Second Place!

Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors.  I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints.  I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band.  The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD.  So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.

The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other.  I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.

I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.

Chalk painting

“That the world is round reminds us that we are on the same side.”

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A row of ribbons

Art award ribbons

Nice little array.

I had entered eight paintings in the Imperial County Fair this year and seven of them won ribbons!  Four of them – the first and second place winners will be on display in Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial until the 27th.

Poetry about my paintings.

Although I write poetry for my own paintings and have written poetry for the artwork of others, I had a first last month when one of the attendees at the reception at my joint show in the Glass Outhouse Gallery wrote a poem for one of my paintings.  George Howell wrote the following poem for my painting ‘Dark Mist Arising‘:

Smoke Tree

For Jeni Bate

Our eyes align

Along the horizon,

Prisoners of our feet,

Firmly anchored to the earth.

 

And the sky is a sigh

Of promise and release,

The free range of cloud

And soul.

 

You cut the skyscape

Into a stack of cards,

And rearranged the clouds

Mixed media skyscape painting

“Dark Mist Arising”. Mixed Media on panel 48×24″.

Monthly newsletter for February

Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.

Cloud Appreciation Society

As ever it is my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.   I know a few of my fans who will immediately think of the first photograph as a ‘JeniBate Sky’.

The other half.

One of the silliest things I didn’t do on Wednesday when Christine Lamb was setting up her half of our show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery was to take some photos of her half of the gallery.  Yesterday at our reception I corrected that.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine’s Jewelry. Many of the items are made with upcycled denim.

We had a two-person bad perform for us Hunter and the Wick’d for the afternoon and had quite a few people drop by, or come in from the advertising.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

I really like the painting on the right at the end wall.

I sold two small paintings and Christine sold some earrings and a clock.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine doing some inventory. The clock on the left didn’t last long!

I really fell for this little gallery and was quite jazzed to have been offered a last-minute show due to a cancellation.  The artist who was to have been at this show turned up.  She had cancelled because she had torn her rotator cuff on the side she uses a crutch – double whammy.  She was doing a lot better now and is looking forward to showing at another time.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Bookwork is so much part of our job!

I also got to meet Jaymie Arquilevich with whom it’s planned I’ll have a 2-artist show in 2018.

A show goes up.

Yesterday I set up my side of the 2-person show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in 29 Palms.  I was glad to meet my fellow artist Christine Lamb and her husband Ray (who is also a painter), who turned up to hang her half of the show just as Frank (one of the gallery owners) and I had finished.  I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take a few shots of her work as it was going up (Ray and I got to talking about single-pigment oil paints), but I’ll do so after the reception on Saturday.  If you’re in the area – please, we’d love you to attend, it’s 1-5pm January 6th (and I’m going to be making olive and cream cheese penguins!).   If not – please reblog this if you have friends/followers who are.  The show will be up until January 28th.

 

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