This Friday, four new shows open at the Red Bluff Art Gallery: Patti Stout’s “PAWS & Friends,” Stephen Bennett’s “United Nations Stamps,” and Phil Dynan’s “Whats in a Cat’s Mind,” plus the “Peace on Earth” group show. I chatted with Patti Stout about her show, her inspirations and her encounters with wild things.
Watercolor, prismacolor, pastels, wow. Is there any medium you haven’t tried that is on your wish list?
Not really. I am getting back into acrylics though. It had been may years. I have started to print my drawings on canvas and am painting them now.
What is your favorite of the three? What qualities do you find appealing about your favorite that the others just don’t have?
I prefer to draw with the prismacolor pencils. They are more portable and less mess. I do enjoy the others too. It depends on what effect I am going for. Pastels give a much softer look, so when I want that, that is what I use.
Your depictions of wildlife are incredible. What inspires you most about animals?
I just love them. I find them intriguing and enjoy pulling the personality out, especially in the eyes.
What got you started with animals as subjects?
Animals are animate subjects. I have drawn still-life, landscapes etc., but I seem to come back to things I relate to.
Have you had any close encounters with wildlife? Only tell us about your most harrowing.
Only a dog bite when I was young.
What can art lovers expect from your show at the Red Bluff Gallery?
I hope they can relate to my work and enjoy them as much as I do. I am putting up many of my originals. I hope they find good homes.
What: First Friday Art Night
When: Fri., Dec. 4, 5 to 8 PM
Where: Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut Street, Red Bluff
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Reach Adam at email@example.com.