Artist Interview: Peter Hess

Artist: Peter Hess
Discipline: Painting
State: CA
What is your current state of mind?
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my sense of humor.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
huh, hmmm, ummm, uhh, what?

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Studio Visit: Hiro Yamagata at Bielanski-Gallup Studios

(photo: July 27, 2017 Hiro with David Gallup at studio in Santa Rosa, CA)

Flash back to 2002... I just purchased a condo in Palm Springs and started to update the whole 3 bedroom/1 bath space… when I found myself walking around Home Depot looking for tile and hear a voice… “Are those crystals?” I turn to see a man, bright eyes looking into mine… asking about the multiple bracelets I was wearing on my left wrist… “Yes, all crystals… bright and colorful.” I replied. We then had an interesting conversation of Q&A, about where I got them, and how his daughters might like them, and what I was doing with my condo, and how we were both artists. We exchanged contact info and went our separate ways.

A bit later he invited me to his “studio” on PCH in Malibu. Thinking I was going to a smaller type place since the art I knew him for was on the smaller very detailed side… only to be totally taken aback at the full almost a block long three story building, multiple layers and processes space I walked into. The initial staircase took me up and up past floors of installs and work in progress. I must say, I have never seen the likes of this type of creativity since. I very much enjoyed our conversations and learning about his art. We had a few other conversations and then our lives took different paths and we fell out of touch.

Fast forward to July, 2017 at David Gallup studio in Santa Rosa, CA…

I received an unexpected email inviting me to an afternoon with Hiro Yamagata at the Bielanski-Gallup Studios to hear Hiro talk about his life as an artist,  and share the events of the last 12+ years and what drove him from the height of fame and wealth to embrace a Taoist, simple lifestyle far from the camera’s eye, creating paintings few people will ever get to see.

The home/studio is situated on a leveled hill top at the end of a downward road. All white with an unobstructed view of the hills around it…simply beautiful. David and wife Nansi’s art was placed around on walls bringing color to an otherwise monotone decor. Beautiful water scenes and collaborations…I felt comfortable and welcome.

It was a small gathering of artists from the Santa Rosa area, some were students of David. All had interesting experiences to share… I think I was the only one who had personally known Hiro. We learned that Hiro was driving down from Northern California and would be here shortly. I wondered if he would remember me. When he arrived he did remember me… we talked a little, sharing what happened in our lives over the years.

After eating a light lunch, we gathered in the studio to hear about Hiro’s life and journeys, his land in northern California and the very large work he is making now… we asked many questions and explored David’s work at the end.

I’m looking forward to the next gathering… soon I hope.


Studio Visit: Casper Brindle

I went to visit Casper Brindle, and his studio helper daughter. We had a lively conversation, I learned so much from his sharing about paint and process. About how he explores different ways to show light and space. He shared the models he makes for the larger installations, planning spacing and paint. These models were about reflections and dimensions and seeing beyond one to the next through openings created in the monolith-like shapes. An extension creations from his signature work of imagined colorful horizons, seemingly dipped in a resin reflection of dimensional space. Thank you Casper for the fun experience.

Casper Brindle, artist Los Angeles, CA

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Book 6: Best of 2016 Artist Art & Story

Book 6 Best of 2016 Artist Art and Story book of 32 artists, art and story from their lives in the year 2016.

We live our lives in stories… each moment brings us that special opportunity to make it more, make IT our lives. Some we take what they offer and move on while others need more reflection and consideration. These are the ones that can change our lives deeper than imagined and when we share them they grow and travel and change others lives.

So much of the time I hear “I can’t write” and I respond with… if you can speak it you can write it. In todays technical world we can talk into a mic and it will type out your story for you. Then you edit it. It works. That’s what I do!!

There are still artists sending me their photos with the book open to their pages so visit us again to see them all.

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Book 8: The Women’s March: Los Angeles, California – January, 2017 by Ann Marie Rousseau

Book 8 in the Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists Art-Project Books Series. A 100 page book with over 100 images documenting the Signs of the March on January 21, 2017, as only Ann Marie Rousseau’s eye can catch. She is an established Southern California based contemporary artist, known for her detailed artwork, and her never ending support of the local art community through her photo documentation of art openings, and the community as a whole.

Ann Marie places, frozen in time, an event that will eventually take it’s place in history books as one of the largest peaceful social political protests of our time. Continue reading

Artists, Copyright, Registration

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“Pretty much all artists believe their art is automatically copyrighted the instant it’s completed and protected from acts of infringement– and they’re right, it is. According to United States Copyright Law, and quoting from the website, your art is considered copyright protected from “the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.” Sounds like everything’s peachy and you’re covered, right? Not so fast.

Yes, your art is automatically copyrighted, but believing that no further action is necessary in terms of formally registering it with the United States Copyright Office can be a major mistake. According to Copyright Law, formally registering works of art is far more advantageous over not registering them in several very substantial ways. Before getting into specifics here, be aware that only certain types of art are likely to be infringed upon. Most art has…”


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Artist Interview: Scott Meskill

Artist: Scott Meskill
Discipline: Sculpture, Painting, Design
State: California

What is your current state of mind?

What is your greatest fear?
Living a life in parallel to my true purpose, like viewing it from a moving train.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
burrito please

When and where were you happiest?
In, on , or around water. Continue reading

Artist Interview: Beanie Kaman

Artist: Beanie Kaman
Discipline: Visual Atist
State: California

What is your current state of mind?
I am always hopeful, tho in this political climate I am more like an ostrich with my head in
the sand for sanity.

What is your greatest fear?
I don’t like small spaces.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“There you go” Continue reading

Artist Interview: Michael McCall

Artist Name: Michael McCall

Discipline: Painting mostly
Location: Los Angeles, California

What is your current state of mind?

What is your greatest fear?
Not getting any

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Hey Baby…

When and where were you happiest?
In the womb

Which talent would you most like to have?
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Artist Interview: Greg Andrade

Artist Name: Greg Andrade

Discipline: Visual Artist / Architect / Designer
Location: California

What is your current state of mind?
Live is good – better when you don’t think too much

What is your greatest fear?
being fearful

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I don’t …

When and where were you happiest?
this morning when I woke up in bed Continue reading

Artist Interview: Felice Willat

Artist Name:  Felice Willat

Discipline: Photographer
Location:       Santa Barbara, Californi

Q.  What is your current state of mind?
A. Optimistic, curious, engaged, passionate, compassionate, trusting

Q.  What is your greatest fear?
A.  Accidents & tragedy for my children

Q.  Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
A.  Amazing

Q.  When and where were you happiest?
A.    Early days of Day Runner, Honeymoon phases of my relationships, NOW

Q.  Which talent would you most like to have?
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Book 4: OECW: Artists, Art & Story Southern California

Our Ever Changing World: Through the  Eyes of Artists: “Artists, ART & Story: Southern California

cvrBook Four:  (5.5 x 8.5 black and white) Spotlights Southern California Artists their art and story. The focus of the book was to write a story, 500 to 1,000 words long and to share a life experience NOT related to or mention art in any way. As artists it seems we are always talking to and about our lives as artists. My intention was to help move the focus more to the history of the artist as a combination o f life experiences. We are more than our art… we are our story.

There are 90 artists and 280 pages to read through.

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Participation Artists: Kathi Flood, Stefanie Vega, Ellen Riingen, Joyce Lieberman, Paula Goldman, Bibi Davidson, Geoffrey Levitt, Emerald Arts, Jack Reilly, Chuck Feesago, Laura Larson, Irina Logra, Karen Kinney, Rob Grad, Susan Lizotte, Debbi Green, Gary Lloyd, Sierra Pecheur, Linda Zigman Kosoff, Diane Pirie Cockerill, Linda Sue Price, Carolyn Campbell, Martin Cox, Emily Elisa Halpern, Greg Andrade, J.j. L’Heureux, Mara Thompson, Joanne Julian, Elijah Richard, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Karma Henry, Leah C. Dixon, Michael McCall, Ann Phong, Jon Measures, Preston M.  Smith, Michelle D. Ferrera-Lubin, John Eden, Dori Atlantis, Cathy Weiss, Sidney Tuggerson Jr, Linda Parnell, Peter Hess, Cindy Rinne, Andrea Bogdan, Dakota Noot, Ron Therrio, Barbara Kerwin, Melissa Ann Lambert, Peggy Sivert Zask, Keariene Muizz, Barbara Nathanson, Wendy Smith, Ann Mitchell, Pat Gainor, Virginia Biera, Roland Reiss, Dave Lovejoy, Debbi Swanson Patrick, Ben Zask, Yoshie Sakai, Kerry Kugelman, Dawn Arrowsmith, Vicki Barkley, Roxene Rockwell, Steven Fujimoto, Marla Fields, Jane Cantillon, Stevie Love, Mike Street, Alex Schaefer, Terry Arena, Craig Sibley, Abby Schachner, Hung Viet Nguyen, Joy J. Rotblatt, Lillian Abel, Beanie Kaman, David Glynn, Anna Marini-Genzon, Amy Kaps, Milo Reice, Yvette Gellis, Sharon Suhovy, Stephen Rowe, Lena Moross, Bradford J. Salamon, Jill Sykes, Ada Pullini Brown, Mike M. Mollett, Karrie Ross