I love the drive to Yuma – through desert, fields, desert and winding back and forth across the All American Canal. I also enjoy my art restock in the Yuma Art Center Gift Store, which I do about every three months.
This time Catherine chose four of the new “Thought in a box” boxes and a few of the very latest, including ‘Wave Crest’. Wave Crest is one of those born of a happy accident. It reminded my that some friends who have known me since before I started painting seriously comment that they can’t even draw a straight line. Well the crest of that wave happened because of me not being able to paint a straight line all the way across the page.
While I was waiting for Catherine to complete the paperwork I was able to look around the show currently in the gallery. I’m often intrigued by techniques I haven’t seen or tried before. The ‘dribble’ run of oil paint down a canvas confirms what I suspected about being able to paint oil as wet-in-wet. The use of alcohol inks on steel make me want to try those. The work of on Glenda Jackson with poetry and painting on and within boxes sure resonated. I asked Catherine if she was going through a ‘box’ period of her curatorship.
Check out some of the work on their website. http://www.yumafinearts.org/ If you’re anywhere close to Yuma, it makes a nice day or weekend trip….Oct-April unless you like it toasty! (There are other things to do in Yuma, besides catching the train.)