Published June 2010
Christopher Mathie, Port Orchard, Wash.
For an artist inspired by water, it’s not surprising that Mathie describes his ideal painting process as a “state of flow.” “When I’m really painting, every stroke of the brush seems to make the right mark.
A designer once said to me, ‘Get out of your own way,’ meaning allow the process to just happen. And when I do this, the work is good.”
Mathie works fast, creating a textured base with gesso primer and adding colors and shapes with successive layers of acrylics. But his intuitive method doesn’t come without prep work. After the paint has dried from the initial sitting, Mathie studies photos of the location he’s painting, looks at art books, and listens to classical music as he finishes the canvas.
A longtime resident of the Puget Sound area, Mathie wants his work to capture the essence of living by the water. “There are a lot of incredible painters who depict this in a realistic way; my intention is to stylize the seascape into something more like poetry. But my greatest hope is that one can sense my true delight
in being creatively alive.”
Mathie’s work is displayed through June 27 at Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, 354 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-497-5442, www.marionmeyergallery.com.
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Summer at The Muck
When Zoot Velasco became executive director of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in 2007, the Fullerton venue offered 20 events. This year, it’s offering 80. Among summer’s highlights:
June 13: Solstice Festival Storytellers and folk bands such as When Pigs Fly perform. There’s also a children’s area, an arts-and-crafts fair, and bocce ball and croquet.
July 9: Musicians and artists from Fullerton and its South Korean sister city show their work, including an opening-night performance by O.C.-based Jung Trio.
July 11: The Muck will host a cappella barbershop quartets, choirs, and human beatboxes, among others.
1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, www.themuck.org.
Putting the “arts” in “culinary arts,” Bistango, Bayside, and Kimera restaurants present the Dining as Art Collection, which includes regular exhibits, artist receptions, and art demonstrations in the dining areas. www.diningasart.com.