Tomorrow…

… the cigarette machines refurbished as Art Vending Machines will be revealed….

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A show goes up.

Yesterday I set up my side of the 2-person show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in 29 Palms.  I was glad to meet my fellow artist Christine Lamb and her husband Ray (who is also a painter), who turned up to hang her half of the show just as Frank (one of the gallery owners) and I had finished.  I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take a few shots of her work as it was going up (Ray and I got to talking about single-pigment oil paints), but I’ll do so after the reception on Saturday.  If you’re in the area – please, we’d love you to attend, it’s 1-5pm January 6th (and I’m going to be making olive and cream cheese penguins!).   If not – please reblog this if you have friends/followers who are.  The show will be up until January 28th.

 

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Monthly newsletter

This month is shaping up to be really interesting – as you can read in my Newsletter.

One of the things that I didn’t mention is that I’m also involved in curating another solo show at the Vanguard Gallery, this time for long-time associate Nick Foschi.   I’ll get to hang two shows in two days.  About 50 linear feet for Nick and about 7 for me!  Just hoping that my flu symptoms wane enough to give a demo/talk on Wednesday evening in Redondo Beach.

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Abstract Painting by Nick Foschi.

 

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#1296 Irina’s Sky. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 5×3.5″ matted to 7×5″ $25.

Irina’s sky has a story behind its name.  D’s niece was adopted from the Ukraine and, being required upon adoption to take a middle name picked her Mom’s.  One of the things she has commented on is that on cloudy days, it reminds her of where she grew up.

 

 

 

 

 

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#1297 Serendipity. 3.5×5″ watercolor collage on foamcore, matted to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

 

 

 

 

Serendipity just came together so easily from a few pieces of collage that came to hand so easily I think they had been huddling in the box.

Chaparral Artists Show

Chaparral Artists Show

First and Third in Abstracts

Each year, Chaparral Artists, a group of artists in Yucca Valley and the surrounding area, hold a judged show at Rainbow Stew for painting.  It’s a small group and a small show – they have a photography-only show next month and many more of their members are photographers.  I took some work in on Friday and was able to attend the reception Sunday afternoon.  I had five entries and three of them won ribbons! I got a second in landscapes for ‘Dark Water, White Wave‘, a third in Abstracts for ‘Night Watch‘ and a First in Abstracts for ‘Sun through Rain‘.  Raini Armstrong took a well-deserved first in Landscapes and it also got Best in Show.  Enjoy some pics of the whole show!

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Animals/Wildlife.  The dragon, second from right was my pick for people’s choice award!

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More Animals/Wildlife. The one on the bottom left also to People’s Choice award

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Raini’s Best of show painting at top

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Florals. I really liked the one on the left.

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Some more landscapes. I was fighting to take the photo with the light on the glass

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Portraits

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Two of my oils in the landscape section with the one that took 2nd place

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#1294 “Islands”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 3.5×5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

“Islands” is one of those collages that I recognize the parent of one of the pieces – it was “Amazing Storm“. I don’t recognize the other two parents!

 

 

 

 

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#1295 “Ghost”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 5×3.5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

One of “Ghost”‘s parents is certainly “The Setting Sun” – the bottom left piece – but it has quite a mixed heritage it seems…

Munch’s colors

I thought This Article about Edward Munch’s color theory was really interesting.  Red is interpreted more quickly by the brain than blue because the wavelengths are slower!

And the quote “Quantum mechanics has been very well correlated with the emergence of non-representational art.” – Bober – shows you just how much science there is in art.  So if you want to be an artist, don’t skip chemistry or subatomic physics in school.