One of the things that didn’t get on camera when I was taking photos of my Paint-the-night class was that earlier in the afternoon Rick (Rick Archer, President of Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation and Vanguard Gallery) and I had hung up a 14-painting solo show on the left wall.
<Sigh> this is by far the first time that I have put up a solo show and promptly forgotten to take any photos of it. Senior moment!
Blissfully I was passing not far from the gallery on Monday morning and (seeing as I’m on the advisory committee and one of the tutors and I have a key to the gallery) stopped in to rectify this. The show will be up through August and there will be a reception on August 19th, 7-8pm. Rick should have the labels up by then! Actually many of these are available through my Etsy store at the moment (though it might take a little longer than promised to ship….).
#1217 David’s Sunset. Oil on canvas, 39×17″. $550.
This skyscape was painted from a friend’s photograph of a sunset across the Pacific Ocean. A bit of a departure for me as my usual sun-over-water paintings are sunrises. Most west coasters think only of the sun going down into the water – but I live on a small stretch of land where it not only comes up over the water, but at about a month around winter solstice appears to come up out of the water. (I just have to be weird.) And of course this had to be a weird size of stretcher bars I up-cycled from somewhere I can’t remember.
No, I have no idea why this painting has this name. Sometimes the names (like the poems) just fall out of the air, the cup, the end of the pen…..perhaps it’s because we all forget the beauty that can be in the sky even on the calmest day. This is one from my head, taken from an idea I saw may years ago coming out of Laguna Beach, CA – we came across the top of the hill and before us was Orange County drenched in fog.
#1216 The Forgotten Garden. Oil on canvas 12×12″, $100
Dawn at Sea Crest Place is always a joy to behold, even with just a few clouds. This is another of those beautiful starts to the day, although I did not include the Salton Sea in the foreground. Not everyone has a body of water over which to watch the sun rise.
#1214 Another Joy. Oil on wraparound canvas, 12×12″. $100.
Sometimes I get asked about night time skyscapes – ‘nocturnes’. Here’s one. This one is pretty much out of my head, it’s not from a night sky in Joshua Tree – it’s named that way because of the foreground added.
#1212 Joshua Moon. Oil on gallery wrap canvas, 12×12″ $100. Currently at Borrego Art Institute, but coming out of the summer show Oct 17th if it’s still unsold.