As a theme, landscapes predominate at the current “Brushstrokes” exhibit, comprising about a fourth of the 48 entries.
The Blue-Ribbon winner, however, is more of a “roadscape.”
Tim Jouet’s First Place acrylic, “Turn 1 (Laguna Seca),” is a bird’s-eye view of a curved turnout and roadway filling most of the large canvas.
The Oil Pastel Acrylic Group, under the umbrella of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, bestowed $1,100 in prize money. Jouet won the $500 Mary Turnbull award for his painting. He initially put a race car in the painting, but it looked like a toy, so he removed it, he said. “Once I did that, I was happy with it.” He used a large, fairly dry brush on the rough surface of a second-hand canvas, then scrubbed it to bring out the texture. The Monterey racetrack is hot and dusty, with nary a whiff of ocean air, said Jouet. “It smells like burned rubber and fuel,” which he believes his painting captures.
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Jouet, who has been creating art since he and his wife moved here from the Bay Area in1989, seldom joins groups but he hooked up with OPAG last year. Although he does some paintings, ranging from detailed intricate work to stylized trees to the occasional portrait, he mostly works with foam, resin, wood, tacks and found objects for his constructions. For his “Dead Surfboards” series, Jouet used a jigsaw on battered surfboards, painting the spine-like results. A surfer and bicyclist, Jouet has his hands full taking care of his 4-year-old daughter while his wife runs a salon.
Brushstrokes juror David Limrite selected Jeanette Wolff’s mixed-media collage “Cats in La La Land” for the $300 second place.
Carol Timson Ball’s soft pastel “Magnificent Oak” took the $200 third place. The $50 honorable mention awards went to Gregory McIntosh for his gouache and pastel “Seer” and Ginger Toomer for her pastel “Rain’s Coming.”
Powerlines are not a usual subject, but they’re featured in two oil paintings, Barbara Rosenthal’s “Gaviota Line Dance” and Theresa Griswold’s “Bold and Boulder.”
Figures show up in a rafting scene in Jim Carlisle’s “Wild River Ride” and Stuart Denker’s “Danza de Las Plumas.” Abstracts, seascapes, florals, and various critters, ranging from doves to koi, make up the rest of the offerings. And if there is a category for accessories, then a painting of hats and one of shoes are a good fit.