Alternative Exhibition Space

Q: When is a tattoo parlor an Art Gallery?
A: When its an empty retail space in Paonia.

The front from the street

The entire storefront from the street.

The former tattoo parlor at 237 Grand Ave has been unoccupied for a while as are several other retail locations in our town’s two block downtown. They look like missing teeth from an otherwise beautiful smile. I approached the property owner and requested permission to hang some of my paintings in the front window until he rents the space. He graciously said yes to my idea of an alternative exhibition space. I got this idea from my friend Charlie when he told me what the town of Helper, UT did to its vacant storefronts.

Right side of the storefront.

Right side of the storefront.

I didn’t want to overstep any boundaries so I decided not to use any electricity for lighting. The front windows are west facing and pretty bright. I measured and graphed out the window space to display my paintings. I framed lots of really good ones. Allen & I got the supplies we needed to hang them with minimal expense and work. Then we set to work putting up the exhibit.

Left side of the storefront.

Left side of the storefront.

I am glad to have my paintings up and able to be viewed by lots of people. Paonia is a busy little town and people were walking by as we were hanging the paintings. I also hope to sell some of the paintings as every artist wants to be able to pay for their supplies sooner than later. I am happy that people will be able to understand what I do all day when they walk by and see the products of my labor of love. And my paintings are a lot happier being in the light than wrapped up in the “Vault” (that is what we jokingly call the shelves in the garage where I store art).

Left side window.

Left side window.

So stop by when you are in Paonia to 237 Grand Avenue and take a look at some of my paintings. You can go across the street to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts after next week and see a couple more of my paintings. I also have 2 in Grand Junction at the Art Center there. I hope to be hearing from some of you soon!

Right side window.

Right side window.


One Person Exhibit at Paonia Library

H. Cedar Keshet, A Brief Retrospect: 2009-2014

Canal Stroll, oil, 12" x 9"

Canal Stroll, oil, 12″ x 9″

Back Yard Clouds, oil 12" x 9"

Back Yard Clouds, oil 12″ x 9″

Artists H. Cedar Keshet will be exhibiting her paintings in the Paonia Public Library starting February 18, 2015. The paintings will include watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings. Many are landscapes of the North Fork valley and the surrounding areas.

Trinchera Ranch Thunderhead, oil, 14" x 11"

Trinchera Ranch Thunderhead, oil, 14″ x 11″

Adobe Obsession 2, acrylic, 24" x 18"

Adobe Obsession 2, acrylic, 24″ x 18″

Keshet paints the landscapes of the West as well as the occupants within these areas. This exhibit is a retrospective of works from 2009 to 2014. New works will also be included. All works are for sale. The Paonia Public Library is located on 3rd street in Paonia. Hours are 10-6, Tuesdays through Fridays and 10-2 on Saturdays.

On the Road to the Chama Put-In, acrylic, 36" x 24"

On the Road to the Chama Put-In, acrylic, 36″ x 24″

Did You Say Hay?, oil 12" x 9"

Did You Say Hay?, oil 12″ x 9″

The process begins….

I am still engaging in a well thought out process for starting out my paintings. I really enjoy laying out my canvas with both the Golden Ratio and the Rule of Thirds. I also use other composition methods to enhance my painting and keep the viewer’s eye engaged.

Sketch of painting showing the layout lines.

Sketch of painting showing the layout lines.

After the sketch, then I make a monochromatic value painting with acrylic paints. After its dry, I then use the “notations” to add my color with the corresponding value.

Monochromatic Value Painting

Monochromatic Value Painting

I think its been making a huge difference in the quality of my paintings.

Enter “Name the Painting” contest


OK, so here is my first contest for anyone to enter. Take a look at this painting I just finished this evening and come up with a name for it. I have thought of names for it but decided it was a fun idea for my friends and followers on social media to have a chance to name a painting.

Untitled painting of Mt. Lamborn & Pitkin Mesa

Untitled painting of Mt. Lamborn & Pitkin Mesa

This painting is of Mt. Lamborn – the main mountain – and Coal Mountain behind and to the left of it. The bottom of the painting is Pitkin Mesa, you can see the buildings and also some of the cattle that are in the pastures every fall. They get driven down from the forests on the Grand Mesa and spend a few days to a week on the hay fields, resting and fertilizing until its time for the next portion of their journey. They don’t get moved until the weather starts to get wintery. Which is how it was the day I saw this scene. It had snowed up in the high country but the valley was still in that season where summer turns to fall. Even though it was cloudy, it was still pretty bright outside.

Good luck with the naming of this painting. Just send me a comment and I’ll notify the winner. I must say that the names will be put on small slips of paper and I’ll go to the coffee shop and have some one there pick out the winner.

Your prize will be a little watercolor of mine. I have a few that I have not matted or framed, I’ll show them to you and you’ll get to pick one!

I hope everyone who enters enjoys themselves.

Thanks, Cedar

Horse & Painting

Its a good day for me today! I got back on a horse again after shoulder surgery to repair torn biceps tendon in July. 6 1/2 months without a ride. Yikes! Being out in the open spaces near where I live is very inspiring. We even thought we saw 3 condors, they were far and big. But it could have been Golden eagles.

Me riding MFT Cookie

Me riding MFT Cookie

I had to re-paint the one painting that is not drying. I scraped off all the tacky paint and used a different brand of white. I hope it works this time. My Kickstarter patron who is getting this one is a super patient person. (Kudos to you.)

Repainted, again

Repainted, again

Ok, so its DAY 1 in this painting’s drying career. It should be dry to the touch in 7- 10 days. The wet part is the sky right above the very distant mountains: The whitish clouds in the lower right hand section of the sky. I’m not going to touch it until Jan 31. Please slap my hand if you notice me trying. Thanks.

A something a little different

I love painting landscapes of the West. I guess you could say I am really enthralled by them. Throw in a few cattle, wildlife or some other focal point and I’m in heaven.

Today I finished a painting that was giving me fits a while back. I just put it on the drying rack and let it ruminate itself. Today I totally changed it into something a little different from what I usually do. Its some sunflowers that were growing in my backyard this summer.

I was recovering from my shoulder surgery during the summer and would sit outside and just watch and contemplate the skies, sunflowers and big rocks in my yard. Eventually I was able to lift a sketchpad and pencil and started on the sunflowers. Then a watercolor or two followed. So naturally an oil painting was not a surprise. But the topic of flowers was.

Surprise, I like it!

Sunflower Showers, 11" x 14" oil painting

Sunflower Showers, 11″ x 14″ oil painting