Ellis painting

Artist Rebecca Ellis’s painting “Mustard Fields” demonstrates her love of painting the Coastside.

The next show at the Coastal Arts League Gallery is a study in math. Well, sort of.

The exhibit will feature a gathering of work by three artists from the Coastside and three artists from the Peninsula — 3+3.

The collective can also be described mathematically by 2+2+2. There are two longtime friends who have been painting, traveling, and exhibiting together for more than 30 years. There are two friends with ties from school who have been painting together for more than two decades. And there are two newly minted painting pals who are members of the Half Moon Bay Plein Air Painters, thus the show title “6 Artists = 6 Visions.”

Half Moon Bay resident Rebecca Ellis is one part of the mathematical equation. Her artistic vision is to remind those viewing her work that life is good and there is beauty all around if we just look out the window. As part of the nature series, Ellis will be presenting a 24-by-24-inch painting that she calls Mustard Fields.

“I gave myself permission to really enjoy painting this beautiful place that we live. We are lucky to live on the Coastside,” said Ellis. “People just get so involved with their technology, their jobs and their families, that they just forget to stop and look. My vision is just to remind people of the nature that is outside. It’s right there for everybody.”

Ellis also has a strong religious conviction that she draws upon when painting.

“I’m working on a series about hope for relationships. All of those paintings are abstracts,” she stated. “I’ve done eight so far, with a ninth on the way. My portion of the show, a lot of landscapes, things having to do with nature, plus small abstracts. It will be a mixture, in acrylic.”

Out of the series of abstracts, Ellis feels that the most compelling is one she painted about the hope for connection.

“People seem so disconnected in this day and age,” she said. “My painting depicting the hope for connection ended up seeming more violent looking. Maybe that’s because of the violence that people are seeing.

“There’s a disconnect between the different races even here on the Peninsula,” she continued. “I believe that God wants us to have hope. ‘Us’ meaning, all humanity or all people.”

In addition to the art show, there will be a free art demonstration on Sunday afternoons between 1 and 2 p.m. when an artist from the show will share her knowledge and experience. Ellis will be conducting the first demonstration, which is scheduled for May 6.

“The first demo is going to be an interesting way to use our local sand,” she said. “You wet watercolor paper here and there where you want the paint to flow, pour the paint on where it mixes with the water, and then pour sand here and there to add texture and to make the paint move in ways you want it do.”

6 Artists = 6 Visions is slated for May 3 through May 27 at the Coastal Arts League Gallery, 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. The free art demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. followed by opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 6. 

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