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.
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.
We’re doing an underpainting to get rid of the white so in the final painting we’re not strugging with that aspect
We’re painting the sky part of the top coat
It’s easier to paint the bottom of the panel when it’s upside down.
Some of my newer pieces are just flying off the wall. No, it hasn’t been windy, it’s just that a few are going out at every show, which ends up being before I can post them. So, before the next show this weekend, here’s one of the new babies. It’s one of those where the writing is more obvious. It says “Chance will take you places you would never go alone.”
#1354 “Chance”. Mixed media on panel. Refractured watercolor, acrylic and poetry. 12×9″. $90.
Well, a couple of paintings from a recent batch ended up going to forever homes before I had time to post them here! Better get a few more up before the next show takes them away (I hope). Though there are a few I wish I could hang onto for a while before they fledge the nest.
#1353 New Umbrella. Mixed media on panel. 9×12″ $90. Ready to hang and very shippable!
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve specifically posted a ‘Newer work’ post. This one is from a new batch, and a little different than many of my other refractured watercolor/acrylic/poetry pieces in that I put the poetry on the acrylic in places obvious to the viewer, rather than hidden in the clouds. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction on this one when I take it out for the first time this weekend.
#1351 “Heaven’s Gate”. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″. Inscription reads: Hevean’s gates have bars. You can see in but you can’t go there yet.
Art and yardsale items. This is a first for me. I wanted to buy one of the hats, but I wasn’t allowed.
I was accepted to have a month-long solo show in what is considered an ‘alternative’ space – i.e. not a regular gallery. This is the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. It’s quite an active center with a pretty full schedule of activities. When I arrived to hang my work, Darla, my handler – said there had been some dissent over the time of my hanging because they were setting up for an indoor yardsale on Friday.
That was the bad news, the good news being that lots* of people would see my work. Right behind the yardsale items. I had to stand on the tables and tiptoe between the partially completed display of yardsale items to hang my work. Fortunately I did not stand on the hands of the lady below me trying to arrange items while I trod between them.
Then there’s space on the other wall for two large paintings. Here, my progress was hampered by the fact that a yoga class was in session and I had to wait until they’d finished before we could put the last two paintings up.
Yes, there’s going to be a lot* of people who see my work in the next month!