Sunday, October 13, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
|“Street Cellist”, 5"x5", © 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
Yet another small 5"x5" painting. This is of a man playing the cello on a bench in Brugge, Belgium. I'm still inspired by our travels from over a year ago. There are no great trips planned in our near future beyond more college visits. Hmm.... I wonder if Northfield, Minnesota will inspire any artworks?
|Study on paper for “Man in Cafe”, 6.5"x5.5" © 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
Paint Burlingame is an annual event that brings out artists from along the peninsula to paint scenes around the city of Burlingame “en plein air” (a french expression for “in the open air”). It takes place on a single day, so artists create their pieces from start to finish within a matter of hours. In the late afternoon there is a public reception where the artists mingle and the artworks are hung for a silent auction, already framed and beautifully displayed. Proceeds benefit the Burlingame Historical Society.
I've never painted in this fashion but woke up with a wild urge to participate the day before the event this year. What would inspire me to put myself out there in a situation where I've never painted in public, never painted a large scene from life, and never on such a limited time frame... and yet also commit to hanging the result for all to see? Who knows, but it was fun just the same.
I got set up along Broadway to paint the scene in front of Earthbeam, a health food store that's been a part of Burlingame since the early 1970s. With the help of Pandora streaming on my phone I was quickly oblivious to all that was going on around me and my time was over before I knew it. It was great fun to pause occasionally to talk with some kind and friendly people. And the end result? The piece received many compliments and I was satisfied with what I had created given my inexperience and the constraints. Rather than posting it I've posted a quick study I had previously done for a larger painting. This is the effect I was going for.
So will I participate again next year? If I do, I know to spend time preparing in advance, getting used to the portable easel, dealing with the acrylics drying when the wind picks up, doing a study or two of what I choose to paint ahead of time, etc. Despite the beautiful weather I didn't immediately fall in love with painting en plein air. For now I plan to get back on track and continue focusing on the figurative work I've been doing most recently. But know that if you see me painting outdoors that my favorite part is getting to quickly chat with passersby so do stop and say hello!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
|Richard Diebenkorn: Girl on the Beach 1957 ...inspired... Rebecca Lambing: Girl on the Beach 2013|
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|“Reclining in Provence”, 8"x10", © 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
I am happy to announce that the gift shop at the new Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, California now has several of my paintings available for sale! They range from the large 48"x36" “Following the Birds” to several smaller pieces including some brand new 5"x5" pieces perfect for a gift (to a friend or to yourself!). Below I’ve posted a couple of my most recent pieces.
“Flowers with Yellow and Green” was inspired by the colors in Cézanne’s still-lifes.
Along with my new daily painting habit, I’ve developed a routine of seeping black tea every morning and am not sure I would function quite as well without it. If it cools too much before I drink it all, it is put on ice and enjoyed cold! “My Morning Cup” is a tribute to this reassuring ritual.
|“Flowers with Yellow and Green”, 5x5", © 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
|“Morning Cup”, 5"x5", © 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
Don’t know about the Peninsula Museum of Art? You’re missing out! They’ve very recently relocated from Belmont to 18,000 square feet of beautiful new space in Burlingame. In addition to the store, there are five gallery spaces, a library, and a classroom. The attached Peninsula Art Institute also houses 29 working artist studios. There is a great current exhibit of Joe Price’s serigraphs that are just amazing. There is a new exhibit coming up on the Art of Science Fiction. I don’t know what to expect of it, but am looking forward to seeing what it’s about. Click here to go to the museum’s website for more information.
Friday, May 31, 2013
It was a beautiful day by the water for an art opening! Thanks to all those who attended and to those who visited later and sent their best wishes. Thanks, too, to Bonny Zanardi for featuring the opening in the San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times and writing such a nice article about me. The show is now over and by all measures it was very successful. I received a lot of positive feedback, sales, and motivation to continue to move forward with painting.
|© 2013 Rebecca Lambing|
Friday, May 3, 2013
"Photographer Study 2", 10" x 8", © Rebecca Lambing
I was reminded of how much I enjoy being absorbed by a long-term project and the feeling of satisfaction when the end is reached. Yes, I was a bit of a recluse for awhile. Joe was awesome about stepping in with dinners, etc when needed, which was often. Having him home full-time isn't the best for cash-flow, but wonderful for support.
My work has changed a lot over the last several months, yet remains my own. These changes are inevitable when I've put so much energy into the effort. I'll call it progress. I know it will continue to expand as I persevere and continue to work. This show is just one step on what is a long creative path for me as an artist.
It's my first non-group show. I can't really call it a solo exhibit since Hannah is displaying her original photographs, too! This also makes it special. She and I share a passion for all things creative and getting to share in this experience has been exceptional. Although photography may not be as much her passion as singing, dancing, acting, and putting together great outfits with vintage clothing, she has a wonderful eye for how to frame a nice shot. As she wraps up her Junior year in high school and comes closer to “leaving the nest”, it becomes more apparent every day that I will only have more time in the future to devote to my art. That's bittersweet of course and I'm enjoying what time we get to spend together.
I hope you can make it by our artist reception on May 11th. It will be a time to celebrate a ton of hard work, creativity, and good friends. And not to forget the joy of being surrounded by lots of colorful artwork! Thank you for your support and kind words. Following your passion is one thing. Following your passion when you feel supported by good people is even better. ;-)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
It's been a busy month so far. I've been totally committed to painting daily, completing a painting each day when possible. It's day 27 and I've finished 20, mostly 10x8s, and have a good start on a larger 30x24. I had been feeling somewhat spent on the abstract model and wanted to take what I'd learned "playing with paint" onto my next endeavor. Who would've guessed that would be people, so different than what I had been doing? Yet the discoveries I made doing more abstract work are following me into this new territory. And that's what this is all about for me. It's a learning process, as I believe all creating is. I think that's why I love it.
|© 2013 Rebecca Lambing|