this week in montecito, mary & i stopped in to visit penny. she lives locally and we’d never met, but i’d been filled in on her arty collections & eccentric house so i was v. interested in seeing it for myself.
a folkart mariachi quartet were there to greet me as i stepped onto the porch.
once inside my senses were on overload. for example this is penny’s studio…
it is filled to the brim with her neatly organized supply collections & art. armed only with my iphone camera i attempted to take photos so i could pore over them later in more detail.
missus matisse in her afternoon yoga poses.
some work of penny’s below…
penny mast mccall
she’s a happy hooker and embroiderer. needlepointer and general all around maker. she patches together fabric, thrift store finds, embroidery, and makes these intricate panels that are positively extremely %$%#%^&ing excellent. i didn’t fold one up when she wasn’t looking and stuff it in my purse. i didn’t. no no no.
but i wanted to.
her photographer husband wayne also has a studio in the house. here is wayne, as painted by santa barbara artist, keith puccinelli.
the luminosity of this painting is heartbreakingly lovely. i’m eager to find the painter online and see more of his work.
penny is a great collector of local artists. she & wayne are, in her words, thoroughly enmeshed in the art scene. as i am thoroughly clueless about most scenes other than the menu of pierre lafond and their takeout scene, i enjoyed talking to penny and learning about the artists who make-up her extensive collection.
one i particularly liked was santa barbara painter phoebe brunner. 2 of her paintings follow…
i cannot get enough of california landscapes. just love them!
isn’t the marriage of the cloud painting and blue plates just perfect?
jimmy’s bar by patricia chidlaw
walks on water by jeanne dentzell
painting by margo dunlap sculpture piece by shari elf
painting in black frame by caroline allen
due to my extremely refined taste if i could only steal one collection it would be all of her ceramic birds. many of which she finds at thrift stores.
red boots by susan tibbles
a card from the montecito bookstore where penny works.
one more sunset & sunrise walk then it’s back to the gleaming metropolis. i’ll miss the pacific and the floral-scented air of montecito, but it will be good to see the cat posse and have a few days at home before i start back to work on tuesday.
see you soon!