#583 Sea Crest Dawn #33. Refractured watercolor on panel, 24×18″. $540.
On Friday I attended the reception for the group show at the High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California. There are four other artists in the show, Charlie Schwartz, Sharon Matheson, Nichole Vikdal and Darlene H. Morris. One of the interesting tidbits about this show is that they have an online store for this art, and you can click to purchase! The downside is you cannot take the art away until the show is over at the end of July. Oh well, anticipation can be a good thing!
We had a few snacks served and then Darlene gave the group the guided tour and we each gave a little talk about our work being shown, though Charlie wasn’t present. Then we had an extra little celebration because Darlene is handing over the reins (no pun intended) to Raini who will be curating the shows for the foreseeable future. This involved a cake, which had one of her paintings printed on the frosting! Is there no limit to where you can put artwork?
If you’re in the area between now and the end of July, take a few minutes to walk through and see the work – there are brochuresavailable throughout with information about it.
I wasn’t able to attend the fundraiser/celebration on Earth Day, being as I was in Menlo Park that weekend, about 10 hours drive northier. Here’s the report that Celeste (yes, I do know just about everyone mentioned) wrote about the event.
Not many people think of Imperial County California – one of the poorest counties in the nation, and one of the more sparsely populated – as a tourist destination. But there’s actually an amazing amount of things to do here. Yesterday Doug and I went to fill him in on some of the places I’ve taken others when he’s not been with me. First we visited the mudpots, then stopped in Calipatria for lunch. We recommend Archie’s – on the east side of 111 about a block north of the stop sign. You can’t miss this totem pole!
Not only did we have a fun time, but we found an new spot – the Gold Rock Trading Post and Museum.
Sadly the extra time we spent exploring Gold Rock meant we had little time at the Center of the World, but they’re both places we’d go back to. I’m compiling a list of Touristy Things in Imperial County on my website which I’ll update from time to time as I find new things – and I’ll work on timings and places to stay in between. I am figuring it would be very easy to spend a week here if you’re not into simply lounging by the pool.
This is at the State Park, just south of North Shore
If you are, then in answer to a question many people ask – YES! – you can swim safely in the Salton Sea and here is Park Ranger Jose Renteria who does just that quite often.
“The reflecting pool”, probably 2005. The posts seen below are entirely under water.
Supporting the restoration of the Salton Sea and making it stable and renewable is not just for the Sea, it’s not just for me and the sunrises that I paint, it’s for anyone in the US who eats vegetables. Allowing the Salton Sea to dry up will destroy the most fertile farmland in the country.
“The reflection pool”, January 2015
I have not met the star in the movie, but I know some of the production crew! Please support their goal to make a longer movie about Randy’s journey, in order to publicize the need to act now.
“The Reflecting Pool”, January 2016. The posts seen above are to my left.
You can donate on Kickstarter to this project. Please do so.
Oh wow, just noticed it’s been so long since I’ve had time to blog. It’s been a really** busy nine days. But, in this I was able to write a poem when I was the art fair in Litchfield Park, AZ this weekend – about the primroses in bloom in the desert currently. (Yes, I’ve been taking walks instead of blogging….) And another sonnet towards beating Mr Shakespeare in his number of sonnets.
The one that got extra yellow…..
I never knew that primroses would grow
so close together through the desert dirt.
Amazing that from down there they will know
when one rain will be many, and they’ll spurt
up to the sun. Each little yellow face
so like their cousins from cool, wetter lands.
You would not think they’d grow in such a place
but there they are, amassing through the sands
wheat thick! I cannot walk around but tread
on primroses, most pale, but in between
one got some extra yellow for its head
to stand out from a crowd like none I’ve seen.
A wetter year has grown a primrose lawn,
but they’ll be battered down in the next storm.
Arrived back from the show in Boulder City, NV happy to meet a couple friends from blogland who had arrived during my absence. They’d never visited this part of the world before, so we spent a couple days doing the Imperial County Tourist thing. One item they were interested in finding was the mudpots. I’m glad they pressed me on this as I’ve also wanted to find the mudpots of Imperial County since I heard about them perhaps ten years ago. So, four or five sets of directions later and several dirt roads, we got there.
Forever blowing bubbles…..
I was surprised that the mudpots are actually around six feet high – from pics I’d seen before I thought they were knee-height. Once we got near them, not only are they a visual item, but we discovered they made quiet hissing and gurgling noises. A few of them were active enough to produce small mud eruptions and I was actually close enough to get spat on. Got a few shots of the action, this is probably the best one. I wonder if last week’s earthquake swarm in the area invigorates them or calms them down?