Monday, November 28, 2011
"Seiko" 8" x 10" oil/linen
I'm back after taking a short break from it all after a grueling two months of shows, workshops and commissions. The next month will be spent painting for my galleries with the intent of getting new work to each gallery. The painting above is for a charity fund raiser being held this weekend at Southwest Gallery. The event will raise money for the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. GALT finds adoptive homes for retired and lost greyhounds. The gallery asked me to do something for the event, so me and several other artists have donated works of art to be raffled off. The event is this coming Saturday night from 6-9 pm at Southwest Gallery. To view the art catalog go to http://swgallery.com/GALT.aspx
I named the painting "Seiko" because greyhounds are bred for running like finely tuned watches. I don't paint many animals and do not do dog portraits, so this was a nice exercise that put me outside my box.
Feels good to be back blogging again.
Monday, November 14, 2011
This past weekend was the annual miniature show at Collectors Covey here in Dallas. The show is primarily a sporting art show with plenty of elk, pronghorn sheep, quail and various other game animals and hunting dogs depicted in paint and bronze by some of the best in the business including Ken Carlson, Luke Frazier, Herb Booth, Thomas Aquinas Daly, Brian Grimm, Jim Morgan, Kyle Sims and Julie Jeppson.
Of course my main interest is in the landscape paintings. No slouches here either with paintings by Clyde Aspevig, Matt Smith, Len Chimel, Chuck Rawle, Tracy Avant, Kenny McKenna, Frank Serrano, Mark Hayworth and many others of note. Many of the artists are in attendance so it makes for a very special gathering of art and artists.
"Autumn Float" 9" x 12" oil/linen
Collectors view the show and place there name in a little box hanging by each piece if they are interested in purchasing the painting or sculpture. They have an hour and half to view the show and make their choices, then the gallery staff goes from piece to piece pulling names from the boxes. It is a little nerve wracking as they open your box. Luckily my painting sold so I had a good night and from what I could tell it looked like a good night for the gallery with many paintings selling.
Me next to my painting
Me and Chuck Rawle
Friday, November 4, 2011
"Bradshaw's Point" 9" x 12" oil/plein air
This is one my demos from this week's workshop in Wimberley. I had a full class of enthusiastic and focused students. Everyone came prepared to work hard and we did for four full days. Of course we made time for BBQ and there might have been a glass or two of some of the Hill Country's finest wine, but hey...workshops are about art for sure, but the "getting to know ya" is part of it as well.
The point depicted in the painting is not really named "Bradshaw's Point", but I named it so because my friend, Bob Bradshaw, was courteous enough to allow my class onto his property for a day to paint. I'll post additional pictures from the class tomorrow and you will see what I mean.
I will have to make it a point to go back and paint because as you know most workshop classes end at 4:00 or thereabouts, and that's when the light is just getting good. Thanks to Bob, I got to do a killer demo, the class had great subject matter to paint and we had a very pleasant afternoon on the river.
"Rockport Shrimper" 8" x 10" plein air
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Just got back from teaching a four-day workshop in Wimberley, Texas. I will post pictures and paintings from the workshop later. Right now I have to do a couple of paintings for the 6 x 6 show for the Randy Higbee Gallery. In the meantime, I have posted a new painting on Ebay. This is from one of my trips to the Texas coast. Rockport is a fishing slash resort community just east (or is it north?) of Port Aransas where I usually hang out. This shrimper could be one of thousands found in Texas.
I have painted many since this painting and will do many more just because they represent the subject I am most drawn to which is the hard working, scratch-out-a-living subject. I think that's why old barns, hay balers, shrimp boats and the open landscape attract my attention. Anyway, gotta go paint...talk with you later.