The upside of the return jetlag is being up in plenty of time for mornings like these. I lost a little red in those clouds when I went to get the camera, but it’s still beautiful.
Last night I guided a small group through a paint and wine class at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. One of my students had already taken classes with me, including the Absolute Beginners class and was happy to work through this painting of winter solstice sunrise across the Salton Sea to hone some of the skills.
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.
My client that I met at Calabasas had commissioned me to create a repeat of a small painting in a larger size for a space in the guest bathroom. He lives close enough to my other half that I was able to deliver. Here’s ‘Ron’s Red Morning’ in it’s place.
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!
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….