Tuesday, April 20, 2021

AN ODD AND INTERESTING COVID ANNIVERSARY ~ APRIL 2020 - 2021

Yesterday, after posting the Telephone Pole series, it occurred to me that exactly one year had passed since my last Covid post Artist Ken Goldman Sheltering in Place.

Last April we knew so little about this "pandemic" and now we know way too much.

Artists are fortunate that painting is such a solitary endeavor. As much as we disliked being locked down, there was definitely a silver lining: Much more time to create.

Here are some works begun in April of 2020 (drawings not included):

These are the five 80th Anniversary Rancho La Puerta paintings mentioned in last April's 2020 blogpost.

Chaparral Spring; Below Mt.Kuchumaa, Acrylic on Paper, 22x30

Chaparral Spring; Towards Mt.Kuchumaa, Acrylic on Paper, 22x30

Chaparral Spring; Haciendas Below Mt.Kuchumaa, Acrylic on Paper, 22x30

Chaparral Spring; Valley Below Mt.Kuchumaa, Acrylic on Paper, 22x30

Rancho Las Delicias Overview, Watercolor on Paper, 16x23

Vicarious Travels, Everyday Workers, Portraits, Rabbits, Birds and an Oil Landscape

May You Live In Interesting Times, Watercolor, 22x22

Thames Underground Sewage Workers, Watercolor, 22x22

Spectating Workers in Lithuania, Watercolor, 22x22

Praise, Watercolor, 22x22

Greenland - Last Spot of Sunlight, Watercolor, 30x22

Waiting, Watercolor, 22x30

Bernie-Bro, Watercolor, 22x22

Carlos, Watercolor, 30x22

Study in Contrasts II, Watercolor, 15x22

Study in Contrasts, Watercolor, 22x30

Morning Bustle, Watercolor, 22x30

 East Malibu Lagoon From PCH, Oil on Canvas, 18x24



Sunday, April 18, 2021

A SILVER LINING DURING COVID ~ 2020 - 2021

During these odd times, I have been depicting a solitary telephone pole right outside of our house. Some wonder what I see in this "ugly pole." Simple, I like the way it catches light in such dramatic ways, how it provides perches for birds, and mostly how its multiple groupings of wires, transformers and SDG&E repairmen striking animated poses, create such fascinating negative shapes against the sky.

Those hard-working linemen usually have no idea why I take so many pictures, but during a recent power outage, I got an opportunity to show them what their courageous occupation has meant to me artistically. The joy on their faces when they recognized themselves and their colleagues in my paintings, absolutely made my day. 


So far I’ve painted five watercolors in this ongoing series. One was purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric, another by the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange, California, and I can’t wait to continue working on many more concepts from the numerous photos I’ve taken during both day and nighttime repairs. There’s talk about removing this pole with its many intriguing wire compositions; I want to make the most of it while it’s still here.



Line and Space 1, Watercolor, 22x22
Collection: Hilbert Museum of California Art


Line and Space 2, Watercolor, 22x22

Line and Space 3, Watercolor, 22x22
Collection: SDG&E

Line and Space  4, Watercolor, 30x22

Line and Space 5, Watercolor, 30x22



ATHENAEUM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

(Where I've taught since 1986)
Spotlights this series





Thursday, April 23, 2020

Artist Ken Goldman Sheltering in Place

Artist Ken Goldman Sheltering in Place





Ken Goldman, Artist in Residence
“Sheltering in Place”



None of us had control over the arrival of Covid-19. Even Rancho La Puerta in it’s 80th year of existence, has been forced to seek out new ways to adapt. We can’t control what comes our way, but we can control our response to it.
Having painted so many Ranch landscape, flora and fauna images during the last 50 years (including the 50th anniversary celebratory jacket), I was looking forward to being involved again in this year’s 80th anniversary celebration. But that was not to be, so I decided to look for a silver lining instead.
During this enforced “artist in residence” saga, I am celebrating the 80th anniversary by painting four new springtime La Puerta images (acrylic on watercolor paper, 22×30), two of which are now complete. In addition to these two new paintings, here are several other springtime images painted between 1970 to now. As you view these images, I hope they provide a vicarious sense of springtime joy.

 See Video Here:

Ken Goldman is an internationally known artist, author, teacher and art juror. A recipient of numerous awards, Goldman has exhibited widely in various group shows and solo exhibitions in Holland, Paris, Italy, Greece, China, Colombia, Mexico, New York, Boston and Washington, DC.In California Goldman has shown at Oceanside Museum of Art, Fischer Museum of Art and Autry Museum. Recently, (2012–2018), Ken’s work has been exhibited throughout China at The Shanghai International Biennial, two Shenzhen International Biennials and five Universities: Jimei, Quanzhou, Tsinghua, Qingdao and the Shanghai University.Goldman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Fine Art, Hilbert Museum of California Art, North Carolina’s Hickory Museum of Fine Art, theZhuo Wen Museum in Qingdao China, the San Diego Museum of Natural History and the San Diego Watercolor Society. In 2018, Ken curated an exhibition for Oceanside Museum of Art titled National Watercolor Society, Southern California Inspirations: Past and Present – December 22, 2018 – April 21, 2019
The author of fifteen instructional books on Pastels, Acrylics, Charcoal and Artistic Anatomy, Goldman has also been featured in several magazines, including The Art of Watercolour, Southwest ArtInternational ArtistWatercolor MagicSplash 12, 13 & 19 and The Artists Magazine, among others.
Ken is Past-President of the National Watercolor Society and is represented by CaliforniaWatercolor.com Gallery.
For more information please visit www.goldmanfineart.com

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Friday, March 22, 2019

OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART

NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSPIRATIONS, PAST AND PRESENT

Curated By

Ken Goldman

 Video of the Exhibition

Since 1850, California has been home to a large number of extremely talented and versatile watercolor artists. The National Watercolor Society (NWS), originally named the California Watercolor Society (CWS), was founded in 1920 by a small group of like-minded artists, many of whom were students at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Tired of being rejected by the American Watercolor Society for being too colorful and for leaving too much white paper, the group rebelled against the establishment and began exhibiting what became known as the California Style of watercolor painting.

This new representational art documented scenes and activities of everyday life on the Pacific Coast, from California’s cities and industrial sites, to its beaches and harbors, and its vast, open landscapes. This approach to watercolor painting generated a great deal of attention from the New York art market to the Walt Disney Studios where artists worked on classic films like Fantasia, Snow White, and Pinocchio.

Today, although the membership of NWS has expanded to include artists throughout the entire USA and abroad, its roots are still firmly planted here in Southern California with its own gallery in San Pedro. This exhibition highlights the works of 21 California masters who were involved with the early CWS, plus 58 selected paintings by current NWS members. Like their predecessors, each of the artists explores aspects of Southern California’s distinctive cities, rural cultures, unique lifestyles, or natural beauty from their singular interpretative points of view.

Curator Ken Goldman, with inspiration from Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last

The Art of Watercolour Magazine no. 35




Thursday, September 20, 2018

SDVoyager: Check out Ken Goldman's Artwork

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Monday, July 17, 2017

FIVE NEW MURALS IN BC, CANADA


FIVE NEW MURALS 
FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF BC, CANADA. 
Ken and Stephanie Goldman

THEMES: WELCOME, FAMILY, STRENGTH, PLAY and PLACE
With Anthropological graphics (from the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology) 
these five watermedia designs were scanned at high resolution and enlarged as vinyl wallpaper.


WELCOME  9ft. x 30 ft.
THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF ITS PEOPLE






FAMILY  9ft. x 15 ft.
"CALL IT A CLAN, 
 CALL IT A NETWORK, 
 CALL IT A TRIBE, 
 CALL IT A FAMILY." 
 WHATEVER YOU CALL IT. WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU NEED ONE. Jane Howard




STRENGTH  9ft. x 15 ft.
“WITH THE DAY COMES NEW STRENGTHS AND NEW THOUGHTS.” Eleanor Roosevelt











PLAY  9ft. x 18 ft.
“LIFE IS MORE FUN IF YOU PLAY GAMES.”






PLACE  9ft. x 12 ft.
NATURE IS NOT A PLACE TO VISIT.
IT IS HOME.

“I’VE OFTEN SAID THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILDREN IS WINGS…
THEY’RE GONNA HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FLY BY THEMSELVES.” Elizabeth Edwards



Friday, January 13, 2017

THANK YOU SAN DIEGO HOME & GARDEN MAGAZINE

For honoring me as one of your Ten 2017 "STARS OF SAN DIEGO".

I am also extremely grateful to long time SDH&G Magazine senior editor Phyllis Van Doren for coming out of blissful retirement (just this one more time) to conduct such a thorough interview and to skillfully encapsulate my 67 years of life and art into one page.