Upcoming Workshops in 2019!!

I’m also pleased to announce that I will be offering several workshops in 2019, some here at my studio at the Oakland Cannery, and some in other locations.

Workshops will be most suitable for artists with some experience as we will focus on painting the beautiful natural light in my space, which changes frequently. We will work from life to take full advantage of the subtlety and variety this light offers, and talk about strategies to deal with changing light in the course of developing a painting.

Classes will be small, with a maximum of 6 students, to maximize choice in angles/motifs, and also to ensure each student gets plenty of individual discussion and instruction.

 “ Oakland Studio”  #19, oil on panel, 18x18, 2018

Oakland Studio” #19, oil on panel, 18x18, 2018



Workshops will generally be one weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm. Each workshop will include a ‘slide’ lecture and discussion, as well as demonstrations, and I always work alongside the students. I will be working in oil, and we will have adequate ventilation, but you are welcome to work in any media you choose. Students provide their own materials. Easels are provided, and if you like tacos, there are GREAT tacos nearby.

Two workshops offered will be: “Painting the Ephemeral”, in which we will focus on painting the interior and still life, $350 per student, and “Painting Presence: The Human Figure”, $400 per student.

Those prices are for the entire 3 day session. A deposit of half the workshop fee holds your place. Students on the wait list will be contacted in first-come, first-served order in the event of cancellations. Dates will be announced soon, first on social media, and then by email and here. To get on the email list, please send me your information using the contact form below.




 “SB Nude”, 18x24, oil on panel, 2016, private collection

“SB Nude”, 18x24, oil on panel, 2016, private collection


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Interview with Painting Perceptions

I recently sat down for an email conversation with Larry Groff of the wonderful website Painting Perceptions. We covered a lot of ground, and just like studio visits, I most enjoy conversations with other painters…We covered a lot of ground, including my recent residency in Mineral, Washington this summer, which i keep hoping I will find time to write about here. Alas, I’m too busy following up in the the studio on inspiration from that trip, but I’ll get to it. Anyway, the site has been a great source of inspiration for me for many years, and has made me aware of so much wonderful painting…i can’t recommend it strongly enough and I’m really honored to be featured. Link Below!

Walnut Lane/Philly WIndow” #1, oil on panel, 16x16, 2018

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September! 3 Person show at 4th Wall Gallery in Oakland!

I'm excited to announce that i will be showing new paintings this fall in Oakland, my first hometown show in quite a while.  The show will be at Fourth Wall Gallery, on 25th St in Uptown Oakland, and I'm honored to share the walls with Andrew Patterson and Sandy Ostrau.  I'll be posting more details here soon.  The exhibition will be up longer than usual, more like 6 weeks, which i love, September 15th to November 3rd, with an opening reception on Friday October 5th, 6-9 pm, and a closing reception on Friday November 2nd.  I hope to see you there.

 "Arboretum, New Years, Day", 20"x20", oil on canvas, 2017

"Arboretum, New Years, Day", 20"x20", oil on canvas, 2017

Gage Opdenbrouw, Painter Of Light

Gage discusses his work. Oakland, summer 2017. https://www.gageopdenbrouw.com/

My friend Colin Frangos came by the studio this summer, and we ended up talking a bit, mostly about my figure paintings from the ongoing series "Garland of Hours".  That and our shared passion for the works of Thomas Kinkade (peace be upon him)

Solo Show at John Natsoulas Gallery, September/October 2017

I'm very excited to announce my first large solo show in some years, at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA!  I'll be showing about 30 paintings on the ground floor, most of them from the last couple years.  Upstairs, on the second and third floors, will be concurrent solo show of works by English painter extraordinaire James Bland, and longtime Bay Area favorite, Sandy Ostrau!  I'm honored to be showing my work in such lovely company, and hope I'll see you at the opening!  Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalog, with an essay by John Seed, available through the gallery.  I imagine i'll have some copies as well.

Details below:

"Gage Opdenbrouw:  Into the Moment"    

John Natsoulas Gallery,

Show Runs September 27 to October 28, Opening reception Friday October 6th, 7-9 pm

https://natsoulas.com/event/solo-exhibitions-james-bland-gage-opdenbrouw-sandy-ostrau

email the gallery for more info at art@natsoulas.com

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Oakland Studio #7, oil on panel, 12x12, 2017

James Bland

I think the first painting I saw from this English painter was a moonlit interior, with a possibly sleep walking figure and a few cats.  I thought it was absolutely magical.  I have had the same feeling looking at his work so many times since then and am so excited that he'll be showing new works at the John Natsoulas Gallery concurrent with my solo show!  His work shows a clear interest in the work of painters like Sickert, Euan Uglow, and Cezanne, but with a dreamy quality that stands in an interesting counterpoint to the analytical, observational impulse.  Good stuff.

 

 James Bland,  Full Moon , oil

James Bland, Full Moon, oil

redwood regional

 i've made it a new goal before the days get too much shorter, for hank and i to hike every trail in redwood regional park.  i'd say we're at about 60%.  it's a good thing we go every weekend.  Seriously it's like a chapel of peace and light and hush back in those woods, a far cry from East Oakland, where we live.  here's a moment of afternoon light.

i've made it a new goal before the days get too much shorter, for hank and i to hike every trail in redwood regional park.  i'd say we're at about 60%.  it's a good thing we go every weekend.  Seriously it's like a chapel of peace and light and hush back in those woods, a far cry from East Oakland, where we live.  here's a moment of afternoon light.