Fading light doesn't mean reduction in quality....
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Earlier this week I had a studio visit from a gallery owner.  One of the things that she commented on was the quality of light around my house.  Not only apparently is the natural dirt paler than the part of the desert she lives in, (maybe because it's saltier here?) but two other things come into play.  First, the mountains are so much further away (at least 10 miles and most over 30), but also there's this big reflective body of water down the street.
It's quite possible to look out of my back window and tell how hard the wind is blowing by the color of the Salton Sea. Ocean blue/gray means breezy, dark gray/black very windy, and pale blue, dead calm. You don't get that as strongly on the ocean - especially the last one, as tides never allow such a perfect mirror to form.  At evening I love to sit on the swing and watch the blue turn colors until the stars come out.  The mirror means stillness, the stillness brings silence and the silence generates peace.

There are various trips this month for me that will interrupt my ability to swing and watch the light change:

May 2-3rd: 52nd Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair. Memorial Park (SM Bl and Hermosa), Sierra Madre, CA
May 15-Jul 15: Group show, Orange County Creatives, Laguna Beach, CA
May 23rd-24th: Art in the Park. Ojai, CA 
May 28th 6:00-9:00pm Paint and Wine evening 6-9pm at Vanguard Gallery, Moreno Valley, CA.$45
May 29th: 3:30-5:30pm, Watercolor Collage workshop, kids/teens, Vanguard Gallery, Moreno Valley, CA. $45
May 29th: 7-9pm, Watercolor Collage workshop, teens/adults Vanguard Gallery, Moreno Valley, CA. $45.



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