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…………..

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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.

Fixing a box #3.

Today was the first day of color underpainting.  I’m happy that I got through it all without running out of Cobalt, but I did have to run out for Cobalt and Cadmium Yellow later as I don’t have enough for the next coat.

Traffic signal box mural

Starting to look like a mural.

I was thinking when I was painting that I should have a few business cards in my pocket, just in case.  Indeed that was true as someone did ask me for one when he was stopped at the lights.  He just pulled round the corner and we exchanged info.  Tomorrow, business cards!  (Although the conversation was useful and might end up in something further.)

Crow on light pole

Distant admirer.

Fixing a Box #2.

Traffic signal box mural

After third undercoat

Put the third and final (I hope) layer of undercoat on the box this morning. I’ve had quite a few people stop by and comment – mostly asking that what they think they’re seeing – box mural repair – is what’s actually going on; but there have been several that have asked how to get into these projects.

Traffic signal box mural

It looks a little sharper after having washed the back part too.

After I was done, and took this photo, I set to washing out the brush and gathering up my things.  You can’t see them in this photo because they’re directly behind the box from there, sitting up on the grass.  There’s a 5-gallon bucket of water and a bag containing soaps, paint, brushes, sandpaper and paper towels.  On the grass.  As I started washing the brush, the sprinklers went off!  Blissfully the part of the box I’d just painted is shielded from the sprinklers, but it’s good to know the timing so I’ll be sure to miss them on subsequent days.

Traffic signal box

Sprinkle sprinkle little rain. Now the grass is green again.

Afterwards, I went and set up the show for this weekend in Palm Springs. That will allow me to have all three mornings of the show with about an hour’s good work before it gets too warm, which is what I am mostly fighting with at the moment. Global warming, folks!  Stay with me though, you’ll start seeing some color next.

 

Newer Work #79

I guess there is sometimes a progession in the names.  Evening rain and Night Storm.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen either of those, but here they are.

watercolor collage

#1298 Evening Rain, 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

Night storms are interesting because here we have the power go out in about 50% of good storms.

watercolor collage

#1299, Night Storm III 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

Center for Healthy Generations.

Skyscapes for the Soul in Yucca Valley

Art and yardsale items. This is a first for me. I wanted to buy one of the hats, but I wasn’t allowed.

I was accepted to have a month-long solo show in what is considered an ‘alternative’ space – i.e. not a regular gallery. This is the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. It’s quite an active center with a pretty full schedule of activities. When I arrived to hang my work, Darla, my handler – said there had been some dissent over the time of my hanging because they were setting up for an indoor yardsale on Friday.

yvhlc2That was the bad news,  the good news being that lots* of people would see my work. Right behind the yardsale items. I had to stand on the tables and tiptoe between the partially completed display of yardsale items to hang my work. Fortunately I did not stand on the hands of the lady below me trying to arrange items while I trod between them.

yvhlc3Then there’s space on the other wall for two large paintings. Here, my progress was hampered by the fact that a yoga class was in session and I had to wait until they’d finished before we could put the last two paintings up.

Yes, there’s going to be a lot* of people who see my work in the next month!

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter

I always love getting this newsletter whenever Gavin gets to writing one.  The vacations sound a little cold for this desert rat, but the necklaces and earrings on the ‘Buy Cloud Jewelry‘ page look like I might need to sent Santa some fake news about how good I’ve been this year….

How good? My cloud painting ‘The Road to Selfoss’ is on the front page of their website this month.   That’s not fake news!  It was painted from a photograph by my good friend Murray Foote.