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.)
I seem to be creating a lot more water pieces these days – this is one of them.
The following poem is also painted into the painting.
Sailing home, the setting sun
has gone, but left us golden skies
Sailing home, the day is done
the waning moon has yet to rise
Sailing home, so let night come
we’ll rest, relax and breathe deep sighs
I got to the Yuma Fine Arts gallery about an hour and a half before the reception. I needed to repair one of the paintings which had a scuff from being loaded into or out of the truck – that wasn’t a big job, so it only took about 30 mins.
The reception was quite well attended and I spent a busy few hours talking to a lot of people. (And not having time to take photos to show that it was busy!) We sold about four books and one painting. Martha, the gallerist, noted that usually the larger purchase come after people have slept on the decision.
During the reception there was a short ballet demo in the main gallery – Yuma has its own ballet company! I was also introduced as not only a visual artist, but a poet, and read one of the poems from my new book, Mixed Weather.
One of my paintings – Bright Morning – I donated to the fundraiser raffle. Not sure who won it!
Wiest Lake is my favorite fishing hole. If you’ve checked out my website in the past you may have noticed my painting of it. It bears the following inscription along the bottom: “When we came to the lake with our rods and nets and went to open our tackle boxes, we paused with bated breath – the beauty had hooked us and the peace had reeled us in.” The location is a blue gem amidst farmland.
Well, I decided it was time for a revamp. One of only two paintings where I have added the refractured watercolor part after painting the surrounding/underlying acrylic painting. Now it looks like this. Just a little more magical now.
When I hold a paint-n-wine evening, I end up with a duplicated painting. This time I decided the class would paint “Dark Water, White Wave” an existing oil painting that I love. So at the end of the evening I end up with a new version of this – in a slightly different size and shape, and this time in acrylic instead of oil. It is a day view looking east across the Salton Sea.
Last Thursday I held a paint-and-wine class at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. I know it’s taken me a while to get these posted – the schedule in between has been kind of full. Anyway, here now are the pics taken as the class progressed. I think everyone enjoyed themselves – only one had painted before.
One thing that I don’t often get to enjoy is seeing my ‘children’ settled in their new home. Occasionally I will take artwork to a customers house to see whether it works in the location they’re considering, but usually I say goodbye to my offspring when they are placed into a box at an art show. I am particularly overjoyed to see this watercolor diptych in their new frames and their new room as it’s in Texas – and I’ve never met their new ‘Dad’ face to face.
As they’re framed pieces I shipped them unframed and they were a little while before the new frames were chosen, but now here they are above the sofa. It was also a very interesting way that the sale came to be. Having ‘met’ their new owner as his client for some online business, during a phone call he mentioned he liked my work and had this place that needed some new art, and described the location and colors of the room. I recommended this watercolor diptych which wasn’t on my website, and we exchanged some pics of the artwork and the room. Turned out it was just the thing – the right feeling for the location, the right size and the right colors.
If you missed me at Newport Beach last weekend – or if you just prefer oils and acrylic skyscapes – this coming Saturday I’ll be at the annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk. Somewhere near the intersection of El Camino Real and Main St I’ll be setting up for the third year at this show. There’s plenty of other things to enjoy at this community show too. Check out their website. Hope to see you there. Above is one of my newer oil paintings, Larch View, that will be making its debut at this show.
It’s been awhile since I’ve painted in oil – and I love the scent of the linseed that wanders out of the studio and through the house. Perhaps I need to regard this as a strong incentive to paint more of them. This new baby, which will be drying on the easel for the best part of a month, probably, as it’s an alla prima with thick textured layers, is one of the early views that I took of the Salton Sea – you can see the photo I worked from resting on the bottom layer of the easel. The print is dated 2005. No idea where I took it from, except that it would be Salton City – most likely from the point near Martin Flora park. I should go back and take more while the sea is still there.
They say that ‘once is one thing, twice is a coincidence, but three times is a pattern’. Well I’ve noticed of at Big Bear shows. I’ve shown there four times. The first time, the weather was gorgeous, if a little toasty, and I sold to people who lived in ‘down the hill’ in Orange County, LA County and San Bernardino County. The second time, we were threatened with 15% showers. I sold one painting to a local, it poured for two hours and flooded us out and I packed up in disgust and went home. The third time, my fans came from the Desert, Riverside County and San Diego County. We were promised 30% showers. It hailed for 15 mins, then rained for the balance of five hours. This year, we were promised perfect weather – until the day we went to set up. On Friday it poured for 30 mins hard, on Saturday we had an earthquake followed by 2 hours of solid rain and both roads out were at times blocked by landslides as a result of the combination of both. We needed the rain, just not that weekend!!!My new fans were from San Bernardino, the Desert, Orange County and San Diego.
Conclusion – stay down the hill and do more shows on the coast during the summer! It was nice to get this view on the way home and know that the steep windy hairpin stretch that I hate driving only lasts five miles, and that I will never*** have to do it again.