Art begging for attention

Showin-on-the-River-postcard-2016When I’m not writing, my creative side can be a demanding bitch.

During those times, you’ll find me painting, drawing, designing graphics or engrossed in some other project which generally requires a visit to a craft or hardware store and elicits a “There she goes again” sigh from my hubby and kids. Yup, I’d rather pick through lumber than hunt for new girl clothes.

Oh, and speaking of bitches…this Saturday, July 9, in Petaluma, some of my dog paintings will be on display at the Riverfront Art Gallery. 

Recently, I submitted three of my dog paintings into this juried show. Not only were all three accepted (WooHoo!), but my “French Bulldog’s House” painting was used in the gallery’s newsletter. As well, out of the 43 artists showing their work, the gallery’s advertising postcard included my French Bulldog! Yes, I’m excited about this honor.


Showin’ on the River Juried Fine Art Show

Show runs:
Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, Sept. 4
Public reception & live music:
Saturday, July 9
5 – 9 p.m.
Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, California

As noted in the newsletter, I created my dog series to be shown in a restaurant. I wanted each dog to appear as though they were begging at the tables—a big no-no in my home when I was a kid. When your dog is a St. Bernard, it’s a bad idea to get a massive pet accustomed to being fed scraps at the table.

I hope you will attend the opening on Saturday, share the details with your friends, and check out the variety of works from Bay Area artists. Maybe even buy a piece!

If you are interested in seeing how my active source of creativity translated into another complex project, check out my “What is the Ocean Worth?” altered book art and poem entry at the Sonoma County Fair that is opening soon. (This post is turning into a treasure hunt…Aarrgh) It was stressful making that first cut into this massive book, but once I got going, it was difficult to stop. Sorry, Jacques Cousteau.

Read more about the 2016 summer show in this story.

Click here to read the show’s newsletter announcement.

Happy summer!