“In My Studio, I am…” by Elizabeth Hudson

Elizabeth Hudson, Studio #217

In the studio I am comforted by my studio companion. A furry or feathered friend is often the only company an artist has that will stick around patiently through long hours spent in dedicated art making. When touring other artists’ studios in the past, it was so fun to meet their little companions and to witness how often they become the muse.

inside Hudson's studio in Paso Robles

Stop by my studio (#217) to meet my little buddy and visit my website to see more of my art.

Elizabeth's works inside her studio


Inspire Me! By Larry Knapp

Larry painting in his studio in Morro Bay

Where does artist Larry Knapp get his inspiration?

I am inspired by nature and nature’s elements. I create by using shapes or elements from nature, but not by painting them photo-realistically or as a still life. Rather, I have been able to use my background as a graphic designer to translate what I see and feel into more of an impressionistic interpretation of natures beauty. I break the shapes of what I see down into positive and negative shapes, creating a fresh approach and looking at nature with a different vision.

My goal is to give the subject a life of its own and then draw the viewer into this world of beauty and innocence. My paintings are broken up into positive and negative shapes and layered with vibrant colors. As I paint, I begin to lose myself in my subject, painting with a bit of abandon, loving the feeling I get when applying paint to canvas, layering colors over colors and allowing the painting to just evolve.

Sneak peak of Larry Knapp's Studio in Morro Bay

I am further inspired by painting in a large format, giving me the freedom to express my feelings not only in large, vivid colors but also the freedom to create a dreamlike world, dreamlike in the sense of nature before distorted or destroyed by man.

In my studio, I find myself living in the moment the kind of living and feeling that comes from deep feeling of love, respect and awe of natures beauty.

Check out Larry's ad on the BACK COVER of the Open Studios Catalog!

Changes in your OSAT Catalog

Please note these changes in your 2011 Open Studios Art Tour Catalog

#46: Wagner, Maggie: with regrets will not be participating during the South County Weekend in Nipomo

#58: Braun, Carolyn: will not be participating in the Encore Weekend

#100: Pritchard, Eileen: will not be participating in the Encore Weekend

#174: Denker, Stuart: will be participating in the Encore Weekend, Oct. 29 & 30 in Los Osos

#203: Knapp, Larry: will be participating in the Encore Weekend, Oct. 29 & 30 in Morro Bay

My Favorite Tool: Cheryl Barton-Petrie

My favorite tool is my Dremel!!!! You can do just about anything with this tool; fix mistakes, make creative mistakes, and it is fun to operate. What’s in my toolbox? All of  the attachments! I just can begin to tell you what each attachment does but I have one for every medium. Check out Cheryl’s website to see what all she does.

Cheryl's Favorite Tool: The Dremel

What in the world is a Dremel?