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  April 2013
volume 10 number 1
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Jeni Bate April 2013


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    I paint the skies with peace and passion, because that's the way they paint me.     "My medium is sky; I work in many different mediums to depict it: watercolor, acrylic, murals, oil, refractured watercolor/watercolor collage and mixtures of the above. Each offers different possibilities and have different strengths and restrictions. I also love working on different surfaces such as wood, metal or fiberglass.     Ancient Romans regarded the hour before dawn and after sunset as holy hours separate from the rest of the day; we still connect with that feeling. Most people will enjoy a beautiful sunset, and those that rise early enough, a beautiful dawn. The sky is under-realized as the most important part of our world. We live on earth, but we live in sky. It is the only one of the four elements that has its own segment in every news report.     The refractured watercolor medium is all transparent watercolor on watercolor paper. I paint each sky or water reflection sometimes up to five times, depending on the size I am working to. Each variant is in slightly different colors and because it is wet in wet it is always a little different each time. Then I cut them and collage back together. Some are framed under glass, but I mount some on panel and protect with layers of clear acrylic coating, so it doesn't need to be framed. For thin panels I will finish the edges in wraparound style with acrylic paint; for deeper panels I wrap the collage around the edges. This treatment not only moves the work into a mixed media format, but also allows the viewer to appreciate the texture.     I intend and expect that my work will continue to grow by building on this method and incorporating other facets of my creativity into the work.     My work is also viewable on my website,, or I can be contacted at"
Jeni Bate