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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

1714 Homewood Drive, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 8”x6"

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Image of the Week, 5-02-14

Fridays Image of the Week - a painting from the new series of work titled Houses. I started this body of work with the idea that I would work purely from imagination and memories of houses that have been of importance to me throughout my life. Places I have lived, family and friends homes and even places I have admired but have no relation to. They are not meant to be literal interpretations of the actual houses but more of a visual note of the memories and feelings I have of these places. These paintings are also studies of form and composition. Through the use of a very limited palette for each of the works, I am able to play with the subtleties that can be created with just a couple of hues in relation to one another. Typically each painting consists of only 2-3 hues from a certain color family ( example a warm blue and a cool blue ) along with black and white to create tints and shades.

Also, a BIG Thank You to everyone who participated in the ScaneLife Bday Celebration - I hope you are enjoying your new works. Have a great weekend!

Painting from the  House  series.

Painting from the House series.

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

Image of the Week, 3-28-14

Following up on Wednesdays image, here is one of the first paintings from my Donkey seriesThis series was started in 1996 after I had lived for a short time in Puerto Rico. I originally started this body of work with what would later become the Wall series in mind. These works feature the downtrodden and lowly donkey. Not an animal one considers grandiose such as a horse or lion, tiger or bear but mearly a simple ass. Yet without this beast of burden working alongside humans for nearly five thousands years, humanity would be a much different thing. The first donkey caravans laid the groundwork for todays globalization and were the first highways and "internet" of it's day, spreading goods, ideas and cultural exchanges to the civilizations they connected.

Donkey, 1996, oil on canvas, 28"x22"

Donkey, 1996, oil on canvas, 28"x22"

Image of the Week, 03-19-14

Todays image is of a small landscape painting I did titled - Sunrise over Sandbar, Bolsa Chica. This small oil on canvas is 6"x8" and was started as a limited palette study of Sap Green ( a warm green ) and Viridian Green ( a cool green ) with Ivory Black and Titanium White. This combination allowed me to work with both value and temperature on this painting while remaining monotone. 

Sunrise over Sandbar, Bolsa Chica

Sunrise over Sandbar, Bolsa Chica

Image's of the Week.

It's pretty self explanatory - I make stuff and want to show you.

Image's of the Week on ScaneLife will feature Art, Photography, Furniture, Videos and more so check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to see the new image.

This first one is from last summers trip to France. It was taken in Ménerbes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region ( South of France ). Dora Maar, one of Picasso's lovers and later wife to artist Nicolas de Staël lived in Ménerbes. 

Ménerbes, France

Ménerbes, France

ScaneLife T-Shirts

In 2014 I will be offering more things for sale on ScaneLife starting with these hand printed silk screened t-shirts. The design is a drawing of the ScaneLife logo, a laughing donkey head surrounded by a halo, printed with 2 colors of ink on various shirts. I am trying out different styles and vendors to see which will be the permanent line for ScaneLife and because of this the styles, sizes and colors are unique and limited. There are both men's, women's and some child sizes and styles. I would love to get your feedback about the colors, styles and sizes that you would wear and like to see on ScaneLife so please leave a comment below if you could. 

To kick off this new line of wearable art I'm offering a 20% discount code for 1 week only. Type in "Art Shirt" at checkout and get 20% off.

 Thanks for your support!

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.

John Scane & Vonn Sumner - War Paint

This is a recent photo of me taken by Eric Minh Swenson at the opening of my two person show with artist and friend Vonn Sumner. The show, John Scane & Vonn Sumner - War Paint at Brett Rubbico Gallery in Newport Beach, California was from Oct. -Dec. 2012. Vonn and I met when we both started teaching at the same arts school 10 years ago. We had a lot in common when it came to art interests and became fast friends. Over the last 10 years we have shared a studio, shown together numerous times and co-founded the painters group Pharmaka along with Adam Gross and Shane Guffogg

photo by Eric Minh Swenson

photo by Eric Minh Swenson