Artists' Blog

Julie Grist: Women Life Freedom

Julie Grist: Women Life Freedom

"Women - Life - Freedom"  - the  slogan chanted in Iran in September 2022 over the killing of 22 year old Masha Amini by Iran's military police for improperly wearing her head covering - has not only charged the Iranian public to challenge their government but has...

Joe Sohm: Up Close and Personal

Joe Sohm: Up Close and Personal

Joe Sohm joins host Ivor Davis for a discussion of his work as one of the nation’s preeminent political photographers at the Museum of Ventura County, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. Sohm’s award-winning photographs have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street...

Julie Grist: Three Studies of Young Women

Julie Grist: Three Studies of Young Women

I had three young women, all recent high school graduates, visit me one weekend just after the Supreme Court ruled on the Dobbs case - effectively reducing womens' rights in many states across the nation. All three were heading to different parts of our country to...

Julie Grist: Pedaling Provence

Julie Grist: Pedaling Provence

Provence on bicycle. What a way to start traveling again - and luckily scheduled during Ojai’s heat wave of September.  No paints or easel, but a sketchbook was packed along with cycling gloves and sunglasses for a six day road tour on bike through one of France’s...

Spirit of place: by Christopher Noxon

Spirit of place: by Christopher Noxon

I paint landscapes mostly, pictures of mountains and valleys, rocks and trees and big drippy skies. I use a lot of color – I’m inspired by African textiles and Hockney landscapes and Huichol yarn paintings and Colorform toy sets. All of which is a big surprise to me – I never meant to be a colorful landscape painter.

Julie Grist: The Personalities of Old Phones

Julie Grist: The Personalities of Old Phones

Where have all the landlines gone?  Really, it's only been about fifteen years that cell phones have become ubiquitous  - and how quickly we've lost all the character and personalities of the telephone. I started a painting series on old phones (oil on board or...

Spark Taylor: Why Plein Air?

Spark Taylor: Why Plein Air?

I am a plein air painter—an observer of nature's beauty all around us.   I describe my work as contemporary impressionism—modern, but reaching back to the inspiration of the pioneer impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th century—the folks who rode a horse or a...

Hallie Katz: Reinventing Myself

Hallie Katz: Reinventing Myself

What have I been doing lately?  Re-inventing myself!   I ran a gallery with my husband in downtown Ojai for many years. When we closed HumanArts exactly two years ago to retire from the retail biz, we were ready to change course. Immediately we started renovating and...

Mariana Peirano: Interview with Shoutout LA

Mariana Peirano: Interview with Shoutout LA

I was recently interviewed for the online magazine Shoutout LA. Shoutout is designed to help get the word out about great local businesses, artists and creatives. They featured my studio and Norman took the opportunity to pose. To view the interview please visit:...

Leslie Plimpton: Painting with Mixed Media

Leslie Plimpton: Painting with Mixed Media

Have you ever noticed how much packaging comes with our on-line purchases? I purchase all my clothing on-line and notice there is an overabundance of tissue paper, tags, and sometimes even a personal note from the seller thanking me for my purchase.  It can be...

Patrish Kuebler: 3D Encaustics

Patrish Kuebler: 3D Encaustics

The Last of the Second Saturday Open Studio visits  in 2022 is in the Oak View / West End areas of Ojai - on Saturday,   August 13!   I invite you to visit my studio to see new and older works - pastel and encaustic.   My newest endeavor is putting a 3-D twist to my...

Stephen Edwards: Fragility and Friction

Stephen Edwards: Fragility and Friction

I have been a working sculptor and educator for 50 years. I have always made work about what is around me. In the past, my pieces were about the beauty of nature and our interaction with it. Then my life took a dramatic change. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease...

Carlos Grasso: Contemporary Art

Carlos Grasso: Contemporary Art

I usually greet collectors, curators and visitors to my studio with a “welcome to my playground!” My art requires the essential element of play, whether designing my own colorful modern mandalas on paper and canvas, cutting and shredding painted the canvas by hand, or...

Amy Lynn Stevenson: Songbird

Amy Lynn Stevenson: Songbird

Songbird   In her gaze, time stands motionless. In her eyes, I see the eyes of someone long ago. The creative muse is frantic when I sleep. She thinks I am giving away her secrets, In songs, in sighs, in painted smiles.  But I know these are my dreams waiting for me...

Leslie Clark: Traveling Closer to Home

Leslie Clark: Traveling Closer to Home

My work has always been based on travel. Covid has shrunk it to a smaller scope. I just finished three weeks exploring California’s Parks; Sequoia, Yosemite, Shasta, Tahoe, Redwoods, Pinnacles. What a glorious state we live in. The mighty Sequoias were my first...

Karen Lewis: Once Upon a Time in Mykolayiv

Karen Lewis: Once Upon a Time in Mykolayiv

My daughter-in law, Olga, took this photo of her parents on the streets of Mykolayiv in 2017.  Whether in the Spring or the Fall I can’t be sure, but, I promised her I’d paint their portrait using this photo. This promise was made 5 years ago. - Both of Olga’s parents...

Sylvia Raz: Pondering

Sylvia Raz: Pondering

Please visit me on Saturday the 9th of July. As usual, I'm pondering about our lives and what we do with them. I'm a heavy one, hopefully not too heavy, because I'm fun. hope to see you! Sylvia Raz

Wyatt Amend: Symmetry

Wyatt Amend: Symmetry

My work revolves around symmetry. In my sculptural works and functional pottery I use the pottery wheel to create fine forms consisting of sharp lines and smooth curves. I use many layers of glaze to create ‘weavings’ of color while using the raw clay texture as a way...

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend: Fused Glass

Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend: Fused Glass

The Ojai Studio Artists’ Tours offer visitors, folks who are curious about art, the opportunity to see what Ojai artists are up to in their studios. Most often, the artists are working on series and small works that are made available on these special weekends. I have...

Katie Van Horne: A Mystery and a Gift

Katie Van Horne: A Mystery and a Gift

“Any creative idea is vulnerable to being shot down. But my friend breaks the circuit.” Hrishi Hirway What are we really here for? What are we focusing on? What are we learning and cultivating? How is what we’re about drawing us nearer to what is reality, intimate and...

Richard Amend: Drawn from Taft Gardens

Richard Amend: Drawn from Taft Gardens

Recently, I participated in the Taft Gardens’ En Plein Air program.  Observational Sharpie drawings quickly executed in a small Moleskin sketchbook, and then large-scale black pastel drawings, completed enough to finish later in the studio.  Although abstraction is...

Lucinda Yates: When You Come to my Studio

Lucinda Yates: When You Come to my Studio

I hope I see you at my studio July 9, 2022 for the OSA Second Saturday tour. If I met you at a bar, I would probably ignore you. Does that sound harsh? Well, that is how I met my husband. It’s not that I am or am not interested in you, The thing is, that I figure...

Duane Dammeyer: Twists and Turns

Duane Dammeyer: Twists and Turns

The world is full of twists and turns.  My recent sculptures are also full of twists and turns.  I recently completed the largest ever of my “ribbon” sculptures, Ribbon III. I have also been working on one of my favorite shapes, the mobius.  I have nearly completed a...

Vera Long: The Spontaneity of Color

Vera Long: The Spontaneity of Color

"MoTown art trip...where the elite meet"   So thrilled to get to converse and share with you wonderful art travelers again.   During the Second Saturday tour, I will be showing some new six foot spontaneous paintings created at live events, mixed media...

Eilam Byle: New Work

Eilam Byle: New Work

This Second Saturday tour i aim on showing projects and ideas that i have been recently working on:  different approaches to coffee tables, stained glass "one step removed", cutting boards, wood turnings and paintings.    

Theodore Gall: New Series

Theodore Gall: New Series

This spring I went for a walk to the river bottom.   Found some great driftwood.  Tripped and fell into the water and got really wet.  It started a new series. Please visit my studio June 11th and see the results.   Ted Gall Studio #10.

Martha Moran: Herons

Martha Moran: Herons

My herons were so popular at the OSA/OVLC "Art in Nature's Wonderland" event, I am making more!  They're fabricated out of beach wood -- the "bodies" from wood that washed down from the Montecito mudslide after the Thomas Fire, as well as driftwood from north of...