Friday, December 23, 2011

Congratulations Sara!

Recently Representational Art League member

Sara Starr was juried into the Humboldt Arts Council

Juried Show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA.

We contratulate you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Celebrating the Fruit of the Vine" RAL Exhibit

oil by Frances Kuta
The Representational Art League will be at Moonstone Crossing Winery, 529 Trinity St. in Trinidad for a three-month show including two art changes, and two receptions. The first reception was already held on Oct. 1, and the second will be Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday from noon to 6p.m.

"Loaded" by Yevonne Reynolds

colored pencil
The Representational Art League prepared for their exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery not only from visiting vineyards but also by gathering together to set up still lifes related to wine, resulting in a fun day of painting and camaraderie. For other sources, they used family and friends' photos of Mendocino wine country.

"Tulips and Wine" by Pat Cahill

The Representational Art League exhibit at Moonstone Crossing Winery has been planned since well before May of this year, giving league members enough time to visit wineries, paint "en plein air" and shoot reference photos. One such July visit was to the Winnett Winery in Willow Creek, home and vineyard of Sharon and Dave Winnett. Timed with the blooming of lavender and roses amid the vineyard, ripe pickings from overloaded cherry trees and a cool visit to the barrel room, the members had much inspiration to capture.

"Night Harvest" by Sara Starr

The Representational Art League will be showing all new work at Moonstone Crossing Winery in Trinidad starting Saturday Oct. 1 and running through Dec. 29, 2011. For this three-month show, the league decided to paint the romance of all things related to wine.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

"Concerts on the Plaza" by Beverly Harper

Sunday August 14 Afrolicious
Sunday August 21 Moonalice
Sunday August 28 Jah Tory Band

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Celebrate the Grape" by Marj Early

It is 16"x 20" watercolor and includes a bit of negative painting and just enjoying the color.

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Red Wine, with Fish?" by Marj Early


"Red Wine, with Fish?" is an imaginary view of a heron about to eat lunch when suddenly he is offered a glass of red wine.

"Pink Beach" by Marj Early


"Pink Beach" is one of the views on Scenic Drive, just south of Trinidad, CA. The horizon often disappears into the fog.

Friday, June 17, 2011

"La Rosa" by Yevonne Reynolds

From a trip I made to San Jose last fall.

Friday, June 3, 2011

"Oyster Festival" Poster by Beverly Harper

poster art

"Arts Arcata" Poster by Beverly Harper

poster art

"Corner of 8th and G St." by Beverly Harper

24"x 30" oil on canvas

This winter nocturne was inspired by the street lamps that illuminate the Arcata Plaza. The Plaza is a meeting place for the community and our local Humboldt State University.

"Daly Staggerwing Over Murray Field" by Beverly Harper

24"x 30" oil on canvas sold, limited edition prints available

The Red Beech Staggerwing is at home in the hangar directly below it in the painting. It's a 1939 Model F17D, wingspan 32', length 25' 11 1/2", height 8 ', maximum airspeed 222 mph, and owned by Tim and Mona Daly. Great fun painting a local treasure.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Mendocino Resident" by Sara Starr

Once a year or so I visit lovely Mendocino, on the Northern California coast. This watercolor comes from a street there and shows the interesting eclectic architecture one finds in the town. And, yes, the Siamese cat was there, but I took artistic license and moved him to a different spot.
I just learned that this painting won 2nd place in a Daniel Smith art supplies watercolor contest. Very happy about that. It's currently on display at the Trinidad Art Gallery in California through the end of May 2011.

"Juan's Garden" by Sara Starr

This past February I had the good fortune to go to La Penita, Mexico, for a 5-day plein air oil painting workshop. Here is my painting from Day 3 --- after I had a major breakthrough and began to figure out this medium that I am not well-versed in! It was painted in the garden of a fellow student, Juan.

"Kissing Beach" by Sara Starr

On day 4 of our Mexico trip, we went to an exclusive beach-side community. The lovely crescent-shaped beach was called Kissing Beach. After I painted this one I went for a swim and then had a lovely lunch of fresh seafood. A day in paradise!

"Red-Wing Blackbird" by Sara Starr

In July 2011 I will have an exhibit of my tiles at the Fire Arts Center Gallery in Arcata. I am busy getting ready for it, trying to get a piece or two fired every week. Here is one that I just took from the kiln, of a red-wing blackbird. These are one of my favorite birds --- a true sign of spring. I am pleased with the bright colors I've achieved with high-firing (Cone 10, about 2300 degrees F.). My show will have cats, birds, flowers and landscapes.

"Where's my Credit Card" by Sara Starr

This spring the Representational Art League held a portrait challenge---and what a challenge it was! We all did portraits of the same model, Kristin, who posed for us. For my portrait, which I did in watercolor from a photo in my studio, I placed her in a store setting (in this case, Moonrise Herbs, a local Arcata store). I took photos from the store and used a photo of Kristin when she searched in her red purse to find a lipstick. I called this painting "Where's my Credit Card?"

Monday, May 23, 2011

"Night Harvest" by Sara Starr

The end of the year, our Representational Art League will have an exhibit of wine-related art at the tasting room of Moonstone Crossing, a local winery in Trinidad. We are all busily working on art for this. Here is a start of a watercolor I am doing. This shows just the first layers. The scene is of grape pickers working during a cold October night, picking Pinot Noir grapes for a rose wine. I am working from a photo taken by Terry McCarthy at Navarro vineyards in Anderson Valley. The painting has progressed since this stage and has proven to be much fun to paint.

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Fernbridge at 100 Years" by Pat Cahill

Fernbridge is turning 100 years old in 2011. Its cement structure has a tremendous history to its credit withstanding the many floods and being the important guardian to the Ferndale Valley. This 11" x 29" watercolor painting honors its longevity and a major transportation vehicle to the valley people.

"River Rock Arch" by Pat Cahill

"River Rock Arch" is a watercolor painting of a gateway that will be around a long time. The rocks were specially chosen for the arch and fence. Note the owl guarding the entrance.

"Bee at Work" by Pat Cahill

Spring is in the air with this 11"x 15" watercolor painting of the "Bee at Work". There are so many special moments in nature. This little bee was intent on pollinating the pear blossoms, so it just had to be painted.

"Egret Encounter" by Pat Cahill

This 13.5" x 17" watercolor painting of "Egret Encounter" captures two egrets sparing over food. The egrets, usually seen as solitary birds, were feeding in a local pasture field and were very aggressive towards each other.

Monday, April 25, 2011

"The Wetlands" by Marj Early

16" x 20" watercolor

Just a thumbnail of the beautiful Humboldt National Wildlife Refuge in winter, a major migratory bird stop on the Pacific Flyway.

"Kristin" by Marj Early

16" x 20" watercolor

The "Challenge Show/April" painting of local model in watercolor.

"The Outlaw" by Marj Early

18" x 24" watercolor

One of my favorite trawlers at the local island Marina. The Outlaw always looks rarin' to go.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Local Treasures" by Frances Kuta

I titled this painting "Local Treasures" and cheese of Humboldt County! Did you know Humboldt County has about 23 wineries??? The cheese is the wonderful Cypress Grove "Humboldt Fog"...a semi-soft aged goat cheese of the cleanest, purest goats milk in the area...yielding goat cheese from heaven in my opinion! I'm ramping up to paint a handful of paintings that are all about wine. It'll be fun. 8" x 10" oil on linen panel.

"Plum, Ranunculas & Silver" by Frances Kuta

I think ranunculas are my favorite flower. I set this little arrangement up and of course my husbands' great grandmothers' teapot found a way into the composition. I love to paint that curvy, silver, tarnished old pot. This one is 5" x 7" oil on board.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Ferndale from Meridian" by Camille Regli

The "Ferndale from Meridian" painting was a gift to the Ferndale Women's Club to hang in the newly restored Town Hall.

Friday, March 25, 2011

"White Wine" by Camille Regli

"White Wine" will be part of the RAL group exhibit at Moonstone at the end of the year.

"Secret Valley" by Camille Regli

This was a study in green, painted at the Guthrie Creek trail head, after the fog lifted.

Friday, March 18, 2011

"William and Mable Scott" by Yevonne Reynolds


My grandparents, Mable A. Scott and William A. Scott are drawn in graphite referenced from their 50th anniversary photo taken in 1956.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"The Red Vase" by Susan Strope

This and other florals can be seen during Arts Alive in the upstairs of Studio S.

"Engaged" by Susan Strope

Painted for the figure challenge show in April at Studio S.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Hope Valley Campground" by Camille Regli

6"x 12" oil
This painting and the one below were both painted on my Lake Tahoe trip with Kaye Harden last fall. $150.

"Grass Lake" by Camille Regli

11"x 14" oil
Painted on my Lake Tahoe Trip with Kay Harden last fall.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Morning Fog on Lake Shasta" by Yevonne Reynolds

24" x 18" colored pencil

Every year a group of ladies get together and rent a house boat on Lake Shasta, CA. We have been doing that for about 10 years now. I always take a lot of photos so when I get home, I have references to create the wonderful landscapes of that area.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Ball Park" by Beverly Harper

"Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Ball Park" is an open edition print celebrating the long tradition of Crabs Baseball in Humboldt County. The team, founded in 1945 is the oldest continuously-operated collegiate baseball team in the country. 2011 marks the 67th consecutive year of Crabs baseball. The team is based in Arcata, California, approximately 250 miles north of San Francisco, and play their home games at the Arcata Ball Park.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Cacique" by Sara Starr

6" x 8" high-fire tile

"Cacique" is a high-fire tile that I brought to La Penita, Mexico, as a gift to the gallery owner who hosted our plein aire oil painting workshop. Caciques are related to orioles and grackles, and several of them reside in the garden next to the house we rented for our trip. A fabulous bird! I hope to post some results from my workshop soon!

"Alibi" by Sara Starr

22" x 28" watercolor

"Alibi" depicts some of Arcata's beloved landmarks---wonderful old neon bar signs on the north side of the Plaza. This painting won Honorable Mention in the Winter 2010 Humboldt Arts Council Juried show at the Morris Graves Art Museum.