La Mirada talk and demo

Last week I went to the monthly meeting of the La Mirada Art Club to talk about my work and demonstrate part of my process for them.  I was fortunate that one of the members agreed to take some pics of me working while I was assembling the refractured watercolor.

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Here’s the empty room, just when I’d set up.

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After having watched me brutally hack up my painting, I start by assembling the horizon. 

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I usually am looking at the sky the ‘right way up’…..

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…and I usually start with the top of the sky….

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Now it’ starting to come together.

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Sliding some deeper blue under other pieces.

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Well folks, that’s all we have time for tonight.

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This is the layout that I created at the demo, but I just picked up the pieces without marking their places.

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This is the final product

The poem in it reads:

Dawn leaves me speechless

These gold and turquoise jewels

precious beyond words.

 

29 Palms Membership show

Last weekend I was at the 29 Palms Art Gallery pretty much all weekend.  On the Saturday we had an art fair during the day and in the evening was the reception for the Membership Show, which was a judged show.

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Some of the Artwork in the Main Gallery

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Sometimes I had to wait until the people moved around.

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There just wasn’t a good angle on this one for the camera.

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The Pickering Gallery had a nice selection.  As I was looking around the show early in the morning, I was approached by someone who wanted to buy one of the artworks in there.

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There was quite a bit of 3-D art.  This one won a ribbon.

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The West gallery contained something familiar.  Again, I was struggling with glare…

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I’d seen David’s work before and it was good to finally meet him because he had a booth at the fair that day.

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On Sunday my co-worker at the gallery was Miri, whose painting is on the left here.  She is also a singer and sang at the reception when I had my first show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery a couple years ago.  I have a CD of hers.

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Earlier in the month I’d encourage Tim to create something to enter the show.  He won best of show!

Monthly Newsletter

Posting my monthly newsletter promptly seems to be a good item to have on the New Year’s Resolution list.

Collage Artists of America Membership Show

The Collage Artists of America membership show, “Just your Imagination” was held at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center.  The show runs Sept 4-29th and the reception was on Sept 7th.  As part of my contribution to the show, I sat in the gallery on the afternoon before the reception.  It was quite during much of the afternoon though there were several families turned up with kids to have an art lesson.

I had forgotten my kindle so I had plenty of time to enjoy the exhibit in detail.

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My entry was right next to the front door!

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Assemblage is allowed, so we have sculpture too.

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My show favorite is on the left there. I also serendipitously met with a friend who came to see the show, and this was her favorite too. It did not win an award.

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A lot of figurative and portrait work.

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I did like the tree piece and the one on the right, which also contained a tree.

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The large green creation near to us took second place. My pic of the winner did not come out well, sorry.

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I talked to this lady at length as we were the only ones in the gallery early on.

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Getting ready for the reception.

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Loved the piece on the right, though I felt it was more painting than collage.

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Great crowd at the reception!  I still didn’t win an award….

Newer work #88

Haven’t posted newer work in a while.  This is one of a series of smaller paintings on panel that have needed to work on to replace sold work.  (Darn, could use selling a few of the larger ones, I’m battling the balance between inspirations for larger pieces vs. storage space….)

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#1398 Snowbirds. 9×12″ refractured watercolor and poetry on gallery-wrap panel. Poem written for and into painting is: Summer into fall we fly to our other home winter into spring

Southern California Collage Society

On Sunday after my painting class with Mary I went over to the Chaffey Community Museum of Art to attend the reception for the 10th annual Southern California Collage Society membership show.  The reception was well attended and the walls were filled with an awesome show of collage, mixed media and assemblage.

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A lot of people asked whether I’d measured the space between the window before creating ‘Rose Ochre Morning’.

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There had been several sales already – including one created by Janelle Lowry, who is the chief receptionist at the museum.

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Someone actually played the piano for a while.  I didn’t quite have the audacity to show what a bad player I could be….

 

Forever Home #2

Occasionally I get to bring a painting to its forever home in person.  Sunday evening (very late because the Strawberry Festival runs until 6:30pm) I got to stop by this client’s home to show her a painting she’d seen on my phone when we were talking about round paintings.  Theme and Variations was – is still – one of my favorite creations which explains why it spent most of its life in my bathroom – until last weekend.  Now it lives in a home office in Westlake Village.

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And the lighting is just right!