Thursday, February 25, 2010

Solo Show at Visual Aid Gallery

I am happy to announce my solo show Light Conditions at the Visual Aid Gallery. Please join me for a reception Thursday, March 4, 5-7:30 PM. Details below.

Light Conditions
paintings by Heidi McDowell
Exhibition: February 4 - March 26
Gallery Hours: 2-6PM, M-F, or by appointment
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 4, 5-7:30PM
Visual Aid Gallery, 57 Post Street, Suite 905, San Francisco, CA

From Visual Aid:

"Visual Aid presents a solo show of oil paintings by Heidi McDowell, the inaugural exhibition of their new gallery in the historic Mechanic's Institute Building.

At first glance, it's clear that McDowell's tender paintings of clouds and blurred California landscapes are inspired by German romantic paintings. Evidence of the paintings' origins as digital images becomes apparent upon closer inspection. McDowell paints the lens flares and digital artifacts that are aberrations left behind in the making of a visible image (often overlooked or discarded as "mistakes"). When incorporated into her paintings, these details situate the viewer within the space of the painting and add a layer of complexity to the work, further clarifying and enhancing the experience of specific light conditions."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Two new paintings. Above, the start of a painting of my mom on a trip to Helsinki. Oil on canvas. 36"x24". Below, Katja's mom looking like a rock star. Oil on cardboard. About 9"x5".

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Work in progress


Process shot of a larger version of the tiny painting. It will get billboards and telephone lines off in the distance. Oil on canvas. About 36" long.