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Emily Weil

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20120627224312-farmdaisies
Fresh Daisies, 2010 Watercolor, Ink, Pastel, Charcoal 22"X20"
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13 Year Old, Painting, 2011 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel 22" X 30"
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Another Planet, 2011 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal 36" X 44"
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Mexico, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 60" X 33"
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Popping Heart, 2011 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
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Opportunities, 2011 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
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My Mother's Teeth, 2009 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
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Hearts on Fire, 2009 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil
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Loss, 2009 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
20120627225843-bluewing
Blue Wing, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 48" X 56"
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Connective Tissue, 2011 Acrylic, Ink On Canvas 56" X 65"
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Indigo Deep, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 36" X 52"
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Phoebe, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 36" X 50"
20120627230240-rub-it-in-your-hair
Rub It in your Hair, 2012 Acrylic, Ink On Canvas 56" X 56"
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Bonnie, 2012 Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 14" X 10"
20120627230453-juliana
Juliana, 14" x 17" Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 14" X 17"
20120627230547-piedmontdancer
Piedmont Dancer, 2011 Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 12" X 15"
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Valentine Pose, 2012 Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 14" X 17"
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Left-handed Persimmon, 2008 Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 16" X 14"
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Calistoga Mother Tree, 2009 Watercolor, Pencil On Watercolor Paper 14" X 17"
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SF Rhodies, 2009 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
Blowsy Blossoms, 2009 Watercolor, India Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil 22" X 30"
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13 Year Old, Summer 2015 Watercolor, Pastel 22 X 30 Inches © Emily Weil
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Marin County, CA
Birth year
1952
Lives in
Alameda
Works in
Oakland
Tags
mixed-media, figurative
Statement

In my pieces, my goal is to "go deep" (thank you Leigh Hyams). I enjoy inhabiting The Zone — that inner creative space that likes to express itself without thinking about it. For the "flowers" pieces, I started with pencil, often referring to a photo I've taken. From there I dove into the watercolors palette and then worked into the painting with pastel, charcoal and sometimes a graphite crayon (a big, stubby pencil you can work into with water). Occasionally I work in a few spoons of dirt — especially if it's French!

For the abstract series, I abandoned working from photos and determined to see what would happen if I only worked from my gut. The results were frequently a splattering of raw emotion on paper. I respond to Leigh Hyam's encouragement to "think about revealing your deepest self and work from it".

I feel privileged to travel to that wonderful land where time stops — where it's only me, watercolor paper and the media (accompanied by iTunes, of course). It's a satisfying place to visit, and I often leave drained, tired and happy — except when I feel frustrated, furious and like a failed artist who has no business doing such things.

My figure paintings, and other works, are more studied and less emotional. Though painting the human figure is a great privilege and I enjoy it very much.

I started taking watercolor classes in the 1980s when I lived in Oregon (when I was Emily Favors). Recently I have taken art workshops with Leigh Hyams, and with her instruction expanded beyond the boundaries I had been inhabiting. As I grow as an artist, and take my artistic expressions more seriously, I find that painting is becoming as necessary as breathing.

If you would like to see more watercolors, created from 1990–2008, visitwww.redeyedesignweb.com and go to the "watercolors" button. There is some overlap between that site and this one.

I am part of The Firehouse Collective in Berkeley where I use studio space.

You can read more about me in an interview by Gayle Wheatley in her Culture Vixen blog: www.culturevixen.com/2010/05/emily-weil

 

background

Graduated from California College of Arts & Crafts with a BFA in graphic design, 1989; currently am owner of Red Eye Design.

Workshops attended: Southern Oregon State College visiting artists watercolor seminars; Leigh Hyams workshops in Esalen and Calistoga in 2008, 2009 and 2010, CA; Pat Knipe workshops in Florence, OR; Judi Betts watercolor workshops (several CA & OR locations).

 

exhibitions

2011 Sausalito Art Festival, CA

2011 East Bay Open Studios, Oakland CA

2010 Group Exhibition at Bridgehead Studios, Alameda CA

2010 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios*, Oakland CA

2010 Group Exhibition at Firehouse Gallery North, Berkeley CA

2009 Solo Exhibition at The Muse, Oakland CA

2009 Group Exhibition at Esalen, Big Sur, CA

2008 Group Exhibition at Esalen, Big Sur, CA

2008 Nomad Cafe, Oakland CA

1992 Electronic Arts art show (employee artwork) CA

1990 Gualala Art in the Redwoods Festival, Gualala CA