Indio Chalk Festival, Day 3.

I awoke to a cloudy sky.  There had been a forecast of possible overnight rain, and I had put a tarp over my painting, though it was not big enough and I could only tarp about 60% of the finished part.  As I was starting to get ready to leave, it started to rain.  There wasn’t any time in which to hurry any faster.  It rained a little as I drove the 40 miles to Indio.  When I got there, Mamun (the city planner) was walking out to the parking lot.  He said to me ‘It rained hard here overnight, it’s a disaster, it’s all gone.’  $%&#$%^. Then he confessed he was joking.  $%&#$%^, Mamun!

We did have some sprinkles during the day, much of the morning I had most of my work tarped, even under the canopy.  It cleared up in the afternoon, though there is still a forecast of rain overnight.    Here’s the progress.

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Some clouds and a bit of space going in.

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All the sky is done now.

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Here come the clouds – in more ways than one.

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I’m hiding it from the rain here, some is blowing in under the canopy.

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Space is finished, now to add space objects.

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All done except for those cracks I found I can fill with chalk easily

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Some of the crowds, some of the clouds. It actually got a lot** busier than this, but I was busy at that time.

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Totally finished. “The artist as part of the environment”. 8’x8′, chalk on blacktop.

Let’s go check out some of the competition.

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Competitor 1

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Competitor 2

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Competitor 3

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Competitor 4

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Competitor 5

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Competitor 6

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Competitor 7

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Competitor 8

Judging is at noon tomorrow, but we have to be done by 10am.



Poetry about my paintings.

Although I write poetry for my own paintings and have written poetry for the artwork of others, I had a first last month when one of the attendees at the reception at my joint show in the Glass Outhouse Gallery wrote a poem for one of my paintings.  George Howell wrote the following poem for my painting ‘Dark Mist Arising‘:

Smoke Tree

For Jeni Bate

Our eyes align

Along the horizon,

Prisoners of our feet,

Firmly anchored to the earth.


And the sky is a sigh

Of promise and release,

The free range of cloud

And soul.


You cut the skyscape

Into a stack of cards,

And rearranged the clouds

Mixed media skyscape painting

“Dark Mist Arising”. Mixed Media on panel 48×24″.

So much science in art

My beginning students learn that there is a lot of science in art.  This is an old article but I kept it to reblog:  A neuroscientist working in an art museum.  I was prompted to blog it today after having a conversation yesterday with a lady who had just completed her masters in psychology and was hoping to consult in the corporate world, rather than enter private medical practice, and to incorporate art into her work.  Maybe we’ll work together on something…..

Folded Flamingo

Flamingo watercolor painting

Teach’s Folded Flamingo.

Many years ago I went through a bird-painting phase.  A couple of these have made great subjects for my Monday afternoon class.  This Monday just past, I guided the group through creating a flamingo that had folded its long neck up so it could hide its beak in its wings.  Here’s the group having completed their versions of Folded Flamingo.

student group with paintings

Seven more Folded Flamingo

Newer Work #77

Watercolor collage

#1294 “Islands”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 3.5×5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

“Islands” is one of those collages that I recognize the parent of one of the pieces – it was “Amazing Storm“. I don’t recognize the other two parents!





Watercolor collag

#1295 “Ghost”. Watercolor collage on foamcore 5×3.5″ in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25.

One of “Ghost”‘s parents is certainly “The Setting Sun” – the bottom left piece – but it has quite a mixed heritage it seems…

Newer Work #75

Watercolor collage painting

#1290 Juxtapose. 3.5×5″ collage on foamcore, matted in white to fit 6×8″ frame. $25.

Another two little babies from the basket.  Sometimes it’s all in the name!







Watercolor collage painting

#1291 A Sense of Humor. 3.5×5″ collage on foamcore, matted in white to fit 6×8″ frame. $25.

Art and science.

John Constable is known for painting realistic skies during a time when meteorological knowledge was not what it is today.  Yet he used a lot of science in trying to get it right – and a bit of artistic license where necessary, too.  A long but very interesting article from The Cloud Appreciation Society.  I loved the quote:

” I am led to this having been very busy with rainbows –”

John Constable’s rainbow.