Tales from the field #32

Tomorrow is Black Friday and I’m a retailer so I’ll be at a show in Palm Springs.  Today is Thanksgiving so I wanted to find something to be thankful for:

Silverado on a flooded street

The flood got deeper as I continued the setup

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that:

  • the rain I set up my tent in was merely heavy rain and not freezing
  • that it wasn’t windy so I could put the walls up without having to put the weights on first
  • that my booth is on a well drained grassy slope
  • that my truck was ignored by Palm Springs finest, alongside the red curb and half in a flood, with the park anywhere lights on
  • that my truck has a heater because I was soaked from my head to my hips and my feet to my thighs
  • that my truck was able to navigate the floods along Ramon Road
  • that there weren’t any crazy fast drivers who caused a crash on the freeway
  • that I decided to go for this wet setup so I don’t have to get up at 4 am to set up tomorrow
  • that I am writing this listening to the rain on my roof while a turkey cooks

Article about the Salton Sea

I had heard that Bombay Beach is such a close-knit community, it’s one of the last places that you can let your kid run the streets in safety, but I had not realized it was becoming such an artists’ community. I guess they reach out to LA artists more than local ones…..

Here’s the full article on the Palm Springs Life website.


Come for the weather, stay for the art

There are indeed many many murals in the Coachella Valley.  (6 traffic boxes are mine!)  Here’s an invitation from the Palm Springs Life magazine to go looking for them.


Palm Mountain Refresh

Last Friday I traded out the work that I have displayed at the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa in Palm Springs ahead of our busy season.  I took down the mixed media paintings and put up a series of oil paintings.  For some reason my phone decided not to save one of the pictures.  Oh well, all is not lost.  One of the things I love about this Spahhhh is that the treatment rooms have names such as ‘Relax’, ‘Refresh’ and ‘Renew’.


Newer work #60

Here are two refractures that came from the same painting – I had enough material with the random-cut shapes to make an 11×14 and a 10.5×8.  The original skyscape is from a shot taken outside my booth at the Deserts Arts Festival in Palm Springs, probably winter 2015-16, looking up at fast-moving clouds.

Refractured watercolor skyscape

#1240 Look up I. Refractured watercolor, 14×11 in mat to fit 20×16″ frame. $195.

Refractured watercolor skyscape

#1244 Look up II. Refractured watercolor, 8×10.5 in mat to fit 11×14″ frame. $105.

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

Jeni Bate paintings in hotel lobby.

Hotel Lobby.

Yesterday my favorite art dealer, Rick Pantele of Incredible Art Center hung two of my paintings in the lobby of Palm Mountain Resort in Palm Springs.  As a result of this, the new owners of the recently remodelled Spa just around the corner requested that we hang some more inside the treatment rooms and common areas in the spa. So that’s what we did today.  Nothing like getting things done promptly!

Jeni Bate paintings in spa

Treatment room #1 with Vermillion Delight

Jeni Bate paintings in spa

Treatment Room #2 with Ocean’s Draw

Jeni Bate paintings in spa

Treatment Room #3 with ‘Sunrise with Creosote’

Jeni Bate paintings in spa

Office and Waiting area with ‘Rose Ochre Dawn’ and ‘Waiting for my Honey to come home’.

Jeni Bate paintings in spa

Entryway with ‘Up, up and away’.