Tōmye: Living Artist

Encouraging Art Engagement

Essence of Presence


Monday July 19- Sat. Sept. 12, 2021

An exhibit within Tomate Cafe; 2265 fifth st., at Bancroft, Berkeley CA 94710

Sun.-Sat. 8:00-2:00PM …

The brief description I dubbed this series is Gouache Linear Paintings.

From 1973- 2005, thirty two years, starting in San Francisco and moving to the San Francisco East Bay area, I sketched every day, everyday activities. I consider them universal in scope of wage earners, sharing innate or learned abilities.

A Rapidograph pen was my favorite drawing instrument. I learned the lesson that briefly lending the pen to someone to use would result in my pen being returned broken. I switched to a ball point pen, which proved to be a tool I could achieve more effects. These images stay strictly as contour looking drawings.

Many times I drew within a sketch pad. If I didn’t, it was the back of flyers, copy paper, preferably any 8″ x 11″ someone willingly gave me. How liberating to release on a surface, what I saw.

Steadying my balance, holding onto my paper while standing in the train is my position when I drew “On The Way Home” and “The Gaze”.

“A Day At The Beach” & “Potter’s Wheel” were drawn while my feet were firmly grounded as a wage earner figure drawing teacher within Studio One Art Center in Oakland.

“What Is a 21 Year Old To Do” & “U. C. Berkeley” were commissioned. Both requests came from folks who’d seen my Art on-line.

“Consider The Right Move” was silently and patiently drawn during a chess match takinng plsce in the Mechanics Library, located in San Francisco. It’s a special library I loved to frequent.

“San Francisco Powell St. Jazz” & “Before The Lecture” are a couple of the dozens of music inspired images in the series. Walking along Powell street, I was moved by the Jazz music and went in to draw the musicians. Being inquisitive, I attended lectures and at one I drew the women who appear prominent and after attending another, added the ink sketch near the bottom. Musicians are magical, like all Artisans, presently called Creatives.

I welcome commissions and purchases which can be acquired after payment before the end of the exhibit. Tomye:Living Artist (510) 823-9150 (text)

Homage to education…
The Gaze, is a blank stare after working all day…
On The Way Home the rider is cat napping…
A Day At The Beach, legs of a model in drawing class
Potter’s Wheel, a student drawn while making a vessel
Consider The Right Move, one of the lessons Chess teaches a participant…
San Francisco Powell St Jazz, a favorite form of music…
Before and After The Lecture, is something I’m looking forward to in person…

Author: Tōmye : Living Artist

There's the need to stay focused, organized and deliberate, to enhance connections, community and personal projects and remain healthy in every possible way! I enjoy framing items, painting portraits, fabricating fused glass objects, projecting a positive public persona all told, giving people the best I have to offer. Sharing my talents by tutoring youth & adults and counseling visual Artists, uplifts me as well. I very much like and reference Classic & Contemporary Arts of a multitude of cultures. Here's to self care and care for others!

3 thoughts on “Essence of Presence

  1. Dearest Living Artist Friend Tomyé!

    I”d love to come to your show sometime when you will be there. A weekend sometime in August might be best for me as still working on the film.

    AND!! I opened up my little kitchen boombox to find the CD of the House Jacks “Get Down, Mr president” – which means I loaned you the cover without any music inside! Yikes! Sorry about that. (Amazing that I hadn’t played music on the boom box since you were here, so its been a while and I’ve been busy!.

    So… will have to get you the inside of the cover so you can play it before giving it back to me!

    Congrats on your show and hope to come see it at the Cafe fifth at Bancroft in Berkeley. And thanks for sending all those Alameda calls for artists in public arts.

    Love you and keep on keeping on! Your occasionally absentminded friend Ruth


  2. Good Morning Tomye!

    Its time to schedule our play date before its too late! Double masked? I shall bring the inside of the CD cover for the HouseJacks to loan you! Also…. interested in the Oakland Museum show? I believe my membership is current but will check to guest you in.

    Film has been in post production for almost two weeks. Plan to go over to Sausalito to work on it with Steve Bage. He’s getting ready to add the audio overdubs.

    Love and light and STAY SAFE and of course, your wonderful creative beautiful self!



  3. Happy Rainy Week and Weekend Tomye!

    So…. when shall we schedule our double masked with possible umbrellas lunch play date to connect in person and see your paintings on the walls?

    Much love and creativity!



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