Palm Mountain Refresh

Last Friday I traded out the work that I have displayed at the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa in Palm Springs ahead of our busy season.  I took down the mixed media paintings and put up a series of oil paintings.  For some reason my phone decided not to save one of the pictures.  Oh well, all is not lost.  One of the things I love about this Spahhhh is that the treatment rooms have names such as ‘Relax’, ‘Refresh’ and ‘Renew’.

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Creative Minds

Once you read this article – whether or not you’re not one of the creatives – it makes some interesting observations on why we stand out from the crowd.

The Sonnet Challenge, #2.

This is the second of the sonnets created from the responses to the challenge put out in this month’s newsletter.   Of course you will notice as we go through that topics aren’t always interpreted directly, sometimes I pretzel things around before I start.  This one was from Eric in Ventura and his suggestion was “Last Words”.

The Last Word.
By phone she needs to have the final text,

another word when none’s left to be said;

a conversation done but not yet dead,

a period that always has a next….

In person it’s the same, just one more “bye”

when we’ve already “bye’d” and turned away,

she always has to have the ending say,

she never can be done and let it lie.

I’m not trying to upstage her end,

my last response just trying to ensure

I’m with her and I did not just ignore

the message of someone I’d keep a friend.

And when I saw the battle was absurd

I gave up and let her have the last word.

 

Newer work #74

 

 

Watercolor collage painting

#1288 Let Dreams Through. Watercolor collage, 5×3.5 matted to fit 7×5″ frame.

 

Here are another couple babies from the bin.   For the first painting, I was definitely in my right brain when I was inspired to name it. On the second one, I just love the way I’ve been able to find the clouds that flow throughout the collage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor collage painting

#1289, Continuous. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 3.5×5″, matted to fit 5×7″ frame.

The sonnet challenge, #1

In case you missed my monthly mailing, I put out a challenge for subjects on which to write sonnets.  I had four respondents who came up with a number of different ideas, some of which I can/will do, some of which I likely can’t, but as I was able to be creative during some of the lulls at the Flagstaff Art in the Park on the weekend, I thought I would start posting these.

The first challenge I took up is from Pia, whose challenges included ‘Blue’.

Blue

 

The cloudless skies from sunset to sunset

are actually a hundred shades of blue,

most delicate of Wedgwoods never set

Against Ultramarine shade’s deepest hue.

But blue we think of as a tone of pain

for heart downcast, when those eyes should look up

and breathe sky in, and face the world again

beneath the colors of the sky’s great cup.

Cerulean, Wedgwood’s neighbor, stretches high

to Cobalt at the summit of the dome,

then Turquoise fades to Prussian as the sky

returns to night and shows our starry home.

From there we’ll see earth as the aliens do –

A planet mostly oceans, mostly blue.

Challenges

1302oneside_wPlease enjoy my monthly mailing for September – and don’t hesitate to respond to some of the challenges!

Starting somewhere.

Mixed media painting

#1266, City Dawn. Mixed media on panel, 12×12″. Lives with Melissa in Palo Alto.

One of my sales at Palo Alto last weekend was to a young lady wanting to start an art collection, though not having much of a place of her own to put it.  I’m going to share an article in the Atlanta Magazine a few months back, that encourages the beginning collector and takes some of the fear out of it.

One thing they mentioned was “Gallerists are people too.” Talking to gallerists – and artists at art fairs and receptions – is not scary!  There aren’t really any stupid questions, though there are some with obvious answers, but it’s ok – we’ve heard them before and we’re happy to answer the anyway as a way to start talking to you about things you’d like to understand about the work in question.  After all, you wouldn’t buy a car or house without asking a lot of questions.  And the art might stay longer in your life than either of those.