Category Archives: Art

Local color…more about Zig Zag

‘Zig Zag’, written and illustrated by Marie and John Gorham…

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not only a charming story for ‘children’ of every age, but a treasure illustrated with wit and flair, particularly appealing to those of us who live in and love Santa Barbara.

The Court House, Old Mission, and  El Paseo Restaurant, among other local landmarks, appear as backdrops for the adventures of Zig Zag

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and his true love, Crees Cross.

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The pages are also peppered with likenesses of the Gorham children frolicking along with Zig Zag.

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A great addition to any library!!!

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original art shared courtesy of Mattinson Editions

To order:  email Mattinson Editions at mattinson@cox.net

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Postcard from Santa Barbara…Viva La Fiesta!!!

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Depicting the annual El Desfile Historico, this scene appears in ‘Zig Zag’, a book written and illustrated over 70 years ago by Marie and John Gorham for their children.

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Original art by Marie and John Gorham shared courtesy of Mattinson Editions

more to come about Zig Zag and his Santa Barbara adventures…………

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Traditionally contemporary

A new challenge is music to a designer’s soul…when that challenge comes mid-project the music is taken to a whole new volume. 

Working on a lovely French country home…redoing floors, choosing light fixtures and furnishings, aging ironwork…all in a slightly subdued traditional palette, the client adds a striking abstract painting to the score!

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Integrating this piece into the evolving melody, we decided to play to its strengths: 

color and more color!

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I think the result sings!!!!!!

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Celebrating spring

Bringing a bit of spring inside…and playing with colored pencils…

geranium

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anemone

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pelargonium

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Postcard from downtown

Santa Barbara architecture and design…

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…an acquired taste???

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Postcard of compassion

remembering, celebrating –  fifty-five years of friendship…and fishing

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again…art used to express caring and connection

original art by Roxanne Mattinson

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driftwood + wire +feathers

a driftwood tree expertly crafted by a Carpinteria artisan

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wire and tools….. and inspiration from Pascale Palun of Vox Populi in Avignon

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feathers collected with grandchildren in the orchard

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an organic, natural Christmas tree

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