Monday, May 11, 2015

Silicon Valley Open Studios is coming to the coast!

Silicon Valley Open Studios was a roaring Success the first weekend and oh so much fun!  Above you can see part of my display in the fireplace where else?  Here is another view: 

And another-Patt just couldn't resist photo bombing Deb's booth!

I myself successfully resisted the temptation to start a booth photo bombing trend for the weekend.  

The bad part of course is that SVOS in Redwood City is over but the good part is the Silicon Valley Open Studios is coming to the coast!!!!!!
Yes this weekend-May 16 and 17 - 21 Coastal Artists will participate in SVOS here on the coast for the very first time. 

Here is the address I will be at: 

Patt Sheldon's Studio
238 Palma Street
El Granada,  94018

Artists participating at this Location include: 

Patt Sheldon: Beautiful jewelry and amazing fiber arts!
Marcelle Walliser: Incredible Pottery
Connie Andrews: My usual wild and weird Assemblage and Textural and found object collage. 

Here's a little preview of some of the items I will be selling: 

My insightful "See-Shells" 

Textural Collage with local and Historical scenes.

Visual Assemblages like this "Eye Opener" above using a vintage bottle opener as a base and below "A Separate Vision" which utilizes an Egg Separator.  Yes Kitchen Implements can be fun!

My own "In the Wall" style collage below: " The Thing with Feathers"

Grunge Collage: 

And a strange mix of In The Wall/found object and Memento Mori Art Like this piece below called "The Dying of the Light". 

But This is just a small sampling of what I've been up to-there is much more!

If you want to find out more about SVOS or the artists please go to

With 21 artists participating this weekend our Art crawl will be a blast! Each studio will have food and drink available and you can nosh to your hearts content as you peruse art and talk to the artists directly. 

See you this weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 artists for the Silicon Valley Open Studios

Welcome everyone!

I haven't blogged for awhile because I have been massively busy preparing for the Silicon Valley Open Studios this Saturday and Sunday.  And Yes that is my art on the cover!  Sorry I had to blow my own horn just for a minute because having my work on the cover of anything is a great big first for me.
I am especially proud that three Coastal Artists(myself, Ellen Silva and Carl Mehler) were chosen for the cover of their massive brochure.
I love the Open Studios format- It give clients a chance to talk directly to the artists about their work. And you know that I love to talk Art!
I have the honor to be showing the  first weekend in a wonderful studio in Redwood City. I couldn't be more excited about this because this marks the first time that I've shown my art off of the Coast. Here are the pertinent details.


May 2nd & 3rd  11:00am-5:00pm

Follow the yellow signs to:
Emerald Hills
2559 Woodland Place
Redwood City

Assemblage/Collage by Connie Andrews

Oil Paintings, Prints and Greeting Cards by
Barbara Greensweig

Jewelry and weaving wraps, tunics, and scarves by Deborah Jernigan

Fabric & Wearable Art by Andrea Niehuis

Wearable Art, and Jewelry by
Patt Sheldon

For more info:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Welcome Everyone!
Sorry for another very late post.  But better late than never.Right?   Today I have wonderful details from Holy Cross and Cypress Lawn Cemeteries.  If you haven't visited you should.  The statuary is exquisite and a prime example of a completely lost art form. 

Love this detail from a headstone. These two disembodied hands are cool but kind of creepy too. 

Amazing detail from an angels wing. 

Beautifully carved foot

Angelic hands

Amazing Egyptian tomb detail.  Love the Patina!

You can almost smell the roses!

Angelic Cherub detail

Lamb of God.

Angelic Perspective

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Gift of Filoli

Welcome Everyone,
Its been more than a week since my last Details post-sorry.  Last week a lovely friend of mine gifted me with a trip to The Filoli Estate. This is a favorite haunt of mine.  The house is lovely but its the gardens that are truly phenomenal. Here are a few details that I found there.
Gargoyle detail from a fountain

Stunning huge Camellias out in mass

Beautiful Tulips starting to bloom.

This is the  first time that I noticed that this finial is in the shape of an egg. The fence this finial sits on surrounds the yard that houses the pigeons.

Carved Stone Flower

These gourds were grown in the gardens and are now being used as birdhouses.  Check out the masses of Daffodils in the background.

What can I say?  the spring flowers are stunning!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The weekly detail log

Welcome everyone!
Since my last weekly details log was late I might as well make this one late as well. Above some good advice found in a neighbors yard!
I'm sure that even a mannequin can enjoy the view!

The usual state of confusion.

Floaty fence-only on the coast!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A little Corner of Heaven

Welcome Everyone,
Today was another truly beautiful day along the California Coast.  Today I stopped and allowed myself to enjoy it.  I decided to be generous to myself for a change-to give myself just a bit of luxury.  I walked down to the Little Red Cafe in my town and ate breakfast.  I know this probably doesn't sound like much but for me its huge.  I don't need to tell you that the last 7 years have been difficult for me. I've lost pretty much everything I spent years working towards-my job, my house,family members,my studio,and now my dogs. Because of the lack of available cash I stopped allowing myself any luxuries.  I figured that because I wasn't pulling in much money that I didn't deserve to treat myself.  I needed to just go home and work- to be a successful artist.  Recently through the 12 step program "The Artists Way" I have started to change my thinking. In the process I have found a little corner of Heaven.  This corner is called The Montara Cafe and Bakery-I just call it the Little Red Cafe. And today I quite literally found a corner all for myself and my inner artist.  Here's our little corner.
This is perfect-it faced out to the ocean, the window was open and a soft breeze was blowing . I was enjoying a wonderful breakfast and watching the world go by in a local friendly eatery-(one of my favorite things). It felt sinful sitting there watching the ocean, eating breakfast instead of  working.  But it also felt so good. It felt right-like finally taking a deep breath. Because of this hour of luxury I am ready to work on a project that I have been dragging my feet on for some time now-I feel that "sense of abundance" that the Artists Way talks about - a sense of renewel. In the months ahead I will continue to fight to give myself these little gifts because as the Artist's Way states " art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us."
                                                                                                          -Julia Cameron

So I guess my message to anyone reading is : don't deny yourself a little luxury. If you do you may deny yourself of your creativity which can only manifest as a result of the joy. 

The Montara Bakery and Cafe along highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy) in Montara, Ca. 

 Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play
                                                                             -Julia Cameron-The Artists Way

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Welcome Everyone!
A little late with the weekly details post.  I just acquired a mannequin for a new art show display.  Don't you love her real glass eyes?  Wonder what she sees?

How about this great little birdhouse? Found this on a vacant lot.  Hmmm-maybe birds own the land? You got to love the rust and old blue chippy paint.

Dramatic coloring in nature.  Beautiful and stunning!

"I shut my eyes in order to see." 
      Paul Gauguin