— Patricia Doyle, “Silverlake 2,” acrylic, 12×24 in.
September 29 through November 12, 2017 Reception, Friday September 29, 2017, 5-8 pm
Patricia Doyle and gallery artists explore the landscape. Practiced, yet effortless — sprezzatura.
Single strokes of paint build roofs on houses and populate flocks of birds on the shore. A stripe of color demarcates a table edge or an ocean horizon. A few flicks from a brush become shrubs and trees, washes of paint create entire mountainsides.
What unites these paintings is repeated experimentation with material and tools to make the complicated look easy, and the complex look simple.
–Randall David Tipton, Over the Sea, watermedia, 11×15 in
August 25 through September 24, 2017
Marcia Burtt Gallery paintings and photographs of our ever-changing shared space, an empire with no national borders—the sky.
Clouds dominate paintings by Susan Petty and Randall David Tipton. Slivers of land serve as fulcrums for the immensity of clouds bursting above.
Erling Sjovold and Marcia Burtt paint clouds cavorting in blue skies. Small cumulus wander through Sjovold’s idylls, bigger ones streak over Burtt’s ocean and shores; sometimes expanses of clear blue turn realist paintings into minimalist works.
–Susan Petty, Distant Virga, watercolor, 20×28 in.
In the atmospheric works of Marilee Krause and Michael Ferguson, haze and fog on the horizon disguise the border between land and sea, diffusing light and color.
A storm on the horizon moves in on Glenna Hartmann’s pastel painting, creating a narrative for what is to come on the bluff paths in the foreground.
Bill Dewey’s aerial photographs show weather and changes in light and shadow on our Channel Islands as seen from above.
Patricia Doyle captures the last light of the day through clouds over the Pacific.
–Erling Sjovold, Mountains, Montecito, oil, two 12×12 in.