What Shakes in Bakes


One of my favorites from my visit to the Bakersfield Museum of Art yesterday. This is an untitled piece by Samuel Hyde Harris. He came from England and painted in California quite a bit.

The Bakersfield Art Museum has such interestingly curated exhibits. Sometimes you learn about the community as much as anything else. This was part of an exhibit of works collected by locals, Local Visions,  which included stories of how the owners found the art. One painting (not this one) was bought just across the Texas/Mexico border in 1957. The couple had crossed to buy $35 worth of booze, but came back with art work instead.

One of the most interesting exhibits was of art collected by East Bakersfield High School. Decades ago, a principal at the high school began a tradition that the senior class would donate 1-3 works of art to the high school as a parting gift. How amazing is that?!  They don’t say that the tradition continues today, unfortunately, but the school collected some wonderful work for a while.


Sweet display of vintage kids’ clothing in the window at the old Woolworth’s building which is now an antiques mall.


The shop across the street from the Woolworths featured some fun murals on the walls, including this one in the basement. There was also a mock theater display in one hall, with a set of silk curtains that led only to a wall inscribed with, “What made you look?”


Hydra indulging in 100 year old ice cream at Dewar’s. One of the places we found years ago thanks to Huell Howser.


The drive there and back was breathtakingly gorgeous!  Green hills, blue sky, even some rain. It was all good.


Sharpie Art Start


I am planning a large Sharpie project. Decided to do a practice run on this kitchen plug plate. Figured I could easily replace it if it turned out badly.

Tip: You can try the colors out on the back of the plate. I tried a Sharpie paint pen, but basic permanent markers worked better.

Also, the colors will pick up the black ink on this surface, so you have to be careful. I wonder if letting the black cure for a while would solve that issue.


A friend suggested this! Fun.

Color Play


Playing with color in my sketches.  I have mixed feelings about using color.  I like basic pen sketches a lot, but you get so much more subtlety with color, or by using a pencil. The sheen of the metallic blue tumbler in the upper left is so much more subtle than in the drawing of the Ganesha statuette two panels below it, which I didn’t think I was going to use color on.

These are really tiny drawings in a 5×7 sketchpad. I like the constrictions of these small places. While these are mostly objects in my home, these little drawings are fun to do while out and about.


Full page drawing of a little wine stopper I bought at a yard sale a few years ago. The original is more charming.  Should have relied on the colored pencils more!


I walked around the Pomona College campus a couple of weeks ago before a Harmonistas concert.  Then sat in a little park next to this house and thought I’d try something different. I would love to see the inside of this house.  All those windows, the dormer and the big front porch make me think I would love to live here.


More MOAH More

Click on a photo to enter the gallery with captions for each shot.

Kitty and I visited MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA yesterday.  What a gem of a museum this is.

The current exhibition, Vanity, is up through January 24.  All the artists’ work was amazing, but we were most taken by Laura Larson’s Grace and Glory busts of “historical (mythical) women who hav shown grace under pressure and who have been bestowed or sought glory for their actions.” It is amazing to walk around these pieces and discover all the detail.

We also especially liked Leigh Salgado‘s hand cut paper works. They just keep revealing more and more as you spend time with them. The play of color and shadow… Sigh.

You can see examples of all the exhibits on view right now at MOAH by clicking here: MOAH Exhibits 12/14/2015-1/24/2016.

The shots of yours truly in an orange sponge wig are courtesy of Austin Young‘s TBD The Musical and the costumes, etc. he put into the interactive room on the second floor.  We saw lots of other people in there trying on wigs and costume pieces, mostly in their twenties.  Nice to see the museum getting so much use on a random Saturday afternoon.

After the museum, we wandered up and down Lancaster Boulevard, which has lots of interesting little one-off shops. Stopped in at the new coffee bar in the lobby of  BLVD Cinemas (think reclining leather seats at Antelope Valley prices!)  Had a nice chat with Chris the barrista and sat in the reading room with our espresso and coffee.

Pretty great day, and just 20 minutes from our house.  Wow!





In a Green Mood

I decided that I get to invest the money I make from The Harmonistas gigs in music and art, classes, supplies…feeding creativity. It made our little shopping spree at Linda Szitkar’s studio sale yesterday even more fun!

Linda uses a variety of colors, but I guess I was in a green mood!  I’ve been admiring her work online for months, and it was thrilling to get my hands on some!

There are captions on the photos if you care to click on them!