It is always my pleasure to read and pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society’s newsletter.
…to cut up a perfectly good watercolor skyscape and refracturing it into something more. This one is going to really hurt.
As some clouds are turning from gray to pink to orange over the Salton Sea, I thought I would pass along this recent Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.
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:
… 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!
I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them. Watch this space!
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‘:
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
You cut the skyscape
Into a stack of cards,
And rearranged the clouds
Although I love watching the clouds, sometimes the structures that the atmosphere comes up with are just too astonishing for anything. I just love the cloud streets shown in this Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.