Monday, July 14, 2014

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Sarah DeLong

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

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Jeff Odell

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

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Gay McNeal

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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Saturday, February 1, 2014

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Carole McDonald

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

Carole McDonald

Carole McDonald

Carole is a native Californian and self taught oil painter who moved to the Central Coast in 2009 to pursue acrylics and water mixable oils. When she’s not painting, Carole is knitting one of her felted ibag creations.

© Carole McDonald

“As a former Disney Imagineer, working at the happiest place on earth where art was everywhere and discussed every day, my imagination soared. More vibrant colors came to mind along with a general tranquil feeling… Little did I know I would retire to the happiest city in America. Small World.”

The inspiration for Carole’s colorful paintings is the endless landscapes and seascapes of the Central Coast.

© Carole McDonald
© Carole McDonald
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