Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Larry's latest block print

Here's another recent block print by me.

It's titled "Portrait of a Henry David Thoreau-back".

It's a linoleum block print treated with an India ink wash--which is why it's numbered 1/1.  This one is sold. I exhibited in the Spring Art Show last May.

Here are a few little sketchbook roughs that led to my "Thoreauback" print.

c Rippee 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Marin County Fair Art Show

Molly and I entered the Art Show at the 73rd Marin County Fair (which concludes today).

For me the saga continues with one image: A Mazed Minotaur.

Molly and I first used this drawing as part of our art box in last year's Gallery Route One Box show.

I recycled the image as a black and white block print which I exhibited in last fall's Pressing Matters Print Show.

I titled the print A Mazed Minotaur pt.1 because I felt it was unfinished. Since then I 've been messing around with adding a color plate to the print.

 That's what I submitted to this show. I'm still not sure I'm finished with it.

"Of Mice & Men" ( otherwise known as Larry and our pet mouse Violet)

Here I am with my unfinished painting of Larry, I used a photo of him which is one of my favorites, obviously from many years ago.  I had the choice of not submitting it or rushing it in as is, sooooooo that's what I did. I am pleased with my painting of Larry but my idea of his art work pouring out of the top of his head and surrounding him has not turned out the way I envisioned. I have an idea I am hoping will pull this together for me.......  When I walked by the painting I overheard two older woman walk up to it - the first one started laughing and said "That's awful" and the second laughed and said "Weird" - Definitely shows that I'm not painting flowers and pretty landscapes says Larry!!

"Auntie Haley" by Kaden!
Our grandson Kaden submitted his lino block of his Aunt Haley and won a 1st place ribbion - the only one of  us who won anything!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Mexican Arts Festival and the work of Corina del Carmel

Tomorrow, June 21st, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is hosting the 4th Annual Mexican Arts Festival. There will be Norteno music of Los Tenientes del Norte, Aztec dancing and a lot of great food.

This year, in addition to the Latino Photo Project,  I've added a guest artist--Corina del Carmel.
I only recently met Corina but I thought her work was pretty remarkable.

Here are a few of her works:

Cold Hands,Warm Heart
Juliet de Mocco
Corina was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and received her art degree from the University of Nuevo Leon with additional studies at the School of Fine Arts in Guanajuato. She's exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, much of Europe and recently in Thailand. She stays on the move. Corina maintains a studio in Mexico and in the California Sierras.  She lived for sometime in Berlin.

Check out more of her work at:


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Molly's Turn: Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is the one single person in my life who, with one conversation, has had the most significant and powerful effect on my life.

I was a child of about 12 when I met Maya Angelou.
She came to our home for dinner. My father and Maya were collaborating on a project for KQED, the San Francisco based PBS station for which my father, Robert Hagopian, worked for from the late 1950's until 1974.

I remember greeting this tall regal woman as she arrived at the top of our stairs, my mother introducing her to me. She looked down from her tall height and said to me in a deep voice – “You must call me Auntie Maya”.
I was very confused by this and followed my mother into her bedroom to ask why I had to call her Auntie Maya.  My mother explained that for some people this was a term of respect. 

I went into the living room and sat down on our couch to read. Being the only child of two artists I was used to being in a room where I was not seen. By this I mean I grew up around creative adults who were very expressive with their peers- but children didn’t really seem like people to them. At least this is the way it felt to me as a child. 

So you can imagine my surprise when “Auntie Maya” came over and sat down on the couch next to me.  She looked at me with her very penetrating gaze and asked what I was reading. I remember looking into her eyes as she asked me about myself, who I was, what I was interested in. I had never had an adult truly interested in me before. She listened with full attention as I answered her questions. She treated me with focused kindness and respect, something I became completely aware of as I talked with her. 

This conversation with Maya Angelou has made a life long impact on my life. I realized that I too wanted to treat everyone I met with respect, to listen to them and hear them, to treat every human being I meet with kindness.  I try to do this every day, I meet many wonderful people for whom I am grateful, and I also met many people whom I may not want to know, but I have learned from Maya Angelou to give them the kindness and respect that you give to any human being, and for the people you don’t want to know, just gracefully walk away.

Her impact on my life was very powerful.  As it seems it was on many, many, people. We were so very blessed to have had her in our lifetime.  

Quote by Maya Angelou

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fairfax Festival Poster by Jeanne Carlson

Here's this years poster for the Fairfax Festival. It's the work of artist Jeanne Carlson.

(A handful of Thursday nighters with Jeanne in the center)
Jeanne is one of the Thursday nighters--Molly's weekly salon of Old-Time music (For more on the music night check out  the Dec.10, 2010 post in the archives).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spring Art Show Timelapse

Photographer Michel Kotski decided to document the check-in and hanging day for the 24th Annual Spring Art as a timelapse film. Michel took over 6000 (!) shots to create this clip. We all look so busy. I like that moving those giant wooden blocks looks so easy.

Many thanks (about 6000) to Michel for this gift.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

One more visit to the 24th Annual Spring Art Show

The 24th Annual Spring Art Show at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center has concluded.

Photographer Michel Kotski sent me a batch of photos he took before and during set up, the day before the big reception.   In this brief tour you can see quite a bit- but certainly not all -of the exhibit.

Prepping the display blocks
Ed doing some seriously 11th hour touch up

The label table

The promotional table

Two more shots of Brian Staley's whacky flaming metallic glove

Griffe Griffith's metal work
A nice niche with Mot, Xander Weaver-Scull and Cornelia Nevitt

Thanks to Michel