Hermosa Beach

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.

One Side painting

“One Side” behind the desk/bar at HBAC

 

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Temecula

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.

Small art booth

Setup at Temecula First Friday Artwalk

Tales from the field #14

Ice, fire and finally, water.

hail at flagstaff

Monday morning – Labor Day – at Art in the Park in Flagstaff. I had 6 people sheltering in my booth from the hour of rain and….yes… that’s hail!

misspelled truck

On the way home in the afternoon I spent 2 1/2 hours in traffic on the 17. At some points it was so slow that I had time to be reminded that I am a lifetime seargeant in the spelling police.

jeni bate swimming

Tuesday evening…. ah, that’s more like a good water temperature. No, I’m not actually skinny dipping, the bikini is the same off-white as the parts that don’t see daylight too much.

Monthly newsletter

Well, I guess I must be getting old because when I came to schedule the posting of September’s newsletter, I discovered I’d forgotten to post August’s newsletter to WordPress.  So if you only follow me on WordPress you get a double header.  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you get a repeat!

Tales from the field #13

When I was setting up for Palo Alto, I was setting the shelf in my desk and found out I’d inadvertantly packed a gecko. Far away from his natural climate, this little critter would not have survived to be released onto the streets of Palo Alto. I needed to take him home.

gecko in a cup

My friend Cindy went into Pete’s and begged an empty cup from them, and he spent the day in cup jail in my booth.

That evening, having found that he eats various bugs, I was looking around my airbnb, thinking ‘I need a fly’. Then, I found a spider! I scooped it up and added it to the cup, which by this time had some natural materials in it so as to not be quite so boring.

gecko in a cup

A little furniture.

I left him at the airbnb on Sunday, and in the evening brought him out so he could have a warm up on my hand. After he no longer felt chilly, he wanted to run around a little more, but it was time for bed before an early start.

Gecko

“Ah, a heating pad.”

I put him back in the cup – really? his little face said, cup jail again?

gecko in a cup

What did I do to deserve this?

We’re going home in the morning!
You’re really going to take me home? was the quizzical expression.

gecko in a cup

Really, you’re taking me home? You mean it?

The one expression I didn’t capture was the look on his face when I put out the contents of the cup in the front yard. He looked around, then looked at me. Wow, you kept your word! I’m home.
Then he zoomed off into the oleander at gecko speed.

Paintings in their forever home #3

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!

Mixed media painting collection

And the collector is also a Cloud Appreciation Society member, like me!

Newer Work #84

I am usually willing to do commissions that will not be chosen.  I often do a couple of commissions when making a refractured watercolor or mixed media because if it doesn’t it the spot, it can just go into show stock and someone else will love it.

Just Chillin’ II started as a commission and the potential customer didn’t fall in love with it – in part because it wasn’t going to look good in the house because the wall colors weren’t conducive.  So, another 16×20″ matted painting is in the bin this weekend.

refractured watercolor

#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.