Birdy, birdy.

Painters at paint and wine evening

Three concentrating on making round blue blobs into birds.

Last night there were three students at the Paint-the-night evening at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  I’ve guided a different group through this painting before, in case it seems familiar, but they were all first time bird-watchers. They all had a lot of fun, and are looking forward to a different painting next month.  If you’re in the area, and you’re interested, it’s on June 23rd.  A great way to celebrate a TGIF.

Painters at paint and wine evening

Variations on a theme.

 

 

Artwork at High Desert Medical Center

Refractured watercolor painting

#583 Sea Crest Dawn #33. Refractured watercolor on panel, 24×18″. $540.

On Friday I attended the reception for the group show at the High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California.  There are four other artists in the show, Charlie Schwartz, Sharon Matheson, Nichole Vikdal and Darlene H. Morris.  One of the interesting tidbits about this show is that they have an online store for this art, and you can click to purchase!  The downside is you cannot take the art away until the show is over at the end of July.  Oh well, anticipation can be a good thing!

We had a few snacks served and then Darlene gave the group the guided tour and we each gave a little talk about our work being shown, though Charlie wasn’t present.  Then we had an extra little celebration because Darlene is handing over the reins (no pun intended) to Raini who will be curating the shows for the foreseeable future.  This involved a cake, which had one of her paintings printed on the frosting!  Is there no limit to where you can put artwork?

If you’re in the area between now and the end of July, take a few minutes to walk through and see the work – there are brochures available throughout with information about it.

Success – and failure.

Mixed media painting

#1155 Approaching Storm. Mixed Media, 48×24″. $1500. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: Approaching Storm We play before the approaching storm, the swirling air that lifts our wings We shelter from the coming rain but love the greening that it brings We know the drops will wash us clean and, too, the sky where we are kings

This month I was happy to have four paintings accepted into competitions.  Two were accepted into the National Orange Show – the county fair of San Bernardino, and two of three were accepted into Co-La-La-Lage – a show of Collage Artists of America, whom I have recently joined.  It just so happened that the take-in/judging for the CAA show and the reception for both were at times where I was going to be in the area.  Often this is a deciding factor on whether or not I will enter a show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mixed media painting

#1270 “4th”. Mixed media, 15×15″ $150. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: 4th The fourth of July stars bursting against the night and raining color.

After having attended a 1-day conference about financing for non-profits, as one of the advisory committee members for Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation, I was able to go to the reception and awards ceremony at the fairgrounds in San Bernardino.  I didn’t win any ribbons but made a couple useful contacts, some for me, some for MVCAF.  I was blessed with having had my paintings hung close together – and near the entry for the reception.  Those were the successes.  The failure was of my phone to let me know that it didn’t save either of the photos I took of them to put on the blog!  But here are the ones that were accepted.

If you’re in the LA area – perhaps you would like to attend the reception for the  CAA show which is this coming Saturday, 7-10pm at The Loft at Liz’s.  This time I’ll make sure I have the photos on the phone!!!

 

Newer work #66

Had the inspiration to put a little land in this one.  And of course, trees always reach up to the sky.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1249 Three trees on the hill, Refractured watercolor on foamcore 10.5×8″ in mat to fit 14×11″ frame. $105.

Art and science.

John Constable is known for painting realistic skies during a time when meteorological knowledge was not what it is today.  Yet he used a lot of science in trying to get it right – and a bit of artistic license where necessary, too.  A long but very interesting article from The Cloud Appreciation Society.  I loved the quote:

” I am led to this having been very busy with rainbows –”

John Constable’s rainbow.

 

Forever home

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“Tranquility with tree”

Last month, from my show at 29 Palms Gallery, I sold a painting that went to its forever home in Wisconsin.  “Tranquility with Tree” has a special place in my heart – my some-times art dealer Rick Pantele and I put a 5×10 foot giclee version of it into an office at Kaiser Permanente.  Tranquility with Tree also spent about two years in the Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial.  I had stopped taking it to shows as it was my last framed piece, and the last one in a series is always the hardest one to sell.  So I was delighted it sold a couple weeks after coming out of the museum, from a gallery where it got to hang on its own little wall and didn’t stand out like a sore thumb.

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In shipping it to Wisconsin, I got to talking to the client – whom I have not met – and he kept in touch through the reframing and sent me a picture of my baby in its Forever Home.  Then he ordered a commission painting to go with it!  The sibling went out in the mail today and I will hopefully have a portrait of the two of them together in due course.

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“Joshua Evening”

 

Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church

I’m always open to shows in unusual spaces.  I had the opportunity to show work in this church and had a silly thing happen when I went to set it up.  I had agreed to meet one of the deacons, David, at 9am on the appointed day.

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Three little paintings surrounding the white board in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

I arrived with 10 minutes to spare, so parked in the parking lot and got out and went round the church and confirmed he was not there – all doors were locked and mine was the only vehicle in the lot.  So I waited.  And waited.

Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

Half an hour later I started to get concerned so I called him.  It turned out he had approached the church from the other side, parked round the corner where I couldn’t see his truck, didn’t look to see if I was in the main parking lot, unlocked the church and was also waiting patiently but beginning to get a little concerned.  Oh well.  But then we had a bit of a rush as I had to be elsewhere later, and I forgot to take photos of the setup.

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Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.  The red vertical assemblage piece on the bottom left is someone else’s work. 🙂 

 

Yesterday, Doug and I went to the church service – it being the only Sunday during my show that I wasn’t at a show.  Now I get to show you the show.  I got to meet a lot of people, talked about the possibility of teaching some classes at their location, and once again, I forgot to take pics of the two in the sanctuary.

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Paintings over the sofa in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.