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August 29, 2006 > 'Scenes I Have Seen III' - Exhibit of recent works by Donna Sanson

'Scenes I Have Seen III' - Exhibit of recent works by Donna Sanson

A+ Art and Frame Gallery announces the opening of its latest exhibit of work by Fremont artist and instructor Donna Sanson. This show is a follow-up to the "First Impressions" exhibit at A+ which featured works by Sanson's students. The new show opens Sept. 1 and will run through Oct. 28. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit features images from Donna's travels to Italy, Australia, Mexico, and northern California.

Donna describes the nature of this exhibit in the following statement -

With the exception of a few pieces, this exhibit of watercolor, gouache, and mixed media paintings represents work I have completed within the last year. The process for many of these pieces was a shift from the way I usually work, which is painting in my studio from photographs I have taken of an area. However, a plein air workshop in Umbria, Italy last summer provided the perfect setting for me to seriously try painting on location. The special magic of Italy's ageless beauty and wealth of art and history inspired me to enjoy the challenges presented by plein air painting when light, color, and fleeting moments must be captured quickly and with feeling. A recent trip to the Napa Valley also inspired a series of paintings done on location.

No matter where I am - Italy, Mexico, Australia, or the Bay Area, I am drawn to quiet spots - side streets, back roads, lonely spaces. I like simple, clean, neat, basic design; and set out to create something pleasing, yet interesting; common, yet somehow unique. By using simple shapes and patterns, I can alter a complex scene and make it more my own. I prefer a simple palette and do most of my painting with a triad of transparent colors - permanent rose, aureolin yellow, and cobalt blue - which I mix and match in various formulas, adding a few other hues  here and there to achieve darker values and grayed tones.

Several of my recent pieces were done by combining gouache or watercolor crayon with traditional watercolor. This combination of materials was introduced during Italy workshop and offers freedom to work quickly and without fear of overworking or muddying color which is common to pure watercolor.

I hope these 'scenes I have seen' convey a sense of my delight in being there, experiencing my surroundings, and then capturing my feelings and instincts in my paintings.  Hopefully, this sense of pleasure will spill over onto you, the viewer.

A+ Art and Frame Gallery is located at 39941 Mission Blvd., Fremont CA, just south of Stevenson Blvd. They are open Monday through Saturday, 11 to 6 p.m. For additional information, contact Cindi Fisher, 510.770.9360 or visit or

To see more of Donna's work firsthand and to experience a special out-of-the-area treat, plan to attend a grand opening reception for the Portola Art Gallery at its brand new space located within the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. The gallery officially opens on September 6 and the reception will be held on September 16, from 11 to 5. Donna is the newest member of this group of ten professional artists whose work will be exhibited in their new permanent space Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5. Newark artist Linda Patterson is also an exhibiting member. For additional information on the Portola Art Gallery, contact

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