I drove down to the Palm Springs yesterday, after a long day of digging sand and moving rocks and bricks (more soon on this project). I went to see a friend's open studio, in a small strip mall where more than half the businesses are now artist work and show spaces. It brought home how much I miss having a studio with other artists nearby. Then I visited the Palm Springs Art Museum to see "Unsettled," art about the West and colonization. Strange experience to see more than four artists I know in the show, which I recommend.
Anyway, one of the reasons I went to the musem was to see in person the work of Agnes Pelton (1881-1961), an artist I find myself loving. The paintings are small and very smooth, actually better in photographs than in person. She moved to the Coachella Valley late in life and painted desert scenes for tourists. She's finally getting some recognition, similar in many ways to Hilma af Klint, which her work resembles although they probably didn't know of each other. Both mystical leaning. One of my goals being in the desert is to allow it to affect my work. Have to be patient on this.
Anna does most of the writing. Ted does most of the photos. But sometimes we switch. We are repairing a distressed property in 29 Palms, California, and eventually hope to run an artist residency there.