Friday, July 1, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Nina Litvinoff

Pen and Ink Drawing

If you like the sea, birds flying, otters and seals basking with their pups in tangles of seaweed, boats moored in peaceful bays and artists illustrating the bustle of life around them, you will enjoy the paintings and drawings of Nina Litvinoff.


A native of the Pacific coast, Nina enjoys sketching subject matter on-the-spot, in the open air. Her sometimes humorous depictions draw many passersby to comment on her free and original style and interpretations of life around her.


The teacher credited most for the development of her style is the prominent and well loved artist Stephen Rodionoff, her father. Rain or shine, they were seen sketching and painting on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, or other coastal areas with Marie, Nina's mother by their side. 


Nina enjoys doing commissioned paintings, sketches or other creations using both her imagination and fantasy to create a more descriptive figure and image. Her highly detailed drawings of ships and Victorian Homes have been seen in galleries, art shows and homes all over the United States, Europe and Asia. 


Sunday, May 1, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Galen Griswold

Artist Closeup with Painter Galen Griswold

“As the artist, I want people to enjoy what they see in my work. It is people, painting, purpose, and possibility that keeps me going in life. I am inspired by other people and their work and have fun creating mine. Marina Square Gallery and friends have created a masterpiece of a place for people to come and enjoy. And, I am so glad to be a part of it. One witnesses in nature Bergson's elan vital (vital energy) and when one paints the experience is like Pablo Neruda's poem--a focused feeling of being ‘fully empowered’.”

Galen Griswold is a plein-air painter that loves capturing the moment… Paint flows naturally with its own motion. Movement, energy, color come together and the painting experience is serendipitous. Our coastal area and the islands of Maine are often featured in Galen’s work.

Galen studied at San Francisco Art Institute. He is a student of Ted Georschner and Ted Chistensen. He was chosen for a three-week program at the School of Art on Deer Isle in Maine. Over 1,100 collectors enjoy the color, the freshness, and the energy of his work.

Galen paints with oils and acrylics, and his work is featured at Gallery at Marina Square. He loves the great outdoors and the breath-taking beauty of our landscape experience. First a field sketch is often done in acrylic. The painting is sometimes then completed in the studio with oil. Galen attacks the canvas in each case from the inside-out, focusing first on the larger shapes and receives the specifics from the scene itself outside-in. He delights in working with the paint and the elements—their flow and vibration is reminiscent of the nature that it reflects.

Friday, April 1, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Ardella Swanberg

Artist Closeup with Painter Ardella Swanberg

Ardella Swanberg earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, at University of Minnesota. While still in high school, she was awarded a figure drawing class scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute.

Ardella has been an award winning artist since 1962 and has had 20 art exhibits and one person shows. Her work is in national and international corporate collections.

One of her works was published in Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2002 issue, in an article titled An Artistic Journey Through Spain. She illustrated The Centennial Collection, published by Bechtel Wives of the Bay Area, 1998 and the dedication portrait of Robert Lyon in My Heart Belongs to Cayucos.

Composition is important to Ardella and so is skillful drawing so she has taken many life drawing and design classes. She tries every interesting technique that comes along but prefers a straight-forward approach to painting. She usually makes a small practice composition and then begins the painting with a free hand drawing, often in pencil, sometimes in pen and ink or charcoal. It all depends on the effect she wants. She was a watercolor purist for many years which meant that she used light pencil marks and only transparent watercolor. She still enjoys that method but sometimes it is too restrictive.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Artist Closeup with Painter & Architect Mark Allen

Shasta Sunset by Mark Allen

I have always painted for myself. Painting is how I explore the world around me and express how I perceive it. Art and science may seem mutually exclusive in today's world, but it wasn't always thus, and I strive to revive art as a scientific instrument. I find painting and drawing to be powerful tools in teaching us to see what's all around us – through the simple act of following an amazing line or pattern into infinity.

Hayz by Mark Allen

 I've always viewed my paintings as entries in my journal – part of my reference library that reminds me of where I've been and how I saw the world, which often leads to what's next. I had never considered selling my art – until I discovered giclée  reproductions. They can so precisely replicate the original, I feel I have as full-dimensional a “journal entry” as ever.

 I judge a painting by its ability to always please me, and, even better, to be an ongoing source of discovery and rediscovery.  I hope this is what you'll find in my collection of paintings and giclée prints.
Prefumo Canyon Road by Mark Allen

Monday, February 1, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Karen Peterson

Artist Closeup with Photographer Karen Peterson

Karen's interest in photography began with the gift of a camera on her ninth birthday. Her parents always had a camera front and center for family events and trips. This inspired her interest in photography.

After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration she used her photographic skills on the job, as a Recreation Supervisor for several agencies in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Workshops and local photographic organizations allowed her to expand her creative vision. 

In the 1990's Karen began working with Polaroid Film, mastering the art of image and emulsion transfers as well as S-X 70 Manipulations. 

Since moving to the Central Coast of California, Karen has enjoyed exploring the wonderful landscapes of the area. Karen's photographs have won awards at New Times & The Palo Alto Weekly photo contests as well as the Juried Fine Art Photography Shows at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. 

Karen has served as the President of the Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo Camera Clubs as well as the Central Coast Photographic Society.

Monday, January 4, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Patricia Newton

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Patricia Newton

Artist Pat Newton

Fueled by curiosity and imagination, Patricia Newton has always been intrigued by the essence of light, luminous color, expression of a face, a warm gentle breeze, the smell of citrus or salty air.

Patricia was influenced by the professional artists and their work, of family members while growing up.

Patricia's style is representational, utilizing a glazing technique by brushing on several thin layers of oil paint that lend a translucent effect and emanate light to her subjects. Her use of color and dimension are reflective of realism.

Moonstone Beach © Patricia Newton

An award winning artist, Patricia feels that in the end, it is not how well you paint or the number of accolades you gain, but how much you have grown as a result. Moreover, that the gift of creative spirit is celebrated and shared.

Morning Glory © Patricia Newton

Patricia is a member of "Oil Painters of America" and "The Portrait Society".

Patricia has painted in oil for approximately 30 years and resides on the Central Coast of California.

Summer Breeze © Patricia Newton

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Gallery at Marina Square presents a "Close Up" of Artist:

Ingrid Brink

Ingrid Brink has the good fortune of living in two of the world’s most beautiful places: Baywood Park close to the “Back Bay” and the Big Island of Hawaii. For nearly forty years she and her husband lived in Trinidad, on the California Northcoast, with its rugged coastline, giant redwoods and marshlands.

Making new friends, paddling the bay, and exploring the coastline have made the transition to the Central Coast rich with beauty, culture and people--perfect for art and life.

Ingrid attended Humboldt State University as an art major with an emphasis in ceramics and jewelry. After graduation her training switched from the college indoor environment to “on location” watercolor workshops.

Ebb Tide © by Ingrid Brink

The experience of painting outside for hours, getting to know the sounds, smells, temperature and color changes, quickly became an obsession.  She studied under such notable watercolorists as Milford Zornes, Dong Kingman, Katherine Chang Liu and Edward Reep.   Her paintings were accepted in many National competitions and she began teaching watercolor classes at the college level.

Lava Surf © by Ingrid Brink
In 1988, Ingrid Brink was unanimously accepted as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (one of approx... 600 in the U.S.). The following year she was awarded a grant from the California Arts council as an Artist in Residence to work in two elementary schools. Nine grants later, with unwavering support from parents and schools, her residency turned into a 23-year career.

Ingrid says “ As a teacher and artist knew I was successful when I would hear: ‘You’ve changed the way I see.’ Nature expands the way I see everyday. The colors and textures of the land, sea and sky, of this paradise, “wow” me everyday and inspire me to paint!”

Mauna Kea Beach © by Ingrid Brink

Mauna Kea II © by Ingrid Brink

Friday, October 2, 2015

ARTIST CLOSEUP - Spanky Anderson

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Paul "Spanky" Anderson

"A life well lived is like a very long art project, one of appreciation, variety, compassion and abundance.  I think we all feel at times like we are missing out on the "artistic life" but all it takes is an extraordinary moment to reestablish the vision and the dream.  For me a spectacular sunset is that gateway.  I believe we are defined by special moments in our life.  Hopefully my paintings can capture these moments and extend their power. "   

Spanky grew up in Georgia and learned to draw and paint at an early age. He later traveled the south and exhibited his artwork of the southern landscape. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in Art, where he was awarded two Permanent Collection awards from Peter Augustini, a world renowned sculptor from New York, and internationally known painter Donald Cooper. Upon graduation, Spanky began his career as a graphic designer and colorist with a major carpet and textile manufacturer.
Most recently Spanky has moved to the Morro Bay area where he says “My peripheral vision of the central coast virtually dictates the color palette and brushstrokes onto my canvas.”

In the mid-seventies Spanky accepted a designer colorist position in Southern California where he continued to paint and pursue his love of the local land and seascape.

Most recently Spanky has moved to the Morro Bay area where he says “My peripheral vision of the central coast virtually dictates the color palette and brushstrokes onto my canvas.”

Monday, July 14, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Sarah DeLong

Sarah DeLong
Sarah DeLong is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and has won a 1st, 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa, including the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. In 2010 the National Transparent Watercolor Society accepted her “Oaxaca Basket Weaver” painting into their annual jury show.

Sarah moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 from Grinnell Iowa. She has worked in watercolors for over 27 years and she is in her element painting outside near a rushing stream or sitting on a dock in a harbor. She’s mainly a landscape painter but has painted people, animals and flowers. Watercolor has allowed her to have a loose realistic interpretation of a subject. She loves the transparent and glowing colors one can create with watercolor when they are mixed on paper.

Coast Guard Morning © Sarah DeLong
Smooth Sailing
© Sarah DeLong
Gliding Over the Waves © Sarah DeLong
Ocean Angel, Morro Bay Harbor © Sarah DeLong
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell
Oil painter Jeff Odell has created visual images since early childhood. He began his formal art education at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, and completed upper division studies at the Kansas City art Institute, earning a BFA in painting in 1979.

A major influence at KCAI was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who divided the act of painting into two categories: “visual painting,” executed directly from the observation of the subject in real time and space; and “conceptual painting,” executed from sources other than direct observation, such as photos, drawings, computer, and the imagination. Niewald taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Granddaddy Euc © Jeff Odell
View from Black Hill, 1984 © Jeff Odell
Log cabins © Jeff Odell
Hollister © Jeff Odell

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Gay McNeal

Gay McNeal
I have always enjoyed playing with fiber and fabric, learning to sew on my mother’s Singer Featherweight at the age of ten. College classes in weaving and surface design coupled with a BA degree in Interior Design from CSULB allowed me to continue to create with fabric and design in a part time career while helping to raise our three children.  My passion now is to make most of my own fabric that I use in my work as a Fiber Artist.  I continue to learn and find out new ways to manipulate fabric by hand dyeing or painting starting with plain white fabric as a blank canvas.  Japanese Shibori dyeing, silk screening, stamping, mono printing, batik and fabric painting are only a few of the ways I like to use to create texture and depth in my art.  Stitching by hand or machine and maybe adding a few beads as embellishment works to further my artistic expression.

Rock Fragment © Gay McNeal

Everything Has an Edge
Another Night at the
Improv © Gay McNeal

Glacier © Gay McNeal
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