Artwork at High Desert Medical Center

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#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.

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.

Success – and failure.

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#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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#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!!!

 

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.

 

Art On Main and more….

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Art on Main is back in Old Town La Quinta this Saturday.  One block south of Calle Tampico, Saturday March 18th, 10-4pm and loads of amazing artwork to see and buy.  My booth is between the lawn and the coffee shop. Hope to see you there.
If you’re up the north end of the Coachella valley, please join us for an evening reception, March 21st 4-7pm, at Palm Mountain Resort Spahhh, who currently host some of my work.  Palm Mountain Resort is at 155 S. Belardo, Palm Springs.  Not only do you get to see some of the larger pieces that don’t often fit into a booth, but you can find out some of the relaxing offerings from the Spahhh and enjoy some early evening snacks.  (You don’t have to be a guest at the Palm Mountain Resort to enjoy them.)
And if you’re at a point where you think you’d like to learn how to paint, the following Friday – March 24th, I will be holding the all day intensive class ‘Painting for Absolute Beginners‘.  The only thing you need to know is which end of the brush to hold. (If you don’t know that, I’ll teach you for an extra $1. 🙂 )

 

29 Palms Gallery show

So,  a week after the reception, talk and workshop, I finally get around to uploading pix from the gallery.  I have a solo show in the main gallery of 29 Palms Art Gallery through the end of the month – so if you’re in the high desert, stop by if you can!  If you think the workshop looks fun (it is****), I run them elsewhere, or can schedule a private one for a group of the right size in Southern California.

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This section was difficult to photograph because I’m shooting into the light. Thank you for photoshop!

Watercolor collage workshop

The workshop is fun for just about any age.

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Little ones getting some help. I was glad Kadence’s Mom stayed around, she is not confident of her abilities.

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Older ones getting a little guidance too

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“It’s important to dab the excess glue away, otherwise you’ll have a shiny spot.”

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Some of the output.

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Posing with the little ones and their completed works.

 

Newer work #60

Here are two refractures that came from the same painting – I had enough material with the random-cut shapes to make an 11×14 and a 10.5×8.  The original skyscape is from a shot taken outside my booth at the Deserts Arts Festival in Palm Springs, probably winter 2015-16, looking up at fast-moving clouds.

Refractured watercolor skyscape

#1240 Look up I. Refractured watercolor, 14×11 in mat to fit 20×16″ frame. $195.

Refractured watercolor skyscape

#1244 Look up II. Refractured watercolor, 8×10.5 in mat to fit 11×14″ frame. $105.