Catalina Show

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.

Catalina Plein Air paintings

Catalina Plein Air paintings

Catalina Plein Air paintings

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Catalina Plein Air paintings

Pat and Terry.

Catalina Plein Air paintings

A very full wall! Lot’s to choose from.

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A row of ribbons

Art award ribbons

Nice little array.

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.

Confluence of Disciplines

Sometimes you can just answer a simple question with the first honest – and incomplete – answer.

Here’s my monthly mailing that explains why art forms can be so interwoven.

Newer Work #38

Oil painting of dusty sunset

#1213 Umber Sunset. Oil on Canvas, 12×12″. $100.

Umber sunset is painted from one of the most unusually colored skies I’ve ever seen.  A dust storm created a dark brown swirling foreground, (rather than the usual beige-out we get when we get a haboob coming through), with creamy gold clouds poking through at the back.  I also created a refractured watercolor from this scene.  Sadly the 10′ tall creosote bush that stars in the bottom corner is no longer there, it was uprooted when George’s house was built.

Newer Work #37

Sometimes I get asked about night time skyscapes – ‘nocturnes’.  Here’s one.  This one is pretty much out of my head, it’s not from a night sky in Joshua Tree – it’s named that way because of the foreground added.

Nocturne with moon and Joshua Tree

#1212 Joshua Moon. Oil on gallery wrap canvas, 12×12″ $100. Currently at Borrego Art Institute, but coming out of the summer show Oct 17th if it’s still unsold.

Newer Work #35

Dawn over Salton Sea

#1210 “Rising Peach”. Oil on gallery wrap canvas, 12×12″ $100. Currently at the Borrego Art Institute in the Summer Show which runs until October 14th.

Rising Peach is a continuation of the diagonal series.  (There are other shape series coming up…..).  Yet another beautiful dawn across the Salton Sea.  There is more hope now that these dawns will not go away too soon – or at least their reflections in the sea will not dry up, as recently President Obama announced that various agencies that can/should/will actually work together do something about the Salton Sea, rather than just spending money studying it or thinking about it.  The key part of this was the inclusion of federal agencies, I guess someone realized that this is not just an issue for Imperial and Riverside Counties.

Newer Work #35

Sunset oil painting

#1209 “Down the hill” Oil on canvas, 12×12″ $100.

This scene I painted many years ago in watercolor, then in acrylic.  Here is the same inspiration in oil and at an angle.