Yesterday my favorite art dealer, Rick Pantele of Incredible Art Center hung two of my paintings in the lobby of Palm Mountain Resort in Palm Springs. As a result of this, the new owners of the recently remodelled Spa just around the corner requested that we hang some more inside the treatment rooms and common areas in the spa. So that’s what we did today. Nothing like getting things done promptly!
Held a watercolor collage workshop at Incredible Art Center on Friday afternoon – only a small group at the end when I took the photos of them finishing up. They made both artworks and cards. We’re running the same workshop again a couple times before Thanksgiving – on the 10th and the 14th – both of these at 5-7:30pm. If you’re in the area and would like to join us, you can book through the education page on the website, or call Rick (760) 282-5004.
My second gallery reception on Saturday was the Official Grand Opening at Incredible Art Center in Palm Springs. My good friend Rick Pantele reopened his gallery in this location – next door to where he was operating when we met about 9 or 10 years ago. He’d also had an opportunity to borrow the empty store next door for the evening, so we took great advantage of it. I gave him a box of smaller pieces and Kevin Winger hung them in a great arrangement.
Yesterday afternoon during the post-lunch-pre-dinner lull, we took over one of the rooms at Eight4Nine in Palm Springs and held a watercolor collage workshop. (The other half of the ‘we’ is Rick of Incredible Art Center.) A couple of attendees didn’t show which made it a class of five, three of whom weren’t sure about their creativity levels. We fixed that! Here are some of the results.
Just about every time I do a watercolor collage workshop, someone (usually someone who thought they weren’t terribly creative) does something that no one else has done before. This time it was Jim who wanted a cow as an item on his collage. He like to cook and is collecting food or food-source related art for his kitchen. After creating his background, he wanted to put a cow-head shaped foreground piece and needed help drawing a cow. I’ve actually never drawn one, but after a couple tries came up with an outline that he was happy with. Additionally, he painted the face and shadow items on with watercolor after. All the students were so engrossed in what they were doing, we delayed the delicious appetizers until the end of the class.
This small artwork is a refractured watercolor, rather than the last few which were either collages or ‘true children’ of other refractured watercolors. I had only a few smaller mats and foamcores in the studio, hence my series of smaller works.
Geese in an Emerald Dawn is a ‘true child’ of Vermillion Delight. Without, however the Shakespearean sonnet that it’s parent has. Yes, I know it’s more purple than emerald, but there are little hints of green, and it’s not often I get to use that color!
“Home ahead of the storm” is one of those that I call a ‘true child’. I know, I don’t have another word to describe it, but the explanation is that it is made entirely from leftover pieces of only one refractured watercolor or mixed media painting. This one’s parent is The Setting Sun and it came from one of the iterations that I did not cut, hence the different shapes.
Cherry Blossom Morning was created when the cherry trees were probably still blossoming somewhere, but in fact I put the cherry tree on because it mimicked the sky.
I should start posting newer items again, it’s been so long, so many interesting other things happening, and I keep forgetting to fill in days I’m not going to have time to blog with updates as to what is coming out of the studio.
“Reverse Sun” (#1193) is a sister-painting of the prior “Stolen Moon”. This is the kind of thing that happens when I have fun with the leftover bits like in the class on Saturday.
What do you do in Palm Springs in August when it’s about 109 degrees (42 Celsius). You go to Incredible Art Center and take a watercolor collage fun workshop. You’ll go out with as many collage artworks as you can complete in a few hours, get to see a side of your own creativity that doesn’t turn up in the mirror. Fun fact on this one: it’s not necessarily the five-year olds (who are actually a smidge young for the class, more on attention span/energy level than ability) who make all the mess – it was the adults! And I was included in that list when I upturned a cup of water during cleanup.
See my website page for other classes.