I have been painting a lot more lately because I am getting ready to start showing in November of 2020. Covid-19 has been so overwhelming, I am just glad masks, washing your hands, social distancing and shields have been so effective. Because of that, I am going to come out into the world once more. The gallery where I will be showing takes all of these precautions seriously which is a relief. I will be showing at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura Harbor Village along with nine other artists.
It has been exciting getting ready. Showing my work and chatting with people will be a nice change from just being around family members. I really want to give people the biggest selection of work to choose from. I have paintings that are 9 x 12 ( 22.86 x 30.48cm), 11 x 14 (27.94 x 35.56cm) and 12 x 16 in (30.48 x 40.64cm). I can paint larger but I do like working in these sizes too.
I created this series of clouds to bring peace and a sense of hope. We all need a little hope right now. It is crazy out there. A few weeks ago we were just worried about the novel coronavirus. Who knew those would turn out to be simpler times .
Well, let’s forget about that for a minute and talk about art. The clouds are starting to pull my interest away from all the waves I have been painting. It is too hard to paint waves from photo references alone. I need to be at the beach and seeing the water turn into waves and roll towards me. Actually, it’s more than that. I need to be irritated by noisy gulls, hot sun or overcast skies. Anything except air conditioned, well lit rooms.
The problem with painting inside is it doesn’t help with a sense of urgency. Fear of getting sunburned, or sand in my iPad are real things I have to contend with and it makes me work harder! Well, for me, that is a ways off since I am still recovering from damaged lungs due to painting in oil. I can almost walk two blocks. Yeah, it IS going to be quite a while.
So, I am looking up and up and up. Clouds don’t care if you are quarantined, they are still there. They are accessible and challenging to paint. Right now, I am painting them digitally. Later I will explore acrylics and gouache. I really do like painting digitally because I can carry a whole studio in my iPad Pro.
If you can, take a hike and cloud search. Pay attention to the subtle color changes and see if it connects you a little more to the present. That is what it does for me. My cloud paintings are now available in my shop with some of them also available as prints and some smaller sizes too.