Newer Work #70

Mixed media skyscape painting

#1258 Reaching. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″ $180.



Here is one where I went kind of outside the bounds of color combinations that the sky and clouds actually do.  I named it “Reaching” because I felt that the red cloud was reaching up and out of the painting.  Now that I revisit this, I see things that I did not intend to put in this painting.  What do you see in it?










One of my more abstract paintings – or is it….

Co-la-la-lage evening

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“Soft Light” at the top of the stairs at ‘The Loft At Liz’s’



Last Saturday I sped from the art fair in Sierra Madre over to the Co-La-La-Lage reception – a juried show of the Collage Artists of America at The Loft At Liz’s in West LA.  (Well, it started with driving at the speed limit but of course it was stop and slow through downtown and we slowed to a crawl on the I10 – there was a wreck just before my exit.  Ah, yes, I love LA.)  The upstairs gallery was crowded.  I think most of the 30 artists in the show attended the reception and brought others too.  There was an awards ceremony (no, I didn’t win anything), but having two of three paintings accepted into the show was an honor.


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Gentle Storm at ‘The Loft at Liz’s’



One of the disappointments of the show is that the paintings did not have labels on the wall next to them.  I would liked to have added the cards that have the poems that each painting has alongside the card, but it just wasn’t an option.







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I was interested in some of the mixed media pieces as I have a collector/friend who is looking for a mixed media piece for a certain place in his home, so I took a few shots of these when I got a chance and the crowd cleared.

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“Potus’ Bedroom”



This one was one of the prize winners.  The artist said that it contained everything that was apparently important to him.   Sadly the way that CAA sends emails I can’t open the content of all of them, so I’m not able to tell you the names of any of the other pieces shown (other than mine), or the artists’ names.  Ah, technology.

Full House

The county fair in a predominantly agricultural county may seem an odd place to display art, but as the description suggests, we do have culture along with our ag. Some years I’m available on take in/pick up dates, others not and I have to skip a year. This year the stars aligned. I thought that seeing as I was going to be making the trip twice I would make sure I entered as many paintings as possible, so I entered ten.

I won ten ribbons!  Not the best of show, but in their categories I got three firsts, three seconds and four thirds.

County fair winning ribbons

Every one’s a winner baby!

I’ll just show you a few:

First place winner: Morning Star

Second place winner: Awaken

Third place winner: Dark water, white wave


A little bit of kudos.

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#1127 Vermillion Delight. 30×40″ each panel, mixed media (refractured watercolor, poetry and acrylic). $3,500

I recently applied to an online show with Manhattan Arts – New Beginnings.  I’ve applied to shows with them a couple times before without success – but this time I was accepted as an ‘Award of Merit’ entrant with ‘Vermillion Delight’.  The show will be up for a couple months.


Newer Work #49

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#1228 Morning Thermals. Mixed media on pine panel. 17″ diameter. $300

The inspiration for the shape cut and name of this painting came from my neighbor who flies a powered paraglider, and who explains the reason he usually flies around sunset.  In the earlier parts of the day, different areas of land are heating up at different rates and exuding different warmths of air, creating undulating thermals.  We all see birds soaring on the thermals – apparently it is not as easy as you think to do this, especially when your primary mechanism of staying aloft is a slice of parachute, which could luff and collapse under the wrong air temperature gradient.

Newer Work #48

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#1227 “Today is a gift”. Mixed media on pine panel. 17″ diameter. $300.



Here I go again with the different shapes.  The Bow was something of a challenge, in a) making an outline really look like a bow and b) not be impossible to cut, but after having succeeded in stars, there was no holding me back. I do like the fact that with this shape, it’s not symmetrical but it does work either way up. Every day is a gift and sometimes, you have to stick a bow on it.

Newer work #46

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#1225 Fluttering Clouds. Mixed media on pine panel, 17″ diameter. $300.

This is one that especially deserves to have the ‘in place’ shot posted.  By design you really have to look twice to see those butterflies.  I wanted to create a painting where the shape of the refractured watercolor part is more hidden than obvious, and I feel I’ve succeeded here.  The color is also more accurate (at least on my screen) on the in-place shot.





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Fluttering clouds hung in place – the butterflies are now more apparent because of the texture.