What is it like to be you?
If I were you,
I would not know
What it is like to be me
To know the difference.
|"Everyday there are
reminders that this amazing creation we inhabit continues to blossom forth.
Between us and the stars lies the usually silent sky. Let us listen to the voice within as we view
the beautiful skyscapes recreated in these pages. These paintings are all based on actual awe-inspiring
dawns and sunsets observed by Jeni Bate, mostly from her desert home in Imperial County, California.
This book is an antidote to everyday stress. The artist has accompanied her paintings with original
verses that are sometimes sad, sometimes happy and occasionally hysterical. The overall result is a
book that delivers a deep sense of peace and tranquility. It is an inspirational book of incarnational
art and fine poetry."
Ego TripImpossible things
tried and succeeded, give you
|"I have known Jeni Bate on both a personal and professional basis. Her passion and dedication towards
her art, both as a visual artist and a poet, have made a lasting impression on me. Her latest collection of Sky
Paintings and Poems, "Mixed Weather" is a striking reflection of how she masterfully brings her talent for canvas
and word together in a sensitive and personal partnership.
Some of the subject matter goes beyond her love for nature. "Charles Grant's Bed" demonstrates wonderful wordplay in
describing an insightful perspective of the one piece of furniture that represents a significant part of our life.
Nevertheless, much of her work stems directly from her life around Salton Sea. You get a sense of those quiet moments
as an observer committed to record in creative imagery to preserve for others to enjoy.....
- Richard L. F. Archer, Sr
One with the skyWhat if we nurtured the world
the way it nurtures us
What if we were one with the sky.
What if we understood our lives
are as fleeting as storms
and watched the clouds pass by.
|"Last year I was asked by Jeni to describe a golf ball. I described a round white thing. Jeni went on to describe the contours,
shadows, texture and the changes as it moved. A golf ball is not a round white thing. The vision of an artist brings perspective to our
surrounding world. Jeni's skies - bright and glorious or dark and ominous take us to that moment and allows us the privilege of participating
with her in that moment. The evolution of her works enhanced by her written perspective shows the continuing path she will share with us.
Different techniques, creative concepts in layering and colors add to the adventure that is the vast sky of her home.
I see Jeni's mantra - "I paint the skies with peace and passion because that's the way they paint me" - as an invitation to share with her not just how the passion of her art flows within her but to read the depths of her views, beautifully and simple but carrying the same vastness as her artworks.
I look forward to Jeni's works, her canvases and poems. Her wisdom and skills continue to manifest in new ideas but she is true to her sky and sharing her time with us in its beauty.
A golf ball has never looked the same.
- Bob Brodie