A River Runs Through It

One of my favorite parts of the new landscaping in my backyard is the dry river bed in front of the studio. It’s more of a creek than a river, but I like to call it the river.

Dry Creek Bed Ventura

The river appears to come from the church parking lot behind the banana plant and run beside the lime tree (yes, those are yellow limes) before disappearing under the garage. It’s not physically possible, but it’s fun!

Dry Creek Bed Ventura

Dry Creek Bed Ventura

I know it appears that my new drought-tolerant landscaping plan is mostly dirt, but that’s because it’s not finished and the plants that are there haven’t filled in yet. I think it’s going to take some time.

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Recent Leaf Prints

Holy Moly! Look at the color of these ecoprints on lightweight silk scarves that I unbundled this morning. It’s Loquat, Euclayptus and Catalina Fernleaf Ironwood leaves, and they all turned out this lovely rust orange color. I’ve never seen that happen before. Usually the prints are more subdued reds and browns.

Ecoprint leaf print on silk

I’ve been doing ecoprints and overdyeing with plant dyes on clothing, scarves and canvas for pillow covers. I’m still in the experimental stage, and will have more to show you soon.

Ecoprint leaf print on silk

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Summer Solstice at Art City Studios

My friend Toby and I went to the Summer Solstice celebration at Art City Studios in Ventura today. What an amazing place! We hadn’t been there before, and were surprised to find a huge outdoor yard that is home to 20+ sculptors who mostly work in stone. There are big rocks, stones and sculptures everywhere in a beautiful garden setting.

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

Art City Studios Ventura

There’s so much creativity in Ventura, and it’s a fun place to live!

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Santa Cruz Island Excursion

I went on an amazing daytrip to Santa Cruz Island with my friend Christine today. Santa Cruz is one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. It’s about 35 miles from Ventura, and it takes an hour and a half to get there via Island Packers.

Santa Cruz Island

The cove where the boat docks to drop off passengers is beautiful, with incredibly clear water.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Christine set up a tent and is staying overnight, but I just went for the day.

Santa Cruz Island

The island has very cute foxes that come right up to you looking for food, but there’s a big fine if you’re caught feeding them. We were warned not to leave backpacks unattended, because the ravens have learned how to open zippers and will steal anything they can find.

Santa Cruz Island

As we hiked through the hills, I saw some interesting plants that I’ve never seen on the mainland, including this colorful succulent.

Santa Cruz Island

The views from the cliffs are stunning.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Christine and I on the path back to her campsite.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

On the boat, we saw many dolphins and quite a few humpback whales, as well as migratory sea birds that were flying faster than the boat, and the boat was traveling at 20 knots.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

I sill have that feeling of the boat rolling up and down on the waves. It stays with you for a while, doesn’t it?

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Denim Blues

Here are two new experimental paintings done on stretched denim instead of white canvas. Each is 14″ x 11″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on denim. I like the look of the blue denim peeking out from behind the paint.

Acrylic latex paint on denim

Acrylic latex paint on denim

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Sneak Preview of New Work

Here’s a sneak preview of two of the pieces I’ve been working on this week. They’re not completely dry yet, and they may shift a bit still. I’m looking for titles if you have any ideas. Each of these panels is 10″ x 10″, making the diptychs 10″ x 20″. Repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.

Tondro New Latex Painting

Tondro New Latex Painting

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Studio Day

I did some painting in my new studio today, and I have to say, it is FABULOUS having so much space! I’m working on some small 10″ x 10″ paintings, and I had plenty of room to lay out three different colorways without tripping over anything every time I moved. Wow! Every artist should have a studio like this. I didn’t realize how much easier it would be to work in a larger space.

Tondro Art Studio Ventura

Here are a couple of teasers for the new paintings. These are the leftover paint on the plastic, and you can see the colors that I used. When the paint is dry, I peel it off, and then I can reuse the plastic. I haven’t figured out what to do with the sheets of dry paint yet, but they’re interesting looking.

Leftover Latex Paint

Leftover Latex Paint

And here are the paintings drying on my newly refurbished drying rack. They usually take several days to dry.

Tondro Art Studio Ventura

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Painting Class at Rancho Rosal

I did a painting class for some of the fourth graders at Rancho Rosal Elementary School in Camarillo today. We created 6″ x 6″ abstract paintings on canvas using leftover house paint.

Rancho Rosal Painting Class

Rancho Rosal Painting Class

Look at how amazing their paintings turned out!

Rancho Rosal Painting Class

Rancho Rosal Painting Class

Rancho Rosal Painting Class

It was fun, and hopefully they enjoyed it, too!

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Cat 2007-2015

I lost my beloved Cat today after a brief illness. I’m so grateful to have had her as a companion in my life, and she will be greatly missed.

Cat the Cat

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Studio Almost Finished

The shelves for the art supplies in my new studio are done, and everything fits! It’s great to be able to see the floor again. Yes, the paints are arranged by color.

Tondro art studio Ventura

The shelves for the finished paintings and canvases aren’t yet done, and I still have paintings stacked against the wall on the other side of the room.

Tondro art studio Ventura

I hung my favorite piglet photo in the studio bathroom.

Tondro art studio VenturaTondro art studio Ventura

Along with the stained glass mirror from the bathroom of my old house. It feels comforting to carry some of the old over into the new.

Tondro art studio Ventura

Everything is so neat and tidy, and I hate to mess it up! It will never look this good again.

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