Sherrod Blankner – Watercolors of San Francisco

Sherrod Blankner like leather and pearl choker diy, she began her painting career when she moved to California in 1990 fresh out of college from Yale University. Through her plein air painting in watercolor and oil, she has become a fixture on the streets of San Francisco. Her favorite subjects are the amazing architecture of the Victorian houses which abound in San Francisco. She has also recently painted the Golden Gate Bridge from the vantage point of the gold course near the Legion of Honor. She was so fascinated by that view, she ended up doing a series of the Bridge.

In California, Sherrod has studied painting with teachers from Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of Arts and Crafts. Her oil work has been influenced by many of her teachers as well as by the Bay Area painters Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.

Sherrod’s Watercolors:

Barbara Greensweig – Oil & Acrylic Paintings and Limited Edition Giclees

I discovered Barbara Greensweig thru Sonoma Lavender up in Sonoma Country (her images are on their card packs filled with lavender – see trinkets). I love lavender and anything related to it and think that Barbara really captures the essence of lavender landscapes. She also has a remarkable eye for color, as you can see in her “Red Geraniums” giclee that is a personal favorite. Explore Barbara Greensweig’s work and enjoy. As always, I can email you more photos of other images that are here at the store. -Keverne Award winning artist Barbara Greensweig paints “captured moments in time”. Vineyards by old barns, flowers cascading from windows and doorways, and porches with sleeping dogs, all executed in bold and happy compositions with brilliant color, characterize the work of this artist. Most of her work is painted with oils while some are in acrylics. Greensweig has resided for over 20 years in the country of Northern California, a favorite subject in her work. The artist also enjoys working “en plein aire”. Art trips to Southern France early in her career led Greensweig to start painting sunflowers and fields of lavender before each became trendy. Her favorite spots abroad are the hilltop villages of Provence as well as San Miguel de Allende in Colonial Mexico with its rich adobe colors. Originals and limited edition giclees are available. The small giclees (approx. 11″ x 9″ are usally $75.00) and the large giclees (16″ x 20″) are $275.00 All images are available in both sizes. Lavender Landscape and View of Sonoma are also available in a canvas “gallery wrap” for $425.- Call Keverne for details!

Barbara’s Art:

Donna Schaffer – Plein Air Oil Painter, Northern California

Donna Schaffer captures the colors and the feelings of Northern California’s wine country. She should, she lives there! You can feel Donna’s familiarity and passion for Sonoma County when you look at her paintings.

“How could I not be a painter? I am privileged to live in the Dry Creek Valley outside of Healdsburg in the Sonoma Wine Country. I pass five wineries and acres of vineyards to get home. My “neighborhood” landscapes have glorious seasons and personalities for me to capture on canvas. I have always dabbled in fine art pursuits, but I’ve only been able to be a full-time oil painter since 1997. Previous to that I had 23 years of advertising agency and photojournalism experience that resulted in the development of my personal dimension of “seeing” and painting. I range from using thick paint (impasto) on some creations to smooth, detailed observations on others.”

Donna offers both original oil paintings and Limited Edition giclees of some of her pieces. The giclees are available in two sizes, framed or unframed. All giclees are printed on archival paper and double matted, signed and numbered. An artist biography is included with each piece sold. Let me email you digital pictures of other paintings and giclees that are not shown here.

Donna’s Giclee Prints:

Size Un-Framed Price Framed Price
11 x 14 $80.00 $95.00
16 x 20 $185.00 $250.00

Ellyna Berglund – Whimsical Chalk Pastels Northern California

Ellyna was trained in the classic style of fine art and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been working in chalk pastels for the past eight years.

The inspiration for Ellyna’s work comes from her extensive world travels as well as her love for the Bay Area as seen in her portrayals of San Francisco and wine country.

Her style can best be described as whimsical and energetic, with aggressive study in movement and color. Pastel chalk is the basic foundation of oil paint, and represents color in its’ purest form – hence the rich, vibrant tones of Ellyna’s work. Her application of the soft pastel color on the cold-press paper is varied: crillon, dry sponge, cloth and finger tip.

The majority of Ellyna’s work is sold to private art collectors; although she has also done several commission works for companies for use in advertising and licensed products. She shows her work in galleries and art festivals.

Kumquat Art & Home has been showing Ellyna’s work since its’ opening in November of 1997. Ellyna Berglund continues to be the best-selling artist at the gallery thus the value of Ellyna’s work has doubled since 1997. Originals and giclees are always available at Kumquat Art & Home.

Ellyna’s Giclee Prints:

Ellyna Berglund uses a print process that actually holds the colors of her originals – it is called a “giclee” (gee-clay). The giclee print process is much more costly than traditional printing methods, but the color accuracy and the fact that they are printed on the same paper as her original works makes it worth the investment.

Following are samples of Ellyna’s giclees which are available in 2 sizes:

(To see a larger image click on the thumbnails.)

Large: 20 x 24 (with matte) Price: $275.00
Small: 11 x 14 (with matte) Price: $75.00

Both sizes fit into a standard size frame. Ellyna does offer framing for the large giclee for an additional $125.00. The frames are wood and are offered in five colors: blonde, cherry, walnut, metallic gold and silver tone.

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Michael Johnson – Black and White Photography

Michael Johnson is a photographer that I discovered with my mother while strolling the streets of San Francisco. Michael is one of the few photographers that does things the traditional way – he develops everything in his own dark room. His images of San Francisco are some of the best that I have seen. He captures our Landmarks in an artistic way rather than a “touristy” way. Below is Michael’s artist statement:

Michael’s B&W; Photos:

Three sizes of images available, all matted for a standard size frame. (size indicates with matte) Framing is a black 1/2″ wooden frame. Please specify framed or unframed.

Size Unframed Framed
8 x 10 $24.00 $39.00
11 x 14 $50.00 $75.00
16 x 20 $100.00 $150.00

Born in New York City’s Harlem, I heard my calling to the fine arts at an early age. As a child, I had a passionate love for fine art and photography. I spent my hours in the local public library and museums studying the works of the great painters, sculptors and photographers. I was moved particularly by the artists of the renaissance, and spent a lot of time with the Flemish masters and art nouveau. I didn’t buy my first camera until my twenties. With money borrowed from my father, I bought a 35 mm camera and relocated to Martha’s Vineyard. There I fervently studied photographic texts, built a dark room and learned photography. I lived between Martha’s Vineyard and the Caribbean. I photographed everything. I successfully sold my photographs and was published numerous times. In 1995 I relocated to San Francisco to find new inspiration and subject matter. Here I am using my camera to capture the natural and man-made beauty of the “city by the bay”. – Michael Johnson

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Siamack Sioshansi – Photographer, San Francisco

Primarily a self-taught photographer, Siamack finds the tools in the lightroom amazing and remarkable. What he finds more stimulating and ultimately more inspiring, is the expansion of traditional photography, rethinking what the images represent, what they can do and the closer assimilation of photography and painting. My idea of success is having someone like my photographs enough to want to hang them on their refrigerator.
Siamack’s photography is printed in the giclee format. The large ones (17 x 26), printed on canvas, look more like a painting than a photograph. The smaller ones are an 8 x 10 image also printed in the giclee format on archival paper. Siamack uses a beveled mat to create a standard size (11 x 14) image that can be easily framed.

Siamack’s Giclee Prints:

Size Price
11 x 14 $50.00
17 x 26 $325.00