In April, 2016 I joined the Fulton Crossing Gallery and rented a studio space inside the gallery. The Building used to be a chicken processing plant called Fulton Poultry Processors located at 1200 River Road in Fulton California. It was abandoned in 2002 and the plant relocated to the midwest. A real estate developer named Rami Batarseh bought the property and converted it into a hip new Artisan Collective and the place has thrived ever since.
It features thirteen art studios and
represents more than 30 artists, with
work ranging from painting in all media,
to sculpture, jewelry, pottery, furniture,
The gallery is open on to the public on
weekends, Sat Sun 11-5.
Please be sure to check us out!
Every third Friday of each month we
hold an Artist's Open Studio event from
5-8 pm. You can come in and meet all
the artists and discuss their work while
having a glass of wine and a snack.
Here is a view of the cool rustic design of the interior of the gallery. This a shot of the outside of my studio. The gallery is full of unique one-off artisan created items
that you will only find here.
In Art News.
I recently decided to start a local genre, or "school" of painting that local artist could join
and be a part of. I call this new trend the "Russian River School".
Throughout history there have been many "schools" of painting, many dozens in fact.
It helps identify a certain movement in art and also gives contributing artists a sense of
comeraderie with like minded artists and helps solidify a genre. Many people have heard of the famed "Hudson River School", well now in our area we have the "Russian River School".
There are a few rules however like any school that defines a movement. With the RRS (Russian River School) just like the HRS (Hudson River School" the motifs are depictions of nature and a celebration of the beauty of the natural world. The subject matter must be local scenes of any landscape, seascape, river scene, or other natural outdoor scene based on any actual place, or it can be a representative allegory (a made up scene using proper elements), but must be based on material within Sonoma and Mendocino Counties...simply because the Russian River runs through both counties.
Buildings and structures can be depicted but can't be the center of interest, only as a prop to support a center of interest consisting of nature. For instance a barn or an old house in the distance, or a fence or bridge used as a compositional tool are fine but not as the main focal point, and no city or townscapes as the main center of interest.
No abstract art, still lifes, or purely figurative work will be considered part of the RRS. Some figures are allowed, but again, not as the main focal point, only as a support device to qualify as a RRS painting.
Don't get me wrong, I love all types of art and I certainly don't intend any disrespect for other schools of painting, but I'm trying to establish a specific genre of painting here. I paint in many different styles myself, so more than half of my work wouldn't even qualify as RRS compliant paintings! So don't feel bad.
Plein air paintings are wonderfull and I would definitely qualify them as RRS paintings provided the subject matter is appropriate and the work isn"t so loose as to border on abstraction. The point of this school is to establish some parameters that would define the "look" that defines us. The work needs to be painted in a classic realistic style, yet modern and updated enough to be accepted in todays art world. In regards to this, the materials can be a broad spectrum of supports and paints, framed or unframed, oil, acrylics, or watercolors, all OK.
It's about the content of the work, not the materials.
At some point in the future I would like to established this genre as a ligitimate and documented art movement, enough so to hold specific RRS shows and gain national and hopefully international recognition. And of course to cultivate serious collector support.
Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of?
Contact me, and we'll work on assembling a group.
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Old and New.
This door is original and it's old. it's a truck door off a late 1920's to 1930's
Ford possibly. The paint on the door is
all original and the rust is real.
What's not old is the sign. I painted this sign onto this door and was able to figure out a way to mask off the rusty spots to preserve them under the lettering. After
the lettering was applied I used aging
techniques to make the sign look absolutely authentic.
Also, the font style is vintage. Back in the day there were no computers and digital font libraries. It was up to each sign painter to know his fonts, and each one had their own style. Every sign painter had their own way of designing letters and many times it was easy to figure out who painted what based on the little details of their individual "handwriting' and brush handling skills.
A new direction in signage.
Recently, I got an opportunity to build a full on neon marquis box sign for a special client.
The suggestion came up when the client experessed a hightened interest in historical Americana and the golden era of early to mid century automotive service and gas station signage and wanted something unique.
I suggested to him to let me build this neon
sign for his personal hot rod shop. It stands
twelve feet tall and features two sides of neon
tubing, double stroke on the yellow, true red
neon on the border, and true blue argon filled
tubing for the garage lettering. In this day
and age to see a new neon sign, let alone any
operational neon sign is remarkable.
A special thanks goes out to Shawna Peterson
of Peterson Neon in Oakland, California for
her amazing neon glass blowing skills and
for setting up all the interior electrical
The Patina Factor.
It's all the latest rage!.. The recreated patina, what's old is new and hip and cool.
In addition to the design of the neon sign
being retro, I even gave it a weathered,
sixty to seventy year old wear and tear from the elements look by sanding and wearing the paint away, then using different techniques to artificially age the surface to give it an authentic look like it survived from the 1940's!
This phenomenon has spread into my regular signage business now with requests for something much more unique than the standard computer generated signs cranked out by every other sign shop around. People are looking for something different, they want to stand out and be noticed.
Speaking of patinas, this building and all
the signs on it were all re-created and
artificially patina'd. The building itself is a brand new building that was artfully
painted to look like it's completely rusted and has been there for years. Using multiple
techniques the building was converted from a bland plain brown to this interesting rusted masterpiece. All the signage was hand lettered and you can see how the neon marquis sign finishes off the authentic vintage auto garage look.