#1258 Reaching. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″ $180.
Here is one where I went kind of outside the bounds of color combinations that the sky and clouds actually do. I named it “Reaching” because I felt that the red cloud was reaching up and out of the painting. Now that I revisit this, I see things that I did not intend to put in this painting. What do you see in it?
#583 Sea Crest Dawn #33. Refractured watercolor on panel, 24×18″. $540.
On Friday I attended the reception for the group show at the High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California. There are four other artists in the show, Charlie Schwartz, Sharon Matheson, Nichole Vikdal and Darlene H. Morris. One of the interesting tidbits about this show is that they have an online store for this art, and you can click to purchase! The downside is you cannot take the art away until the show is over at the end of July. Oh well, anticipation can be a good thing!
We had a few snacks served and then Darlene gave the group the guided tour and we each gave a little talk about our work being shown, though Charlie wasn’t present. Then we had an extra little celebration because Darlene is handing over the reins (no pun intended) to Raini who will be curating the shows for the foreseeable future. This involved a cake, which had one of her paintings printed on the frosting! Is there no limit to where you can put artwork?
If you’re in the area between now and the end of July, take a few minutes to walk through and see the work – there are brochuresavailable throughout with information about it.
#1257 Aurorae #3. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″, $180.
This is a slightly different treatment of Aurorae #2. The refractured watercolor pieces came from the same parent watercolor painting, but I did not fill the entire panel with refractured watercolor, but finished it off in acrylic. They’re also the same size but I chose the other orientation. I thought also I would show it to you on the wall with oblique light. One of the hardest things about selling my work other than in-person, is getting people to appreciate this aspect of it.
I’ve long wanted to see the Aurorae, but cost and logistics have always prevented it – plus that pesky old unalterable – the cold! Nevertheless I can be inspired by the photos that others post. The tough one about painting the aurorae is that it’s light on blackness – something that can’t be easily done in watercolor, and the soft swirls can’t be done easily in acrylic. So this is one of my most impressionistic skies.
If you love it – it’s small enough to ship easily, still gift sized and ready to go on the wall. Others that I’ve posted recently were from a batch of matted pieces.
#1256 Aurorae II. Refractured watercolor on flat panel, acrylic edges. 11×14″, $180.
Wow, has it really been a week since I’ve been not-busy-enough to put a post on. I know I’ve looked at my followees recently. Actually been working a lot on developing various classes. Summer is coming up and working on summer classes for a couple galleries. So, five minutes for a post…
This is the last of a batch of refractured watercolors that I did recently. Clouds are wonderful! But as we approach summer, they come fewer and further between.
#1250 Softly into the light. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 10×8″ matted to fit 14×11 frame. $105.
Last month, from my show at 29 Palms Gallery, I sold a painting that went to its forever home in Wisconsin. “Tranquility with Tree” has a special place in my heart – my some-times art dealer Rick Pantele and I put a 5×10 foot giclee version of it into an office at Kaiser Permanente. Tranquility with Tree also spent about two years in the Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial. I had stopped taking it to shows as it was my last framed piece, and the last one in a series is always the hardest one to sell. So I was delighted it sold a couple weeks after coming out of the museum, from a gallery where it got to hang on its own little wall and didn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
In shipping it to Wisconsin, I got to talking to the client – whom I have not met – and he kept in touch through the reframing and sent me a picture of my baby in its Forever Home. Then he ordered a commission painting to go with it! The sibling went out in the mail today and I will hopefully have a portrait of the two of them together in due course.