“In My Studio, I Am…” By Carol Paquet

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In my studio I am working on a private commission for a Tahoe residence. The piece is an oil on canvas, fairly large at 35″ x 52″. The client was looking for something that was reminiscent of the trees in that area and Fall colors. This is a work in progress.

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The handicap accessible working studio in Arroyo Grande will be open the first weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour. To view more work by Carol, check out her website. Her focus is on abstract landscape based oil paintings.

Story Time with Jeanette Wolff

“A Man and His Dog” oil by Jeanette Wolff

I took a photo of my friend taking a quick smoking break-when I painted it later I included a dog-it made me happy because he had seemed lonely! And that’s the story behind “A Man and His Dog.”

See more of Jeanette’s art when her studio is open in Cambria during the Open Studios Art Tour, both weekends: October 13/14 and 20/21 from 10am-5pm.

“Keep An Eye Out For…” by Karen Krahl

San Luis Obispo artist, Karen Krahl wants you to keep an eye out for her pieces “Minden Palomino” and  “Santa Fe Arroyo.” Below are details of each piece. If you’d like to see the rest – you’ll have to visit her during the 2012 Open Studios Art Tour. Krahl is participating only the first weekend of the Tour, October 13/14 10am-5pm.

detail of “Minden Palomino” by Karen Krahl

I started this ambitious canvas several years ago. I was working from a photo that I’d scanned, and used “curves” on photo shop to bring out some bizarre colors. It was all lavender, yellows; not a realistic landscape at all, and so I set it aside. I still liked the composition, but a lot was left to do. I almost threw it out one day.

Then I completely changed the pallet of colors. Working from a small blow up of the 4x 6 with this canvas which is about 4 x 4 feet was painstaking and a real time sink.

Finally I began to like what I saw, but I had challenges depicting a volcanic rock outcropping in the mountain range, and decisions to make about how much detail I wanted to add to the fields, the grass, and when exactly I could pronounce the painting done. I could still be painting grass fronds today on that thing, but I thought I’d left the beholder’s imagination fill in the rest. I left it at a gesture.

detail of “Santa Fe Arroyo” by Karen Krahl

I had a devil of a time working from a small photo when I was out in Santa Fe painting with John Farnsworth in his studio. He wanted me to paint on 6″ x 6″ gessoed masonite squares. Between the photo and square I was painting on, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at.

First I was thinking the white things were rocks, but he had personally walked  through arroyo and when he glanced over at my painting, he informed me what I was painting weren’t rocks, they were a specific kind of desert weed. That helped a lot.

Next I asked, if I could paint on a medium sized canvas now that I’d taken his directions on making compositions on a small space. He resisted, but the next day a large canvas greeted me when I walked in his studio. I painted the same scene as the day before, but now had more room for detail.

I wound up not mastering the white weeds, nor much detail, but several weeks later when they shipped my finished “masterpiece” as he kidded me, I was surprised by how much I liked the feel, the vivid colors. The reason it had to be shipped was that the only medium he would let me use was walnut oil, and it took forever to dry.

Origins: Larry Knapp

I suppose I would have to thank two particular women in my life for an avid interest in art and an enduring love of painting. When I was a child growing up in Los Angeles, my Mom would to tear off large sheets of  butcher paper and lay them out for me to color on. I would spend hours and hours coloring and drawing – and imagining. One year she took my water colors and painted all the Easter lilies out in the yard. I was also given the popular “paint by numbers” sets. She was the certainly the –  first female to profoundly influence my creativity.

“About That Hat”

My first memories of grade school, in the first and second grades, are of my teacher, Miss Polly. She let us color and paint all the time. It was this freedom she gave me to express myself that got me hooked on painting: an addiction for which I will, thankfully, never find a cure. Thus, my mother and Miss Polly were crucial to my later artistic development.

I recall that in the 6th grade I took a mail order art test wherein you were asked to finish simple drawings. I did very well at this. So much so that a representative from the company came to our house and wanted to sell my parents the mail order class. I was so disappointed that they would not purchase the class for me – but my desire was always there: every Saturday morning I watched Jon Gnagy on TV and drew along with him with my very own special Jon Gnagy “learn to draw kit”.

“Self Portrait with Tweety”

Paints and colors have always been my way of expression. Once I got to college, I knew that there was only one discipline that I cared to explore and pursue, and I proceeded to work on a degree in fine arts, with an emphasis in painting as well as graphic design. I supported myself in the ensuing years as a graphic designer and an art director, but painting has always been my driving force.

I am happiest when I am pouring my visions of the earth’s wondrous, natural beauty onto a fresh canvas, making it appear as fresh, free and alive as is deserves to be. Its probably in the sprit of my mom and Miss Polly that I continue to do creative work.

Larry Knapp in his Morro Bay Studio

See more of Larry’s work on his website and in person during the 2012 Open Studios Art Tour! Catalogs available online September 1. Printed Catalogs available after September 15. Call ARTS Obispo/SLO County Arts Council to have the catalog shipped to you! (805) 544 9251