Newer Work #70

Mixed media skyscape painting

#1258 Reaching. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″ $180.

 

 

Here is one where I went kind of outside the bounds of color combinations that the sky and clouds actually do.  I named it “Reaching” because I felt that the red cloud was reaching up and out of the painting.  Now that I revisit this, I see things that I did not intend to put in this painting.  What do you see in it?

 

 

 

 

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One of my more abstract paintings – or is it….

Newer Work #67

Wow, has it really been a week since I’ve been not-busy-enough to put a post on.  I know I’ve looked at my followees recently.  Actually been working a lot on developing various classes.  Summer is coming up and working on summer classes for a couple galleries.  So,  five minutes for a post…

This is the last of a batch of refractured watercolors that I did recently.  Clouds are wonderful!  But as we approach summer, they come fewer and further between.

Refractured watercolor sky painting

#1250 Softly into the light. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 10×8″ matted to fit 14×11 frame. $105.

Art and science.

John Constable is known for painting realistic skies during a time when meteorological knowledge was not what it is today.  Yet he used a lot of science in trying to get it right – and a bit of artistic license where necessary, too.  A long but very interesting article from The Cloud Appreciation Society.  I loved the quote:

” I am led to this having been very busy with rainbows –”

John Constable’s rainbow.

 

Forever home

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“Tranquility with tree”

Last month, from my show at 29 Palms Gallery, I sold a painting that went to its forever home in Wisconsin.  “Tranquility with Tree” has a special place in my heart – my some-times art dealer Rick Pantele and I put a 5×10 foot giclee version of it into an office at Kaiser Permanente.  Tranquility with Tree also spent about two years in the Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial.  I had stopped taking it to shows as it was my last framed piece, and the last one in a series is always the hardest one to sell.  So I was delighted it sold a couple weeks after coming out of the museum, from a gallery where it got to hang on its own little wall and didn’t stand out like a sore thumb.

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In shipping it to Wisconsin, I got to talking to the client – whom I have not met – and he kept in touch through the reframing and sent me a picture of my baby in its Forever Home.  Then he ordered a commission painting to go with it!  The sibling went out in the mail today and I will hopefully have a portrait of the two of them together in due course.

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“Joshua Evening”

 

Newer work #64

It got crazy hot over the last couple days and we need another storm.  Here it is! Oh wait, if you’re reading this from the east coast, it’s there with you, isn’t it.

 Refractured watercolor painting

#1245 Roiling Clouds. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 8×10.5 in mat to fit 11×14 frame. $105.

Newer work #59

This amazing storm came from something I saw on the web – only by the time I’ve painted it in a different set of colors, you would never recognize it!  Leftovers from this one also gave rise to several cards.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1238 Amazing storm. Refractured watercolor, 11×14″ in mat ready to frame to 16×20″. $195.

Newer work #58

Yes, it’s true that you need clouds to add a lot of color to the morning.  Here, I’ve also added cloud shapes to the theme.  This is one of the reasons, when I’m running a watercolor collage workshop, I tell people that after I create a refractured watercolor, there’s almost*** always pieces left over.  This is one of the structures where there isn’t.  A 24×18″ watercolor only just* makes a 14×11″ refractured watercolor in cloud shapes.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1237 Cloudy Morning. Refractured watercolor. 14×11″ in mat ready to frame to 20×16″ $195