Saturday, November 26, 2011
I spent an afternoon rearranging and rehanging artwork in our gallery. I need more space to hang things. It has to be reworked about every year as it is like modern design of shapes on the wall and the sizes have to be fit together to have the most space used.
It makes for a cozy corner once I get everything hung. My wife Della and I have our work hung together. She paints full time so the majority of work on this wall belong to here. I see a couple of barns of mine on the wall the the larger tulip painting is mine.
I have goals set to start painting this winter as the outside work won't be interfering with the inside work with snow on the ground. I have some panels that are gessoed and sanded that are ready to go for me to start painting.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My wife and I participated in a show last weekend called "Art on the Prairie." It was held in Perry, Iowa, a neighboring town to us on the west. We spent long days Saturday and Sunday meeting the public and sharing our work with them. It was a great experience but it was a lot of hard work. We were on the second floor of a restored bank building in this beautifully designed room and our set up next to the corn crib wall was perfect.
We really learned a lot about the show venue and did get new ideas to add to our next show. We printed a lot of cards and smaller prints and they did sell very well.
I sold a print of this painting that will be traveling to a winter condo home in Naples, Florida. The couple were gently arguing about where it was going to hang when they arrive there.
We did spend a lot of time getting things framed for the show as you can see all that are displayed on the dining room table. The red fox on the right was another one of our sales that my wife created in pastel.
It was a great two days and we really appreciated those who were able to attend. We will be doing more of this in the future. This was a major show that we worked compared to a small one we did back in July.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A village that I created recently in charcoal and different colors of conte pencil. The lighting is funniy as it goes from light yellow to normal. It is approximately 9 by 24 inches in size. I will try to retake the photo in uniform light and then repost it when I have the tme.
In the same vein of thought I also created this lone tepee in the woods. It sold over the weekend. I had fun just exploring the charcoal use and then adding conte for one spot of color.
Friday, July 22, 2011
It has been a year since my wife and I completed the mural for the interurban depot here in Woodward. It was a challenging project and yet very rewarding. We get compliments on it throughout the year as the public slowly discovers it's existence in the depot. People attend family events there or visit the park and look in the window and are surprised to see the mural. We haven't been back to see it for over a year and maybe we will catch a glimpse of it during the town's annual celebration. They will be serving pork sandwiches and baked beans at tables with the mural behind them as their background.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A few years back I painted a Monet waterlilies painting. It actually was a demonstration to my students in how to work at the project they were being assigned.
The school library was throwing away books that were very old. Some of them I saved as old classics but a lot of them were the ones on which my students could paint. I showed how they could imitate an artist's style while painting both cover and back of a book.
This painting was a Kandinsky inspired painting. The book itself was written in 1964 and it was about Atoms. I am sure the information in the book is outdated by now. I like to paint in abstract just as a wah to loosen up my tight painting style.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This is another older painting that I made of a moose in Minnesota. It was created in oil pastel. The shoreline in the background is a depiction of what I could see everyday on Lake Pokegama, near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The rest of the scene in the foreground reminds me of the old Hamm's Beer commercial that one use to see on tv. The land of sky blue water can be found in Minnesota in the summertime.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This is an oil pastel of an old abandoned building near Cripple Creek, Colorado. It is an old silver mining town up in the mountains. When you take a train ride to see some of the mining areas there is this shed left from the past mining era. Oil pastel is a fun medium to use as it is painting with sticks of oil pigments. I sometimes thought it must have been like painting with a tube of lipstick by the way it would rub onto the painting surface. You can blend colors easily right on the surface as it is an open material for quite some time.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I painted this in oils early in my painting career. It has some unusual trees that remind me of Grant Woods trees in his landscapes. I was of course inspired by Monet's garden and paintings. It is a large painting that I painted during the summer of 1990.