Collage fun in Yucca Valley

students in watercolor collage workshop

Three having fun.

The owner of Rainbow Stew had been disappointed not to be able to attend my watercolor collage workshop when I held it January – she had had an emergency that needed to be taken care of.  So, she rescheduled the class.

Output of watercolor collage workshop

Look what we made!

A few attended the workshop last Saturday and had a great amount of fun, each making several artworks and cards.  Valerie had so much fun we promptly rescheduled for the only other mutually available weekend this year – August 19th!

Graduates of watercolor collage workshop

Can’t wait until the next class!

output of workshop

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artwork from collage class

Co-la-la-lage evening

mixed media painting

“Soft Light” at the top of the stairs at ‘The Loft At Liz’s’

 

 

Last Saturday I sped from the art fair in Sierra Madre over to the Co-La-La-Lage reception – a juried show of the Collage Artists of America at The Loft At Liz’s in West LA.  (Well, it started with driving at the speed limit but of course it was stop and slow through downtown and we slowed to a crawl on the I10 – there was a wreck just before my exit.  Ah, yes, I love LA.)  The upstairs gallery was crowded.  I think most of the 30 artists in the show attended the reception and brought others too.  There was an awards ceremony (no, I didn’t win anything), but having two of three paintings accepted into the show was an honor.

 

mixed media painting

Gentle Storm at ‘The Loft at Liz’s’

 

 

One of the disappointments of the show is that the paintings did not have labels on the wall next to them.  I would liked to have added the cards that have the poems that each painting has alongside the card, but it just wasn’t an option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

mixed media painting

 

I was interested in some of the mixed media pieces as I have a collector/friend who is looking for a mixed media piece for a certain place in his home, so I took a few shots of these when I got a chance and the crowd cleared.

mixed media wall sculpture

mixed media sculpture

mixed media sculpture

“Potus’ Bedroom”

 

 

This one was one of the prize winners.  The artist said that it contained everything that was apparently important to him.   Sadly the way that CAA sends emails I can’t open the content of all of them, so I’m not able to tell you the names of any of the other pieces shown (other than mine), or the artists’ names.  Ah, technology.

Forever home

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“Tranquility with tree”

Last month, from my show at 29 Palms Gallery, I sold a painting that went to its forever home in Wisconsin.  “Tranquility with Tree” has a special place in my heart – my some-times art dealer Rick Pantele and I put a 5×10 foot giclee version of it into an office at Kaiser Permanente.  Tranquility with Tree also spent about two years in the Pioneer’s Museum in Imperial.  I had stopped taking it to shows as it was my last framed piece, and the last one in a series is always the hardest one to sell.  So I was delighted it sold a couple weeks after coming out of the museum, from a gallery where it got to hang on its own little wall and didn’t stand out like a sore thumb.

foreverhome

In shipping it to Wisconsin, I got to talking to the client – whom I have not met – and he kept in touch through the reframing and sent me a picture of my baby in its Forever Home.  Then he ordered a commission painting to go with it!  The sibling went out in the mail today and I will hopefully have a portrait of the two of them together in due course.

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“Joshua Evening”

 

Class acts

I did two classes in the last couple days, the first one was a watercolor collage workshop in La Quinta, the second one was a Paint and Wine evening in Moreno Valley.  Seven people had a lot of fun and created some happy stuff.

watercolor collage class

Four Having Fun

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Some of the results

Paint and wine evening

Underpaintings being finished

Paint and wine evening

Students going off in their own directions

Paint and wine evening

Student going off in her own direction

Paint and wine evening

The students wanted me and my variation in the pic too.

 

 

 

Newer work #64

It got crazy hot over the last couple days and we need another storm.  Here it is! Oh wait, if you’re reading this from the east coast, it’s there with you, isn’t it.

 Refractured watercolor painting

#1245 Roiling Clouds. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 8×10.5 in mat to fit 11×14 frame. $105.

Newer work #63

From one palm tree to two.  And a hotter morning, likely a summer morning, maybe August with a hot wet wind coming up from the gulf, and the sun about to heat it up some more.

Refractured watercolor dawn

#1243 Firestarter. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 14×11″ in mat ready for a 20×16″ frame. $195.

Newer Work #62

There’s nothing like a palm tree to make the painting feel like Southern California.  Or Florida, or Hawaii, or Morocco, or any of the other places that have palm trees.  You just know it’s going to be a warm day.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1242 One Palm Morning. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 14×11 matted to fit 20×16 frame. $195.