Newer Work #107

Sunday morning

“The Dome” is a community building in Vista Del Mar (which is kind of a suburb of Salton City).  Technically it’s a club house for various city lots that are club members, but you can become a member even if your home lot isn’t a ‘membership’ lot.  Anyway it’s  really neat community venue with a beautiful building and a pool, built in the late 50s or early 60s.

At the side of the pool is the ‘Tiki bar’.  It’s been years I’m sure since it was used as a bar, due to the newer regulations about selling liquor, or having glasses around the pool.   Nevertheless it is there and occasionally requires refurbishment, usually in the form of a lick of paint.  During the most recent refurbishment, I was asked by the board to put a design on the front.  Nothing too complex – a bunch of palm trees.  The pool is surrounded by palm trees.

As it is already quite cosy here, the only good time to paint is first thing in the morning, so on Sunday morning I dragged myself out of bed and was brush in hand and poolside by 7am.

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Some artists are apparently afraid of the blank canvas, but I love them!

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Step one is to install the sky.

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Now how about adding a few stumps.

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Had to start leafing it up at the right hand end, the sun is chasing me around the corner.

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Just keep going…

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And there you have it.

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I took a side angle too, I was shooting into the sun which doesn’t help.

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While I was making trees, Skeeter used some of the sky paint to refurbish the sign at the back.

 

Newer Work #90

Watercolor collage

#1404 “Stretch” 7.5×5.5 watercolor collage in mat to 9×7. $45

“Stretch” is reminiscent of a painting I did in the early days where the tree reaches into the sun.  This one though has a poem – a haiku – written for it and into it:

Stretch into the light
My leaves are needing the sun
Food comes from the sky.

Silence, Trees, Weather.

Cloudy Sky

Salton City, August. Weather coming in, I hear the thunder getting closer. I hope it will clear before I go out for an arts meeting this evening!

Yes, 9 days since I blogged – I’ve been on the road for most of those.  I have seen a lot of skies, a lot of roads and was astonished by Mount Shasta – whose awesome beauty I was unprepared for.

While I was in Bellevue, WA, there was a lull at the fair, during which I was able to add to my list of sonnets.  One step further to that bucket list item.

Tree Work

The upper leaves spread up to gather light

The lower leaves reach out to seek the sun

The branches stretch and grow with all their might

Until leaves redden when the summer’s done.

The colorful flowers that bloomed bright in the spring

Are now brown crisps around a precious seed

that wait for autumn’s winds to find their wings

and fly to other grounds that might just lead

to sprouting from the earth when spring returns,

to rooting and to spreading and to growth

into a new tree; life’s desire thus burns

for life itself will not succeed with sloth.

Look at a tree and it will show you how

To plan tomorrow just by doing now.

 

Newer work #66

Had the inspiration to put a little land in this one.  And of course, trees always reach up to the sky.

Refractured watercolor painting

#1249 Three trees on the hill, Refractured watercolor on foamcore 10.5×8″ in mat to fit 14×11″ frame. $105.