Streaming Live today from my studio around 9:30 am ET, US. I will be working on my current painting "B&B (Bengal Cats)" - I am in the process of painting the second layer of the trees in the background. You can watch here below or go to my Ustream channel. The chat stream is also below for you to leave comments.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Art of the Animal Kingdom XV
June 12 - August 8, 2010
"Contemplation (Chimpanzee)," Graphite pencil, 6 x 15
My painting "Contemplation (Chimpanzee)" has been selected to appear at the 2010 Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibition, June 12 through August, 8, 2010, in Bennington, Vermont.
The Bennington Center for the Arts brings world-class fine art, history and theater to the residents and visitors of Southwestern Vermont. The center's permanent art collection, sales exhibitions, live theater and exhibits within the Covered Bridge Museum are available throughout the year.
Considered one of the most prestigious wildlife exhibitions in the country, this year's Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibit includes 80 pieces of art. Morten Solberg is this year's special guest artist and juror of the exhibition. He will also be giving a workshop at the Center the week prior to the opening of the show.
Last summer I spent the day at the Zoo gathering reference of the animals and this chimpanzee was just sitting there for about two hours. It had this look of concentrating with all its might, trying to discover the answer to problems of the world. Well I don't know if the chimpanzee ever discovered the answer to its question and if it did it's keeping the answer to itself but I left the zoo knowing I was going to draw that moment. The long composition on the drawing I felt was necessary to illustrate the depth of the chimpanzee's contemplation.
Watch me talk about my original graphite drawing and the upcoming exhibit Art of the Animal Kingdom XV on my YouTube channel.
"Contemplation prepares to go to Bennington, Vermont."
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
My studio newsletter, What, where & when… Spring 2010, was delivered yesterday to everyone's in-box! If you did not receive yours, you can see it here by following the link to web page that contains the newsletter and when you have a moment please sign up on the mail list so that the next newsletter and any announcements or show invites find their way to your in-box.
This issue of the newsletter recaps the shows and exhibits of the last few months and announces the three prestigious museum exhibits coming up this summer and fall. You can see my newest work and what's available in the galleries and best of all, the link to the new monitor wallpaper and printable PDF, featuring my newest painting "Ginter Mausoleum (Morning Dove)."
Friday, June 4, 2010
I have only really been in the "fine art world" for about 4 years now, you know the world of making a living and working full time as an artist. So far it has been a rollercoaster ride of adventure and discovery! The one major thing that I have discovered are all the great people in the art world. Over the past three years I have met some of the best wildlife artists in the world and I now call them my friends! Now with all these social media networks we all keep in touch almost on a daily basis, either talking about random things in the world to asking some advice on a current piece of art. I went kicking and screaming into Facebook but as many of you probably know by now, I communicate through Facebook almost every day. Back in April fellow artist Morten Solberg posted a "status update" referring to a statement that one of his children made about being an artist, the conversation stream was very meaningful. One of the comments was from my friend and fantastic artist Lyn StClair, She is one of the greatest people I have met on this journey. Below is Mort's "staus update" from April 16, 2010 and then Lyn's comment…
"Moutain Monarch" by Morten Solberg
Mort's status update…
"My children have often said to me "How lucky I am to have known from the beginning of time (that's how old they think I am) what I wanted to do." It must be very frustrating to not know."
"Coyote" by Lyn StClair
"If you ask my Mom, I knew I was an artist from the moment I could hold a crayon. There were no thoughts of becoming a firefighter or ballerina or anything else. I went "pro" at 11 doing portraits from life of horses and dogs (starting at a whopping $2, lol) The only shift was that I thought I wanted to be an illustrator like my Dad. A job as an illustrator when I was 18 changed that...I realized quickly that I didn't want to be told what to draw. At 19 I dove into the world of self employment as an artist and have never looked back. My art alone has supported me since I was a teen...I owe that to a combination of good fortune, boundless determination, a workaholic nature and an undying commitment to following my heart (and art) wherever it leads.
I have always said: being an artist has sometimes been a better life than it was a living...but it is a GREAT life. It is not...and never has been...an easy career. Then again, what's so great about "easy"? I far prefer challenge, exploration and dancing along the edge of the unknown.
If there were anything that would make me consider the idea of reincarnation...it is those people who have a passion for something from their earliest years. Are those the people who discovered their passion late in life last time around and are making up for it in this life, lol?... See More
Whether we knew we were artists from the beginning of time… or discovered it along the way after a detour or two… we are truly fortunate to have found this passion, PERIOD!"
I thought Lyn's words where very insightful and wanted to share them with you.
Continuing this rollercoaster ride, back in February 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma attending the Natureworks Art show & sale I had the foresight to bring along my video camera and was fortunate enough to capture some footage of friend and sculptor Paul Rhymer working on a piece in his hotel room along with commentary from Lyn StClair, Melanie Fain and Julie Bender. It's just a simple video capturing some creative people working (having fun) along with some quality time spent with Lyn's dog Newt!
Time with Friends at Natureworks 2010