Co-la-la-lage evening

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“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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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Four Having Fun

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Some of the results

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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

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

 

 

 

Full House

The county fair in a predominantly agricultural county may seem an odd place to display art, but as the description suggests, we do have culture along with our ag. Some years I’m available on take in/pick up dates, others not and I have to skip a year. This year the stars aligned. I thought that seeing as I was going to be making the trip twice I would make sure I entered as many paintings as possible, so I entered ten.

I won ten ribbons!  Not the best of show, but in their categories I got three firsts, three seconds and four thirds.

County fair winning ribbons

Every one’s a winner baby!

I’ll just show you a few:

First place winner: Morning Star

Second place winner: Awaken

Third place winner: Dark water, white wave

 

Newer work #57

I loved the painting that ended up as this one and ‘Splashing Around’.  It was one of the harder ones to cut up because it came out so well, and the two resulting children are ones I will be sorry to see go to their forever homes.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the way”. Refractured watercolor on foamcore, 14×11″ with mat ready to frame to 20×16″. $195.

Newer Work #49

Mixed media painting

#1228 Morning Thermals. Mixed media on pine panel. 17″ diameter. $300

The inspiration for the shape cut and name of this painting came from my neighbor who flies a powered paraglider, and who explains the reason he usually flies around sunset.  In the earlier parts of the day, different areas of land are heating up at different rates and exuding different warmths of air, creating undulating thermals.  We all see birds soaring on the thermals – apparently it is not as easy as you think to do this, especially when your primary mechanism of staying aloft is a slice of parachute, which could luff and collapse under the wrong air temperature gradient.

Absolute Beginner’s Class

Here are some photos taken by one of the other gallerists when I was teaching in Borrego Springs Art Institute on Tuesday.  The three students, with varying levels of experience, all found they learned a lot from the class.

Jeni Bate teaching beginning painting class

Students often feel more comfortable creating a color wheel when I am too. Yes, that apron does make me look fat, doesn’t it!

Jeni Bate teaching beginning painting class

Just checking that she is painting off in the right direction. I am actually still** wearing my shorts behind the apron.

Jeni Bate teaching beginning painting class

We don’t worry about exactly evenly spaced areas, but it’s important to get the right mixes in the right places.