A forever home in Palo Alto

A recent sale at Palo Alto subsequently got back to me as a pic of the painting in its forever home.  This one might not look as interesting as you would think it could be, but I knew before the new owners took it home, it was going in the guest bathroom, so most of the surrounds are omitted for aesthetic reasons.

Refractured watercolor painting

“I thought this would be” has the following lines written for it and painted into the horizon areas: I thought this would be the view I’d live and die with but the sea recedes.

Geometry 101 Show

Terry Hastings juried and curated a wonderful show at the art gallery in University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert campus.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Entry point!

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

It’s always nice when you walk in and know a lot of the artists already. This is my good friend Michael Angelo (Hernandez). Yes, I hang with Michael Angelo….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Captures of the structures in downtown LA

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

More color.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

I wonder if they hung those from the top….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

There’s always more walls….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

No photoshopping involved here except to adjust the lighting and crop. These ladies heads really did align completely with the top of the row of paintings. I didn’t realize it until I was cropping the photo!

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Love the middle piece.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

More big paintings.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Even the cheese was more geometric than at some openings.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Fabric inspiration.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

Oh, do we see something familiar to the left there? The th ing that is unfamiliar are the 6 paintings to the right. They are by Diane Morgan (dianemorganpaints.com). Definitely something for this show and not*** her usual style. When she arrived I said she needed to readjust her medication!

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Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

I like this one too.

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Lot of detail work….

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

From the right, Diane Morgan, Terry Hastings, Jeni Bate.

Artwork at the Geometry 101 show

We had a little sculpture too. Actually not so little.

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These are littler sculptures.

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That’s about it! I didn’t realize how much art there really was until I processed the images. It was a HUGE show. Kudos Terry!

Tales from the Field #30

We all tend to get a little bit bitchy when we’re setting up.  Everything has to look nice, plus we have a deadline to get set up, and we’re perhaps discovering something that’s forgotten or broken or misplaced. Maybe we’ve had to wait in line a long time to get loaded in.

Last year at Sedona, there was a couple in the booth across from me who were setting up.  I’d not met them before and no, I don’t remember their names, so this is incognito. This husband and wife team had a range of items, some of which went on a panel on the back wall of the booth, and many that went on tables at the front.  As they were working together, they were constantly bickering.  This goes here, that goes there, where’s such and such, I need your help with this, I can’t I’m busy doing that.  On and on.

After about 30 minutes of listening to this banter, which was getting increasingly harsh, I walked over to them and asked “Do I need to throw a bucket of water over you two?”  Turns out a good laugh did help, though they admitted that though they have been married many years and still love each other, they’re usually at each other’s throats during setup.

Collage Artists of America Membership Show

The Collage Artists of America membership show, “Just your Imagination” was held at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center.  The show runs Sept 4-29th and the reception was on Sept 7th.  As part of my contribution to the show, I sat in the gallery on the afternoon before the reception.  It was quite during much of the afternoon though there were several families turned up with kids to have an art lesson.

I had forgotten my kindle so I had plenty of time to enjoy the exhibit in detail.

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My entry was right next to the front door!

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

Assemblage is allowed, so we have sculpture too.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

My show favorite is on the left there. I also serendipitously met with a friend who came to see the show, and this was her favorite too. It did not win an award.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

A lot of figurative and portrait work.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

I did like the tree piece and the one on the right, which also contained a tree.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

The large green creation near to us took second place. My pic of the winner did not come out well, sorry.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

I talked to this lady at length as we were the only ones in the gallery early on.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

Getting ready for the reception.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

Loved the piece on the right, though I felt it was more painting than collage.

Collage Artists of America art at San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center

Great crowd at the reception!  I still didn’t win an award….

Rancho Cucamonga show

This was a 3-day show organized by the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center, running Sept 6-8th.  I had three paintings in the show, as you will see when you look through the photos – two oils and an acrylic – but didn’t win any prizes. 😦  These photos are from the reception on Sept 6th.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

One of my favorites on the left.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

The green poured painting was one that appealed to me.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

Something familiar towards the left there.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

My friend Jan Wright painted the abstract green watercolor on the left

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

Quite a few ocean paintings

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

Some nice landscapes

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

A familiar moonscape at the bottom there.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

And my sun rising at top right.

Artwork at Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center

The round plate was my favorite from the show, though I voted for a different piece as popular choice based on the amount of technical skill I knew went into it. (No, not one of mine.)

Skies Exhibition.

I’m happy I was accepted into this online exhibition and received an Honorable Mention.  The couple who run this are local and I’m hoping that at some point I will be included in the in-gallery shows.

The 3rd Annual Skies art exhibition is now open. Thanks to all the artists who participated and congratulations to the winners and finalists including Best in Show winners, James Griffin (Traditional), Pavlos Evangelidis (Photography & Digital) and Diana Fernández (3-Dimensional). Click HERE to see the exhibition. Also visit our YouTube Channel on September 8th to see the exhibition videos.

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“Sunrise with Creosote” Oil on canvas 30×40″. $1500.

HDMC Show

The High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree hosts artist displays in four areas in the hospital.  The shows include three artists and go up for four months.

This is the second time I’ve shown here and this time my fellow artists are Mae Fox, a stained glass artist, and Tammy Romatko, a painter.  The curator, Raini Armstrong, also gets to display a piece on the group wall in the cafe.

The reception didn’t have a lot of attendees (it’s August in the desert, only the hardy are still around) but I was delighted that my friend and fellow artist Nancy Miehle came, along with her husband Bob.

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My work on the wall in the main foyer, with Nancy and Bob.

Raini gave us a tour of the four parts of the installation.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Tammy Romatko’s animal inspired work.

In the cafe, there is a group show.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

All four artists have work on this wall.

We posed for a quick photo.  Mae had recently fallen ill and had not been able to attend the reception.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Raini, Tammy and Jeni with their artwork.

In the Emergency Room waiting area there are a couple spaces with Mae’s stained glass art.

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Mae Fox’ work on the wall

Art at High Desert Medical Center

Mae’s work in the display case.

The artwork will be up until Halloween.  If you’re in the area and have a few minutes, please stop by.