Second Place!

Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors.  I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints.  I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band.  The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD.  So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.

The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other.  I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.

I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.

Chalk painting

“That the world is round reminds us that we are on the same side.”

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May show at the Vanguard

Artwork about to be hung at Vanguard Gallery

The organizing of it!

On May 1st, I hung the month’s show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  I’d had a short lead-time to select an artist and this time there were quite a few people I asked that weren’t able to put a show together in time.  I was concerned until I called Raini Armstrong, and it seemed like the dates for take-in, reception and pick-up fit together so perfectly, it was just meant to be.   I met Raini and first saw her work at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley.  She and I ‘hung’ together on more than one occasion there, and it was my pleasure to have her at Vanguard.  The show will be up all month, and if you’re in the area, the reception will be 4-6pm on May 12th.

 

Monthly newsletter for February

Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.

Newer work #74

 

 

Watercolor collage painting

#1288 Let Dreams Through. Watercolor collage, 5×3.5 matted to fit 7×5″ frame.

 

Here are another couple babies from the bin.   For the first painting, I was definitely in my right brain when I was inspired to name it. On the second one, I just love the way I’ve been able to find the clouds that flow throughout the collage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor collage painting

#1289, Continuous. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 3.5×5″, matted to fit 5×7″ frame.

Newer Work #72

Mixed media painting

#1260 Nightstorm II. Mixed media on shaped solid pine panel, 24×11″. $250.

 

 

Here’s another foray into differently shaped canvases.  A very abstract piece for that slender space that just needs a pop of color.  However despite looking quite narrow, the curve means the panel is actually 11″ wide.  This is one of three ‘siblings’ made from a single 18×24″ watercolor of a starfield, but presented as a dark swirling storm.

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So space vs atmosphere. But it’s all sky!

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale has demarcated the Karman Line – which lies at an altitude of 100 kilometers (330,000 feet; 62 miles) above the Earth’s sea level – as the boundary where space begins. But, NASA spokesperson Dan Huot explains from a physical science’s perspective that “there is no hard-definable point where space begins; the atmosphere…

via Where Does Space Actually Start? — Sparkonit

Newer Work #68

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.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1256 Aurorae II. Refractured watercolor on flat panel, acrylic edges. 11×14″, $180.