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:


… 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!


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.

Monthly newsletter

This month is shaping up to be really interesting – as you can read in my Newsletter.

One of the things that I didn’t mention is that I’m also involved in curating another solo show at the Vanguard Gallery, this time for long-time associate Nick Foschi.   I’ll get to hang two shows in two days.  About 50 linear feet for Nick and about 7 for me!  Just hoping that my flu symptoms wane enough to give a demo/talk on Wednesday evening in Redondo Beach.


Abstract Painting by Nick Foschi.


Tales from the field #5.

There’s something to be said about driving one of the most popular vehicles in the country.  When you get to the parking lot, you get to park in the Silverado Section

Silverado Section

Oh look! Another Silverado. Oh look! Another Silverado…………..

Fixing a box #4

Traffic Signal box mural

Top clouds going in.

Well, didn’t think I’d finish today, but I did. Put in a full two hours, it’s easier to work when you know that some of the traffic that’s honking is honking at you in appreciation.

Traffic Signal box mural

The north side…

And about every third person who stopped at the lights rolled down their window and said it looked great.

Traffic Signal box mural

Getting down through the cobalt. (I didn’t run out after all.)

Another local artist who also does murals in a different context stopped by to chat.

Traffic Signal box mural

It’s harder to photo this side as I’m shooting into the sun!

I did the top clouds lighter because it seems like they will fade darker anyway (comparing with photos of the original) and I knew the city planner was always a little unhappy at how dark the top came out.

Traffic Signal box mural

Tah dah!

Traffic Signal box mural

And now, the clean-up.