I seem to be competing so much these days!!….. Here’s my monthly newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
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.
Later in the afternoon, the oblique light across two of the paintings showed their texture to the best advantage.
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.
This was the painting that won the first prize in category ‘Oil Seascapes’.