Sometimes it hurts….

…to cut up a perfectly good watercolor skyscape and refracturing it into something more.  This one is going to really hurt.

Watercolor skyscape painting

A beautiful morning, many moons ago

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More texture

One of my students who enjoyed my watercolor collage workshop also mentioned that she has a Sizzix machine.  This is a hand-run press with embossing templates.  Immediately we both saw the possibility of adding this texture to my refractured watercolor work.  Last week I created a new painting for a refracture:

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… and yesterday when she was at sm’Art studio for a follow-on lesson to my Absolute Beginner’s class. she loaned it to me again to emboss the pieces I had cut.  This is what they look like so far!

embossedpieces

The two on the left are our original test to see if the watercolor paper would emboss nicely.  The rest are the refractured watercolor.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them.  Watch this space!

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″.

Monthly newsletter for February

Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.

Forever Home

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the Way”.

 

 

“All the way” went to its Forever Home a few months ago.  A couple days ago I was blessed with a pic of it in its new abode.   We don’t get to see a lot of the surroundings, but it looks great in that frame.

The other half.

One of the silliest things I didn’t do on Wednesday when Christine Lamb was setting up her half of our show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery was to take some photos of her half of the gallery.  Yesterday at our reception I corrected that.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine’s Jewelry. Many of the items are made with upcycled denim.

We had a two-person bad perform for us Hunter and the Wick’d for the afternoon and had quite a few people drop by, or come in from the advertising.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

I really like the painting on the right at the end wall.

I sold two small paintings and Christine sold some earrings and a clock.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Christine doing some inventory. The clock on the left didn’t last long!

I really fell for this little gallery and was quite jazzed to have been offered a last-minute show due to a cancellation.  The artist who was to have been at this show turned up.  She had cancelled because she had torn her rotator cuff on the side she uses a crutch – double whammy.  She was doing a lot better now and is looking forward to showing at another time.

Christine Lamb at the Glass Outhouse Gallery

Bookwork is so much part of our job!

I also got to meet Jaymie Arquilevich with whom it’s planned I’ll have a 2-artist show in 2018.

Newer Work #79

I guess there is sometimes a progession in the names.  Evening rain and Night Storm.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen either of those, but here they are.

watercolor collage

#1298 Evening Rain, 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

Night storms are interesting because here we have the power go out in about 50% of good storms.

watercolor collage

#1299, Night Storm III 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25