Newer work #66

Had the inspiration to put a little land in this one.  And of course, trees always reach up to the sky.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1249 Three trees on the hill, Refractured watercolor on foamcore 10.5×8″ in mat to fit 14×11″ frame. $105.

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Forever home

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“Tranquility with tree”

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.

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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.

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“Joshua Evening”

 

Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church

I’m always open to shows in unusual spaces.  I had the opportunity to show work in this church and had a silly thing happen when I went to set it up.  I had agreed to meet one of the deacons, David, at 9am on the appointed day.

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Three little paintings surrounding the white board in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

I arrived with 10 minutes to spare, so parked in the parking lot and got out and went round the church and confirmed he was not there – all doors were locked and mine was the only vehicle in the lot.  So I waited.  And waited.

Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

Half an hour later I started to get concerned so I called him.  It turned out he had approached the church from the other side, parked round the corner where I couldn’t see his truck, didn’t look to see if I was in the main parking lot, unlocked the church and was also waiting patiently but beginning to get a little concerned.  Oh well.  But then we had a bit of a rush as I had to be elsewhere later, and I forgot to take photos of the setup.

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Paintings in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.  The red vertical assemblage piece on the bottom left is someone else’s work. 🙂 

 

Yesterday, Doug and I went to the church service – it being the only Sunday during my show that I wasn’t at a show.  Now I get to show you the show.  I got to meet a lot of people, talked about the possibility of teaching some classes at their location, and once again, I forgot to take pics of the two in the sanctuary.

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Paintings over the sofa in office meeting room, Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.

 

Newer work #58

Yes, it’s true that you need clouds to add a lot of color to the morning.  Here, I’ve also added cloud shapes to the theme.  This is one of the reasons, when I’m running a watercolor collage workshop, I tell people that after I create a refractured watercolor, there’s almost*** always pieces left over.  This is one of the structures where there isn’t.  A 24×18″ watercolor only just* makes a 14×11″ refractured watercolor in cloud shapes.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1237 Cloudy Morning. Refractured watercolor. 14×11″ in mat ready to frame to 20×16″ $195

Newer work #57

I loved the painting that ended up as this one and ‘Splashing Around’.  It was one of the harder ones to cut up because it came out so well, and the two resulting children are ones I will be sorry to see go to their forever homes.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the way”. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 14×11″ with mat ready to frame to 20×16″. $195.

Newer work #56

This one harks back to ‘Fishing Buddies’ – a painting purchased by a guy I met at a crazy art show in Yorba Linda.  We became friends after another couple commissions from the vacation he’d just returned from.  Within the year we were dating and still together 10 years later.  I guess I was thinking about him when I painted the foreground on this one.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1235 The King of Patience. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 11×14″ matted to fit 16×20″ frame. $195.

Newer Work #55

The little patch of royal blue that adorns the top right corner of this painting is what inspired it’s name.  Actually it’s a mix of cobalt and ultramarine…

Refractured watercolor painting

#1234 Royal Sunset. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 11×14″ matted to 16×20″ ready for framing. $195.