Hermosa Beach for the weekend.

Hermosa Beach Art WalkWho would say no to a day at the beach?  I wouldn’t.  I won’t be on the sand, though, I’ll be on the lawn of the Hermosa Beach Community Center with refractured watercolors and watercolor collages.  So come and pick your favorite skyscape and then have a stroll on the sand.  I’ll be in booth #71.

 

Smile – it’s time to go to Smiley Park!

Dawn's WhisperIt’s been awhile since I’ve shown work in Redlands and I have not brought the refractured watercolors here before.  The Redlands Arts Festival is now in its second year and I’m looking forward to coming back here.
The show is on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 – 25th at Smiley Park in Redlands.  You can find more information on the Show Website.

Work in progress…. complete

crimson ribbon, refractured watercolor

“Crimson Ribbon” – refractured watercolor on wraparound panel, 34x36x1″. $1720

Here it is – I named it ‘Crimson Ribbon’ for the line of red cloud running through just above the center.  I also decided to go with writing a poem specifically to go with the painting.  I have long loved writing Shakespearean Sonnets and this painting was certainly big enough to accommodate one.  I painted the words in the clouds, for the most part to be similar colors to the background.  I like to do this so that if someone doesn’t care for the poetry, they can stand back from the painting and ignore it.  I figure about 15% of people who come into my booth will notice words that I put on a painting without my pointing them out, though it also seems that once they’ve found them, most people like the idea.  Another reason that the refractured watercolors especially can be enjoyed at close range as well as at a distance.  Here’s the sonnet.

Crimson Thread

The world is turning into dawn, and I
can see a crimson thread start to appear
announcing that the newest day is near –
it makes me greet the beauty with a sigh.
Soon the ribbon’s red will turn to gold
and other wisps softly to scarlet turn –
water, under influence of light will burn
such colors that it awes us to behold
the transition from nighttime into day
and cause to wonder how we could deserve
this vision – just for living on a curve –
and leaves us without words that we can say,
only the thought that perhaps we should do right
to earn the reward that brings the end of night.

I expect this painting will first see its outing at the end of the month at Mission Federal Art Walk in Little Italy in San Diego.

 

Wow that looks better.

Sea Crest Dawn #33, 24x18", $540.

Sea Crest Dawn #33, 24×18″

Sea Crest Dawn XXXIII has been hanging out at the Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial for the last couple years.  Having work hanging in a museum all the time may look good on the resume, but that’s not always the best way for a painting to find its new home, so I persuaded the museum gallery director to let me trade out.  Well, two of the frames were broken (I guess they did have an interesting time there…) so I decided to remount all three refractured watercolors on panel, rather than reframing. This is the last of the group.  I ordered a 2″deep panel from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and today the UPS truck stopped at my house. Spent the afternoon at the delicate peel-n-restick process.  Hopefully I will never have to do that process again.  But it was worth it to see the result.  Still have to put acrylic glaze on, but couldn’t wait to show the world the new look.  I love it.

Circling the tents at Christmas Circle.

Circle of Art Poster

Circle of Art Poster

No, this is not my artwork, this painting is “Celebrating Desert Glory” by Jacque Goodrich and she is the poster artist at the Circle of Art art fair at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs this weekend.

The painting below is my work…  🙂

 

Moreno Valley Morning

Moreno Valley Morning

5 steps to thunder clouds

Plain blue sky.

Plain blue sky.

Here are five progress steps for the painting I created at the 6th Indio Chalk Festival yesterday.  I understand my painting is being washed away by rain as I write.  That is the destiny of ephemeral art.  It took about 5 hours.

Tops of clouds, early stages

Tops of clouds, early stages

Lower clouds taking shape

Lower clouds taking shape

Golden reflection added.

Golden reflection added.

Finished.

Finished.

California needs rain. I need rain scheduled conveniently.

"August afternoon".  Sunset off my back porch - a reason to live here in the summer.

“August afternoon”. Sunset off my back porch – a reason to live here in the summer.

This Thursday and Friday I am scheduled to be working at the 6th Annual Indio Chalk Festival.  I say scheduled, because on Friday, raining is also scheduled, according to noaa.gov and accuweather.com.  We need the rain so badly.  I intend to chalk my fingerprints off on Thursday!  Unless I find a better photo between now and then, I will repeat ‘August Afternoon’ (above) in homage to the rain gods and will be content that my offering would be washed away on Friday.   Also, hopefully the downpour will be completed by Saturday morning as this weekend I will also be at Frances Stevens’ Park for the Desert Arts Festival.  For this show my work “Palm Springs Sunset” is featured on the event postcard.

Empire Polo Club anyone?

Distant Hills

Distant Hills

This afternoon I will be setting up in Indio at the Empire Polo Club for the South West Arts Festival with refractured watercolors and watercolor collages. It’s my first time at this Festival and I’m looking forward to the event. It’s a three-day show and if you’re looking for me – I’ll be in booth #835 which is in the north-central area of the field.

You can find out more info on the show here.

Here’s one of the little collages I created this week – ‘Distant Hills’ – 5″x3″ in mat – $25.

The new litter.

Latest Litter of Itty Bitties.

Latest Litter of Itty Bitties.

Here’s the latest litter of ‘Itty Bitties’.  I expect some will go to Incredible Artist Gallery in Cathedral City in the next week or so, and some will be available at my first show of 2014 – Art Under the Umbrellas, in La Quinta on Jan 11th.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Park

Desert Arts FestivalI like three day shows.  It relieves some of the sense of impermanence of the 2-day shows and the exhaustion of the 1 day shows.  Also it means that in the middle day, it’s a regular-length work day, not a long one.  Best of all, it means my ‘store’ is open three days of the week.  I especially like the Thanksgiving Weekend show because for most it’s a holiday weekend, and there’s a sense of relaxation to the visitors.  So come and visit this Palm Springs three day event at Frances Stevens Park.

West Coast Artists website for more info.