Sunday, November 18, 2012

Art filled Thanksgiving

City with Gold 40 x 30

Morning Sun 18 x 18
Drakes Bay 20 x 10

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
This year as most we'll celebrate with our families coming together and enjoying each others company. What will be different is that my art studio is located in the center of our home. A six foot art table covered in paint will serve as the buffet (I have a table cloth) and the bookcase filled with mediums, paints, matting materials and brushes will decorate the wall along with my paintings ready to ship to the next show in Atlanta.
I met a nice woman at open studios who when I told my house is taken over by art and painting supplies. She said "You're so lucky. I hope you're family appreciates it."
I have to say I appreciate my family for living in a house filled with art and I hope my guests will too.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Abstract Art "It's all in the detail"

Colorscape City 48 x 30 by Linda Donohue

Patchwork Landscape Pink 16 x 16 by Linda Donohue

Cityscape with Orange 40 x 30 by Linda Donohue (sold)
"It's all in the detail" is something I heard constantly in the furniture business. Keeping track of containers and factory orders, following up with design, production and shipping. At times the details can be overwhelming.
While there are certainly parallels in the art world (and many businesses),  I've found new details that are far more joyful.
The paintings shown are filled with detail and cheerful color. It's a bit different than the minimalist seascapes I love to paint and so far the reaction has been great.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Busy with the Blues

August was a busy month. Suddenly there were a lot of commissions to complete and many were in blues, like the two above. My father passed away at the end of the month after a long struggle with Lou Gehrig's Disease and it was a life changing moment. My friends and clients have been wonderfully supportive and I appreciate them so much. Now I'm looking forward to a September filled with art shows and painting for the High Point Furniture Market shipment in a few weeks. Busy is good.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Painting Long and Narrow

Traditionally my paintings sell their best in a standard rectangular size, like 22 x 28 or 36 x 48, but I think there is a huge audience looking for something a little different. Long and narrow sizes work really well with seascapes and cityscapes and people really seem to like them.
City Scene 48 x 24

Long Coastal View 36 x 12-sold

Long Sea 36 x 12-sold

Friday, July 20, 2012

July is for Horses

Diagonal with Bronze 30 x 30

Piaffe in Neutrals 30 x 30
Hooray! July is here and it's time for the annual Art and Equestrian Festival in Petaluma. I've been working on new horses for the event and even have some floating frames coming for them.
This is my third year participating and it's always fun seeing my horsey friends and meeting new ones too.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Gallery Success

COCA -Coalition of California Artists is a group I started when I saw the demand for original artwork at the High Point Furniture Market.

After showing at market in April I decided to stick with my own paintings , but keep the group together together to market to the home furnishings industry on the West Coast.

The artists have been great and we now have a gallery that is open to the public near the Design Center at 390 Kansas Street in San Francisco.

Our opening celebration was on Friday and it was a huge success. Our next event will be a cocktail party for local interior designers on August 15th.

You can see more COCA photos here.

Friday, July 6, 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Art Group starts the COCA Gallery

COCA -The Coalition of California Artists has started a gallery in the former Shawna Stoney Showroom. The official last day of the showroom was June 30th and it felt so good tearing off the "store closing" signs and putting up a gallery opening sign in it's place. The art is on the walls and I've never seen our space look so beautiful.
Artists presented in a first group show include COCA artists and friends,
Roberta Ahrens, Katerina Connearney, Raymond Difley, Linda Donohue, Hilla Hueber, Jennifer Bec Hirshfield, Andrzej M. Karwacki, Catherine McCauley, Misho, Linda Saytes, Valerie Scott, Mylette Welch.
Please join me and the other artists for our Gallery Opening Celebration on Friday, July 13th from 5pm - 8pm at COCA Gallery 390 Kansas Street @ 17th Street in San Francisco.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Loving the City

City Shine by Linda Donohue 40 x 50

City Life by Linda Donohue 48 x 36
Happy to be home from North Carolina and the furniture market that was over the end of April I am now recovered from sleepless nights painting for the show and during the show. Next time I will work smarter and bring more art with me instead of painting at all hours in our little apartment in High Point.
I love getting feedback from shows like this and seeing what people are interested in. I was surprised to find so many designers loving the abstract cityscapes. It's nice to be able to expand on the seascapes and work with more detail in the horizon line. Here are two new paintings, both in larger sizes.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ready for Market

Spring Open Studios at Misho Gallery was a great time to meet new customers and fellow artists. After the show all the art was packed on a pallet and shipped to the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina. I leave on Tuesday to set up for the 7 day show and am really looking forward to it. If you're going to the show please come and visit me at The Suites at Market Square M 1001 in the Accents Beyond Showroom and if you don't make it you can always find my art on my website

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

San Francisco Spring Open Studios

I'm so excited about the Spring Open Studios this year. With longer days and more sunshine it's like you suddenly wake up full of inspiration. Misho Gallery, adjacent to the Design Center will be hosting myself and 9 other artists this year and there will be a free shuttle bus on Saturday to all the South of Market Studios....check out the bus:
I hope to see you there and I'll post photos of the show this weekend.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Inspired by Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Abstract Landscpe
Inspried by Pantone's color of the year Tangerine Tango I decided to play around with the color orange. I found that adding the little bits of teal and sand really gave it depth. This will be a new painting for the High Point Furniture Market coming up in April.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Getting to Know Green

Blue has always been my favorite color, but this year I'm getting to know green. There is something soothing about the color. Green is associated with regeneration, fertility, rebirth and a connection to nature.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Making Room for a New Love

Blue Seascape in Melt Arts

Green Landscape in Melt Arts

Green Blue Landscape in Melt Arts

Last month I took a class from Catherine Mc Cauley and learned more about encaustic painting which has really intrigued me. It's painting with melted beeswax, resin and pigments all put together in as many layers as you want and fused with heat onto a rigid surface. It's my new love. The seascapes and landscapes I'm already painting really lend themselves to encaustics. Yesterday I gave my kids some prints I had glued to wood board and told them to rip them off (kids always like ripping things) because I couldn't wait for my new shipment of supplies to get here and need to paint some more this weekend.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Inspried by The Bathers

Calm with Red 40" x 30"

I recently rediscovered my collection of art books and Picasso by Carsten-Peter Warncke was at the top of the stack. There was a beautiful seascape called The Bathers. While my painting is a far cry from anything Picasso it was interesting looking at the proportions of the colors and using it for the inspiration for this painting.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nice Surprises

Amanda Teal Design on Casa Sugar

Last night Bay Area interior designer Amanda Teal sent a photo of my painting she used in one of her design jobs that was featured on Casa Sugar. I love surprises. It's so interesting thinking about where your art lives after you make it.