Newer Work #98

Sometimes you just gotta love something….enough to let it show.

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#1426 Blue Heart. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5″ in mat to fit 10×8″ frame. $45. Free shipping.
Contains the words “Let your blue heart show through the haze”.

Newer work #95

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#1423 One Direction. Watercolor collage on foamcore, 7.5×5 in mat to fit 10×8″ frame. $45.
Contains the line: “When everything points in one direction.”

Etsy store

Thought I’d fill part of the void by putting a few more things up on my Etsy store.  The Folded Flamingo was created for a lesson for a class I was teaching a few years ago, a repeat of one of my earlier watercolors.

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La Mirada talk and demo

Last week I went to the monthly meeting of the La Mirada Art Club to talk about my work and demonstrate part of my process for them.  I was fortunate that one of the members agreed to take some pics of me working while I was assembling the refractured watercolor.

1setup

Here’s the empty room, just when I’d set up.

2lowersky

After having watched me brutally hack up my painting, I start by assembling the horizon. 

3apatchofblue

I usually am looking at the sky the ‘right way up’…..

4building

…and I usually start with the top of the sky….

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Now it’ starting to come together.

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Sliding some deeper blue under other pieces.

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Well folks, that’s all we have time for tonight.

8whatidid

This is the layout that I created at the demo, but I just picked up the pieces without marking their places.

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This is the final product

The poem in it reads:

Dawn leaves me speechless

These gold and turquoise jewels

precious beyond words.

 

Variable student levels.

This month I had a full class scheduled for my Painting for Absolute Beginners class at Borrego Art Institute.  I only accept six students due in part to space, but also because the small class allows me to give more individual attention.

On Monday I emailed my students to check they were still on boards, but one of a group of three had pulled her back and was not sure she was able to come.

So, probably five.

Then the day before the class the coordinator for the group also said that she wasn’t able to attend, and because she was the driver, the third member of the group was also grounded.

So, down to three.

As I left the house on the Friday morning, prepared for three students, something told me to go back and get some extra water pots, just in case.  As I was setting up, my phone rang.  A lady asked if there was any room in the class, she was on her way into town.  The reason she hadn’t called earlier was that she and her husband were rving in Ocotillo Wells, and they have no cell service there for their provider.

Well, as it happens not only is there space, but I have enough equipment with me!  So we had a nice group of four students who all learned a lot and had a great day.

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Working on the color-distance landscape exercise.

Monthly newsletter

Ha – got so busy for a while, I forgot to post this month’s newsletter!

 

More teaching

On Tuesday I taught my ‘Painting for Absolute Beginners‘ class at Borrego Art Institute.  The gal who does their social media came around and took a bunch of photos on her phone, then obliged by taking some on mine.  I don’t often get to be in front of the camera.

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Answering questions during the paint-mixing exercise.  Disclaimer, I am actually wearing shorts behind the pinny.

Color mixing exercise

Color mixing exercise gives the students a cheat-sheet to go home with.

If you’re in SoCal, I run the class in 3 different venues, plus my studio, or I can come to you in reasonable distance, with a group to teach.

Jan Wright solo show.

On Friday I had the pleasure of hanging Jan Wright’s solo show at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.

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Jan P. Wright with paintings

And here’s Jan herself with my personal favorite in the show.

Here reception will be on October 20th, 4-6pm.  Please join us if you are in the area, or please share this message!

Yucca Valley Presbyterian

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of showing work at the Yucca Valley Presbyterian Church.  My mixed media paintings will be in the small meeting room and in the sanctuary during all of September.

Kim Clements is the curator, and Nancy Miehle of the Chaparral Artist was there and helped me set up the show.  While I was there I smelled gas coming from the stove in the kitchen.  The handyman was summoned and we could feel and hear that the oven was on a little, so he shut the gas off at the mains because we couldn’t move the huge stove to look for the leak.  Hopefully I’ve staved off a disaster.

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Meeting room.

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Meeting room

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Meeting Room

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Meeting room.

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Sanctuary

A place among the winners – follow up

Last month I shared that I had some of my work accepted into the ‘Seascapes’ show with an online gallery in the UK, and that they were going to create a little video of the winners, showing their art as it would look on a wall.  Well, HERE it is!

One of the advantages about online showcases is that the work doesn’t have to be available, and the particular painting that is in the video went to its forever home some time ago.  One of the disadvantages, I guess, of having someone mock-up the video is that the painting is depicted much larger than it actually is.  Oh well!