#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.
There’s something to be said about global warming – like ‘it’s real!!!!’ – when even art museums are changing the way they choose and store art because of it. I found this article very interesting. Maybe art that is destroyed when it becomes too wet is going to be ‘ephemeral art’ in the not too distant future. Perhaps I should start sculpting in stone…..
Sometimes it is difficult to take kids to art fairs as they always want to touch. I’m always happy to point out to parents that my work is pretty kid proof and if they poke at it, I won’t have to cut their hands off 🙂 which usually is a relief as it’s often too late at that point.
I follow the Red Dot blog of Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He covers a lot of interesting topics (though sadly he doesn’t transmit on WordPress). I was really interested in his blog of August 9th about kids looking at art in museums and galleries.
From what he says about children appreciating museum/gallery art, it seems like art fairs are a little more interesting for little ones – for a start there’s frequently something hung at their eye level in a booth, some of it (like the one below) would be ideal for a child’s room, and there aren’t quite such strict rules about running between displays. Occasionally I will get a youngster who comes back to subsequent shows with enthusiasm – and I know that I can’t be the only artist who enjoys this phenomenon, so here and there, future collectors are being created.
#1271 Night Watch. Mixed media on panel (refractured watercolor, poetry, acrylic). 14×24″.
One of the things that didn’t get on camera when I was taking photos of my Paint-the-night class was that earlier in the afternoon Rick (Rick Archer, President of Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation and Vanguard Gallery) and I had hung up a 14-painting solo show on the left wall.
<Sigh> this is by far the first time that I have put up a solo show and promptly forgotten to take any photos of it. Senior moment!
Blissfully I was passing not far from the gallery on Monday morning and (seeing as I’m on the advisory committee and one of the tutors and I have a key to the gallery) stopped in to rectify this. The show will be up through August and there will be a reception on August 19th, 7-8pm. Rick should have the labels up by then! Actually many of these are available through my Etsy store at the moment (though it might take a little longer than promised to ship….).
On Friday I ran the Paint-the-night event at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – and had 11 students, many of whom knew each other, so they were enjoying the evening together. We painted a scene from an open road through fields in the Ojai area – a painting I’d completed in watercolor many years ago and thought would work well as a paint night subject.
Filling in the grassland.
One of the thing that I tell students at these evenings, is that their painting is not going to look exactly like mine – which is why art forgers are paid so much.
Fences going in.
However this group all got really close to the painting we were working from! The main difference was that I had yellow ochre deep – vs yellow ochre which I usually work with, and as I hadn’t used this before, I hadn’t realized how dull this color is compared to regular ochre. I figure I learn something in every class too, so this was it for this one!
Most of the graduates. One had to go home because her baby was crying.
Three concentrating on making round blue blobs into birds.
Last night there were three students at the Paint-the-night evening at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. I’ve guided a different group through this painting before, in case it seems familiar, but they were all first time bird-watchers. They all had a lot of fun, and are looking forward to a different painting next month. If you’re in the area, and you’re interested, it’s on June 23rd. A great way to celebrate a TGIF.
#583 Sea Crest Dawn #33. Refractured watercolor on panel, 24×18″. $540.
On Friday I attended the reception for the group show at the High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California. There are four other artists in the show, Charlie Schwartz, Sharon Matheson, Nichole Vikdal and Darlene H. Morris. One of the interesting tidbits about this show is that they have an online store for this art, and you can click to purchase! The downside is you cannot take the art away until the show is over at the end of July. Oh well, anticipation can be a good thing!
We had a few snacks served and then Darlene gave the group the guided tour and we each gave a little talk about our work being shown, though Charlie wasn’t present. Then we had an extra little celebration because Darlene is handing over the reins (no pun intended) to Raini who will be curating the shows for the foreseeable future. This involved a cake, which had one of her paintings printed on the frosting! Is there no limit to where you can put artwork?
If you’re in the area between now and the end of July, take a few minutes to walk through and see the work – there are brochuresavailable throughout with information about it.