and that was enough. This photo looks towards the Baldwin Overlook, the highest point in Culver City, about 450 feet which affords spectacular views all over the city of Los Angeles.

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So to commemorate my birthday, for myself, I took some photos from my roof deck in Culver City. Another look at Sony Studios and Culver City downtown.

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More geraniums and views of the tree tops. The Santa Monica Mountains are obscured in this photo by the trees.

This way I can look back at my blog post of this birthday just as I was able to look back at my blog post of Brighton Pier. Self indulgence is a wonderful thing!

But I am very grateful that my favorite spot in the universe is on my very own roof deck in Culver City. Many people have to travel thousands of miles and spend inordinate amounts of money to arrive at their favorite place. All I have to do is walk up a few stairs and I am there!

Please click on all the photos for a larger view.

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