I had a most unexpected sale from a small group show I participated in in Yucca Valley. The group I belong to is called Chaparral Artists and we had a group show at the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. We often have one of our members having a solo show on their wall and we have our meetings here. Over the summer we had a group show with interested members displaying one or two pieces. We took the art down at the end of August.
At the first meeting of the season in September I was approached by another artist who commented that she had loved one of the paintings I had displayed, but it had been out of her budget. A quick conversation followed and we soon had a deal. I had to bring her the painting the next time I was in the area, and last week she blessed me with a picture of ‘Dark Water, White Wave’ in its forever home. It’s very flattering to sell to another artist!
“Dark Water, White Wave” in its forever home in Joshua Tree.
Yesterday at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley, I hung the (mostly) plein-air art of four ladies who love to paint scenes around Catalina Island. Terry d.Chacon, Joan Coffey, Patricia Rose Ford and Nita Harper. There was quite a lot of artwork and it was a feat of engineering and organization to get as much of their wonderful work in as possible. Their reception is on November 10th, 3-6pm.
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.
We’re doing an underpainting to get rid of the white so in the final painting we’re not strugging with that aspect
We’re painting the sky part of the top coat
It’s easier to paint the bottom of the panel when it’s upside down.
Last month I shared that I had some of my work accepted into the ‘Seascapes’ show with an online gallery in the UK, and that they were going to create a little video of the winners, showing their art as it would look on a wall. Well, HERE it is!
One of the advantages about online showcases is that the work doesn’t have to be available, and the particular painting that is in the video went to its forever home some time ago. One of the disadvantages, I guess, of having someone mock-up the video is that the painting is depicted much larger than it actually is. Oh well!
I am usually willing to do commissions that will not be chosen. I often do a couple of commissions when making a refractured watercolor or mixed media because if it doesn’t it the spot, it can just go into show stock and someone else will love it.
Just Chillin’ II started as a commission and the potential customer didn’t fall in love with it – in part because it wasn’t going to look good in the house because the wall colors weren’t conducive. So, another 16×20″ matted painting is in the bin this weekend.
#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.
Here are the images I submitted. One of the nice things about this type of competition is that I can submit pieces that are in their forever homes – which is useful when there’s a theme that I don’t have much current work that fits it.
“Wavecrest”. That little wave on the right was actually a happy mistake
“Movement, stillness”. This was born from leftover pieces from a commission.
At the show in San Diego on Saturday, my first sale was to a returning client who had to hunt me down. I hadn’t put my booth number on the email reminding fans about the show, so he wandered up and down the aisles. Eventually he asked help from another artist. “Do you know this artist – her work is a little like this but pixellated.” Blissfully my fellow artist knew who the cutter was and he found me a few minutes later.
He took the opportunity to pick up my second book, Mixed Weather, and really liked ‘Wiest Lake’, but at 48×48″ didn’t have the wall space for it. (Well, not without removing a portrait of his good lady. Sometimes I really don’t mind getting upstaged.) I suggested a print in a smaller size through Fine Art America, and promised to make sure my image was available for him to evaluate the options. I opened email this morning and found someone had ordered a print on metal. I’m figuring it’s the same client that found a size and surface that would fit in his home!
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.
#1235 The King of Patience. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 11×14″ matted to fit 16×20″ frame. $195.
#1199 “The Greening II”. Refractured watercolor 11×14″ in mat ready for 16×20″ frame. $195.
Somehow the circles are always so soothing – especially on a calm morning scene over the water. This little lake or pond could be anywhere. Your favorite morning walk…. a memory of a relaxing vacation….
I wanted to paint something a little looser, and somewhat doubtful as to whether there was ocean or land beneath the sky. I took a hint of the color at the upper part from one photograph and inspiration from ‘Into the Light’ – an earlier painting (actually I did two with that name but the first one I really didn’t like so I binned it). Have only shown this once so far at the last Umbrella show last month, but it will be going out again next month to Fallbrook, unless someone snaps it up before then. (Lightweight and very mailable.)