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When Snow Falls

 Alicia Bock - When Snow FallsWhen Snow Falls is a collection of photographs by Alicia Bock. These wintry scenes reveal the bare bones of nature and the simplistic grandeur of a quiet winter's day. You can almost hear the snow falling.The original fine art photograph are availble to purchase at Alicia's online store.

January 16th, 2009 - 11:32


Everybody Needs Some Bunny

kristiana drawings-1

Estonian-American artist Kristiana Pärn has created a series of acrylic and pencil on wood illustrations that have charmed us with a sense of innocence and a fairy tale-like, whimsical atmosphere. In Kristiana's fertile imagination, bunnies exercise and sleep in marshmellow trees, birds knit, foxes skinnidip, and polar bears sommersault.

Kristiana launched her art career at young age and studied painting and drawing with Estonian painter Marje Berlokko; she now resides and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Besides original paintings, Kristiana’s work is also available in large prints and note cards series. Please visit Kristiana’s Web site and Etsy store to see more.

kristiana drawings-2

November 23rd, 2008 - 11:48



As we move into the wet months of the year, we turn to Bill Shelley to appreciate what the water does to the landscape. Here we present two of his newest pieces painted on the spot at Northern California waterways -the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Tomales Bay estuary near Point Reyes. Bill's masterful wet-on-wet technique and color choices perfectly capture late fall in Northern California.

Laguna Wet Morning

Laguna – Wet Morning
11" x 9", watercolor

Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay
19" x 13", watercolor

You can see more paintings on Bill’s Web site: www.bshelley.com

November 11th, 2008 - 6:45


Color Stories between Layers

We have previously posted about Randel Plowman's bird collages that immediately caught our eye and have made a lovely addition to our walls. Looking deeper into Randel's work, we gained a new appreciation for his collage skills when viewing the abstract pieces we have collected here.

Dispensing with imagery, you can see Randel’s skillful use of restricted color palettes, creating depth and rhythm while exhibiting a marvelous tactile sense. These pieces go well with some improvisational jazz.

Randel Plowman
top left:
Fly Away     top right: Cross – Cut
bottom left:
Premium     bottom right: Double Green Discard
4" x 4", Collage on paper

Randel Plowman - Earth Tones
top left:
Arrangement     top right: Posies
bottom left:
Undone     bottom right: Whitman
4" x 4", Collage on paper

Randel Plowman
top left:
123     top right: The World Stops
bottom left:
Be My…     bottom right: Number 26
4" x 4", Collage on paper

Randel Plowman
top left:
Thinking About Red
top right:
I Had A Dream We Were In Belgium
bottom left:
Once Upon A Time
bottom right:
Red on Red on Red
4" x 4", Collage on paper

Visit Randel Plowman’s Web site to see more.

November 2nd, 2008 - 8:54



Simplicity in life and art is almost always a good way to go, but can be deceptively challenging to accomplish. The photos of Jennifer Squires we have collected here speak volumes about the simplistic beauty of flowers, form, light and shadow.

Jennifer Squires - Floral

Jennifer, a professional photographer since 1996, has spent her whole life taking pictures. Previously working out of Ontario, Canada, she now pursues freelance  work  in London, UK. Her photographs are available for purchase through her Etsy store.

Jennifer Squires - Floral

To see more of Jennifer Squires Production, please visit her Web site:

November 1st, 2008 - 5:36


Nichibei Potters

In Sonoma County, California where we reside, we have become aware of a number of excellent ceramicists. We try to make a point of visiting the Nichibei studio every time the local ARTrails comes around. Their studio atop a bucolic hill in Sebastopol is a showcase for their modern take on traditional Japanese pottery.


Mikio Matsumoto & Cheryl Costantini formed Nichibei in 1985. Their elegant creations include classically formed vases with delicate details of spirals, dragonflies, or leaves, mugs perfectly formed to fit your handgrip, Japanese-style garden lanterns, perfectly proportioned bowls, porcelain animals and dinnerware.


To see more of their work, please visit the Nichibei’s Web site at  www.nichibeipotters.com. For locals, we highly suggest that you pay a visit to the Nichibei studio. They open their studio twice a year during the Sonoma ARTrails. There is an Annual Holiday Open House coming soon on December 13 and 14. Mark your calendar.

October 26th, 2008 - 11:08