Solo Show for August

JeniBateVanguardAug2017-1_wOne of the things that didn’t get on camera when I was taking photos of my Paint-the-night class was that earlier in the afternoon Rick (Rick Archer, President of Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation and Vanguard Gallery) and I had hung up a 14-painting solo show on the left wall.

JeniBateVanguardAug2017-2_w<Sigh> this is by far the first time that I have put up a solo show and promptly forgotten to take any photos of it.   Senior moment!


JeniBateVanguardAug2017-3_wBlissfully I was passing not far from the gallery on Monday morning and (seeing as I’m on the advisory committee and one of the tutors and I have a key to the gallery) stopped in to rectify this.  The show will be up through August and there will be a reception on August 19th, 7-8pm.  Rick should have the labels up by then!  Actually many of these are available through my Etsy store at the moment (though it might take a little longer than promised to ship….).

Good copies

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Underpainting going down

On Friday I ran the Paint-the-night event at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – and had 11 students, many of whom knew each other, so they were enjoying the evening together.  We painted a scene from an open road through fields in the Ojai area – a painting I’d completed in watercolor many years ago and thought would work well as a paint night subject.

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Filling in the grassland.

One of the thing that I tell students at these evenings, is that their painting is not going to look exactly like mine – which is why art forgers are paid so much.



Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Fences going in.

However this group all got really close to the painting we were working from!  The main difference was that I had yellow ochre deep – vs yellow ochre which I usually work with, and as I hadn’t used this before, I hadn’t realized how dull this color is compared to regular ochre.  I figure I learn something in every class too, so this was it for this one!

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Most of the graduates. One had to go home because her baby was crying.

Another sonnet.

Sometimes it gets quiet at art fairs.  There is often a bit of a lull around lunch time.  If I’m sitting at the back of the booth at the desk, I’ll often use the time to work on my bucket list item of more Shakesperean sonnets than Shakespeare.  Flagstaff was productive and I was able to write a sonnet each of the three days.  I sometimes have to search around for inspiration, Saturday’s inspiration was the nest of sparrows within tweeting distance.


The sparrow has more color than you’d think

(but painters know burnt umber, wine, ecru)

and though they seem to flit off in a wink

the observer sees the little things they do.

Sometimes they’ll dust in patches of soft sand

and often in a puddle from the rain

with wriggling bodies, wings aflutter, and

the knowledge that they’ll soon feel fresh again.

The well-trained ear can spot each different call –

the black-throat’s glockenspiel and house’s cheep

the white-crowned sparrow’s sweet melodious trill

and common to them all, the young chick’s tweet.

So if you ever thought sparrows were plain

Take another look and listen, think again!

Who was Vincent?

Vincent van Gogh's wheatfield

Was it a dead end, or just a curve in the road?????

I thought This was a very interesting article about Vincent van Gogh – one of my favorite painters.  Maybe he was who we thought he was, maybe not!  Ah, now there’s something we can’t do these days – trade places with our twin, start afresh, stand at the crossroads and decide to disappear around the bend.  At least not in the technologically linked world – too much verification of ID. Not quite sure if I’d want to be anyone else anyway….


Falling between the cracks in cyberspace

….. there went the link.  The link to the actual youtube video.  No, I have no idea what happened in the mailchimp world, but here is the actual functional video link!

Liebster Award

Shakshi nominated me for the Liebster Award, so after a bit of thinking and writing, it’s time for me to post it forward.

First of all I need to thank Sakshi for nominating me for this award.  We have only been following each other for a little while as she is a new blogger, but I like what I read so far.

Rules for this award
Acknowledge the blog who nominated you for this award.
•Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you
•Give 11 random facts about yourself
•Nominate 11 blogs
•Give 11 questions for them to answer

Questions that Shakshi asked me ~

1. Why did you start blogging?
To get more of an online presence for my paintings and poetry. (“Too seek out new life and new civilizations”…….if you don’t understand that, don’t worry.)

2. Which one mistake would you love to delete from your past if you were given a choice?
I once collaborated with a female coworker to give dating advice to a male coworker. The three of us were good office friends and hung out together a lot. After we were no longer working together, the guy asked me for a date. I liked him a lot and accepted. On the date however, his personality changed dramatically and I was stunned. A couple days later I contacted the other friend – and discovered he had taken her on essentially the same date, to the same place, wearing much the same clothes – the following night – and had behaved the same weird way. We wrote him a letter advising him to just be the guy who we hung out with at the office if he wanted to have a second date with any* other woman. We added a couple other truths, but too brutally. I wish we could go back and edit that letter. We did it because we cared about him, and we didn’t tell any untruths, we just did it too meanly.

3. What is the best thing about you?
I make a good friend. (This is more my bf’s observation.)

4. Who is the best person you met on WordPress ?
Tough one as I feel I have made a bunch of good friends – but the one that has to top the list is Murray Foote. He had his girlfriend came to visit – but we didn’t coordinate too well before he booked the flight and they were arriving when I was at a show. I just had to tell them the key’s under the mat and I’ll see you when I get home around midnight on Sunday. We had a great time together the next 2 days.

5. Given a choice- 1)Facebook 2) WordPress ….which one will you choose?
Wordpress because I’ve made friends there and there are many other WordPress co-bloggers I’d be interesting in meeting if life permits. FB is mostly my existing friends, but I love to keep up with them that way.

6. Would you like to give any suggestions to improve my blog?
You’re really new at this Shakti, so just keep going and if I ever notice anything consistent, I might think to mention it.

7. If you were allowed to demand any one thing, what would be that?
That the state of California, the US Federal Govt, the Mexican Govt and all our local bodies work (and by that I mean act, not study) together for the restoration of the Salton Sea.

8. Any question you would like to ask me?
I can’t find where you name is written other than as one word – did I divide it up correctly?

9. If you were sponsored a tour which place you would love to visit?
Russian Steppes.

10. A habit of you which you hate the most?
When I’m mostly complete with a task that involves doing the same action on different objects (e.g. editing a bunch of photos) – when I’m part way through, I have to count how many items are left.

11. What kind of person you would love to be with – 1) the one who is fake but is nice to you…2) a person who is real but sometimes rude to you?
The second one. I guess that explains my answers on the second and third questions also!


11 Random facts about me
1. I’m 80% right handed and 40% left handed. Yes, that’s 20% ambidextrous.
2. I’m a birdaholic.
3. I’m the best person to borrow $20 or less from because after a month or so, I’ll forget about it.  I’m the worst person to loan $20 or less to for the same reason.
4. I can’t stand opera.
5. The most surreal experience of my life (so far) is feeling my father’s last heartbeat.
6. I’m a lousy cook, can’t follow a recipe.
7. I have moderate prosopagnosia.
8. I love wide open spaces.
9. I have synesthesia.
10.My favorite color is purple.

NOMINATION TIME (I have to say cutting it down to 11 was tough).
1. Murray Foote
2. Greg Long – Greole
3. Urmo Parts
4. Pooja G – life’s fine whine
5. A Quiver of Quotes
6. Rhi – autism and expectations
7. Charlie O’Shields – DoodleWash
8. Tom – the tompostpile
9. Alozade – paintdigi
10. Archecotech – Life in Russia
11. New England Nomad

11 Questions for you each to answer

Q.1 What is the weirdest experience of your life?
Q.2 If you could have a chance to live anywhere on Earth, where would it be?
Q.3 If you could choose how old to live to, what would that age be?
Q.4 If you were to be executed, what would be your last meal?
Q.5 Who have you met that you felt you’d known forever, but they only had that moment in your life?
Q.6 Whose blog do you most look forward to reading and why?
Q.7 Any suggestions to improve my blog?
Q.8 If you had to start over at 18 and follow a different career, what would it be?
Q.9 If aliens landed in your back yard, would you go with them?
Q.10 What is one physical characteristic about yourself you’d like to change?
Q.11 What kind of weather do you like best?




“Wiest Lake”. My favorite fishing hole.

At the show in San Diego on Saturday, my first sale was to a returning client who had to hunt me down.  I hadn’t put my booth number on the email reminding fans about the show, so he wandered up and down the aisles.  Eventually he asked help from another artist.  “Do you know this artist – her work is a little like this but pixellated.”  Blissfully my fellow artist knew who the cutter was and he found me a few minutes later.

He took the opportunity to pick up my second book, Mixed Weather, and really liked ‘Wiest Lake’, but at 48×48″ didn’t have the wall space for it. (Well, not without removing a portrait of his good lady.  Sometimes I really don’t mind getting upstaged.)  I suggested a print in a smaller size through Fine Art America, and promised to make sure my image was available for him to evaluate the options.  I opened email this morning and found someone had ordered a print on metal.  I’m figuring it’s the same client that found a size and surface that would fit in his home!