Anniversary at the Vanguard

My strong association with the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – I teach there, curate about a third of the year’s shows and sit on the advisory committee – goes back pretty much to its inception 7 years ago.  For August Rick didn’t have a theme he wanted to work on and I couldn’t find another artist so I had to fill the walls myself.  I had lost track of the years, but the reception is going to be the 7th Anniversary of the Vanguard.  A few special items will be scheduled, including a mini petting zoo with some rabbits and birds, and probably Rick will come up with some other things between now and then – then being August 11th 5-7pm.  In the mean time, here’s the show wall of the gallery.

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CAS newsletter

I always enjoy reading and passing along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.  I especially liked the article about harvesting for.  It is unusually humid in the desert this month – usually the humidity doesn’t start until August, but we’ve already had a month when the A/C has been harvesting humidity in the house and pumping it outside to a dish from which the local rabbits enjoy drinking.

July’s monthly newsletter

One of the highlights of this month’s Skyscapes newletter is the honorable mention in an international ‘Skies‘ competition.

 

Cloud Appreciation Society

It is always my pleasure to read and pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society’s newsletter.

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.”

Sometimes it hurts….

…to cut up a perfectly good watercolor skyscape and refracturing it into something more.  This one is going to really hurt.

Watercolor skyscape painting

A beautiful morning, many moons ago

Cloud Appreciating Society

As some clouds are turning from gray to pink to orange over the Salton Sea, I thought I would pass along this recent Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.