Newer Work #120

I especially love this one because of the long dangly string with the tiny bell on the end. (It doesn’t ring.)

#1459 “Hooked”. Reclaimed materials on upcycled panel. 10×17″ $60.

Newer Work #119

Another of the three created for the Abstract Detritus show at the Borrego Art Institute last year. I had a lot of fun with these.

#1458 “Handle”. Reclaimed items on upcycled panel. 10×17″ $60.

Newer work #118

So for covid, I pretty much stopped producing original work and spent time on three books, three commissions, a lot of house repairs and working for the census. So I have now realized I haven’t posted any ‘Newer work’ in a while and need to catch up. There are a lot of half finished pieces, and more in the works. This and the next couple pieces were produced last year for a specific ‘Abstract Detritus’ show in Borrego Springs. They didn’t sell, so they go into my regular ‘show stock’.

#1457 “Treasure”. 10×17″ reclaimed objects on upcycled panel. 10×17″ $60.

A friend will help you paint….

… a real friend will help you paint a body.

Read the story of the bodies in this month’s Newsletter.

Seasons Show at Grey Cube Gallery

I was delighted to receive an email yesterday that let me know my submission to their ‘Seasons’ online show was included. I love the online shows as I’m able to enter some of my larger pieces that would otherwise not be shippable to a distant gallery.

Fusion Art Waterscapes

Was delighted to get an email yesterday that my painting ‘Wiest Lake’ was included in the Fusion Art Waterscapes online exhibition. Thank you Chris and Valerie Hoffman!

Chaparral Artists Judged Show

I was blessed with the help from a friend from Chaparral Artists – Nancy Miehle, who offered to take work in for me to the show, to save me a trip last week. Last Saturday I had been gallery sitting at 29Palms Art Gallery and on the way home stopped at Rainbow Stew to see the Chaparral Artists‘ judged show, that Rainbow Stew hosts in the central gallery. There were three categories “The Hand of Man”, “Nature’s Kaleidoscope” and “Beautiful Creatures”. It wasn’t a huge show, but I was delighted to find that both Nancy and I had won ribbons!

“Beautiful Creatures” entries.
“The Hand of Man” entries.
“Nature’s Kaleidoscope” entries. Top right is Nancy’s winning entry, and to the left, mine.

Women Painters West Show

I was pleased that working virtually meant I was able to enter the Women Painters West show ‘Hope Springs Eternal‘. And…. well you know those robo calls that we’ve all started getting again? I’m glad I picked up one with an LA area code whose number I didn’t recognize, because I was being congratulated for winning third place in show with one of my entries, Hope Rising. I’d had an interesting exchange with the lady who’d been setting up the virtual show, because I’d mentioned that my work has poetry in it and she was trying to find a way to best show this.

Then when I looked at the show link, I noticed something – I’d sent the wrong image for the other painting. Nevertheless, the one I’d sent was on theme so I emailed and explained what I’d done, and asked to change the name of the painting. There was a flurry of misunderstood emails where the lady thought it was the painting that had one. At the moment of writing, it looks like ‘Rising Together’ (the name is now corrected) won third prize, it was actually ‘Hope Rising’. Perhaps it will be fixed by the time you look at this! I hope so!

Another Forever home

The title of this painting is ‘And Never Leave…’ I’m glad to say that it has found its forever home with one of my favorite collectors!

Dawn off my back porch (there’s a new one every day but few look as good as this one). The poem written for this painting and painted into it is:

To step into a place and just belong
to stand within a sky and to believe
to raise your head, look up and to behold
and never leave, and never leave, and never leave.

5 paintings in their foreverhome

I love seeing paintings in their ‘Foreverhome’ – brings closure to having sent your children out into the void, to see where they landed. One of my recent sales goes to a collector who now has a brood of five of my little ones, and he graced me with pictures of their new residence. His face really isn’t like that but as he ended up in one of the photos too, I gave him a little more anonymity!