Friday, February 21, 2014

California Art Show at Panorama Framing


The theme is CALIFORNIA - Works by Creative Couples.  Jay Watson and I are excited to be in this art show in the Gallery at Panorama Framing - along with artists Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer of 3 Fish Studios.

First Thursday Receptions are March 6 and April 3 from 6-9pm.  The show goes from March 1 - April 27, 2014 so please stop by if you're in the area. 

Panorama Framing - 3350 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy - Art Trading

Alessandra Mello made art cards for me

A friend of mine and I traded art with each other.  We planned it two months ago and met up this weekend to trade.  My friend is a photographer but she wanted to explore her creativity in a different way.  She used different sized hole punches to punch paint samples (that she already had) and arrange them on white greeting cards.  They are modern and gorgeous and I love them.

Alessandra with the piece I made for her

This is the piece I made for her.  I used acrylic paint and collage with one of my monotypes on a piece of wood. 

This summer, I'd like to do more art trades. If you would like to trade art with me, please let me know.  You don't have to be an "artist" in the official sense.  I know that each person has their own creativity and maybe yours is waiting to come out in new ways and this is your opportunity!  Let me know and I'll be in touch in the coming months!  It's fun and it feels exciting and inspiring...and happy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rainbow Skate

Duke turned two at the end of January and he just started skating with his Dad at the skatepark on Saturdays.  He's been skating in our backyard before he could walk.  He is really serious and passionate about it. 

That's my latest mixed media on board, inspired no doubt by my son.  He actually collaborated with me on this one, suggesting where to place the pink edged skateboard.

I am glad it is getting warmer.  I believe I had some winter doldrums.   Sometimes I pretend I am in Waikiki.  Aloha.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Surf Fridays! Announcing the Winners of the Poster Giveaway

Congratulations to Allesandra! Originally from Brazil, she now lives in the Bay Area and is a photographer.  She won my poster, Maui Days.

Congratulations to Ian MacAllister!  Ian is a new father living in the Bay Area - he is the winner of Jay Watson's poster, Mavericks Wave.  Ian and Jay studied photography together in college, at UMBC.

Thank you for playing everyone! We'll have more fun giveaways in the future - and all posters are available in the CocoBohemia Big Cartel shop

Happy Surf Friday!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Posters Available and Contest Giveaway

Posters by Jamie Watson

 I am excited to announce a new line of posters in my CocoBohemia Big Cartel shop!  There are surf, skate, Hawaii and California themed images by both my husband, photographer Jay Watson and myself!  I love the quality of these 18x24 posters, which are on a heavy-weight matte paper.

Posters by Jay Watson

To celebrate, there will be a contest.  We will be giving away one poster from Jay Watson, and one poster from my collection.  To participate, all you need to do is leave a comment here naming your favorite poster from each collection.  Winners will be randomly selected and will be given one of their favorites.  I'll make the announcement on Surf Friday, February 8 at 12:00pm Pacific.

To click on the posters and see them large and in charge, please check out the CocoBohemia Big Cartel shop.

Good luck!  Of course, you are all winners in my book!  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Handmade Holidays

Driftwood Christmas tree by Umi Baby
A beautiful treasure map dish by Kristina Ayala of Pufferfish Press

Jay and Duke and I went to Pacifica last weekend to attend a handmade goods holiday market and I love what we came home with.  And, both items are still available in their shops.  Happy Holidays to you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Art for Surfers issue of Blue Magazine

There's my piece on page 55! Surfboards (left), mixed media on board
Bitchin' cover
I wish I could read Japanese!
I love this piece by Malibu surfer and artist Ned Evans

When I was asked to be featured in the Art for Surfers issue of Japan's Blue magazine, I was completely thrilled.  When the magazine arrived in the mail last week, I jumped for joy.  It is a gorgeous issue and I am honored to be included with so many great artists.   Arigatou Blue magazine! 


Blue mag's issue #38 is available for purchase on Amazon in Japan.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pillar Point Birthday

The morning of my November birthday was spent on the coast.  I had the best bagel of my life at the hardware store in El Granada.  I highly recommend the "Low Card" - a toasted bagel with cream cheese, avocado, bacon and hot sauce.  Then we went to Pillar Point, which is where you can see Mavericks when it breaks.  I had a happy celebration with loved ones at my mom's house - each year I make the same request for pizza and my mom's cupcakes.  And to have a birthday card with little scribbles on it from Duke, well.  I sure do love being alive.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Guerilla Art Project

What is guerilla art?
Guerilla art, also known as "street art", is leaving art in public spaces for others to find and enjoy.

For the past two months, I have been a mentor to two 8th grade students, Heydi Orozco and Robert Jimenez from Spark, a national non-profit whose mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities.  Robert and Heydi were assigned to me because they want to be artists.  We have been working on a guerrilla art project and each week we meet at my studio to discuss our inspirations, ideas, and make art.  Heydi and Robert are amazing, smart and talented kids who love learning and love making art.  Heydi is interested in Japanese culture, especially anime, manga and Japanese rock music.  Robert wants to paint with oils and learn to do landscapes.

Heydi and Robert have produced individual monotypes with the sole purpose of displaying and distributing their work for free in public spaces within our community. Our goals are 1) We want art to be accessible for everyone to enjoy and 2) that when you create something that you love and send it out into the world, good will come from it.   

The "Free Art" sticker on the front of each piece means we want you to own it, display it, or share it. Yes you can take it home and frame it! We hope you will be inspired in some way.

What you can do:
If you were lucky enough to discover Robert or Heydi's work in Redwood City or Palo Alto, please leave a comment telling us about it! 

If you have time, please send us a photo showing where your new artwork rests and I will repost it here.  Please send your photo to pineappleluv at gmail dot com.  When Robert and Heydi talk to me about what is most fulfilling about this project, they each say that they're excited about who may find their artwork. 

So thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jay + Jamie Watson Art Show Hookups!

On Saturday afternoon, November 17, Jay Watson and I will be closing our art show at the Gleeson Gallery in San Francisco.  Prints and posters are for sale and we'll be there from 12noon - 2pm at 148 Precita Ave., San Francisco, CA (between Folsom and Mission).  Duke will be there and he will hook you up!

Great news, remaining posters and prints will be for sale online very soon...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Little Cowboy, Duke

My little cowboy is almost 22 months.  He is the light of our lives.  I say to Duke what my beloved Grandma Noni used to say to me often, with joy in her voice as she squeezed me tight, "How come I love you so much"!?!