Ficklin Wilcox Reception

Receptions are always a lot of fun. As an artist the intensity leading up to a show is high! So when all the work is hung, prints and cards complete, and its finally your turn to sip and mingle with friends and clients…. well that is a great feeling. And that is how it was this weekend at Ficklin-Wilcox. I had a wonderful reception Thursday Night followed by another fun and vibrant show for 2nd Saturday. The musicians were extremely talented and a joy to listen to, the port was flowing and delicious as always, and I was putting the finishing touches on a painting that was to be raffled off later that night to one lucky winner!

I was adding some finishing strokes to the raffle piece Sat. Night. Valued at $1500.00, folks could purchase tickets for $10.00 and by the end of the reception Sat. Night, someone would be getting their own Napa inspired vineyard painting. 

I was adding some finishing strokes to the raffle piece Sat. Night. Valued at $1500.00, folks could purchase tickets for $10.00 and by the end of the reception Sat. Night, someone would be getting their own Napa inspired vineyard painting. 

Abigail and Tom tasting some of Ficklin's wonderful port!

Abigail and Tom tasting some of Ficklin's wonderful port!

Christine and Abigail Sat. Night

Christine and Abigail Sat. Night

Jacob Sockolov singer and songwriter performed Sat. Night

Jacob Sockolov singer and songwriter performed Sat. Night

Joe Kye draws upon an electric array of folk, jazz, classical and rock. Using his violin in amazing ways he lit up 2nd Sat. 

Joe Kye draws upon an electric array of folk, jazz, classical and rock. Using his violin in amazing ways he lit up 2nd Sat. 

This show holds over 15 original oil paintings in various sizes. All pieces are inspired by the California Wine Culture. Since moving to CA over 4 years ago, I have enjoyed tasting wine from different regions across the state. It is fun to learn and taste the variety and creativity the winemakers put into their wines. Many wonderful afternoons were spent driving through wine country, looking at the beautiful rows of vines spanning over the mountain sides, and of course tasting ports and wines. If your into wine, ports, vineyard landscapes, or CA landscapes in general you won't want to miss this show. Showing from March 6- Early April. Ficklin will pour you a little port for your tastebuds to enjoy as you look at the original oil paintings. (Prints, greeting cards, and softcover books also available for sale)

Ficklin Wilcox - 920 20th St. #150 Sacramento, CA 95811

Back to Basics - Painting Class

Thursday Jan 30 and Feb 6 I'll be introducing oil painting at Patris Studios, Sacramento. We'll start at 11-3, cost $45 each class. Oils or Acrylics. Quick Demo of process. 

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I'll be teaching everyone a simple process to approach still life painting, that they can apply to all paintings. 

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Supplies you need for Oil: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber in oil paint (student grade paint works great) brushes, orderless turpenoid and a jar or can for it to go in, linseed oil and small container for it, palette - wooden or use a piece of glass, paper towels, and notebook with pen or pencil. 

Supplies for Acrylic: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber (student grade paint works great), brushes, water dish, plastic palette, fluid painting medium (keeps acrylics from drying too fast) a squirt bottle for water, paper towels, notebook and pen

Brushes (may be your most costly investment, but they will last a long time if taken care of)

Filbert - size 4,6,8,10 

Flat - 4, 6, 8, 10 

Liner - Pick one small skinny size 1 or 2 liner

There will be a lot to choose from I prefer the long handled ones. Choose some synthetic bristle some hog bristle for oil, or all synthetic for acrylic. Utrect usually has good sales, University Art is very helpful…. and both I believe give student discounts. Mention Patris Gallery and Studio. We'll be adding Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, and venetian Red to our palette in the following weeks. 

June Still Life Class

Every Tues. during the month of June you can find me teaching at Patris Gallery and Studios in Sacramento CA. The class is geared to help students develop composition, technique, brushwork, and color skills.  

Getting started with the still life

Getting started with the still life

We will weekly be focussing on new areas of still life painting.

Week 1 June 4: Clear Glass

Week 2 June 11: Highly Reflective Surfaces

Week 3 June 18:  Patterns and Designs

Week 4 June 25: Cropping and Points of View

Come for one or all - $35 per class - 10am-1pm 

Bring your own supplies (brushes, palette, paints etc), easels and tables provided along with a large collection of still life props.  

 

Limited Palette

Limited Palette

Contact me for more information or to reserve your spot. Class will be held at 3460 2nd Ave. Sacramento CA 95817