Monthly newsletter for February

Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.

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Forever Home

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the Way”.

 

 

“All the way” went to its Forever Home a few months ago.  A couple days ago I was blessed with a pic of it in its new abode.   We don’t get to see a lot of the surroundings, but it looks great in that frame.

Cloud Appreciation Society

As ever it is my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.   I know a few of my fans who will immediately think of the first photograph as a ‘JeniBate Sky’.

The other half.

One of the silliest things I didn’t do on Wednesday when Christine Lamb was setting up her half of our show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery was to take some photos of her half of the gallery.  Yesterday at our reception I corrected that.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine’s Jewelry. Many of the items are made with upcycled denim.

We had a two-person bad perform for us Hunter and the Wick’d for the afternoon and had quite a few people drop by, or come in from the advertising.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

I really like the painting on the right at the end wall.

I sold two small paintings and Christine sold some earrings and a clock.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine doing some inventory. The clock on the left didn’t last long!

I really fell for this little gallery and was quite jazzed to have been offered a last-minute show due to a cancellation.  The artist who was to have been at this show turned up.  She had cancelled because she had torn her rotator cuff on the side she uses a crutch – double whammy.  She was doing a lot better now and is looking forward to showing at another time.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Bookwork is so much part of our job!

I also got to meet Jaymie Arquilevich with whom it’s planned I’ll have a 2-artist show in 2018.

Fixing a box #4

Traffic Signal box mural

Top clouds going in.

Well, didn’t think I’d finish today, but I did. Put in a full two hours, it’s easier to work when you know that some of the traffic that’s honking is honking at you in appreciation.

Traffic Signal box mural

The north side…

And about every third person who stopped at the lights rolled down their window and said it looked great.

Traffic Signal box mural

Getting down through the cobalt. (I didn’t run out after all.)

Another local artist who also does murals in a different context stopped by to chat.

Traffic Signal box mural

It’s harder to photo this side as I’m shooting into the sun!

I did the top clouds lighter because it seems like they will fade darker anyway (comparing with photos of the original) and I knew the city planner was always a little unhappy at how dark the top came out.

Traffic Signal box mural

Tah dah!

Traffic Signal box mural

And now, the clean-up.

Fixing a Box #2.

Traffic signal box mural

After third undercoat

Put the third and final (I hope) layer of undercoat on the box this morning. I’ve had quite a few people stop by and comment – mostly asking that what they think they’re seeing – box mural repair – is what’s actually going on; but there have been several that have asked how to get into these projects.

Traffic signal box mural

It looks a little sharper after having washed the back part too.

After I was done, and took this photo, I set to washing out the brush and gathering up my things.  You can’t see them in this photo because they’re directly behind the box from there, sitting up on the grass.  There’s a 5-gallon bucket of water and a bag containing soaps, paint, brushes, sandpaper and paper towels.  On the grass.  As I started washing the brush, the sprinklers went off!  Blissfully the part of the box I’d just painted is shielded from the sprinklers, but it’s good to know the timing so I’ll be sure to miss them on subsequent days.

Traffic signal box

Sprinkle sprinkle little rain. Now the grass is green again.

Afterwards, I went and set up the show for this weekend in Palm Springs. That will allow me to have all three mornings of the show with about an hour’s good work before it gets too warm, which is what I am mostly fighting with at the moment. Global warming, folks!  Stay with me though, you’ll start seeing some color next.

 

Newer Work #79

I guess there is sometimes a progession in the names.  Evening rain and Night Storm.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen either of those, but here they are.

watercolor collage

#1298 Evening Rain, 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

Night storms are interesting because here we have the power go out in about 50% of good storms.

watercolor collage

#1299, Night Storm III 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25