Yesterday at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley, I hung the (mostly) plein-air art of four ladies who love to paint scenes around Catalina Island. Terry d.Chacon, Joan Coffey, Patricia Rose Ford and Nita Harper. There was quite a lot of artwork and it was a feat of engineering and organization to get as much of their wonderful work in as possible. Their reception is on November 10th, 3-6pm.
I had entered eight paintings in the Imperial County Fair this year and seven of them won ribbons! Four of them – the first and second place winners will be on display in Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial until the 27th.
It’s always nice to see my work in it’s ‘forever home’. This one is a bit special because I got to hang it myself – and it’s one of the most difficult paintings to hang because it’s not only a 4-piece painting, but because the four panels can be rotated, all the wires and hooks have to be perfectly aligned, so that when it’s changed around, there isn’t a need to make any adjustments. Here I am with the finished installation.
“Vivaldi’s Window”. My concept of the one window Vivaldi may have looked out across as he wrote his most famous musical work ‘The Four Seasons’.
If your shed gets old and worn out, eventually it will need replacing. This photograph was taken by my good friend and former photography teacher Ruben Araiza – sometime back in the 70s or 80s, of a shed on a hill somewhere near Irvine. The place no longer exists and the field, trees and shed have been replaced by a neighborhood or offices or something. I always liked the photo and we traded photo for painting many years back. Over the intervening decade, the photo has faded badly. So, I decided to paint it in order to replace the image. Here are the two.