Upcoming Art Exhibit at the Weisman Museum, Malibu

Upcoming Art Exhibit at the Weisman Museum, Malibu art
This year I’m exhibiting 15 watercolor paintings along with the poems they were based on. The paintings were chosen from a collection of about 35 watercolors from my Iceland Abstracted series which encompasses poetry and painting. The work was done mostly in the field in moleskine journals—on location in Iceland. If you have the chance, come on out to the museum!

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Upcoming Art Exhibit at the Weisman Museum, Malibu art

Exhibit Hours:
11:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Tuesday May 4 through Friday May 7
11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9
11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Tuesday May 11 through Saturday May 15
Closed Mondays. There is no admission charge.

Reception to Meet the Artists: Thursday May 6, 12:00-1:30p.m.

Space Fashionista Sketch

Space Fashionista Sketch art
Fashion and space, two of my very favorite things! I drew this while I was in a sci-fi frenzy, reading Orson Scott Card novels and having just watched Caprica. Anyway, I love creating space worlds and creatures because there are absolutely no restrictions! I haven’t decided yet if I’ll color this with watercolors or digitally….hum…
(graphite on watercolor paper)

Sun Storm

Sun Storm art
Watercolor on Paper

Sea Sweep

Sea Sweep art
Gayle Wheatley, Watercolor on Paper

New Website Design!

New Website Design! art
It’s been long in the making, but I’ve finally pulled together the design for my new home page. Yay!! It now unifies my four (yes I said 4!) websites under one single roof. No more sending people to different URL’s. Now each site is accessible directly from gaylewheatley.com. I have been designing each site one after the other over the last year and a half. Now that they are done, it’s time for a full redesign of my original artist site. (sigh.) So this is the first phase of that ginormous project. So have a look at the new site, and if you have a minute, let me know your thoughts, feedback, or anything else. I’d love to hear what you think!!


Featured Writer on CakeSpy

Featured Writer on CakeSpy art

Usually this blog is all about art. But, as some of you may be aware, I got my start in journalism working as an editor and a writer for various magazines and newspapers before I moved into the art and design fields. But I’ve always kept up with my writing, taking on side projects over the years. Recently I’ve started to get more involved with writing again.

I launched the blog CULTUREVIXEN.com late last year, and we’re up and blogging strong with a small team of talented writers. CultureVixen is a stylish insider’s guide to the best of contemporary creative culture, covering art, food, travel, design, style, and entertainment. I also put together a full writer’s website showcasing my writing samples at GOGAYLE.com. I’m currently working on integrating all my sites together at the moment, but as you can imagine it’s been super busy, busy, busy!

Then yesterday, I was featured on CAKESPY.com, named a favorite food blog by Gourmet.com and Saveur Magazine, and featured in Sunset magazine. I’ve long had a passion for food, and a soft spot for desserts, so the article on the Danish bakery scene in Solvang, California was just up my alley! I hope you have a chance to check out the new article, and the new sites! Happy Friday!

More Songfest Illustrations

More Songfest Illustrations art

For Pepperdine University’s production of Songfest 2010, I illustrated a whole suite of design materials, from 200 foot banners, to  postcards, posters, and website images. I also drew small illustrations for the program brochure, depicting each performance, as compiled above.

The show opens tonight and runs through the 20th:

Tuesday, March 16 – Friday, March 19, 7:30p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.

For tickets contact the Smothers Theatre Box Office at 310-506-4522.

More Songfest Illustrations art

New Illustration for Pepperdine University

New Illustration for Pepperdine University art
Gayle Wheatley, digital
Just finished a new illustration for Pepperdine University’s production of Songfest—a musical extravaganza. This year’s theme is History in the Making, so I drew a Mayan-inspired temple with hand-drawn type that is being hoisted up in place—literally depicting history in the making! The illustration was sketched in pencil, inked over, then colored digitally in Photoshop with overlay layers of paper textures to create an old world vibe.

Mushroom Chic

Mushroom Chic art
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Sweet Stuff, Grrrr!

Sweet Stuff, Grrrr! art

(Colored Pencils on Paper)

Wow, this is a weekend of holidays! It’s Chinese New Year this Sunday!!! Yay for the year of the Tiger! It’s also Valentine’s Day, then President’s Day, then Mardi Gras…and the Winter Olympics just kicked off! What a blast of fun! So, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, President’s Day and Mardi Gras everyone!

Flower Burst Color High
Flower Burst Color High art

Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
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Beautiful Grim Concept #3: Breathing Underwater

Beautiful Grim Concept #3: Breathing Underwater art

Gayle Wheatley, “Breathing Underwater,” Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″

So, in a burst of inspiration, (and in a complete departure from my previous two concepts!) I finally came up with this finalized painting for the Beautiful Grim breast cancer charity art auction that harkens back to my bubble girl paintings: explorations of otherworldly environments where symbolic elements such as oxygen and water compete for sustenance.

The deadline is TODAY and I finally got the whole thing finished and turned in. Whew! It was getting down to the last minute there!

Adorned with a melting crown of textured coral that threatens to drip and tragically melt everything along with it, stands my “Beautiful Grim,” a remarkably strong and beautiful woman who has learned to breathe underwater against all odds in order to survive. Wearing a glass explorer’s bubble, her face is defiantly immersed in an oceanic microcosm full of fish.

Just realized this is the first OIL PAINTING that I’ve completed in 2010, as well as the first oil on canvas I’ve painted in about 8 months! (which is quite shocking for me as I’ve been paining in oils obsessively through the last decade and beyond.) Ever since my trip to Iceland 8 months ago, I have been experimenting with painting primarily in watercolors. Hadn’t realized it had been so long since I’d painted in oil!

Beautiful Grim Concept #3: Breathing Underwater art