Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Work related to art

"California Cuisine"

The business of art is keeping me busy the last few days. I am in the process of preparing for the Silicon Valley Open Studios in May. I will be hosting 5 other artist at my home on the weekend of May 9 and 10. "California Cuisine" is one of my pieces that I feature on the SVOS website. You can check out artists here:

Yesterday I went through my artwork to select pieces that I want to mat and frame. Some pieces I will simply bag as is or bag with mat and backing. Actually the process is rather fun. I squirrel away much of what I paint, and it's pleasing to get out everything and look at the body of work and select the strongest pieces. I also spent some time lining up Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society workshops for 2012. Can you believe that we've filled 2010, 2011, and much of 2012? I love talking with the excellent artists we engage. You can check out upcoming workshops here: and

I created "California Cuisine" as part of the series I did during a Mike Bailey workshop. Mike just pulls out all the stops on himself and the participants. This is one of 20 full-sheet paintings that evolved from a simple still life that featured a bottle of olive oil, a bowl, a spatula, an egg, and a jar. Those elements are in this piece with some embellishments. I love California Poppies. They conjure up warm sunshine, fresh air, garden smells, still-green hillsides, and spring in Santa Clara Valley.


theresamillerwatercolors said...

What a beautifully warm piece, love it!

Mary Paquet said...

Theresa, thanks for your kind comments.

Ajay Patil said...

Those poppies are lovely, I also liked the painting used in blog header

Megha Chhatbar said...

I agree...the painting in header is wonderful...Those flowers are beautiful..Lovely colors..! BTW I have started a new blog dedicated to my sketch work — Art on Sketchbook

Mary Paquet said...

Ajay and Megha, for checking out the blog and leaving such encouraging comments. I am finding the blog a wonderful way to connect with people all over the world.