San Bernardino Art Association Show

On Friday afternoon I went to the SBAA Membership show reception.  This is at the National Orange Show gallery in San Bernardino.  As it is a small venue, we were only encouraged to bring one guest.  (One of my gallerists usually encourages us to bring our hundred closest friends to all receptions in the hope that there is more likelihood of a sale or six. 🙂 )

I didn’t win any ribbons but did have some interesting conversations and made a couple new friends.

I  took the pictures after the crowd had somewhat wandered outside for the tacos.

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Recognize anything?

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Something looks familiar in here too…..

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The painting with the yellow ribbon took best of show.

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Monthly newsletter

I seem to be competing so much these days!!….. Here’s my monthly newsletter.

Newer work #83

“Heartrise” is one for the raising of the saddened soul – the words are written first on a lower heart, then on a couple higher ones.  It was one that I thought was appropriate for the competition “Gateway to Imagination” for which it is entered.  I won’t find out if it is accepted until late August, though.

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#1355 Heartrise. Mixed media on panel, 12×9″. The words painted into it are: “My heart rises each dawn into possibility”

Mixed media painting on a wall

Here you can see the texture.

Riverside Art Museum Membership Show

I arrived at the reception for the Riverside Art Museum Membership show later than intended (ah, traffic in Temecula) and just caught the tail end of the awards.  Ran into a friend of mine – r. mike nichols.  He hadn’t won an award, and neither had I, apparently, but his friend Mike had.  Here are some images from the show.

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Did you guess which one was mine?  It’s the one behind the pig’s ear…..  Actually I kinda like that pig. 

July’s monthly newsletter

One of the highlights of this month’s Skyscapes newletter is the honorable mention in an international ‘Skies‘ competition.

 

Second Place!

Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors.  I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints.  I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band.  The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD.  So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.

The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other.  I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.

I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.

Chalk painting

“That the world is round reminds us that we are on the same side.”

National Orange Show

I don’t paint oranges (well, I do sometimes, but they’re typically mistaken for the setting or rising sun), so my two entries are in the ‘open theme’ category.  Serendipitously they were hung close together so I am able to show them both in one photo that I took at the reception yesterday evening.  The other thing that they have in common is that they did not win any prizes.  Oh well.  I had some interesting comments about them.

Artwork at the National Orange Show, 2018

“One Side” and “Vermillion Delight” hang either side of a photograph of oranges at the National Orange Show.