Jay’s emphasis has been creating fine-art images, mostly of flowers that he finds in his yard as well as in the adjacent neighborhood. Jay’s photos range from extreme close-ups to overall views of the flower. He generates abstracts from some of the images and presents others in a minimalist way showing only a portion of the flower in a gradient background that can be black to white, black to gold, gold to dark brown, etc. In some cases, especially with blue flowers, he blends a small amount of another color in with the black (i.e., red) and grade that to white. He has also found that striking images can sometimes be made using a single petal or sepal.
Turquoise doors remind Mohini of New Mexico. Doors are intriguing to her. A closed door makes her wonder about the treasures that could be behind that door — maybe happy families enjoying each other’s company. The pale blue colored or trimmed doors is a New Mexico tradition, brought by the Spanish, originating in the Middle East, India or further abroad. It’s meant to keep the home free of evil spirits as a protection device or talisman. If nothing else, the milky hues provide the eye with a cooling respite from the earthen adobe walls.
The Independent Artists Gallery Co-op is open for business as usual. We have said a fond farewell to Fourth World Cottage Industries who closed their West San Francisco store in early January. The co-op gallery is the place to go for your Valentine cards and gifts. We have wonderful photographs, paintings and jewelry to please your loved one. Stop by and visit us on your next trip to the downtown area.
The Independent Artists Gallery is celebrating December with a wide selection of Affordable Art. The Gallery is the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping — either for gifts or for that fabulous piece of art for your home. It’s worth the walk upstairs (only 27 steps — a great cardio workout) to see the wonderful art (and great prices). Visit The Independent Artists Gallery on your trip to the plaza — you will be surprised at the great selection and affordable prices.
Art has always been P.E’s first love, but being an artist, that is, living the life of an artist which requires 100% commitment on a daily basis, had loomed just out of reach not once, but twice during her journey.
It goes without saying that starting a family fresh out of college demanded attention to parenthood for several years. It was not until her three children were all in school that she entertained the idea of further education and hanging her shingle as a free-lance Illustrator and Commercial Artist. Young and energetic, the balancing act was doable and even rewarding, especially the countless semesters of night classes in painting, life drawing, etc, where she was able to get lost in the creation of her own art and hone sills at the same time. That was her other life. Transitions, like a new status as a single with fledglings hopping out of the next, enabled her to relocate to New Mexico and being anew. A stint in retail, followed by sales positions in a few prominent Santa Fe Galleries, enabled P.E. to learn the business end of the art world, and provided invaluable experience in dealing with art collectors and the pubic in general, all the while allowing her to produce her own art during spare time and even develop a new passion, photography. With the economic downturn in recent years, art sales have dropped, employee’s hours have been cut and many galleries have closed their doors. Now, there is time. Living the life of an artist is no longer out of reach. The challenge becomes reaching one’s audience and convincing the public that Art is essential, always was and always will be.