Tōmye: Living Artist

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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…


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” Of The People, For The People “

Food lines, in the best of times, are at popular cafes. For example Aunt Mary’s Cafe relocated next to the once popular, now closed after opening in 1939, Hoopers Chocolate.  Returning to Aunt Mary’s, the address is 4640 Telegraph Av., off 46th st.  Oakland CA. The location is in the turn-around Temescal District.  Once inside the Cafe, the public also relishes Artworks which enhance the environment.  At least Tomyé, Living Artist believes in engaging the senses of people.  As well as smelling sumptuousness visitors can see and respond to her figurative Gouache Paintings, Enamel on Copper image and Fused Glass Slumped Art referencing “Perspective”, “Contemplation”, “Sound Bites” etc.  Such things as these, typically swirl around the tables in conversation.  The eighteen Artworks on view through Tue. Nov. 28, 2017, every day except major holidays, 8AM – 3PM, are worthy of a write-up.  Checking the quest book, near the restrooms, one viewer noted Tomyé Art is “Dope”

You have to know American Slang to relish this comment.

Directly contact the Artist (510) 452-0403 or tomyegouache@sbcglobal.net

P. S. …knowing the cost of Art can seem rich, payment plans are noted.


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Some Youth Get It

No. 1 Chakra 72 dpiBlack Lives Matter No. 1 Crown Chakra

3:16 during the afternoon of Jan. 12, 2015, 9 days after coming out the better side of a cold.

Some youth get it, twenty -30 year olds.  Their head is in the correct place.  Vulnerability is not what makes them feel comfortable. Keeping their arms at their sides or as protection across their chest, protects alignment of Chakras.

What, you’re surprised a Black youth knows about Chakras. Next time you see a Black youth with a hat on, not a hoodie per se, shielding himself from the outdoor elements, nor a cap to stroke his favorite sports team, but a righteously pleasing hat, give him a compliment.  He’s likely to say something thoughtful after his Thank You.  Yes, manners come forth.

Don’t Let Your Head (Crown) Chakra, not get nourished and stay balanced.

Black Lives Matter!

My Gouache Painting that appears here, will have various thought provoking sayings added all about the image, replicating a bulletin board. My plans are to submit this Art for consideration to be included within an exhibit “Black Lives and Art Matter”, at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s JanRae Community Art Gallery located at 5741 Telegraph, North Oakland 94609.    Their contact is Gallery Manager Margo Rivera Weiss                       (510) 601-4040, ext. 111

The exhibit is scheduled for Jan. 30 – March 26, 2015                                  Free public reception Fri. Jan. 30 7:00-9:00 PM

9:03 Tue. Jan. 13, 2015

bulletin board for Black Lives and Art Matter

I’ve added thought provoking sayings to my bulletin board painting.