Monday, June 9, 2014


Velvet Marshall warmly invites you to the 3rd Annual CA 101 Art Exhibition
Presented by Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel and the Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts and Redondo Beach Arts Group at Pier Plaza Galleries on the Redondo Beach Pier, California

Featuring her painting:
“Merced Fields” –oil & tar on canvas, 25” x 19”
To be exhibited in the Small Treasures Gallery Collection

Opening Reception is Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm
On The Waterfront at the Redondo Beach Pier Plaza
204 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Show runs June 20-29 2014
Gallery Hours: Friday, June 20th from 5pm-9pm; Saturday 6/21 & 6/28/14 1-8pm; Sunday 6/22/14 & 6/29/14 1-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/24-6/27/14 1-7pm

*25% of all art sales will be donated to Friends of Redondo Beach Arts

Hope to see you all there!


  Samples of new artwork I am currently working on for the always fabulous, designer Sandra Espinet for a groovy downtown Pasadena industrial loft. This piece involves using extensive use of the tar. The whole art concept throughout is that it's all street art, from graffiti, to black and white newspaper clippings. Very masculine and lots of texture.

16" x 20" oil & tar on canvas maquette for "Deep Six" painting by Velvet Marshall

After an exhilarating day at the Getty Museum viewing Jackson Pollock's 8' x 20' Mural painting I returned to the studio to resume working. Many consider Pollock to be the grandfather of graffiti art utilizing his fast action painting technique and his unusual choice of mediums. Inspired by his work, especially his painting "Full Fathom Five" I am titling my painting "Deep Six" (a full fathom six).

"Full Fathom Five" by Jackson Pollock

 Artist Notes - "DEEP SIX"

  • Medium: oil and tar on canvas
  • Size: 72"W x 92"H
  • Painting title: “Deep Six” - Based on Shakespeare’s story “The Tempest” (a story of loss, revival and resurrection) and inspired by Jackson Pollock’s painting “Full Fathom Five”
  • Deep Six is a nautical expression indicating a water depth of six fathoms; something thrown overboard at or greater than this depth would be difficult if not impossible to recover; the term “deep six” can also be used to mean, deep insight into something.
  • The under painting and sgraffito marks are symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life. Miscellaneous items such as rusted nails, buttons, bottles caps, coins and a key are incorporated in the paint resembling various things lost at sea – a pearl button relates back to Shakespeare’s tale of the Tempest - barley visible, a small Mickey Mouse pin symbolizes the artist’s personal note (the loss of my father).

Under painting for "Deep Six" maquette - symbols and geometric shapes of fish, ship sails, boats and plant life.

Designer color swatches

Artist sketch book notes for "Deep Six"

Kersti Malvre, Brenda Harrop, Sandra Espinet, Velvet Marshall-Creighton at the signing party for Sandra's new book "The Well-Traveled Home" hosted at the fabulous Berbere World Imports

Sunday, June 8, 2014


I have a dream…

I am so jazzed and honored to announce I have been commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a four story historical building in the city of Long Beach facing Martin Luther King Boulevard, which honors the man that the street was named after. Even more exciting is that this project will include the neighborhood high school and the community of Long Beach in an effort to share art, create love, educate minds and inspire hearts of people in the local community to learn more about this great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, who still inspires us with his dream of justice and equality for all.

Developing information and photos will be posted as the project unfolds here on my blog.