Mooning around

I never could see the man in the moon, except when the Apollo program was running.  And yes, I’m old enough to remember it – but also young enough to have wished that I’d been ten years older to better appreciate it.

I always saw the rabbit in the moon. So, I decided to paint it, seeing as I had an aging bucket of gesso and some craft paints that needed to be used or lost.  I thought it would be good to get this done while it was still cool enough to paint outside, and I just got finished in time.  The sad part is that whether or not anyone is happy with it, it’s now going to be too hot to paint outside in the light, so Salton City is stuck with this one until October.

mural of moon on garage wall

The Rabbit in the moon.

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Messing about in boats

I have to say that this was one painting (or pair of paintings) executed under the most hostile of weathers.  No, not so much heat, but the desiccating wind.  I had to stop on the second morning and go back for a short session closer to dawn on the third day, and then it was a struggle.  The good news is that once I’d drawn up the letters, I could quickly go from one side to the other, painting layers, knowing full well that that my start point would be completely dry by the time I returned to it in about 25 minutes.  At the end of the second day I had to quit because the paint was drying on the brush.  The east side of the boat was too hot to work, and the west side, in the shade and wind, I was shivering.  And I still had to figure out how to spray with an acrylic glaze with the UV component – in a stiff breeze.

Nevertheless ‘Poseidon’ has its name on its sides and today will be test launched.  Eventually this boat will carry a solar powered pump which will pump water from the Salton Sea into the marina ‘fingers’ in Desert Shores, to maintain the water level and mitigate red agae.  Launch day is on Sunday.

starboard_finished

port_finished

Easter bunny.

Easter saw me not egg hunting, but preparing a nest.  Carter James is due to join us on earth in the next month or so, and his Mom wanted his name and initial painted on the wall of his nursery.  As the nursery is between my place and my other half’s place, the logistics figured out best if I went by on Easter morning.  That worked for the family too, it was a lazy morning and they relaxed downstairs while I inscribed on Carter’s wall.

nursery name mural

A big C for the little C on the way.

Come for the weather, stay for the art

There are indeed many many murals in the Coachella Valley.  (6 traffic boxes are mine!)  Here’s an invitation from the Palm Springs Life magazine to go looking for them.

 

Fixing a box #3.

Today was the first day of color underpainting.  I’m happy that I got through it all without running out of Cobalt, but I did have to run out for Cobalt and Cadmium Yellow later as I don’t have enough for the next coat.

Traffic signal box mural

Starting to look like a mural.

I was thinking when I was painting that I should have a few business cards in my pocket, just in case.  Indeed that was true as someone did ask me for one when he was stopped at the lights.  He just pulled round the corner and we exchanged info.  Tomorrow, business cards!  (Although the conversation was useful and might end up in something further.)

Crow on light pole

Distant admirer.

Fixing a box.

A few years ago I painted a mural on a traffic signal box for the City of Indio.  It’s on Monroe Avenue so I name it Marilyn’s Morning.

Traffic signal box mural

Marilyn’s Morning, traffic signal box painting for Indio, CA

I guess something in there needed a bit of an upgrade, and there was an addition to the box.  Monday and this morning I spent time working on bringing the addition up to match with the rest of the box.  My phone omitted to save the ‘before’ and ‘after first coat of undercoat’, but here it is after the second coat.  I’ll be putting the last undercoat layer on tomorrow morning when I’m on my way to set up for the art fair in Palm Springs.  The weather is still to warm to paint much beyond 10am, so I’ll be making the best use of passing not too far from the box each day.

February’s monthly newsletter

This month I’m reflecting on some Community Service that I have been engaged in.