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Alex McGinness

Passport to Encinitas: Virtual Presentation

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Date: Passport to Encinitas: Virtual Presentation
Fee: $20
Event Details: Portia is pleased to have her painting “In the Weeds” accepted to the Passport to Encinitas: Virtual Presentation. This event is only open to Encinitas artists. It was created by the Encinitas Friends of the Arts to support local artists and businesses during this crazy time of the pandemic.
$20 includes early access, opportunity drawing ticket, restaurant discounts, EFA membership for one year — and the joy of supporting the arts!
Location: Virtual Event

Year of the Rat 2020

By Salon Post, Uncategorized

Fancy Feast

Double Trouble

Worth Your Weight in Cherries

In the Chinese calendar, January 25, 2020 is the Lunar New Year and the zodiac symbol for this year is the Rat.  Unlike in Western cultures, in Chinese astrology/mythology, the Rat is a good guy.  Rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.  Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

Ok, I still hate rats!  So, I commemorated the Lunar New Year with some cute mice.  Here are three small ink paintings.  “Worth Your Weight in Cherries” is based on a painting by the world-famous modern Chinese artist Qi Baishi, who is my absolute favorite Asian painter.

Videos from the “Heaven & Earth” exhibit at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla

By Salon Post

As part of the HEAVEN & EARTH exhibit at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla where I exhibited 5 of my contemporary ink paintings, on Saturday, December 15, 2019, I gave an Art Talk and a demonstration to the public. Like a docent tour at a museum, my Art Talk offered insights in to my paintings, an explanation of how I paint, and most importantly, what inspires me.

The demo was pure fun!

I set the stage for this demonstration by telling a little story of a recent retreat I made and my hikes up the mountain at sunrise. This helped my audience to visualize what I was about to create. I spread out a large piece of felt on the floor and using my giant brushes did a fast painting on handmade rice straw paper, explaining my process and techniques as painted.

To view details of my five paintings at Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla, please visit their website:

You may purchase these works directly from the Gallery, or feel free to contact me: