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Looking for an Original Holiday Gift ?

 

Original 8"x6" Oil Paintings on Canvas from the Houses Series. Each of these small works normally retails for $600 (Gallery Price). For a very limited time I'm offering them for just $250. There are only 10 available at this price and it won't last long. These will make a perfect original Holiday gift! 

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Houses Series - Painting
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1714 Homewood Drive, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 8”x6"

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Image of the Week, 6-20-14

Todays Image of the Week is from a day trip we took this past weekend to the Channel Islands. From Ventura in Southern California you can catch a boat to several of the Channel Islands which are off the coast between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Unlike Catalina Island ( closer to LA ) the Channel Islands are mostly uninhabited nature reserves that have native species of plants and animals found nowhere else. Santa Cruz Island is the easiest to travel to being about an hour boat ride. Once there you can hike, rent kayaks, scuba dive or stay a few nights at one the camp grounds. There are really no amenities on any of these islands so you have to bring everything you will need.

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island

Large Eucalyptus, Santa Cruz Island

Large Eucalyptus, Santa Cruz Island

1 Day Only - "ScaneLife Bday Celebration" Promo Code!

In case you missed the recently launched "ScaneLife Birthday Celebration" going on at ScaneLife check it out! For today only on my actual birthday - type "april6" into the coupon code at checkout and receive the 47% off instantly without having to refer a friend! That's $53 bucks for any print! But this is just for today - Coupon expires at 11:59pm ! Check out the Home page for all details!

Happy Birthday to All of Us!

In celebration of my 47th birthday on April 6th I am having a special on ScaneLife!

For the month of April I am offering 11"x17" prints of ANY IMAGE of Art or Photography* on ScaneLife for just......

Head over to the Home page of ScaneLife and check out this crazy deal!

Happy Birthday to All of Us!

Birthday Special

Birthday Special

ScaneLife Redesigned

ScaneLife has been redesigned to be cleaner, faster and more efficient at putting images of art, photography and furniture into your eyes!

There are new images in the California, Italy and Dubai Photo Galleries with more to come and all images on the site will appear larger for better viewing. Also, over the next couple of weeks there will be something really exciting happening for those of you who want to start "collecting".....more to come. 

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Los Angeles - Downtown

Los Angeles - Downtown

Lucky Lines

I took this photo the other day on my way to Palm Springs to see the Richard Diebenkorn show with my friend Randall Cabe. We were randomly driving around looking for places to photograph and had pulled over to see where we were when I heard this train coming. Everything seemed to line up for this shot - literally. In Lightroom I gave it an HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) look for fun. While I don't usually like a strong HDR look, it seems to work with this subject and all the different elements in this photo. Sometimes with a little luck and having your camera ready, things will line up for you.

5476

5476

LA Arboretum

I've been going to the LA Arboretum since I was a kid. This past Sunday I took my wife and our 2 year old daughter for their first times. The grounds cover over 100 acres and It's a great place to go walk around or just sit and relax. There are peafowl, swans and other birds everywhere and many types of plants from all over the world. If you grew up in the 70's - 80's you might recognize the Queen Anne Cottage from the show Fantasy Island but due to the ongoing drought in California the lagoon is down about 4-5 feet, so don't expect any de'planes landing there anytime soon. Probably the best time to go to the Arboretum is in the spring but anytime of the year can be nice as there are a lot of things to do. Here's some photo's I made while there.

Meyberg Waterfall, LA Arboretum

Meyberg Waterfall, LA Arboretum

De'plane, de'plane.

De'plane, de'plane.

Magnolia Denudata - Lily Tree

Magnolia Denudata - Lily Tree

Magnolia Denudata - Lily Tree

Magnolia Denudata - Lily Tree

My Girls

My Girls

Queen Anne Cottage & Lagoon

Queen Anne Cottage & Lagoon

The Crazy Ones

Occasionally, I rent paintings to movies, tv shows and commercials. Some of the past movies include, Hancock, The Alarmist, G-force, Fast and Furious and more. One of the latest TV shows to use a painting is The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. On the most recent episode my painting had a lot of "air time". Here are a couple of screen captures I grabbed from the internet. 

 

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Shaolin #1, 2003, oil on canvas, 86"x68"

Shaolin #1, 2003, oil on canvas, 86"x68"

Photo's from Dubai 2013.

This past June we spent a week in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. We flew to Dubai from Italy where we had just spent 2 weeks visiting with my relatives. What a contrast. In Italy so much of it's past is still visible and preserved. Dubai on the other hand, while probably having human inhabitants well before what is now Italy, has not retained many traces of it's past. To me the city resembles something out of Star Wars, like the city world of Coruscant. If you like skyscrapers and that kind of architecture it should be on your top 10 list of places to see. Images from the trip can be seen here in this gallery.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Day Trips

One of the best things about Europe is that you can take 1 or 2 day trips and go to several countries. Took a day trip from Italy to Switzerland today and went to Zermatt where we saw Disney Europe ;)

The drive to get there wasn't bad either.

Zermatt, Switzerland - Matterhorn

Zermatt, Switzerland - Matterhorn

Simplon Pass

Simplon Pass

Lucca Italy - Danielle Scane

Words can't describe the old world charm and the warm welcome I feel going to Lucca in Tuscany, Italy. The old city reminds us of Venice, Italy since there is very limited driving and lots of streets closed off to vehicles. Lucca's medieval walls surround the city that has everything. We love renting bikes and slowly cycling around the incredible views that surround the city walls. 

My very favorite market starts early on Wednesday and Saturday where you can find the best products and prices for beautiful Italian bags, clothes, food and more. Our toddler enjoyed the playgrounds that surround the city and if you're there during the right timeframe your kids might also like the beautiful merry-go-round you can find in the heart of the city.

On this trip we rented through airbnb.com which allowed us to live like locals in a fully equipped apartment. We paid for parking around the outskirts of the city but still in the wall. You can also take trains from Lucca and go as far as Lake Como up North if you don't want to be bothered with a car. Don't miss Lucca if you go to Italy and if you decide to travel South make sure you also check out Sorrento.

Lucca - Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Lucca - Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Happy 4th from France ( Tour-de )

It's the 4th of July 2013 and we are staying in a small village near the route for the Tour de France. I checked the schedule online to see that the race would be going through the town of Beaucaire which is about 25 minutes away. I grabbed my camera bag and iPad for GPS and made it about 15 minutes before the riders came hauling through, way faster than I thought and it was over in a matter of minutes. I'm not into cycling at all but it was pretty cool to see from 4 feet away. Here are a few of the pictures I took....

It kind of reminds me of riding on the boardwalk ( pick your beach town ) on the 4th of July.

The leader. 

The leader. 

Tour de France, 2013

Tour de France, 2013

 Tour de France, 2013

 Tour de France, 2013

Tour de France, 2013

Tour de France, 2013

Tour de France, 2013   

Tour de France, 2013

 

Does this look familiar?

If you are a painter or art lover you might recognize this scene, taken in Arles, France.  If you are in the area here's a tip from the locals...Dont' eat there! 

Any guesses as to what this place is or who made a famous painting of it? 

 

Arles, France

Arles, France

Planes, Automobiles and Toddler.

Lesson #1 - don't expect to get much work done if you bring a 20 month old toddler. We've been traveling for almost 2 weeks now and it's been great but my high hopes of being able to post images and write about them as we go along has proven difficult. We have been in Italy where we visited with many relatives and on Friday night we arrived in Dubai. More to come but here is a picture I took about a week ago in Lucca, Italy - It rained most of the day but it made for great reflections at night.

Lucca, Italy

Lucca, Italy

New U.K. Photos

I finally edited and uploaded some photos taken in London from a 2010 trip. We were only there for 3 days as it was our final stop before heading back home after almost 2 months in Italy and France. Mostly we went to London so I could go to the National Gallery which has one of my favorite paintings, Rembrandt's "A Woman bathing in a Stream (Hendrickje Stoffels?)". Only 2 paintings have ever brought me to tears (not sure why...but it really doesn't matter) and this is one of them. The other is a Philip Guston from the L.A. County Museum of Art - LACMA.

National Gallery - London

National Gallery - London

Thoughts on Pharmaka - Laura Hipke

During one of my early visits to Pharmaka, I walked into the gallery to find John Scane sitting behind the front desk with his camera fixed on the back wall of the gallery. I was puzzled by what he was trying to capture because to my eye the wall seemed to be completely void of anything worth photographing. It only took a couple of seconds for me to see what John had been seeing during the long hours of sitting in the gallery. Every 20 minute or so a bus would pass by on Main Street. The reflection of the afternoon sun off of the bus windows would flash into the gallery, and when the traffic light outside would change the whole room seemed to spin as shadows and flashes of light filled the room and raced across the gallery walls in the opposite direction of the rushing traffic. The Pharmaka logo would appear for a split second on the wall behind the front desk. Each time John would check the display on the back of his camera. I don't know how many times he must have tried before he captured it.

I found Pharmaka in 2005 after going on a rainy guided tour of the galleries in the downtown Los Angeles. I had heard good things about the downtown Art Walk but after driving there in my car I was afraid to park and get out. Gallery Row was only a couple of blocks away from skid row so I ended up taking the guided tour of downtown galleries with Ashley Emeneger and one of those uniformed officers we called the "Purple Police". We stopped at Pharmaka along the way and John Scane spoke about how the gallery came to be and what they were trying to achieve. John was just so accessible and open. He possessed something that was truly remarkable. An unusual mixture of truth, directness and humility. I couldn't quite put my finger on it and as the tour made its way through the streets of Los Angeles I couldn't get Pharmaka out of my head. I wanted to know more about it and the other people involved. I gobbled up every bit of information I could find about their exhibitions and publications. I was hungry for a meaningful dialogue with other artists. I felt that these were artists who were reaching for something that was really missing in the art world and they were willing to put themselves out there to find it. They were an inclusive group not exclusive or elitist. They were generous with their time and feedback sometimes spending hours talking with other artists or collectors who came there seeking that intangible that was missing from other galleries. I went to Pharmaka every chance I got. I would show up for their openings but my favorite thing to do was to come to the gallery on a weekday at 2 o'clock. It was quiet there in the afternoon. I would find a chair and talk with whomever was sitting the gallery that day, Vonn Sumner, Timothy Isham, Michael Rosenfeld, Fumiko Amano and Shane Guffogg. I learned that Shane was at the gallery every Thursday and so I went there every Thursday. We had long discussions about why we make art. This may seem like a simple question but it consumed me at that time. If he grew tired of speaking with me he never let it show. I baked cookies and tagged along like a stray cat and I guess I hung around the gallery so much that the "Phamakans" decided I was one of them. Eventually I was invited to come to their meetings. I would sit quietly and marvel at their courage (or audacity depending on who was speaking.) I would pick up little treasures in the conversation and put them in my pocket, mulling over them in the days that followed. 

Laura Hipke

Pharmaka Gallery was located at 5th & Main, downtown Los Angeles from 2005 - 2010.  Unfortunately I lost those images on an old computer.

Pharmaka Gallery was located at 5th & Main, downtown Los Angeles from 2005 - 2010.

Unfortunately I lost those images on an old computer.

Thoughts on Pharmaka & Guest Posts...

In late 2003 I was invited to a Christmas party with my new friend and colleague Vonn Sumner. Vonn and I met when we were both hired as art instructors at the Orange County School for the Arts in Santa Ana, California. Vonn had invited me to the party at an artist friends house he knew from his time living in New York. It was there that I was re-aquainted with artist Shane Guffogg ( Shane and I knew each other from a group show we were in at Kantor gallery in the 1990's ) from that chance meeting the group known as Pharmaka would be formed. Originally the group consisted of artists Vonn Sumner, Shane Guffogg, dealer/curator Adam Gross and myself. We would meet weekly at one of our studios, a gallery, museum or bar to look at work, "talk shop" and just hang out enjoying the camaraderie we had found. It didn't take long until we had invited a few other painters into the mix and started calling the group Pharmaka. The name was chosen because of it's roots in ancient Greece, the cradle of Western civilization, and means to paint or an artists colors. It also means a poison and a remedy. Although Pharmaka started off as a group of like minded painters who's primary goal was to open up a dialogue about painting and what was going on in the art world, it took a turn when Pharmaka was offered a space to renovate in the newly designated Gallery Row district of downtown Los Angeles. From 2005 - 2010 Pharmaka opened it's doors at the corner of 5th & Main as a non-profit gallery headed by Shane Guffogg. We became a central point in the downtown LA art scene and had many exhibitions and events. Like has happened so many times where artists come in and help with the revitalization of a historic part of town, the landlords saw their chance to jack up the rent. The price was unsustainable and in 2010 Pharmaka the Gallery was no more. While we don't meet as often and some of us have moved on, a majority of us still do studio visits and enjoy the friendships we've created. 

Over the next few weeks/months I will be posting "Thoughts on Pharmaka". I have asked members and people involved with Pharmaka and the Downtown Gallery Row area to write guest posts on what those years were like for them downtown and how they feel it added to their art and the Southern California art scene.

If you were/are a part of the downtown scene and would like to write a guest post on your experiences please feel free to send me an email. 

Pharmaka Gallery was located at 5th & Main, downtown Los Angeles from 2005 - 2010.

Pharmaka Gallery was located at 5th & Main, downtown Los Angeles from 2005 - 2010.

New photo gallery of Italy.

Although I've had a horrible cold for over a week now, it's been a good opportunity to do some photo editing. I've added another 50 photos from my 2010 trip to Italy. Originally I had processed all the photos using Apple's Aperture 3 but recently it has become very slow and frustrating to work with so I made a switch to Adobe's Lightroom 4. I've spent weeks of time learning the program and reprocessing all of the photos for ScaneLife but I like it much better than Aperture now. I still have a lot of photos from the 2010 Italy and France trip to go through before I can start on our 2011 Italy trip. My goal is to finish all these photos before I leave this summer for another trip to Italy, France and Dubai. So stay tuned, more galleries to come!

Roman ruins.

Roman ruins.

Google+ Community

If you have a Gmail account you might know about the Google+ Communities. They are essentially groups where people with a similar interest post stuff about the subject of the community. There are thousands of communities on all sorts of subjects.

I've created a Google+ community for L.A. Painters where artists can post images of their paintings and have a dialogue about them. You don't need to be a painter or even from L.A. to join, you can come just to look and respond. The community is new but if it sounds like something you're into spread the word so it can grow.

Here is a recent painting from my Life During Wartime series.

Death of a Loyalist, 2012, oil on canvas over panel, 50"x60"

Death of a Loyalist, 2012, oil on canvas over panel, 50"x60"

Source: https://plus.google.com/communities/110129...