Catalina Show

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.

Catalina Plein Air paintings

Catalina Plein Air paintings

Catalina Plein Air paintings

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Catalina Plein Air paintings

Pat and Terry.

Catalina Plein Air paintings

A very full wall! Lot’s to choose from.

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Painting the morning in the night

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.

Students in painting class

We’re doing an underpainting to get rid of the white so in the final painting we’re not strugging with that aspect

Students in painting class

We’re painting the sky part of the top coat

Students in painting class

It’s easier to paint the bottom of the panel when it’s upside down.

Students in painting class

Adding the sun.

Students in painting class

All done!

 

A place among the winners – follow up

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!

Newer Work #84

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.

refractured watercolor

#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.

A place amongst the winners

I had this email in my in box yesterday:


Hi
You’ve won a place in our Seascapes Winner’s Video – well done!
I shall be in touch to let you know when the video has been made.
Congratulations!

Kindest Regards
Jean
http://www.artistsinfo.co.uk – Global Artist Guide



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.

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“Sailing Home”

Mixed media painting

“Wavecrest”. That little wave on the right was actually a happy mistake

Mixed media painting

“Movement, stillness”. This was born from leftover pieces from a commission.

Hunted.

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“Wiest Lake”. My favorite fishing hole.

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!

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.