#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?
“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.
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.
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.
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.
#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!
#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!!!
I’ve long wanted to see the Aurorae, but cost and logistics have always prevented it – plus that pesky old unalterable – the cold! Nevertheless I can be inspired by the photos that others post. The tough one about painting the aurorae is that it’s light on blackness – something that can’t be easily done in watercolor, and the soft swirls can’t be done easily in acrylic. So this is one of my most impressionistic skies.
If you love it – it’s small enough to ship easily, still gift sized and ready to go on the wall. Others that I’ve posted recently were from a batch of matted pieces.
#1256 Aurorae II. Refractured watercolor on flat panel, acrylic edges. 11×14″, $180.
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.
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.
Today I spent seven hours slaving away over a hard concrete slab. Yes, the annual Indio Chalk Festival. This year the festival was moved from outside the city hall to Miles Avenue a block away, and the street was blocked off. I knew that I was being asked to do a much larger painting this year, and had in mind that I might do a triptych, though I had no clue what exactly I was going to do. However, instead of being assigned a space, I was asked to pick one. I had the choice of concrete or blacktop, and opted for a familiar surface, mostly in the shade. The area I chose had four perfect squares with spaces in between, so I decided to use them all. I wasn’t sure whether to do four seasons (like Vivaldi’s Window) or 4 times of day, like the painting I’m working on for my timelapse video (hopefully done in time for May’s newsletter) – so I did both.
And yes, tomorrow will be the best day of the year to commit a crime – I have no fingerprints – wore them off rubbing the chalk into the concrete. Oh wait, I have a show in Indian Wells this weekend, and I ache everywhere, especially my knees.
I loved the painting that ended up as this one and ‘Splashing Around’. It was one of the harder ones to cut up because it came out so well, and the two resulting children are ones I will be sorry to see go to their forever homes.
#1236 “All the way”. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 14×11″ with mat ready to frame to 20×16″. $195.