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….
Ocotillo Dawn is one of my early oil paintings – as ever the favorite subject – Dawn off my back porch. A few weeks ago one of my neighbors was visiting for lunch and took a shine to it! So, its forever home ends up being in Salton City, about a mile from where it was born.
Wow, has it really been a week since I’ve been not-busy-enough to put a post on. I know I’ve looked at my followees recently. Actually been working a lot on developing various classes. Summer is coming up and working on summer classes for a couple galleries. So, five minutes for a post…
This is the last of a batch of refractured watercolors that I did recently. Clouds are wonderful! But as we approach summer, they come fewer and further between.
I’m always open to shows in unusual spaces. I had the opportunity to show work in this church and had a silly thing happen when I went to set it up. I had agreed to meet one of the deacons, David, at 9am on the appointed day.
I arrived with 10 minutes to spare, so parked in the parking lot and got out and went round the church and confirmed he was not there – all doors were locked and mine was the only vehicle in the lot. So I waited. And waited.
Half an hour later I started to get concerned so I called him. It turned out he had approached the church from the other side, parked round the corner where I couldn’t see his truck, didn’t look to see if I was in the main parking lot, unlocked the church and was also waiting patiently but beginning to get a little concerned. Oh well. But then we had a bit of a rush as I had to be elsewhere later, and I forgot to take photos of the setup.
Yesterday, Doug and I went to the church service – it being the only Sunday during my show that I wasn’t at a show. Now I get to show you the show. I got to meet a lot of people, talked about the possibility of teaching some classes at their location, and once again, I forgot to take pics of the two in the sanctuary.
From one palm tree to two. And a hotter morning, likely a summer morning, maybe August with a hot wet wind coming up from the gulf, and the sun about to heat it up some more.
There’s nothing like a palm tree to make the painting feel like Southern California. Or Florida, or Hawaii, or Morocco, or any of the other places that have palm trees. You just know it’s going to be a warm day.
Lots of people like the butterfly shapes, though it is one of the harder ones to create – both from the cutting point of view and the assembling point of view. Red Admirals are butterflies that I remember from my childhood in Wales – though I have never seen one in the US.