Saturday, October 1, 2011

Susan Wood—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for October 2011: “Celebrating the Central Coast”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 14 from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


“I grew up with artistic parents, and liked to draw and paint from a very young age. When I was six, my family moved to Italy so my dad could paint. Later we moved to New York City, and I went to the High School of Music and Art and was able to develop my artistic talents. I started college at Boston University, in liberal arts, but after a year decided to switch to the School of Fine Arts, where I received a very classical art education. I chose sculpture as my major. Life happened, and I was involved in work and raising a family, doing very little artwork for many years.

Rocks and Fog © Susan Wood

Moving to the Central Coast from Massachusetts in 2003, I resolved to get back into doing artwork, and started doing sculpture again, as well as life drawing with the Friday Life Drawing Group in Morro Bay. I was also attracted to the beautiful local scenery and soon found myself doing watercolors. Encouraged by the positive response to my work, and to the enjoyment and challenge of painting outside, I continued, participating in several Open Studio Tours, and I joined Gallery at Marina Square in late 2005.

Painting “plein air” is challenging—as the conditions are changing moment by moment—the light and the shadows move, the tide comes in or goes out, and the wind and temperature can impact my comfort level and the ability to keep my easel standing (I carry a large rock in my car that I can tie to my easel to weigh it down if necessary)! I feel my most successful paintings have a quality of spontaneity and freshness that watercolor is so suitable for.”

Susan Wood’s exhibition “Celebrating the Central Coast” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.


Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Friday Life Drawing Group—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artists’ Exhibit for October 2011: “Clothing Optional”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 14th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

A few members of the Friday Life Drawing Group. From left to right:
Frederique Rostovsky, Jan Mannering, Al Musso, Ardella Swanberg, Jackie Morello.

Every artist who is trained in the classical style begins with drawing the nude figure. This includes people you don*t think of such as de Kooning and Picasso. It also includes da Vinci who dissected corpses to understand anatomy, despite the threat of death if the Catholic Church caught him. It takes a great deal of practice and skill to be able to draw the human form convincingly. Without this skill and continual practice, paintings of the figure will not be believable. Many artists draw the figure throughout their lives.

 © Ardella Swanberg
© Kathy Schwan             

The Friday Life Group began in 1981 in the studio of an artist in Morro Bay. Within few weeks the group moved to the Morro Bay Recreation Center and the group has been drawing every Friday at the Morro Bay Community Center since it was built. The artists who were there at the beginning include Susan Sears, Rosie and Barbara Rosenthal, Louise DeMore, Frederique Rostofsky Nancy Graham, John Barnard, Gordon Long and Jeff O’Dell. George Gibson, Stephen Rodinoff. Dorla Brebes, Mace Taylor, Walt Wedlock, Phyllis Dorn were also “charter members” but are no longer with us.
© Frederique Rostovsky 



© Len Boyle 










© Heather O’Connor
© Jackie Morello 

We are grateful for all the talented people who pose for our drawings. The sessions last for 3 hours. We begin with five 2 minute poses, three 5 minutes poses and one 10 minute pose. Most of the poses last for 20 minutes. None of them lasts for more than 30 minutes.

De Kooning said that classical training frees you for creating abstraction and non-objective art. All art is dependant on being able to draw well.

The Friday Life Drawing Group’s exhibition “Clothing Optional” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068