By the Sea

Now that I’ve finished my Spring Collection of Paintings, I’m starting on summer, and what says “summer” more than the beach, right?

I thought I’d show you pictures of the beach that will be the inspiration for my summer paintings. This is the beach at Point Dume in Malibu, near where my parents live, and where I grew up. I spent my childhood summers on this beach, surfing the waves on an inflatable rubber mat, exploring the tidepools, and soaking up the sun.

There is so much beauty here — the vivid blue sky, the soft warm sand, the seaweed-covered rocks, the blue-green sea anemones, the purple and orange starfish, the multicolored shells, and of course, the water — the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

My roots here are deep, but I haven’t actually been to this beach in a while. It’s the usual litany of excuses — lack of time being the primary factor. The beach remains much the same, but the demographics have changed, and this beach is now a playground for the wealthy. I feel out of place when I do visit.

I think the beach is perhaps better left to the confines of my memory, a time of carefree days and endless possibilities. It was fun, it was beautiful, and there will be other fun and beautiful things to come in my life.

What are your memories of summer? Tell me about them by posting a comment below.

Point Dume Beach in Malibu

Seagulls at Point Dume Beach in Malibu

Point Dume Beach in Malibu

Sea anemones at Point Dume Beach in Malibu

Seaweed at Point Dume Beach in Malibu

Starfish at Point Dume Beach in Malibu

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Karma Art Day

It’s Karma Art Day, where I offer an original piece of art with Pay What You Want pricing.

I believe that everyone should have access to original art, and on Karma Art Day, you get to decide the price. You decide what the art is worth to you, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to a nonprofit organization. By purchasing my art, you’re not only supporting my work, but also supporting the work of a worthy nonprofit. Good karma all around! Everybody wins!

For this Karma Art Day, I am offering the painting shown below, titled “Pimiento.” It’s a muy caliente painting of deep reds melding into vibrant chartreuse green — like hot chile peppers waiting to be picked on the vine.

“Pimiento” is 24 x 12 inches, and was completed in 2013 using some amazing colors of repurposed latex paint on a 1-1/2 inch deep gallery wrap canvas. The painting is signed on the back, and ready to hang with or without a frame on your wall.

Pimiento original painting

The regular price of this painting is $700, and on Karma Art Day, you get to choose your karma price.

20% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the reDiscover Center. reDiscover does a fantastic job of educating people about the reuse of waste materials, which resonates with my work, as I use leftover materials for my art.

Shipping within the United States is $30, and If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can pick it up instead. Contact me if you need an international shipping quote.

If this painting speaks to you, send me a message by Friday, April 4th that tells me:

  • Why you want the painting, and what you value about it.
  • Where you plan to hang it.
  • Your karma price. What is the painting worth to you?

I’ll read all of your replies and do my best to determine a good karma match for this painting. If you don’t get this painting, no worries. I plan to offer karma art regularly.

Write now — I’m waiting to hear from you. And thank you for your generous support of my work.

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Spring 2014 Collection of Paintings

It’s spring here in Southern California — my favorite time of year, and time to debut my Spring Collection of Paintings!

I’ve been planning and working on the six paintings in this collection for many months, and I’m excited that they’re done and I can finally show them to you. The paintings are inspired by the warmer days, returning light, bright floral colors and lush green grasses that are part of a Southern California spring.

Two of my spring paintings are shown below, and you can see the entire Spring Collection and read the story behind each painting on my website.

But wait, there’s more! I also created six of my small 10 x 10-inch paintings for spring. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add one of these gems to your collection.

It may not be spring yet in your part of the world, but these paintings are guaranteed to bring the joy and hope of spring into your life!

Happy Spring!

Secret Oasis original painting

“Secret Oasis,” 24 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Sun Kissed original painting

“Sun Kissed,” 30 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

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Still Attempting to Move

I think I already mentioned that I’m moving. I had forgotten how hard it is to find just the right place that feels like home. I’ve looked at houses from Long Beach to Ventura, and I haven’t found a place that I connect with yet. I know something will come along, but there’s always that nagging feeling that maybe it won’t, and maybe I’ll have to settle for something that doesn’t feel quite right.

In the meantime, my backyard is in full spring bloom, and it looks gorgeous. I’ve put so much of myself into this house, and I’m going to miss it.

The only way I can get through this with some measure of grace is by reminding myself that I’ll be getting more of what I want, namely a bigger studio space. Otherwise it’s just too painful.

Tell me about your experiences with moving by leaving a comment below. What was it like for you when you had to move or chose to move? How long did it take you to find the right place?

Backyard in full spring bloom

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From the Beginning

I was lucky to be born into an artistic family. My mother, Patricia Wedin, is a very talented sculptor, painter, and all-around creative type of person. From the beginning I was surrounded with art materials and encouraged to express myself creatively. Art was both my solace and my joy. When I felt lonely or afraid, I would retreat into drawing and painting, and art also brought me great pleasure.

Today is my mother’s 87th birthday, and I thought I would take this opportunity to show you some of her work. Her exquisite abstract sculptures were painstakingly chiseled out of exotic hardwoods and marble. It took many months for her to create each one. These pieces are from the 1960s and 70s, and bear in mind that they are large. I remember coming home from school and finding her in the front yard every day, patiently tap, tap, tapping away at a huge hunk of wood or stone.

Join me in wishing Pat a happy birthday by posting a comment below!

P.S. – You can also find her on Facebook!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Pat Wedin sculptor

Pat Wedin marble sculpture

Pat Wedin wood sculpture

Pat Wedin wood sculpture

Pat Wedin wood sculpture

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Moving Limbo

I’m moving, and I’m in that limbo phase where I haven’t yet found a new place to live. There are many things that I want, like a yard for my cats, but mostly I want a BIG STUDIO SPACE for my art! I dream of a huge warehouse space, but I’ll settle for a 3- or 4-car garage that I can convert to a studio, or a big bonus room.

Here’s a place for sale in Astoria, Oregon that looks fabulous. It’s an old 4200-square-foot church that would make a great live/work space. It would be perfect if I could move it closer to Los Angeles.

What have your experiences been with moving and finding just the right place? Share your moving story in the comments section of this post.

Church for sale in Astoria, OR

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Painting Finds New Home

One of my paintings was recently sold to a collector in Washington state, and today she sent me a picture of the piece hanging in her home. Doesn’t it look fantastic in this space? It’s the perfect size.

"Spring" painting in stairwell

“Spring,” 40 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
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Plan B for Spring

Below are two 12″ x 9″ studies for the new and improved color palette for my Spring Collection of paintings. It’s bright and cheery, and probably more reflective of the season than the previous color palette that I tried. So far I’ve done two large paintings in these colors, and they look fantastic!

Stay tuned! I’ll be releasing the Spring Collection of paintings to the people on my mailing list in the middle of March. If you’d like to be among the first to see it, you can subscribe¬†here.

Study for Spring Pantings

Study for Spring Pantings

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Looking for Plan B

Things don’t always work out as planned, do they? Unfortunately that’s been my experience lately with my Spring Collection of paintings.

The studies looked great, but when I tried to do larger paintings in these colors, they did not turn out so good. I think it’s too much of the gray-green for a larger piece.

So it’s back to the drawing board, and I’m looking for inspiration for a new color scheme.

Study for Spring CollectionStudy 1, 9 x 12 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Study for Spring CollectionStudy 2, 9 x 12 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Spring Collection PaintingLarger Painting, 36 x 18 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

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Spread the Love!

It’s that time of year again — time to find something for the special people in your life that uniquely expresses your love. We’ve got you covered with heart paintings, prints and cards!

I have 9 original heart paintings available this year for you to choose from. These one-of-a-kind gems are 10 x 10 inches and ready to hang, with or without a frame. They’re longer lasting than chocolate or flowers, and no calories!

You can also purchase prints of six of these paintings, in sizes ranging from 8 x 8 inches up to 48 x 48 inches. I like the hearts printed on stretched canvas, and they are also available printed on paper (framing available), acrylic and metal.

And, I have handmade Valentine cards! Each card is a signed original work of art using leftover house paint on deckle-edge watercolor paper with matching envelope.

Op Heart Painting

Valentine Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel the love.

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