“Keep an Eye Out for…” By Craig Kincaid

I’m really looking forward to showing my photographic art during the Open Studios Art Tour.

My “one man show” at Linnaea’s Cafe during the month of April was well received.  My idea to create “abstract” photographic art comes from my respect of painters who created abstract and impressionistic art: Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne, Braque, Kadinsky, Mondrian, Miró and Picasso to name a few.

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.  While I don’t create abstract art, I see it in natural objects and scenery which when isolated without a frame or border looks abstract.  Many times I get the question, “What is it?”  Here are 3 examples of pieces from my gallery that will be for sale . . . Did I mention that each piece is large: 30″ x 40″?  I look forward to meeting you during the tour.

Under the Bean

Dry Vernal Pool

Full Moon Over Angel Island

More of Craig’s pieces can be seen on his blog and at his San Luis Obispo studio during both weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.


Origins: Rich Lasiewski

I have spent a large part of my life looking at pictures–mainly of people’s insides, and in black and white. I am a retired Diagnostic Radiologist.

I’ve loved glass since I was a kid melting glass rods in a Bunsen burner.  Shortly before retirement I decided to learn more about art and art glass, so I started with weekend beadmaking and fusing classes. With the creative process being difficult for me, I began with art classes at Hancock and Cuesta College. I then became a nearly full-time student at Cal Poly for 3 years, thanks to Crissa Hewitt and George Jercich, studying glass fusing, casting, blowing, and metalsmithing. This lead to teaching “Summer Glass” classes there for 7 years.

At home, I built a studio and then filled it with the equipment (a.k.a. toys) needed to make kilnworked and torchworked glass, metal and glass jewelry, and sculptures. Glass is my medium, and I have always loved paperweights.

My wife of 43 years, Kersti, and I collaborate frequently–especially with jewelry, where she will incorporate my glass beads into beautiful pieces. I enjoy experimenting with different methods to produce the final work: different colors, materials, shapes and sizes. I try to avoid repetitive pieces which would be boring and have been accused of playing rather than being a serious artist.  I really do enjoy it.

I have had enough ‘serious’ in my life as a physician, now I want to enjoy myself and also people do seem to get enjoyment out of seeing our finished pieces.

Rich & Kersti’s Arroyo Grande studio will be open both weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.  Stop by and see them!

Inspire Me! By Cheryl Barton-Petrie

Beauty in Organic Form

I don’t think of ‘starting’ as an artist, but just responding to the beauty in the world around me. The simple form of nature is what I try to capture in my etchings, drawings, and gel transfers.

Be sure to stop by Cheryl’s studio the weekend of October 13th & 14th during ARTS Obispo’s Open Studio Tour In the meantime, you can also see more pieces on her website.

My Favorite Tool: Flo Bartell

My favorite tool is my propane torch.  Not only is it essential in my encaustic painting process, but it warms me and offers a soothing rhythm while I work.  I relate the fire of my torch to my passion for my art especially in my new series, “On Fire.”

Flo’s Los Osos studio will be open October 13 & 14th during ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour (see studio #84, page 21 of the Tour Catalog).

Catalogs for the event can be found throughout the county or you can download a copy.

Inspire Me! by Stuart Denker

Some of my paintings are based on 35mm Kodachrome slides taken during a 1990 trip to Greece. I completed a painting earlier this year based on my encounter with the re-assembled fragments of the sculpture from the West Pediment of the Temple of Zeus in the New Museum in Olympia. Walking in on this amazing art still stands out as one of the most inspiring happenings of the trip. Created between 472 and 456 BCE, this magnificent sculpture survived in place for about a thousand years before a succession of earthquakes brought it down and buried it.

This is the photo that the painting is based on:

Here is a screenshot of a museum catalog illustration of the surviving elements of both the East and West Pediment sculptures:

I’ve re-peopled the museum visitors, one of whom is a Greek widow walking past, paying no attention to the exhibit. The background wall color was changed in order to give the painting greater impact.

This is a photo of the finished painting:

“Wine It Was…” based on a quotation from Homer’s “Odyssey” (c 8th century BCE) wherein he poetically relates the mythic tale of a battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs and an intervention by Apollo, the son of Zeus, this being the narrative content of the sculpture.

Be sure to stop by Stuart’s Los Osos studio both weekends of Open Studios Art Tour.  You can also see more of his work in ARTS Obispo’s Visual Artist Directory.

Inspire Me! By Shannon E.A. McNamara

Templeton Vineyard 12 x 24 oil

Although I started at a tender age drawing pencil and crayon pictures on the blank pages of my mother’s Bible, I expanded to many avenues of expression over the years, such as oil and watercolors. I am especially fond of plein air painting.  Being out there in the open air surrounded by nature is the most exciting time for me—focusing on the various elements and the challenges of bringing them to the canvas.

Moonstone Beach – 14 x 18 oil

My body of work reflects time spent in many beautiful locations here on the Central California Coast, as well as many other places in the United States and Europe.

Red Barns watercolor & Breakfast Anytime watercolor

Please visit Shannon’s website at www.seamcnamara.com or stop by her San Luis Obispo studio both weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.

Origins: Kim Bagwill

I’ve always love to draw and I started out copying comic books while playing at my grandmother’s house. When I was 12, I received my first oil paint set and taught myself to paint. I think my parents finally realized they had a problem when at age 13 I asked if I could paint on the unfinished cement basement wall of our brand new house. They came down and discovered I was sketching a 12′ x 8′ mural of John, Paul, George and Ringo from the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s album. It took me seven months to finish, using a variety of wall paints from my parent’s hardware store, but 30 years later it’s still there.

I then went on to college and studied painting, photography and graphic design. I’ve been painting and taking photographs off and on my entire life, and supported myself with graphic and web design. I’ve always been fascinated with painting people, specifically faces. My current project is a series of portraits of school children from the 50s dressed in adult clothing. The original photograph I’m working from is a classroom-type shot of 16 children in three rows, and all are sober looking except one. I love seeing their personality in their faces and to make up stories about what they went on to do in their lives.

Paintings in process

More examples of Kim’s work can be seen on her website and be sure to stop by her Paso Robles studio both weekends of Open Studios Art Tour.