May show at the Vanguard

Artwork about to be hung at Vanguard Gallery

The organizing of it!

On May 1st, I hung the month’s show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  I’d had a short lead-time to select an artist and this time there were quite a few people I asked that weren’t able to put a show together in time.  I was concerned until I called Raini Armstrong, and it seemed like the dates for take-in, reception and pick-up fit together so perfectly, it was just meant to be.   I met Raini and first saw her work at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley.  She and I ‘hung’ together on more than one occasion there, and it was my pleasure to have her at Vanguard.  The show will be up all month, and if you’re in the area, the reception will be 4-6pm on May 12th.

 

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Mooning around

I never could see the man in the moon, except when the Apollo program was running.  And yes, I’m old enough to remember it – but also young enough to have wished that I’d been ten years older to better appreciate it.

I always saw the rabbit in the moon. So, I decided to paint it, seeing as I had an aging bucket of gesso and some craft paints that needed to be used or lost.  I thought it would be good to get this done while it was still cool enough to paint outside, and I just got finished in time.  The sad part is that whether or not anyone is happy with it, it’s now going to be too hot to paint outside in the light, so Salton City is stuck with this one until October.

mural of moon on garage wall

The Rabbit in the moon.

Cloud Appreciating Society

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.

 

More texture

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:

embossedpiecestart_w

… 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!

embossedpieces

The two on the left are our original test to see if the watercolor paper would emboss nicely.  The rest are the refractured watercolor.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them.  Watch this space!

Poetry about my paintings.

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‘:

Smoke Tree

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

And soul.

 

You cut the skyscape

Into a stack of cards,

And rearranged the clouds

Mixed media skyscape painting

“Dark Mist Arising”. Mixed Media on panel 48×24″.

Monthly newsletter for February

Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.

Forever Home

Refractured watercolor painting

#1236 “All the Way”.

 

 

“All the way” went to its Forever Home a few months ago.  A couple days ago I was blessed with a pic of it in its new abode.   We don’t get to see a lot of the surroundings, but it looks great in that frame.