Artists' Blog

Sooz Glazebrook: A Spring Haiku

Sooz Glazebrook: A Spring Haiku

many hollyhocks. a few flower like peonies leave no seeds no repeat next year just extra special a magic in-glaze lustre with flowering bloom same recipe refuses to repeat itself

Andrea Haffner: Evolutions

Andrea Haffner: Evolutions

After having shifted into a somewhat quieter mode during the past two years, 2022 has been a full and busy time for me and my work. I recently had the honor of exhibiting at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the historic National Building Museum in DC. It was an amazing...

James Robie: Mixed Media

James Robie: Mixed Media

I’ve been on this incredible journey of making art for over six decades and exploring abstraction since the early 80s. Throughout these years I have developed a visual language that has enabled me to create a variety of different works using different media that has...

Myra Toth: Making the Intangible Visible

Myra Toth: Making the Intangible Visible

To make the intangible visible and somewhat tangible -  I have always had a love and fascination for nature's many worlds. Interacting with plants and animals of all sorts have mingled and inspired my life and art. My ceramic art has given voice to the amazing...

Robert Larkin: Based on a True Story

Robert Larkin: Based on a True Story

I'm a firm believer in that art need not be a battle to create or find meaning in. After 20 plus years as a self-taught, representational painter, I went back to school in my 40s and got a BFA in studio art, and an MFA in studio art with an emphasis in critical...

Dorte Bistrup: Treasures of Fantasy

Dorte Bistrup: Treasures of Fantasy

My studio is my sanctuary where I can get lost for hours working on one project for a while and then moving on to another while listening to music or Audible (highly recommend “Circe” by Madeline Miller).   I usually have three very different works in progress at all...

Christopher Noxon: Transfixed and and Grateful

Christopher Noxon: Transfixed and and Grateful

There’s something magic about seeing artwork in the place where it’s created - it’s like climbing a tree to get a look inside a bird nest. Or touring a factory to see all that goes into something you previously thought of as a single simple object. I'm never not...

Linda Taylor: Working in Woodcuts

Linda Taylor: Working in Woodcuts

Because of the isolation caused by the pandemic, I have reached out to other printmakers across the U.S, in a group hosted by Julie Lapping Rivera through Zea Mays Print Studio in Florence, Mass.  It has been very gratifying to share inspiration and techniques with...

Kristen Clawson: Ceramics Studio

Kristen Clawson: Ceramics Studio

This is my first year on the OSA tour and I am so happy to be a part of this amazing group of truly talented artists.  And here we are with my first event, May 14th called Second Saturday! I’ve been making ceramics, mostly functional, for almost two decades now and...

Wrona Gall: Cloudscapes

Wrona Gall: Cloudscapes

 In my art I manipulate color and texture to explore our individual responses to our collective experience. CLOUDSCAPES express the energy of the sky. My textures eventually exploded off the two-dimensional plane to create my sculpture series, LAND FORMS.  I hope to...

Emily Brown: Letting Go

Emily Brown: Letting Go

I took my first pottery class in college in the early 1980’s.  I sat at my wheel as my instructor talked me through throwing a cylinder. It was a challenge; my pot was small, misshapen, and had taken me an hour to make. And it was precious to me. He then told me to...

May 14 Second Saturday Open Studios

May 14 Second Saturday Open Studios

JOIN US ON MAY 14, 2022 FOR OUR FREE, MINI SECOND SATURDAY TOUR! On Saturday May 14, 2022, 10am-5pm, nine artistsnestled in Ojai's eastern reaches will open their studios to the public. Visit five artists new to OSA as well as new work from some of your past...

ALL PLAY and NO WORK

ALL PLAY and NO WORK

Crazy me, I volunteered to do table decorations for an upcoming event. It has a nature theme, but no materials or budget. I worried and stewed about it. A lot. One day I had the idea of making paper flowers. I played with crepe paper, dazzled by the pretty colors. I...

Sandra Torres: In Person

Sandra Torres: In Person

I've been amazed of how resourceful everyone has been amid the ever challenging COVID situation. Modern technologies opened opportunities to switch some operations to an online mode, which allowed many of us to stay afloat and healthy. While it has been amazing to...

Shahastra Levy: Simplistic Beauty

Shahastra Levy: Simplistic Beauty

Can color be medicinal? Can images create a spaciousness for deeper reflection? Can they give us another sense of the simplistic beauty of life? These are the questions I am mining with my series “LOVE POEMS.” I am using the ordinary—birds, trees, water, flowers—to...

Lisa Skyheart Marshall: Butterfly Dreaming

Lisa Skyheart Marshall: Butterfly Dreaming

My latest painting was inspired by a magnolia tree I encountered -- it's bumpy, gnarly branches covered in exquisite pink magnolia blossoms. As I watched, petals were slowly falling even as buds prepared to open. I added the Black Phoebe I see often in this particular...

Bruce Grabin: First Time Studio Open to Public

Bruce Grabin: First Time Studio Open to Public

This coming Second Saturday Mini Tour marks the first time that my working studio, hung with framed oil paintings, will be open to the general public.  In the past my studio has only been shown by appointment only.  In the previous tours I moved my studio's six large...

Handmade Party Favors for OSA & OVLC Spring Gala

Handmade Party Favors for OSA & OVLC Spring Gala

When artists gather - the creative fun begins! Ojai Studio Artists gathered at Linda Taylor's studio to decorate wooden animals, representing the creatures living in Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ventura River Steelhead Prerserve. Of course, everyone brought their...

Julie Grist: First Timer, Studio Tour

Julie Grist: First Timer, Studio Tour

I'm a new member of OSA, so I believe I'm allowed to call myself a First-Timer, and enjoy it for what it will be. I'd like it to be PERFECT but imagine, as usual, I won't be quite ready and will still be sealing frames and printing out logos right up until my doors...

Soni Wright: Welcome!

Soni Wright: Welcome!

Hi everyone – when you come to my studio on Saturday, March 12, you’ll see some new stuff.  I’ve been having fun creating glass fusion jewelry this past year.  Many of my pieces are in the gift shop at Beato, but I’ll have five new pieces on display on Saturday.  Hope...

Mary Neville: Refreshed

Mary Neville: Refreshed

My creative inquiry lately has been creating paintings that emotionally fuse my past, present and future.  Allowing for subtle shifts of thoughts and action. Less devoted on the horizon line of the future outcome. I am anchoring myself in the present with anticipation...

Picking and Painting Oranges

Picking and Painting Oranges

I help glean fruit for Food Share of Ventura County. There's nothing like doing a bit of labor outside, amongst the orange trees flush with both fragrant blossoms and glowing oranges, knowing the fresh pick from local backyards, orchards, and hillsides will be donated...

New Berman Glass Sculptures – March 12th Mini-Tour

New Berman Glass Sculptures – March 12th Mini-Tour

"Manna VII C806" I love this glass which is a light shifting color. It ranges in color from amber to green depending on the light source. Here it is showing the green as the light is coming through my window and the amber on the left. At night with incandescent...

Matter of Gravity at the Maloof Foundation

Matter of Gravity at the Maloof Foundation

OSA member Martha Moran, known as Ojai's Rockstacker, is celebrated in an exhibition titled "Matter of Gravity" at the  Maloof Discovery Garden in Alto Loma, CA. The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and...

ACE VIRTUAL SHOW-LIVE THIS WEEK

ACE VIRTUAL SHOW-LIVE THIS WEEK

The American Craft Exposition, a Virtual show, from September 20 through the 26th is now live! Take a peek - lots of beautiful art!  There’s sure to be something for everyone in this event! And, if you don't see me there, I'd love to...

Carlos Grasso @ “The Next Big Thing” show

Carlos Grasso @ “The Next Big Thing” show

Dear Collectors and Art Lovers:I’m honored that amidst hundreds of entries, my piece “Frame Free!" (from my Canvas Deconstruction” series was selected by the juror Peter Mays to be included in THE NEXT BIG THING show at the Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo. The...

Leslie Clark Blog

Leslie Clark Blog

I miss traveling. The basis for most of my work for 30 years has been exploration of the planet. Now I am exploring in mind only, but reliving those travels through my journals as I write my memoir is almost as fun—painting them takes me there.  Jodhpur Market,...

OSA Blog

OSA Blog

My tech advisor who passed away continues to mentor me. My best friend, OSA photographer David Baker passed away 3 years ago. He continues to mentor me from the other side. Here’s the story of how this came about recently. I am represented by an online gallery. They...

Live From The Field

Live From The Field

Growing up in Argentina I heard many songs and poems about Pachamama. It wasn’t until these last few years that her name has come to mean so much to me. Climate change is now widespread, seems to intensify each year and some of the damage we have caused is now...

Greetings from the Nest!

Greetings from the Nest!

Here, for your consideration are some photos of a new series of ceramic sculptures I began during the turmoil.  They are an extension of my work with traditional painting elements raised to the third dimension. Hope to see you on the tour. Stephen Carter Lure Inscape...

ELAINE UNZICKER – ACE VIRTUAL SHOW

ELAINE UNZICKER – ACE VIRTUAL SHOW

Wow! Hard to believe but September is flying in with a roar! Lots on my agenda, where do I begin? First off I’ll be participating in American Craft Exposition, a Virtual show, from September 20 through the 26th. And, this is really exciting as...

SANCTUARY

SANCTUARY

Since sequestering, my garden has become my sanctuary, a visual and scented wonder.  I set up a homemade birdbath, planted huge sunflowers, allowed the natural weeds—like wild amaranth and dandelion—to grow in between the vegetables so that...

Excited about the tour

Excited about the tour

 I’m very excited about the upcoming Ojai studio artist tour! In addition to my mixed media paintings, I will be showing my new glass jewelry. All proceeds from the jewelry sales will be donated to the Beatrice Wood Center.

Lindsay Thomson Photographic Art

Lindsay Thomson Photographic Art

I look forward to seeing you during Ojai Studio Tours. The tour is free this year 🙂 My studio will be open Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10 from 10am-5pm. You can register online...

5 Ojai Artists at The Art Center (4 of them OSA artists)

5 Ojai Artists at The Art Center (4 of them OSA artists)

The Ojai Art Center is presenting a group exhibition of “5 Ojai Artists" Gayel Childress, Mark Thompson, Carlos Grasso and Bruce Tomkinson (from Ojai Studio Artists) + Peter Fox, from May 1 through June 2nd, 2021.  (Ojai Art Center: 113 S. Montgomery St. Ojai, CA...

Carlos Grasso – ” Mind Tapestries” New Series

Carlos Grasso – ” Mind Tapestries” New Series

Hello Art Lovers, Some weeks ago I started a new exploration into calligraphy, shapes, color and design. The result was and is the “Mind Tapestries” series. Every artist reveals her/his own psychology in every piece of art created (my teacher and friend David Leffel...

Climate Park Project Exhibit

Climate Park Project Exhibit

I’m honored to be invited to participate in the first climate park in our nation. I’m a minimalist photographer and want to share the intimacy of my experience in nature. I approach my art meditatively, communing with the pregnant awareness that everything springs...

Painting Here and There

Painting Here and There

The previous year in the life of this painter—Painted in my own tiny yard during the first few weeks of lockdown, staying safe in my perimeter as instructed—experimenting with palette knives and finding a new, looser, freer style.Many early...

Elaine Unzicker & Silver Chain Mail

Elaine Unzicker & Silver Chain Mail

Did you know I also work in sterling chain mail? At least for a little while longer I can. I've slowly been using it up and have discovered it's not replaceable. And, this is even more delicate than the small ring stainless chain mail. It has a...

Carlos Grasso Light Show at Victoria Ave and Moon Dr.

Carlos Grasso Light Show at Victoria Ave and Moon Dr.

Hello Art lovers!Organized by The Ventura County Arts Council, I am honored to be one of the chosen artists to exhibit my piece COLORSPACE at the junction of Victoria Ave and Moon Dr in Ventura. If you happen to pass by at night there is a light show that makes the...

Artist for Peace Wins an International Award

Artist for Peace Wins an International Award

Here’s an image of one of my HOLOS designs which I titled Oneness. We are cells in a connected universe.I am so honored as I just received this 2021 award. https://thevisioneers.ca/connect/brian-bermanAs an “Artist for Peace” my life has focused on ways that art...

Combing Beaches and Foraging in Forests

Combing Beaches and Foraging in Forests

Over a decade ago, I read Julie Cameron's book, "The Artist Way."  Like so many artists have experience, it is a wonderful journey and invaluable guide to living the artist life. I gained insight into understanding myself and my creative...

Exploring Still Life

Exploring Still Life

Oftentimes, artists are asked to submit to themed group shows.  I always seem to be 'that one' who never has something to submit within the required theme.  Sometimes, it is as simple as needing a 'landscape' or a 'still...

Palettes in My Mind from Beyond the Window

Palettes in My Mind from Beyond the Window

I love to jump in my car and head out of town for a day. Most of the time, I have only a general idea of where I am headed.  Open road without a plan. There is nothing better than a random day trip through the gorgeousness that California offers...

Blog post—Leslie Clark

Blog post—Leslie Clark

The lockdown has been very productive for me, but I have not been painting very much.  I have taken this year to realize something I have plotted for a long time—my memoir.  Digging into 25 years of journals, sketches, paintings, films and photographs has...

Fast Faces

Fast Faces

I’ve been challenging myself with ‘speed’ painting as an exercise to improve my drawing skills, explore color pallets and experiment with a variety of techniques. About a month ago I began painting portraits with a time limit of 3 hours. Most of them are about 2...

Weather Together by Duane Dammeyer

Weather Together by Duane Dammeyer

In this time of forced isolation and of living in a bubble, I've been thinking about the whole process of sharing your bubble with someone, growing older together and what that all means.  Out of that contemplation came my most recent sculpture-"Weather...

Jewelry is Wearable Art

Jewelry is Wearable Art

The diamond was established as a true betrothal stone by the fifteenth century,  symbolizing undying affection and the passion of love. Diamonds, of course are still popular, but when a client has me make a ring for them it’s not just a diamond ring - it’s an...

Milky Way Drifts Across the Lifeguard Tower

Milky Way Drifts Across the Lifeguard Tower

A man sits in the lifeguard tower enjoying the ocean waves and the peace and quiet of the night sky. He contemplates the Milky Way as it drifts slowly across the sky as it has done since the beginning of time.Lindsay ThomsonWebsite:...

Deborah Lyon’s new “Drifters” series

Deborah Lyon’s new “Drifters” series

I’m working on a new series documenting the desolate beaches during the pandemic. I look forward to seeing all of you again in the early summer months as we venture out increasingly and carefully. Until then, stay safe and be well. www.lyonimages.com

THE LAUNDRY SERIES

THE LAUNDRY SERIES

I am thrilled that The New Farmer’s Almanac Volume V publication has selected my essay on laundry and several of my photographs from The Laundry Series.  The publication will be released on February 1, 2021.   The Laundry Series In 1958...

Flag and Sunset

Flag and Sunset

A flag and sunset in honor of inaugural day.Lindsay ThomsonWebsite: www.lthomson.artEmail: lindsay.thomson.art@gmail.comCell Phone: 805.272.5990

Soni Wright FINALLY has a website

Soni Wright FINALLY has a website

Well now that I’m in my 9th decade, I guess it’s time to have a website!  With thanks to Deborah Lyon, you can go to www.soniwright.com and see my art – and even a blog and some inspiring prose/poetry.  It was a lot of fun putting it together,...

Dawn Patrol Surfer 2

Dawn Patrol Surfer 2

Some things in life are worth losing sleep over.View this image and others on my Fine Art America "At the Beach" collection.https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-lindsay-thomson?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=886116Lindsay...

SPARK TAYLOR’S ONLINE STORE IS OPEN!

SPARK TAYLOR’S ONLINE STORE IS OPEN!

I have many small, framed pieces at the store on my website, for last-minute shoppers! If you are local in Ojai, Ventura, Santa Barbara or the San Fernando Valley, I can deliver by Christmas Eve day. Use Paypal on the site, email me, or give me a call if you'd...

Live From The Field

Live From The Field

A while back I built a mobile studio into the bed of a pickup truck with no idea how useful it would be in a pandemic. It was a tight thing to design at about 50 square feet but with a brace of pencils and a pad of graph paper, it was eventually fitted out with a...

Eric Dubnicka – 2020 review

Eric Dubnicka – 2020 review

I am so grateful for the Ojai Studio Artists group and its hard working volunteer members. My first year in the group allowed me the opportunity to see first hand why it is so renowned and recognized and it has truly been a pleasure to be involved. The arc of my Ojai...

A basket of eggs for gifts

A basket of eggs for gifts

Each egg was created using wax and dye in an ancient and traditional Ukrainian method. They are available in my studioWho says we only gift eggs at Easter?Bernadettedipietro@gmail.comwww.Bernadettedipietro.com           Happy Holidays

Christine Beirne has an Online Store

Christine Beirne has an Online Store

I'm so excited to "Open" my online store. At the moment, I don't have too many items, it takes time to upload them - but I do have my 2021 calendars, and I have to admit, they are the best yet! Free shipping in the continental United States!to access the...