The Art Junket

A gathering of artists

Mission Mural Walk – San Francisco

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

by Maureen Fitzmahan

The Mission- Balmy Alley, San Francisco.

Our Art Junket mural expert, Kaitlin Strange, guided us through the history, process, and techniques used in creating the Mission’s famous artworks.  Katie, an intern for Precita Eyes, was one of the artists who painted some of the murals in San Francisco. Katie wrote her Master thesis on the murals of San Francisco.   She has an intimate understanding of San Francisco murals and how they are created.

The Artists


The Fun



April 20 – Maureen’s in Art Trax!

Portugal- Evora-Roma child.jpg
mbfitzmahan. Romani Child. Evora, Portugal. 2008

Encourage by two years of working with the Art Junket, I have screwed on my courage and decided to show my work out there in the streets.

No, really! The streets of Old Town Pittsburg.

I applied to and was invited to show my work at Art Trax in Pittsburg, California.

I will be showing 13 of my pieces.

This Thursday.  From 5 pm to 8.

Please come and see!  Erin and Katie are coming.  Join us for beer and pizza after to E.J. Phair, the local brewery for a beer on tap and the best pizza in Northern California!

DSC_8794 - Version 2-Edit-2-Edit-Edit-Edit.jpg
mbfitzmahan. Kaitlin. Pittsburg, California. 2014

This will be Pittsburg, California’s first art walk.  It is an art walk through Old Town Pittsburg, with 20 venues and 24 artists.   Open every third Thursday of the month, the art walk features the artwork of local artists.

Where: 777 Railroad Ave (My Beauty Salon), Pittsburg, California.  40 minutes East from Berkeley.  Right on the Bart.

When: April 20, 2017.  5-8pm

Art Trax 2017 Brochure-Final

List of venues and artists-13Apr

Genesis: The Art Process #4

By Ana Perches

These colors are my beginning on the white canvas. Question marks ready to be blended.



Last Sunday, I had my 36 x 24 Blick canvas and my acrylic colors ready. After painting the “background” I thought, this is not going to work. So I scrambled in the basement to find another surface to paint on.

Finally found something that is 48 x 32 and started all over again but kept my original idea and design. Lesson: don’t be afraid to start all over and to abandon the nice Blick canvas for… something else.


Genesis: the Art Process #3

By Maureen B. Fitzmahan

mbfitzmahan. New roses. 2017

Oh yes, I am processing, too. I am taking this time to take a very onerous adventure of going through my 77,000 digital photos. I transferred my photos off of iPhoto onto Lightroom. I first eliminated 17,000 duplicates. Then I did some easy house cleaning, so to speak. Now, I am down to 35,000 photos. Half of those are family photos.

Last,  I went through my art photos and chose the top 1200 photos. I’m labeling each one of those photos with 4 and 5 stars.

Continue reading “Genesis: the Art Process #3”

Genesis: the Art Process #2

By Ana Perches

More on the process of creating art for the theme of Genesis.



Beginning.         Middle.      End.                                                     Amniotic fluid.   Blood.   Ashes.

Dictionary meaning 

Look up the word  Fig. Then Apple. Adam had an Adam’s apple. Was he circumcised? Adam and Eve are part of the Jewish myth. Catholics adopt it. They change the fig to an apple–I’m making this up–. The apple looks more provocative, especially if it’s red but the fig recalls sexual intimate parts, both male and female. And oh so scary. Then the serpent comes along, ha, ha. How cruel. And then Eve gets blamed, of course. So who wrote the story? Let women write their version. Let them rename the fruit and the birds and the bees. And the serpent can be their comadre– look it up— their  BFF (“a girl’s best friend”). 

Note: if you have a child and your child has a godmother, then that godmother would be your comadre. Comadre by extension is a very good friend. If he’s a guy then he’d be your compadre. In my poem the serpent is feminine so she could become your comadre (kind of like a co-mother). 

Continue reading “Genesis: the Art Process #2”

Genesis: the Art Process #1

By Maureen Fitzmahan

mbfitzmahan. Garden art party. 2017

Take your time with the following posts on the art process.  I will divide them up into 3 posts.  There are lots of good ideas here.  You might find some ideas here that will help you in your process of creating an art piece.

In these posts you will learn about:

  1. A garden art party – a fancy way to get together in the backyard and make art together.
  2. Using Poetry – write a poem about the theme, get some ideas for your piece.
  3. Mapping what gives you inspiration or helps you get started – map when you get inspired, when you work best, what you listen to, who are your gurus, documentaries you listen to, books you read, artists that give you ideas, your muses.  Read Tao’s post, Genesis: Mapping your Artistic Inspiration.
  4. Drafting your art piece on paper, in pencil, in ink.
  5. Getting organized – process through who you are as an artist.  What are your goals, what kind of art do you like to make?

Continue reading “Genesis: the Art Process #1”

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑