Room With a ViewAugust 12, 2015

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by Jim Winters

The second half of my July was spent in San Francisco painting a landscape mural in a Pacific Heights residence.

The clients told the designer (from Ken Fulk, Inc.) that they wanted the view of the bay from their upstairs balcony painted downstairs in their media room where there is no view except that of the back yard.

The walls are over 10’ high and the project took 12 days to paint.

I am very pleased with how it came out – like one of my landscape screen prints on a grand scale.

Instead of just clipping off the image in a straight, vertical line at the top of the stairs, we decided to have some of the elements (foggy clouds, in this case) trail off into the walkway..

Here are a couple detail shots:

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DINOSAUR magazine: Kate Pierson!June 22, 2015

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by Jim Winters

I just received my latest issue of DINOSAUR and it is BEAUTIFUL! Kate Pierson is on the cover (looking fantastic) and I can’t wait to read her interview. The B-52’s were so influential during my early, new wave years.. I also look forward to hearing her new, solo music – Guitars and Microphones. Go, Kate!

 

The last issue (volume 01, issue 03) featured my portrait and interview with icon, John Waters, and for this one I was asked to draw one of my favorite writers, Armistead Maupin, for a Q&A with Sean Timberlake. (I must admit I was thinking of the art of Tom of Finland when I made this piece. Even daddies need daddies..)

 

Also included in this issue are short pieces about San Francisco by current – and previous – residents. The photos are absolutely stunning and I do think I got the best layout. Thanks, Jamie Betts for the incredible images!

 

Congrats to Steven Gdula and the DINOSAUR crew for another gorgeous issue.
Subscribe here!

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Pride of Place: Santa Cruz landscape printsJune 16, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Santa Cruz, California, is a wonderful place. You can tell how much people love being here because everywhere you go you see bumper stickers, clothing and outdoor gear emblazoned with those words. (It doesn’t hurt that all of the surfing and skateboard graphics are really cool..)

I am jumping on that train, too, by making new landscape reduction screen prints depicting this great place I am now lucky to call home – a vacation destination for many people. I hope the images evoke good memories and that the pieces become cherished mementos of happy times.

 

 

Capitola Venetian
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Four Palms
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

End
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

 

Capitola by the Sea
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”

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John Waters & Jim Winters: Lightning Strikes Twice!May 21, 2015

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by Jim Winters

Thanks to my dear friend, illustrator Michael Wertz, I hooked up with Bookshop Santa Cruz to interview John Waters (for the second time!).

This was a LIVE event – a “conversation” discussing his book, Carsick, which is now available in soft cover.

It took place on Tuesday, May 19, on stage at the gorgeous Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

JW JW Bookshop Santa Cruz

 

What a night! So much fun.. John, as usual, was charming and hilarious. The event was sold out.

John Waters and JIm Winters

John Waters and Jim Winters

 

I even got my first mention here as a local artist. I LOVE Santa Cruz!

 

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New San Francisco cityscapesMarch 23, 2015

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by Jim Winters

I’ve just completed some new reduction screen prints – 4 scenes of San Francisco, 10 colors each.
I am working with a new format: a smaller, more intimate size (6” square) and mounted on wood panels.

 

 

My landscapes are inspired by vintage travel poster graphics and landscape/cityscape paintings and prints.

Among my favorites are:
Irish LMS travel posters (run a Google image search)
Precisionist painter Charles Sheeler
San Francisco native and photorealist Robert Bechtle
Canadian Group of Seven artists: Frank Carmichael, Lawren Harris and A. J. Casson
Woodcut artists Gustave Baumann and Bay Area local Tom Killion

 

Ocean Park Motel
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Douglass Street
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

18th & Taraval
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

Van Ness & California
10 color reduction screen print, mounted on panel
6” x 6” x 1.5”
2015

 

(Next up: images of the place I now live – Santa Cruz, California. Be on the lookout.)

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