“The Vatican Museums have to be the most beautiful place and the most hospitable. It must throw open its doors to the world,” wrote the Pope in his book, noting that based on the teaching of the Bible, the poor’s inability to pay should not prevent them from seeing the church’s impressive art collection.
The book, co-written with Tiziana Lupi is also now a documentary, apparently available on youtube. The book doesn’t seem to be available (bummer).
Ocotillo Dawn is one of my early oil paintings – as ever the favorite subject – Dawn off my back porch. A few weeks ago one of my neighbors was visiting for lunch and took a shine to it! So, its forever home ends up being in Salton City, about a mile from where it was born.
Last Friday I traded out the work that I have displayed at the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa in Palm Springs ahead of our busy season. I took down the mixed media paintings and put up a series of oil paintings. For some reason my phone decided not to save one of the pictures. Oh well, all is not lost. One of the things I love about this Spahhhh is that the treatment rooms have names such as ‘Relax’, ‘Refresh’ and ‘Renew’.
#1288 Let Dreams Through. Watercolor collage, 5×3.5 matted to fit 7×5″ frame.
Here are another couple babies from the bin. For the first painting, I was definitely in my right brain when I was inspired to name it. On the second one, I just love the way I’ve been able to find the clouds that flow throughout the collage.
#1289, Continuous. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 3.5×5″, matted to fit 5×7″ frame.
#1266, City Dawn. Mixed media on panel, 12×12″. Lives with Melissa in Palo Alto.
One of my sales at Palo Alto last weekend was to a young lady wanting to start an art collection, though not having much of a place of her own to put it. I’m going to share an article in the Atlanta Magazine a few months back, that encourages the beginning collector and takes some of the fear out of it.
One thing they mentioned was “Gallerists are people too.” Talking to gallerists – and artists at art fairs and receptions – is not scary! There aren’t really any stupid questions, though there are some with obvious answers, but it’s ok – we’ve heard them before and we’re happy to answer the anyway as a way to start talking to you about things you’d like to understand about the work in question. After all, you wouldn’t buy a car or house without asking a lot of questions. And the art might stay longer in your life than either of those.