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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Pets and animals show.

On Friday I hung a group show featuring work of pets and animals at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  It features the following artists (just in the order they are on the wall):  Sandy Zelasko, Mike Holder, Kelly Vela, Jeni Bate, Terry d’Chacon, Kay Levie, Diane Morgan and sculpture pieces by Janice Osborne and Alana Marston.  The show will be up through June 28th.

Animal Show art

From the right: 4 paintings by Diane Morgan, 3 photos by Kay Levie, 1 painting by Terry Chacon. Under, a basket of prints by Mike Holder

Animal Show art

Four paintings by Terry Chacon on the right, to the left, a photo by Kelly Vela, two paintings by Jeni Bate and two of Janice Osborne’s glass sculptures

Animal Show art

From Right, 2 paintings by Terry Chacon, 7 photos by Kelly Vela, 2 paintings by Jeni Bate and 2 glass sculptures by Janice Osborne.

Animal Show art

From the left this time, 4 photos by Sandy Zelasko, 3 paintings by Mike Holder, 4 photos by Kelly Vela.

Animal Show art

Four glass animals by Janice Osborne.

Animal Show art

Four horse pieces by Alana Marston.

National Orange Show

I don’t paint oranges (well, I do sometimes, but they’re typically mistaken for the setting or rising sun), so my two entries are in the ‘open theme’ category.  Serendipitously they were hung close together so I am able to show them both in one photo that I took at the reception yesterday evening.  The other thing that they have in common is that they did not win any prizes.  Oh well.  I had some interesting comments about them.

Artwork at the National Orange Show, 2018

“One Side” and “Vermillion Delight” hang either side of a photograph of oranges at the National Orange Show.

Something yellow arrived

Tie a yellow ribbon

Tie a yellow ribbon on the old art booth…

Back at the beginning of June I won 2nd place in category (Mixed Media) at the Thousand Oaks ArtWalk.  But their ribbons were on back order so all I got was a piece of paper.  Well, the ribbon finally came through.  It reminded me of the song ‘Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree’ from back in the (ahem) 70s.  Now, if only that piece of paper had my name spelled correctly on it…..

Indian Wells – off the waitlist

Jeni Bate at Indian Wells

Skyscapes for the Soul at Indian Wells.

Last Saturday I got a call to say I had been taken off the waitlist for the three day Indian Wells Arts Festival – and here I am in a great space!  Well, here the booth is – I’m behind the camera.

Jeni Bate at Indian Wells

Jeni Bate at Indian Wells

The interesting part is that my booth has an unusual fung shui water element – a fire hydrant in one corner.   I later received a ‘virtual ribbon’ for not complaining about the hydrant.  Like what are they going to do – move it???  I put the mat bin in front of it.

Refractured watercolor with texture

Refractured watercolor with texture

Later in the afternoon, the oblique light across two of the paintings showed their texture to the best advantage.

Rows of bows

2015 Imperial countyfair ribbons

Ribbons!

Just went over to the Imperial Valley EXPO to pick up my paintings that I entered in the competitions at the county fair.  I entered 8 paintings and 6 received ribbons.

Dark Water, White Wave

Dark Water, White Wave

This was the painting that won the first prize in category ‘Oil Seascapes’.

In the pink

best of category mixed media ribbon

That is a great pink!

Although I don’t enter a lot of competitions, I’ve won a few ribbons over the years at galleries and at the county fair.  Last Saturday at Thousand Oaks was the first time I’ve won a ribbon at an art fair.  And it was a good one.  Best of category – Mixed Media for the refractured watercolors.