One of my students who enjoyed my watercolor collage workshop also mentioned that she has a Sizzix machine. This is a hand-run press with embossing templates. Immediately we both saw the possibility of adding this texture to my refractured watercolor work. Last week I created a new painting for a refracture:
… and yesterday when she was at sm’Art studio for a follow-on lesson to my Absolute Beginner’s class. she loaned it to me again to emboss the pieces I had cut. This is what they look like so far!
The two on the left are our original test to see if the watercolor paper would emboss nicely. The rest are the refractured watercolor.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them. Watch this space!
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.
I always love getting this newsletter whenever Gavin gets to writing one. The vacations sound a little cold for this desert rat, but the necklaces and earrings on the ‘Buy Cloud Jewelry‘ page look like I might need to sent Santa some fake news about how good I’ve been this year….
How good? My cloud painting ‘The Road to Selfoss’ is on the front page of their website this month. That’s not fake news! It was painted from a photograph by my good friend Murray Foote.
Ocotillo Dawn is one of my early oil paintings – as ever the favorite subject – Dawn off my back porch. A few weeks ago one of my neighbors was visiting for lunch and took a shine to it! So, its forever home ends up being in Salton City, about a mile from where it was born.
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.
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.