First of three. These were painted together – small panels that would fit between doors in a hallway. However, I’ve hung them together in the booth and some people have considered they would make a nice triptych.
I spent some time in early August hoping we would get rained on, without joy. I was hopeful yesterday too, with a wind coming up from the gulf, but the dessicating desert air all mopped it up and we just got haze.
I watch the nimbus build across the west
a great gray blanket blotting out the sun,
the gathering of storm has just begun –
we need the rain! The cumulus start to crest
off to the south, into great thunderheads.
The tension builds in the electric air.
I bring the lawn chairs in and thus prepare
for wind that might just tear such things to shreds
with its intensity. I know the drill;
stratus accumulate and start to bear down
as if to smother this belittled town –
they’ll rumble, crack and then they’ll start to spill.
The coulds build up as if to promise rain,
but in the afternoon’s heat dissipate again.
Saturday night’s reception was quite a change from the previous night in Temecula. It was the hopping place to be. We had about 30 artists showing work and a lot of supporters. The theme of the show was ‘Indivisible’. Rafael McMaster, our leader at Hermosa Beach Artist Collective had designed a logo to embody this: Create a division sign, then put an x through it. There were a couple blank canvases on the wall next to the door and everyone was encouraged to ‘make their mark’!
Despite the quality of the artwork, I think I was the only artist whose artwork embodied the theme of the show. Not sure if it was good or bad that a couple people commented that they thought my painting, behind the desk which functions as the bar during receptions, was the logo for the show. Hmm. Comments encouraged. One of the things that I like about my painting, “One Side“, originally designed for entry into a competition on art to promote world peace, is that I could photoshop the saying in any language for reproductions.
Haven’t shown in Temecula before – this was a small 3 hour Friday evening art walk. It wasn’t as heavily attended as usual – possibly because everyone had just put the kids back in school? But did serendipitously meet with a couple other artists and made connections with some others.
This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of showing work at the Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church. My mixed media paintings will be in the small meeting room and in the sanctuary during all of September.
Kim Clements is the curator, and Nancy Miehle of the Chaparral Artist was there and helped me set up the show. While I was there I smelled gas coming from the stove in the kitchen. The handyman was summoned and we could feel and hear that the oven was on a little, so he shut the gas off at the mains because we couldn’t move the huge stove to look for the leak. Hopefully I’ve staved off a disaster.
I’ll often do two commissions so the client can choose which might work.
This is the first time that both did – and the client had the space for both.
It ended up being a great little grouping in this Sunnyvale home. The two top ones are the new additions to the collection. Both have poetry in them too!