Saturday, March 28, 2009

Here's a little fun

If you remember awhile back I said that I was working on putting some time lapsed videos together of some of the small paintings that I have done. Well here is the first one, staring the "Cow on a Hill" painting. Since all ideas stem from our own experiences in life I would like to give credit to the individual who sparked this idea for me, Carel Brest Van Kempen. He is a wonderful artist and I first saw the idea of doing these time lapsed videos on his blog and thought that that was just a great idea. So... thank you Carel and when you have an opportunity visit his blog. Enjoy the short video.

Video is being re-edited, I will repost soon!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Presenting "Reflected Green"

I just finished this up about an hour ago. I'll still need to sign it but I will have to wait until it dries to do so. Which will take a while due to the fact that the background is all sap green and that particular pigment takes time to dry. I have also included an image update of the two Ibis's painting that is now ready for its first layer of color.

"Reflected Green (Green Heron)," Oil, 9 x 5

Friday, March 20, 2009

A new painting

This is one of the projects that I have been working on for the last few days. The piece below is completely drawn in and ready to have the canvas toned. The reference for these guys and the background marsh grass are from my trip to Pea Island last year on the Outer banks of North Carolina.

Well this being Friday, the first day of spring and absolutely beautiful outside I am going to call it quits for the day and go outside!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"White Fence (Horse)"

Presenting "White Fence (Horse)" a graphite sketch that I started while in Tulsa and just completed yesterday. Someone asked me the difference between my Graphite drawings and my graphite sketches while at NatureWorks and I though it would be a good idea to explain here as well.
Simply put, the sketches are much looser than the drawings. I can work on and complete a sketch much faster than I do one of my drawings. I am not concerned about seeing the pencil lines in one of my sketches as I am in one of my drawings. The drawings are completely thought out (composed) before pencil ever makes a mark on the paper whereas on the sketches I will make changes as I go. Also my drawings are drawn on 300lb. Arches Watercolor paper and the sketches are done 140lb Arches watercolor paper. You wouldn't think that using a different pound paper would affect the outcome of a drawing so much but it does. The 300lb. paper gives me the ability to make subtle tonal variations and giving the drawing a soft look to it when completed. The only draw back to using the 300lb. paper is that you have to be extremely careful not to nick one of the cotton fibers, once that happens that fiber seems to attract any and all graphite to that section. Also you can not erase on the 300lb. paper. I am sure that you can erase on it but I have found that it does something to the tooth of the paper making it nearly impossible to get the effect that I want in my finished piece. There you have it, my drawings have rules and guidelines and my sketches are free flowing, ideas on paper .

"White Fence (Horse)," Graphite Sketch, 5 x 9

Friday, March 13, 2009

Someone ends up on a saddle...

This being my 100th posting it seems right that its about something fun.

My friend and fellow artist Ray Brown has informed me that my blog has been missing some important information about the NatureWorks show in Tulsa. Let me start this off by saying, we all need to be able to laugh at ourselves every once in awhile or at least at me.

This story starts off with my concern for a fellow artist who looked like she needed some food on Friday after the opening of the show. I graciously offered up part of my sandwich after she devoured half of the fries on my plate, we artist need to help each other out when ever possible. Well the weekend progressed with all of us making sure that our fellow artist was feed. Sunday after the close of the show a group of us went to a nearby steak house where we ate dinner. My fellow artist sits down at the end of the table along with Ray and after they get situated I send down a roll "bun" on a plate to make sure that she gets something to eat. Well... she sends the roll back to me with a faced carved in it. The night moves on with this roll passing between the two of us ending up as an edible sculpture. Just when I thought things where at an end with me being the winner of the sculpture building contest this happens.

Yes that is me on a saddle in the middle of a restaurant holding a bowl of ice cream while everyone wishes me a happy birthday. It wasn't my birthday and I wasn't turning 18. This is what happens when you get a group of artist together after a long weekend of selling work, someone ends up on a saddle!

Thank you Lyn for happily sending me the photos of this mile stone in my life. Ray thanks for reminding me that I had forgot to post this, some how it slipped my mind. And to Amy ,oops did I type your name out, I have a whole year to think of some way to get you back.

One more photo of me eating my humbling ice cream along with friend, fellow artist, and NatureWorks booth neighbor Paul Rymer and his wife Carolyn. If you look real close at my hand I have my check along with my credit card ready to go.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Artist for Conservation

I am very excited to announce that I have been excepted as a signature member to the Artist for Conservation. The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. The Foundation represents the world's leading collective of nature artists and an unparalleled pool of artistic talent focused on nature. The organization's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage. I look forward to being a member of a great organization and working with other artist to help accomplish protecting the very subjects that we all derive our inspiration from.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Masterworks in Miniature 2009

Masterworks in Miniature 2009
Gallery One
March 6-21
Mentor, Ohio

My Masterworks in Miniature piece for this year is
"Mudflat (Killdeer)"
Oil, 4 x 6

I am among 150 nationally recognized artists included in Masterworks in Miniature, North America's top miniature art event now in its 18th year. The event, March 6-21, is held at Gallery One in Mentor, Ohio.
The opening reception is Friday, March 6, 7-9 p.m.
The drawing for purchase rights is Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

View my piece in the Masterworks show

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thank you Tulsa!

My NatureWorks Booth 2009

Well... I am back from the NatureWorks Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What a great show! Thank you to all of you who stopped by my booth to talk about my work and to those of you who added a new piece to there collection, Enjoy!

My son was extremely happy to see me return home.

To all the volunteers who put on the NatureWorks show, I enthusiastically applaud you and all you do to put on a perfect show. I definitely felt like part of the Tulsa family that all of my fellow artist told me about.

My fellow artist and friends, it was great seeing all of you again even though I saw many of you just a couple of weeks ago in Charleston, SC. As always I have a great time visiting with you, talking about art, and most importantly laughing.

I have added a couple new links to my artist websites.
Paul Rhymer, sculptor
Amy Poor, painter
Melanie Fain, painter

I have also added a new section of links, "Talent feeds talent," under this you will find a link to a good friend of mine Matt Ramsey who is an extremely talented singer and song writer living in Nashville, TN. Please check out his site.

Thank you Matt, Sarah, and Janey for inviting me to stay with you all during my trip to and from Tulsa.

While in Tulsa I also acquired some new work to add to my art collection.

"Bird, sun, and sky," crayon on paper, 4 x 5
By Janey Ramsey

"Belted King Fisher," Bronze
Paul Rhymer

Detail of Belted King Fisher