Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Art and the Animal 50th Annual Exhibition

Art and the Animal
50th Annual Society of Animal Artists Exhibition

San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego, California
September 4 - October 31, 2010

My painting "At Rest" has the honor to be included in the 2010 Art and the Animal, the Society of Animal Artists' 50th Annual Exhibition, to be held at the San Diego Natural History Museum from September 4 through October 31, 2010, in San Diego, California.

This is the society's 50th annual exhibition of the world's best wildlife artists. The jury this year had the overwhelming task of selecting from 434 submissions by 256 artists. I will be attending the opening weekend in San Diego and I am extremely excited to be participating in this momentous event!

"At Rest," a 40- by 32-inch oil painting, captures an unlikely perch for a sleeping mourning dove at Aldie Mill, a historic working gristmill located outside of Washington, D.C. "Normally, the mill is filled with the sound of water cascading over the wheel," Robert says. "On this day, the mill was at rest and offered the mourning dove a chance to do the same. Though the scene may appear static, the repetition of the waterwheel's spokes and bolts creates a perceived sense of action and movement that balances the sleeping dove."

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"At Rest" also had the prestigious honor of exhibiting in the 2007 Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Birds in Art 2010

I am extremely honored to announce that my painting "Ramsey's Porch (Mourning Dove)" has the prestigious honor to be included in the 2010 Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, September 11 through November 14, 2010, in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Organized annually since 1976 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art presents the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Each year, a jury selects approximately 100 works to take part in the exhibit. This year, 547 artists from around the world submitted 922 pieces of art. Robert is one of approximately 115 juried artists selected for the exhibit; the show will also include the work of many master wildlife artists.

"Ramsey's Porch (Mourning Dove)," a 14- by 7-inch oil painting captures one of those moments in life that's there for a short moment and then gone forever. "We were visiting our good friend Matt Ramsey and his family in Nashville, over my son's spring break in 2009. I met Matt while attending Virginia Commonwealth University, where we were both art students looking to become illustrators. Things change … I, of course, am not an illustrator, and Matt is an outstanding singer and songwriter, which is why he and his family live in Nashville. I don't get to see Matt very often, so I cherish the time that I do get to visit.

"Matt and I were up early, with a cup of his strong coffee in hand. Our wives were still asleep and my son and his daughter were sitting on the sofa watching one of those goofy kid's shows that only children like. Enjoying our coffee on that overcast morning, looking out his backdoor, a mourning dove was just perched on the deck railing looking very content and making the best out of his spot on that railing. Matt and I watched that dove for a half hour; finally we just turned to each other and without a word, raised our coffee mugs, nodded to each other and we both agreed with the dove … we are making the best out of our little spot."

In one of my recent video blog updates, on my YouTube channel, I discuss my painting "Ramsey's porch (Mourning Dove)" and talk a bit about the Birds in Art exhibit. You can see the video below or by visiting my channel.

"Ramsey's Porch" and Birds in Art (1)

Birds in Art opens September 11, coinciding with Wausau's Artrageous Weekend, a two-day, three-event art extravaganza on both sides of the Wisconsin River: Art in the Park at Marathon Park, Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau and Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

“Ginter Mausoleum (Mourning Dove)”

Presenting "Ginter Mausoleum (Mourning Dove)"…

"Ginter Mausoleum (Mourning Dove)"
Oil, 16 x 8

Richmond Virginia has a beautiful cemetery named Hollywood cemetery. Strolling through the signal lane roads and walking among the tomb stones you can really encounter an abundant amount of history. This cemetery is the resting place for two United States presidents, the only Confederate States president, and many Confederate generals. It was designed in the rural garden style and its name came from the many holly trees on the property. Also nestled among the tomb stones is the final resting place of prominent businessman, army officer and philanthropist Lewis Ginter.

It was one morning while walking in the cemetery that I approached the mausoleum where Lewis Ginter rests that I saw the light playing off the ribs of the top of the mausoleum. It was such a beautiful and peaceful moment. Then as I was admiring the lighting, textures and the character of the structure this mourning dove lands for a brief moment completing the scene. I quickly pulled out the sketch book, did a rough sketch, made notes and captured the needed reference for the painting "Ginter Mausoleum (Mourning Dove)."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Back on the easel!

Well "B&B (Bengal Cats)" is back on my easel after a very long time away from it. The collector who has commissioned me to paint this painting for her was so kind to allow the unfinished work to hang in the Wildlife Art Revealed exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. This was my demonstration piece for the exhibit; it showed my painting in progress so it has been away for awhile. The canvas is now completely toned and I have started to block in the first layer of color.