When I went to pick up my paintings yesterday from the Riverside County Fair – also the National Date Festival, I had a nice little surprise. Of the three paintings I entered, two came home with ribbons, and I came home with a nice little check. ‘The Setting Sun’ had taken an honorable mention in the Theme of the year, non-traditional, and ‘Gentle Storm’ had taken first place in the same category. Well, the theme of the year was clouds….
Please enjoy October’s newsletter – Changes.
The inspiration for this came from a lady I talked to in Monterey – who loves anything with star shapes on. So hopefully this will find it’s way into her heart. I’m still unsure about the color corrections possible with the newer version of Photoshop Elements. The changes no longer allow me to correct from the camera as I would wish. This is actually quite a nice red, not too lurid! It looks better hanging on the wall HERE.
This painting had several levels of inspiration. First, a good friend of mine, Sheri Cohen remarked that things with hearts sell well (they do, I’ve sold two paintings in mats with heart shapes very quickly). Second, not everyone has a color scheme in their home or office that works with regular ‘sky’ colors, so I thought I’d do something more abstract, color wise. Third, just reading how much pollution is in the world.
The following poem is painted into the painting:
One with the sky
What if we nurtured the world
the way it nurtures us
What if we are one with the sky
What if we understood our lives
are as fleeting as storms
and watch the clouds pass by
On Wednesday evening I ran one of the watercolor collage classes at the Yuma Fine Art Center in Yuma, AZ. (This is my first out-of-state class!!) The Art Center had advertised very well and I had a class of fourteen. All gals! As always, there was a huge range of ideas and uses of the watercolor pieces before them – inside the box thinkers – outside the box thinkers – box? what box? thinkers – rippers -cutters – open spacers. I figure I always learn something from a class, and this time it was to make a longer thinner table for large classes so it’s easier to get at the pieces – and to take a couple photos of the class in case my phone doesn’t focus!
This painting is a little bit of departure in that the acrylic part surrounding the refractured watercolor has texture. One of my more abstract works. No poetry. Just texture and fantastic clouds. The perfect solution for a room that needs a good ‘pop’ of art somewhere.