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This month is shaping up to be really interesting – as you can read in my Newsletter.

One of the things that I didn’t mention is that I’m also involved in curating another solo show at the Vanguard Gallery, this time for long-time associate Nick Foschi.   I’ll get to hang two shows in two days.  About 50 linear feet for Nick and about 7 for me!  Just hoping that my flu symptoms wane enough to give a demo/talk on Wednesday evening in Redondo Beach.

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Abstract Painting by Nick Foschi.

 

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Newer Work #76

Watercolor collage painting

#1292 Flowing. 3.5×5 watercolor collage on foamcore in mat to fit 5×7 frame. $25.

Another couple little ones….  On the first one I named it Flowing because I love how the top of the cloud at the bottom flows between the three pieces.

 

 

 

 

The second one does have a more ominous feel, even though it is more colorful.

(Oh, I wish I could put this text at the side of the image like I did above.  It’s been 10 minutes of struggling, I give up.)

 

Watercolor collage painting

#1293 Ominous. 5×3.5″ watercolor collage on foamcore in mat to fit 7×5″ frame. $25.

Newer works #72

Watercolor collage painting

#1283 Jump for Joy. Watercolor collage 5×3.5″ in 7×5″ mat. $25.

It’s been such a dry year for sales, I’ve not needed to create too much.  Nevertheless sometimes I just can’t hold back.  Thought I’d do a batch of small impulse-purchase sized works at $25 a pop.  Indeed there were a couple of impulses succumbed to in the last couple shows.  Here are a few of the ones that haven’t quite impulsed people yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor collage painting
#1284 Keep your promises. Watercolor collage 5×3.5″ in 7×5″ mat. $25.

 

 

I’m having as much fun with the titles as the collages.

 

 

 

Newer work #71

Mixed media painting

#1271 Night watch. Mixed media on solid pine panel, 14×24″. $250.

This is the last of the current batch of cloud-shaped paintings  Theoretically the shape is great for a kids room, but not necessarily the poem written in it, if you want your child to ever sleep:

Night Watch
Stars between clouds
a night to stay up and watch
until the sun rises.

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Spontaneity

My other half is, like me, clumsy.  We buy glasses etc at Goodwill because then we never get upset when, inevitably, they are broken.  I like it that we are both clumsy because neither can give the other a hard time about it.  The other day I saw that one of his newer polo shirts had been used during a bleaching phase in the laundry and had two huge and several smaller bleached areas.  OK, so I should’ve taken a before pic but you can figure out which were the accidental areas as he leaned against the washer then took off the shirt and let the front accident soak through to the back.  I figured at this point there was nothing to lose from making a piece of art from it.

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Newer work #74

Thought I was going to sell this one over the weekend at Flagstaff, but it didn’t happen.  Anyway, happy 4th of July everyone, even if you’re not somewhere that’s celebrating Independence Day.  When I started creating this painting it wasn’t especially intended to be a 4th-of-July painting, but after I got the stars down, it spoke to me that this is what it wanted to be.  And like the fact that the shape resembles the triangularly folded flag.  The poem on it is:

The fourth of July
stars bursting against the night
and raining color.

Mixed Media Painting

#1270 “4th”. Mixed Media Painting on solid pine panel, 15×15″. $150.

Newer work #73

Mixed media painting

Nebula I. Mixed media painting on panel. Refractured watercolor, acrylic. 11×14″. $180.

This one is a sibling of Night Storm II – same refractured watercolor, I probably painted it with some of the same acrylics on the palette, but an utterly different shape and feel.  I’ve named it Nebula I because I like it so much I’m sure there will be a Nebula II at some point.  This one could truly be hung any way up, as long as you don’t mind the direction of the signature.