Newer Work #70

Mixed media skyscape painting

#1258 Reaching. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″ $180.

 

 

Here is one where I went kind of outside the bounds of color combinations that the sky and clouds actually do.  I named it “Reaching” because I felt that the red cloud was reaching up and out of the painting.  Now that I revisit this, I see things that I did not intend to put in this painting.  What do you see in it?

 

 

 

 

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One of my more abstract paintings – or is it….

Newer work #69

Mixed media painting

#1257 Aurorae #3. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″, $180.

This is a slightly different treatment of Aurorae #2.  The refractured watercolor pieces came from the same parent watercolor painting, but I did not fill the entire panel with refractured watercolor, but finished it off in acrylic.  They’re also the same size but I chose the other orientation.  I thought also I would show it to you on the wall with oblique light.  One of the hardest things about selling my work other than in-person, is getting people to appreciate this aspect of it.

 

 

 

 

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Aurorae #3, full front view

Co-la-la-lage evening

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“Soft Light” at the top of the stairs at ‘The Loft At Liz’s’

 

 

Last Saturday I sped from the art fair in Sierra Madre over to the Co-La-La-Lage reception – a juried show of the Collage Artists of America at The Loft At Liz’s in West LA.  (Well, it started with driving at the speed limit but of course it was stop and slow through downtown and we slowed to a crawl on the I10 – there was a wreck just before my exit.  Ah, yes, I love LA.)  The upstairs gallery was crowded.  I think most of the 30 artists in the show attended the reception and brought others too.  There was an awards ceremony (no, I didn’t win anything), but having two of three paintings accepted into the show was an honor.

 

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Gentle Storm at ‘The Loft at Liz’s’

 

 

One of the disappointments of the show is that the paintings did not have labels on the wall next to them.  I would liked to have added the cards that have the poems that each painting has alongside the card, but it just wasn’t an option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was interested in some of the mixed media pieces as I have a collector/friend who is looking for a mixed media piece for a certain place in his home, so I took a few shots of these when I got a chance and the crowd cleared.

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“Potus’ Bedroom”

 

 

This one was one of the prize winners.  The artist said that it contained everything that was apparently important to him.   Sadly the way that CAA sends emails I can’t open the content of all of them, so I’m not able to tell you the names of any of the other pieces shown (other than mine), or the artists’ names.  Ah, technology.

Success – and failure.

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#1155 Approaching Storm. Mixed Media, 48×24″. $1500. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: Approaching Storm We play before the approaching storm, the swirling air that lifts our wings We shelter from the coming rain but love the greening that it brings We know the drops will wash us clean and, too, the sky where we are kings

This month I was happy to have four paintings accepted into competitions.  Two were accepted into the National Orange Show – the county fair of San Bernardino, and two of three were accepted into Co-La-La-Lage – a show of Collage Artists of America, whom I have recently joined.  It just so happened that the take-in/judging for the CAA show and the reception for both were at times where I was going to be in the area.  Often this is a deciding factor on whether or not I will enter a show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#1270 “4th”. Mixed media, 15×15″ $150. The following poem is written for and painted into the painting: 4th The fourth of July stars bursting against the night and raining color.

After having attended a 1-day conference about financing for non-profits, as one of the advisory committee members for Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation, I was able to go to the reception and awards ceremony at the fairgrounds in San Bernardino.  I didn’t win any ribbons but made a couple useful contacts, some for me, some for MVCAF.  I was blessed with having had my paintings hung close together – and near the entry for the reception.  Those were the successes.  The failure was of my phone to let me know that it didn’t save either of the photos I took of them to put on the blog!  But here are the ones that were accepted.

If you’re in the LA area – perhaps you would like to attend the reception for the  CAA show which is this coming Saturday, 7-10pm at The Loft at Liz’s.  This time I’ll make sure I have the photos on the phone!!!

 

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

Jeni Bate paintings in hotel lobby.

Hotel Lobby.

Yesterday my favorite art dealer, Rick Pantele of Incredible Art Center hung two of my paintings in the lobby of Palm Mountain Resort in Palm Springs.  As a result of this, the new owners of the recently remodelled Spa just around the corner requested that we hang some more inside the treatment rooms and common areas in the spa. So that’s what we did today.  Nothing like getting things done promptly!

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Treatment room #1 with Vermillion Delight

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Treatment Room #2 with Ocean’s Draw

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Treatment Room #3 with ‘Sunrise with Creosote’

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Office and Waiting area with ‘Rose Ochre Dawn’ and ‘Waiting for my Honey to come home’.

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Entryway with ‘Up, up and away’.

Newer Work #49

Mixed media painting

#1228 Morning Thermals. Mixed media on pine panel. 17″ diameter. $300

The inspiration for the shape cut and name of this painting came from my neighbor who flies a powered paraglider, and who explains the reason he usually flies around sunset.  In the earlier parts of the day, different areas of land are heating up at different rates and exuding different warmths of air, creating undulating thermals.  We all see birds soaring on the thermals – apparently it is not as easy as you think to do this, especially when your primary mechanism of staying aloft is a slice of parachute, which could luff and collapse under the wrong air temperature gradient.

Newer Work #48

Mixed media painting

#1227 “Today is a gift”. Mixed media on pine panel. 17″ diameter. $300.

 

 

Here I go again with the different shapes.  The Bow was something of a challenge, in a) making an outline really look like a bow and b) not be impossible to cut, but after having succeeded in stars, there was no holding me back. I do like the fact that with this shape, it’s not symmetrical but it does work either way up. Every day is a gift and sometimes, you have to stick a bow on it.