Just thinking about the strife and tribulation that goes on among people that I know and it makes me sad. Hence, this blog…. The title above is really the ONLY way to live your life and if you live it that way, gee, a lot of unhappiness goes away. And happiness will come your way, in many ways. If only the people that really need to HEED this, would, life would be so much more simpler and enjoyable!! We all know people that love to “stir the pot”, create trouble and turmoil, and others are actually happier being mad about something. Some of those individuals I have eliminated from my life to bring more peace to myself and my family. Some I can’t eliminate. To those, I wish peace and harmony within themselves. I rise above their unhappiness and hope that one day, they “see the light”. PEACE TO ALL !
Striking a note between Impressionism and Realism, Dennis Calaba’s style is difficult to categorize. His influences range from Homer to Wyeth. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, CA., he studied art at Cal State, Northridge and the Art Center of Design, Pasadena. He has been a commercial artist since 1977. Having worked in the entertainment, advertising, and aerospace worlds, it has expanded his talents and interests. He paints portraits, landscapes, seascapes, automotive art, murals, and animal subjects. Dennis chooses whether he will work in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, guache, or pen & ink, depending on what will best suit the subject matter. His inspiration is found in nature’s bountiful compositions. Underlying in each of his artistic works is a mood that he hopes will be communicated to the viewer. Location is not as paramount to this artist as capturing that “mood”. He believes that a successful work of art invites people to enter, bringing their own feelings into it. Dennis is comfortable working in his studio or outdoors. Both of these methods have advantages that he likes to incorporate in his work. It is this mixture of “capturing the moment” and “creating a mood” that give his art their dynamics. He has gained wide-spread recognition from many awards in juried art shows, exhibitions and several galleries that range from Carmel Valley to Wrightwood to Lake Hughes. His works also hang in businesses and numerous private collections. He has a wife and two daughters and resides in the far eastern Antelope Valley, where there are gorgeous sunrises and sunsets visible from his home everyday ! We, at the Graphic Experience are pleased to have his artwork hang here in our gallery. Come see it. http://www.graphic-experience.com
Sal, a native of Southern California, grew up in the shadows of the Arrroyo Seco in Alhambra, also known as “artists alley” because of the artists who lived and painted there. Those artists included Sam Hyde Harris, Don Miles, Karl Albert, Jimmy Swinnerton, Frank Tenny Johnson, and in the summer months, Norman Rockwell. Sal grew up in San Gabriel, a city next to Alhambra. In his mid twenties, he met and struck up a lifelong friendship with Sam Hyde Harris and accompanied Harris, Miles, and Albert on painting trips. From his three friends, Sal developed the tools needed to be a plein air artist and today still looks forward to painting the surrounding area of the high desert of Southern California. Formal education included the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, Ca. where Sal met movie poster artist Reynold Brown and western artist Don “Putt” Putman. Tom Putman, “Putt”s brother and Sal’s high school coach encouraged Sal to enroll at the Art Center and through these artists, Sal became interested in Western art. Deciding to take up his brushes and paints, Sal started a new challenge to complete unfulfilled goals. He considers himself privileged to be given the opportunity to express himself through his paintings. For the past few years, Sal has been painting commission paintings of horses. “I enjoy the challenge of painting horses, they are incredible animals – very strong, regal, and intelligent”. Sal also enjoys painting the fast fading lifestyle of the ranchers, cowboys, and cowgirls of the high desert. ” I have a feeling when I paint and want others to feel it when they are viewing the paintings. It’s just something that comes from within. I can’t describe the feeling, but it’s there in each painting”. Come to our gallery at the Graphic Experience http://www.graphic-experience.com for a closer look at his gorgeous works !
Holly Modine, born in Bennington, Vermont, has been basket weaving for over 20 years. Eleven years ago she became totally (but temporarily) paralyzed with Guillain Barre Syndrome and was unable to weave for 10 years. Dabbling in other forms of art, her heart ached to weave again. In 2005 she began Basketry again,this time with a boldness of color, texture and size she had never done before.
Incorporating antlers, bones, found metal objects (the rustier the better) and natural items, Holly moves basketry from function to form. “I like the idea of giving new life to discarded and forgotten items.”
Holly is influenced by the colors, textures and native materials found in New Mexico. “Cholla cactus is one of my favorite plants. VVhen dried, it reveals a rockhard, hole ridden shell with grayish undertones–an inspirational feast.” Her bold color and use of unusual objects tenderly woven into each piece, has influenced her in creating contemporary sculptural art forms. She uses reed (from the rattan plant) as her primary Weavers, all have been hand dyed in her studio.
Her paintings, done in Rust and Patina paint are a celebration of nature as well. A 3 to 4 part process, brings out unusual colors and textures of New Mexico in a totally new medium. This technique also works on portraits and landscapes,giving them depth and intensity. Holly and family currently live in Magdalena, NM and have been renovating an old school for 13 years. She is site #51 on the NM Fiber Arts Trails. Holly Modine Studio, 460 Spruce St., Magdalena, NM87825 575-854-2918 www.modinehollyj .com or www.Hmodine.etsy.com Holly’s Work is also available locally here at Pinker’s Place in Lancaster,CA
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