#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?
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.
#1250 Softly into the light. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 10×8″ matted to fit 14×11 frame. $105.
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 –”
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.
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.
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.
#1238 Amazing storm. Refractured watercolor, 11×14″ in mat ready to frame to 16×20″. $195.
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.
#1237 Cloudy Morning. Refractured watercolor. 14×11″ in mat ready to frame to 20×16″ $195