Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show & Sale 2009

Off to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I invite you to
Wildlife Art show & Sale
February 27 - March 1, 2009
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Come see my newest originals and prints at the
Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
Booth #48
6808 South 107th East Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma.

NatureWorks is a nonprofit organization that attracts top artists from around the country to exhibit for one weekend in late February. Proceeds from the show support wildlife conservation efforts and help implement programs that encourage wildlife appreciation.
For more information, visit http://www.natureworks.org/
or call 918.296.4278.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another mad dash

NatureWorks is almost here and I am making the mad dash to get everything together. Just in time I finished another small drawing (detailed sketch) for the up coming show. Presenting "Oregon Inlet pilings."

"Oregon Inlet Pilings," Graphite sketch, 9 x 6

Thank you to all of you who responded to the "Zoom in for detail" query. I would have to say that the response was an overwhelming "WOW!" When I get back I 'll have to see about having that done for a couple of other pieces.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

You gotta love technology

I know you have seen the image below a couple of times now but I have been introduced to some exciting new technology that allows you to zoom in on my work and see the paintings/drawings as if they where actually in front of you. Please take a look at this and let me know what you think by either leaving a message here on emailing me at robert@rlcaldwell.com.

Click on the link to bring up the new window which will allow you to zoom and pan around in the image. Left click on your mouse to zoom in and left click and hold down to pan around in the image. To zoom back out use your "Ctrl" button. You will need a high speed Internet connection to view this.


(Click here to see amazing detail)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back from Charleston, SC

These shows go by so quick. You spend so much time getting prepared for them and in the blink of an eye its over. This years Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC was a hit with all things considered. I thought there where allot of people who attended and many of them still added work to there collections. Thank you to all of you who stopped by to look at my work and for those of you who purchased a piece, Enjoy!

The week at SEWE started off with a bit of excitement. Fellow artist and friend Dustin Van Wechel and I went out Wednesday morning before setting up to get some reference material. We ended up at the beach on Sullivan's Island taking some pictures of the birds and some of the environment. There where some large rocks and pilings that jetted out into the water where there where some birds hanging out so we went over to them. The two of us are standing on top of these rocks looking around getting lots of reference and pretty excited just about being out in the fresh air. I look down between the the two rocks which come up out of the water about 2-3 feet and I see what I think is the most interesting piece of sea weed or kelp that I have ever seen. Just as I start to think that maybe what I am looking at might be something different, it moves! I turn to Dustin to point this out to him and notice that he sees it as well. This is when Dustin says "I think that might be an alligator!" At this moment I jump back saying some interesting explicatives trying to get at least a couple more feet between me and the alligator. Never would I have expected to see an alligator in the ocean but apparently after talking to a local on the beach this happens occasionally down there. Below are some photos of the encounter, mind you that I only have a 18-70mm lens on my camera.

Below is a group photo of me along with some of my fellow artist friends taking a break for a nice dinner on Friday.

From the left working back: Dustin Van Wechel, Nigel Nicholls, Mark Kelso's Mother, and Mark Kelso
From the right working back: Ray Brown, Alison Nicholls, Julie Bender, and Me

Monday, February 9, 2009

Two new prints


RL Caldwell studio proudly announces two new limited-edition giclee prints.

"Reeds at Rice (Song Sparrow)"

Image size 13" x 20", Printed from the original painting.
TRU GICLEE(r), Printed on 100% cotton Fine Art paper.
Edition size: 75
Artist proofs: 5
Signed and numbered

$80.00 per print, framed and matted $395.00
Presale orders take 10% off
(orders must be made before February 26, 2009)

"Morning Flight (Great Blue Heron)"

Image size 5" x 12", Printed from the original painting.
TRU GICLEE(r), Printed on 100% cotton Fine Art paper.
Edition size: 75
Artist proofs: 5
Signed and numbered

$52.00 per print, framed and matted $275.00
Presale orders take 10% off
(orders must be made before February 26, 2009)

Call or email today to reserve your print.

Off to SEWE

The time has arrived. I am off to the 27th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Come see me and my newest originals in Charleston Place, 205 Meeting Street.

Now in its 27th year, SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the nation. In addition to world-class original art, SEWE offers diverse exhibits and events in venues throughout downtown Charleston. The show specifically promotes the conservation and preservation of nature and wildlife.

For more information on the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition or to order tickets, call 843.723.1748 or visit www.sewe.com.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The mad dash to SEWE

Coming up to the final days of prep for the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC. Below are the couple of pieces that I have been trying to squeeze in before leaving.

Green heron painting - the whole painting is now blocked in with color. I will not be able to finish this one in time because it takes so long for sap green to dry and the whole background is pretty much sap green.

"Cow on a Hill," Oil, 5 x 8

This painting is finished. I am just waiting for it to dry so that I can sign it and frame it for SEWE

"Over Pamlico Sound (Brown Pelican)," detailed sketch, 5 x 8

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Work on a couple of small pieces

These are the two pieces that I am currently working on. They are small, 5 x 9 and 5 x 8 oil paintings. I should have these finished in time to take to Charleston with me along with some small pencil drawings (detailed sketches) that I am also working on. When I am done with the current two small paintings I will have a step by step short video of each so you can see them from start to finish. I am hoping to have that completed before I go as well... back to work!

First layer of color blocked in.

First layer of color blocked in on the water but not the heron.