imageStarting with tonight’s Art Walk, I’ll be selling art and studio furnishings until I move out of my studio at the end of June.

Please stop by for some great values on matted and framed digital abstract prints, 50% off! Also for sale: Winsor&Newton floor easel, Mabef wood print rack, Richeson canvas print racks, Clear Displays acrylic tabletop print rack, 8-ft long and low bookcase, chairs, lots of office supplies, paper, storage, acrylic display stands . . . the mind boggles!

Sale dates and hours:
Friday, June 10 — 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 — 1 to 4 p.m

Other dates and time to be established after this weekend. Please call me at 415.223.3946 for appointment.

Studio 9 at Art Works Downtown, south side of Fourth Street between C and D Sts., San Rafael, California

“A master at creative effects”

Nice remark from the editor of the Riverfront Art Gallery’s RAGSheet newsletter about one of my two accepted entries in their annual juried photography show. This is Petaluma’s preeminent gallery, downtown on the river, and they have receptions every second Saturday. See my calendar for details of the venue. My two digital images are Canyon Song (16″x24″ print on aluminum) and Mare Island Mix (18″x24″ print on canvas, float-mounted and framed).


Mare Island Mix

Mare Island Mix

Canyon Song

Canyon Song

“It’s a beautiful day for a watercolor. Let’s paint two.”

On the horizon, a family show of watercolors by me, my brother Ron, and our dad, Ronald E. Bean. Beautiful and affordable original paintings on exhibit for three weeks only, in the gallery downstairs from my studio at Art Works Downtown. Ron and I often went out sketching with our dad, whose talent and love of watercolors inspired us both. Hope you can come to the opening reception on Friday, February 12!

And in case you were wondering about that quote: it’s something we three used to say a lot, paraphrasing legendary Chicago Cub Ernie Banks who said, “It’s a beautiful day for a ball game. Let’s play two.”

More details on our Facebook event page.

Let's paint two!

New work for 2015 holiday season

Fresh out of the studio are some colorful collages — 8″ sq., 6″ sq., and 4″ sq., on cradled panels — nice sizes and nice prices for the holiday gift-giving season. In addition to the original pieces, giclée prints and notecards will be available by Thanksgiving.

Here’s one, Crazy Moonrise. See more new collages here. Thanks for visiting my site!

Crazy Moonrise; mixed media collage on cradled panel, 8" sq.; 2015

Crazy Moonrise; mixed media collage on cradled panel, 8″ sq.; 2015

A Night at the Casa Azul

A Fundraising Event to Support Arts Programingnight at casa azul

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Purchase tickets

Tickets:  $50 before Sept. 1
$60 after Sept. 1
$75 after Sept. 21

Limited VIP tables available for $500 and $1,000
On Saturday, September 26, 2015 Art Works Downtown transforms into the Casa Azul – Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s famed residence and studio in Mexico City. Patrons and guests of AWD are invited to celebrate San Rafael’s own house-studio where artists live and work in a vibrant creative community.

The event begins at 7:30pm and goes until 10:00pm. We will feature an art auction, raffle, small bites and margaritas courtesy of  Green Chile Kitchen, gourmet appetizers and drinks, live music, dancing, and more!

The fundraising party will be held in AWD’s Susan Kirby Place patio and the lower level of the art center, accessible off D St., around the corner from AWD’s main enterance at 1337 Fourth St. Creative attire is encouraged.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will support AWD’s arts programing and our 17 affordable housing units.

Volunteers needed. Please contact Rina Neiman,

Raffle Tickets 

Online Auction

Christmas in July 

Christmas in July — all holiday cards on sale — at my studio this weekend only! Regularly 3.50, now 2.00 each. 


Special award winner

Happy to discover one of my pieces at the Marin County Fair fine art exhibit won an award! “Far More Blue” (shown here next to its companion “Unsquare Dance”) won a special award and gift certificate from Perry’s art store. The exhibit is as fabulous and massive as ever. Hope you can visit the fair!


Street painting festivals past

San Rafael’s Italian Street Painting Festival started in 1994. I participated for six years, 1995 to 2000, and often had my brother Ron and my dad Ron helping me. My dad last participated in 1998 at age 90. I hope I’m never persuaded to draw on pavement when (if) I’m that age, good grief! But he enjoyed it and it was wonderful to have his good humor, enthusiasm, and talent with us. My brother and I recreated one of our dad’s watercolors for the 2000 festival. Below are snaps from the 1998, 1999, and 2000 festivals.

Marin County Fair

July 1–5, 2015, at the Marin County Civic Center Fairgrounds, Hwy 101 at N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, California — way fun!!

Yippee, all four of my entries to the Marin County Fair adult fine art and photography exhibit were juried in. It’s always an honor to be accepted in this high-quality exhibit. I’ve received several ribbons and special awards over the years and sold something(s) almost every year. My mixed-media Brubeck pair, a digital abstract on aluminum, and a photomontage on canvas were accepted:


Inspired by local news

The Marin Society of Artists and the Marin Independent Journal sponsored the current show at MSA’s gallery: “Artists’ View of the News” (June 4–July 3, 2015; Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross, California). My two entries were inspired by two controversial actions taken by the City of San Rafael: enforcing the massage ordinance in order to shut down sex parlors posing as massage businesses; and closing a city park for three months to clean it and discouraging the return of homeless patrons who had trashed it.


What They Left Behind Archival inkjet print mounted on cradled birch panel, 12 in. x 12 in. x 1.5 in. Digital photomontage comprising photographed and scanned items found in San Rafael’s Boyd Memorial Park. In January 2015 the city closed the park for three months to clean it out and discourage the return of homeless patrons who had effectively taken it over. When the park reopened in April, I found drug paraphernalia that escaped the parks department’s cleaning crew. Items included in this work: Ace of Spades Ziploc bag; used and unused syringes; empty saline solution tube; vodka bottle label; beer bottle caps; rubber duck.


Emerald Spa Archival inkjet print of digital photograph 6 in. x 8 in., matted and framed 11 in. x 13 in. In 2013 the City of San Rafael began enforcing its massage ordinance in order to shut down sex parlors posing as massage businesses. One of the closed sex parlors was Emerald Spa at the corner of Second and A Sts. The floor-to-ceiling drapes that covered the storefront are now gone, revealing the pink and orange walls and little windowless rooms. The afternoon sun now illuminates the formerly shady space.


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