Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Solo Show at PMA

Pathfinders: Passage on the River Flow
An installation of miniature paintings and drawings
Leigh Toldi

September 6 - October 21, 2018

Reception: September 16, Sunday, 2-4 pm.

Peninsula Museum of Art
Studios Gallery
1777 California Dr.
Burlingame, CA 94010

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 5 pm

This installation is a creative response 
to our turbulently shifting times.
All 100+ images were created within the past 12 months. 
I honor the resilient pathfinders throughout America and the world
who are striving to find hope and balance
even while the expected securities of their realities are torn apart
by natural and manmade disasters.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Bear Territory"

Open Studios is May 5 & 6. I'd love to see you.
I have many new pieces to share.

By the Way
My year-long project (many, many paintings, and all miniatures) is now at an advanced stage and takes up a lot of space. For SVOS I have had to move the work-in-progress out of the studio in order to make room for visitors. The exhibition of the year-long project will be from September 6 to October 21, in the Studio Gallery at PMA. 

This will be an installation style exhibit, meaning it is built to fill the space of this particular gallery, and can only be understood through the context of visiting the exhibition as presented then. Once the show is over the exhibit no longer exists. The show is basically about a year of Flow that moves the visitor around the room, experiencing the year in sequence. When the show ends in October the individual parts will turn back into particles that take up a different and separate kind of space and meaning. These particles will be filed away in my studio.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ted Provides Quite a Lesson

My yearlong project has new and powerful influences. The horrors of child shootings. My father (Ted) passing away. Insight-filled teachings from masterfully peaceful people who understand the light in darkness, pain and death.

A small essay that explains a bit of what I've been recently exploring is here.

The weather is misty right now. Our roots are being watered. Grow strong and flourish this spring.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I'm Thankful to Be a Female Artist of this Era

I am the writer for the Peninsula Museum of Art's blog. In the November post I talk about the Dutch art guild scene as described by Dominic Smith in "The Last Book of Sara de Vos." I compare this scene to what the present PMA-exhibiting artists are experiencing. As always, I write with a light touch.

You will find it here:

Tweety Fish Kiss

This is just one of dozens of images I've been working on.
Most have been in b/w ink, with silhouetted forms.
This one returns to color and whimsy.

Monday, November 20, 2017

4.5 Months into the Yearlong Project

When Trump was elected I looked at my imagery to study the way I depicted mankind.

I saw a good sense of diversity in lifeline ages (babes to elders) and body shapes (small to large, thin to thick). A full spectrum of personality characteristics were addressed in my recent years of creating the MaybePerhapsIfYouWill cartoons.

I saw that while I was a bit weaker in creating specific worldwide cultural diversity (clothing and genetic facial form), these were improving.

What about drawn forms for "MANKIND" in all its universality? Finding universal mankind/womankind imagery has been one of the main quests of this Year Long Project -- honing in on forms that reach down into the deepest sense of humanity, where diversity of age, shape, personality, and culture drop away.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Yearlong Project has a Brutal New Influence

It is 3.5 months into the work.

Large local fires (CA wine country) have caused death and immense pain for those who have survived and lost their security (physical and emotional).

How do I address this monumental event?
     First is by getting over my initial paralyzing shock (a strong fear of fire and many close call occurrences of the real thing have been in my life since I was 11 yrs old.) This involves checking on loved ones and attending to maps, wind directions, and future weather patterns.
     Next is by realizing that this traumatic event joins many others in the world, and so is part of our natural course in history. Set up prayer patterns that incorporate the near and the far if I haven't already. Try to see if there is anything physical that I can do to help.
     Third is by putting my ink to paper and not worrying about what I create.

This is not a time to judge the artwork, but is instead a time to let flow... pour out onto the canvas what is inside. Artists throughout the ages have kept themselves sane during difficult times by releasing their honest flow. To be honest about one's own humanity is a natural and very healthy way of easing into change.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Yearlong Art Project into the Third Month

For the months of August and September I created every day, inks or gouache on paper. I work both at my studio and at home, simultaneously, so that this flow of art never leaves my awareness. I am hoping to keep this process up for a year, until next August. We will see where the flow of creativity goes. In September of 2018 the artwork will be installed at the Peninsula Museum of Art.

So far I have created through the influences of marvelous readings from literature, poetry, magazines and even newspapers. The news is difficult right now, but I'm trying to get to the essence of humanity within the chaos. Perhaps there's important things to be learned these days that will lead the planet to a better future.

Additional influences have been the community around me. This includes the untimely death of a dear friend, Bur McAllester. Perhaps I will write about him one day. Right now I create art with him on my mind.

There has also been the birth of a beautiful baby boy to another close family friend. I met the baby while surrounded by wild nature in Northern California. They named him Bodhi. He, too, influences the work.

A loss of connection and birth of connection seems to be the theme of the day in many more realms of my life and of those close to me. I am of the opinion that whatever comes to me can reveal wisdom, if I can get out of my self-centered psyche long enough to see it. (Artists by nature have to be self-centered... sigh.)

Just as poetry can appear to have a handle on balancing the dark and the light, I am hoping my art will reveal similar insights.

Be well as we head into October.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Supporting the Burlingame Library and the Arts

It is always a pleasure to support local libraries.

I was invited to participate in a group art exhibit at the Burlingame Main Library for the month of July. The show features the works of the Peninsula Museum of Arts' studio artists. I raised my daughter with the books from this library, and am pleased to participate.

The curator has requested that artists bring extra works to show, and perhaps sell, on the reception evening, First Friday Event, July 7, 5-8 pm. She likes my little black and white graphics work, so I made three for the occasion. Perhaps I will make more during the next week. If I sell these or the painting on the wall, half of the proceeds will be donated to the Burlingame Library.

Catching an Idea
Sumi Ink

Sumi Ink

Walking with the Sun
Sumi Ink

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where the Line Leads

Why not walk with me through the
Peninsula Museum of Art and Studios,
looking for lines.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Oil on canvas

On exhibition at Milton Marks Conference Center Gallery, San Francisco, thru July 28, 2017.
Group show: "Visions" by Women's Caucus for Art, Peninsula Chapter

Traveling Through
Acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Fishing for Hope"

The depth of the story is in the detail, which one must take the time to explore to appreciate.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Crazy Blind Faith


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Open Studios May 6 & 7

I've made about 25 tiny paintings in the past 3 months. Here are two examples that show that some are very simple and some very intricate. The top piece is an homage to the plight of Africans who were taken out of their homeland in slavery and have yet to find a sense of overall societal equality and respect. The second piece was sourced from an angry moment.

"Brother - Where Am I"
4" x 4"

"Red Circle"
5" x 5"

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Shaman Dance"

Photographing the subtlety of gouache is basically impossible, but here is the gist of one of my new images. My imagery has to do with humans as conscious/unconscious beings. Time and place are abstracted into unlimited spacial concepts.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

I have been creating a number
of small paintings. At this point
in time I am not publishing them publicly.
Ah, the mysteries of the world...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Elegant Feather Duster"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Mushroom on a Rainy Day"

Thursday, July 14, 2016

3" x 2"