…to cut up a perfectly good watercolor skyscape and refracturing it into something more. This one is going to really hurt.
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.
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!
I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out when I assemble them. Watch this space!
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‘:
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
You cut the skyscape
Into a stack of cards,
And rearranged the clouds
Here’s what’s happened and happening at Skyscapes in February.
“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.
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.