Curtains!

I have a number of images on Society6.com, which does on demand printing of images on a huge range of items.  They just added two – sheer and blackout curtains.  Not all the images I have are available on these two new products, but a few are.  Check them out!  And as usual if you have a favorite image of mine that you’d like to see on a particular product (maybe you can’t afford something for the wall but a tshirt or a mug would do) – let me know.

Monthly Newsletter.

Here’s the skyscapes news for March.

A nice little surprise.

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….

Two mixed media paintings with ribbons

Two winners at the National Date Festival.  Oooh, look at that big fat bow.

Tales from the field #21

Another weather-related tale to follow the drizzle in Arizona.  Last Friday I was scheduled to sit in the gift-shop at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, and was also going to take artwork in for the upcoming membership judged show.  I knew that there had been a little snow in the high desert because Snake Jagger had posted a picture of some snow in his front yard in Morongo Valley on Wednesday.

I love snow in the low desert: it’s up there on the mountains, where it looks pretty, not down here in the driveway where you have to shovel it.

On the Thursday afternoon, Darlene who is the scheduler at the 29 Palms Gallery called me and said that the previous day the grade between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley had been closed because of snow on Wednesday and that it was snowing in Yucca Valley right now and was forecast to continue snowing until 11pm and freeze overnight.  She thought the chances of my making it to the gallery safely the next day were slim and had called in a possible substitute.

I said let’s wait until the morning to see.  Friday morning I called her and she said the sun was shining and everything was melting.  Caltrans website confirmed the 62 was open so I set out.

snow on Santa Rosas

There’s even snow on the Santa Rosas

Snow on San Gorgonios

San Gorgonio mountains with snow is not unusual

Snow on the grade up to Morongo

Getting closer to Morongo – on the 62 now – yes, it snowed up there!

I had to stop in Yucca Valley to pick up a painting that Raini had collected for me from the prior show so I was able to take an unusual photo – me with snow.

Jeni in Yucca Valley after snowstorm.

Selfie with snow (and sunshine).

I had considered taking a pic of me holding a snowball but the thought of cold wet hands made me reconsider.  This is quite close enough to the snow for me.

Tales from the field #20

I’ll take any kind of water – rain, hail, flood, fog, sleet, snow – (I’ve only so far done shows with the first 4) – and even earthquakes (yes, been there done that) over wind any day.  Wind is the true 4-letter word.  Nevertheless, it’s not easy to set up in the rain.

partially set up booth, with rain

The ground was sodden when I got there, hence tarps under everything. The 4th wall is doubling as a second ground tarp inside the booth.

Soaked items include: sneakers, socks, jeans, inside of truck tailgate (it has rug), some corners of the cardboard boxes, eventually the outside of the partial walls you see set up, hoodie, mat bin, cooler, ground tarp.  The weather forecast for Litchfield Park, AZ, though is better for the actual show days.

Watercolor collage class

I only had two students in the watercolor collage class at sm’Art Studio on Saturday, but that doesn’t limit the amount of fun that was had.

Two students working on watercolor collages

Lost in creation

Eileen and Marilyn each created a small and then a larger collage and got so lost in what they were doing, they went almost an hour longer than we’d planned.  Creation takes time!

Two students with completed collages

Look what we did!

Later, Eileen framed hers and hung it on the wall in her home.

Watercolor collage, framed

“The sun always shines above the clouds.”

Hmm, I’d better watch out, looks like I have some competition!

 

Sonnet Challenge #32

I get inspiration when at art fairs from my neighbors.  At the SouthWest Festival last weekend the booth across from me was selling metal cacti and palm trees. It inspired me to write a sonnet about the real thing.

Cacti

Cacti protect themselves with spiky skin
from critters that would like to eat their flesh,
but on account of that protective mesh
of thorns, cannot get to the juice within.
Cacti may bloom when given sufficient rain.
The pincushion creates a sudden flower,
bright in the sun, until another shower,
with nectar got bees spreading pollen down the chain
of life. Some cacti hide their spikes inside –
the poison pencil’s not the one to chew.
Others make buds that drop and roll and root anew
and spread their kind through desert far and wide.
So if your home’s where little water went
it’s probably best to be a succulent.