Thursday, April 14, 2011

Broken Wing
oil on panel
11 x 14

Well, here it is, this year's entry into the world-famous Birds in Art Competition. My buddy Marty has been accepted four times, I'm still working on my first. I'll find out May 6 if I need to ship this puppy off to Wisconsin or if it roosts back on my wall.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two Pheasant paintings from my current show at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall, the left is my grandfather's (painted in 1974), the right is mine painted last year. He was untrained as an artist and never exhibited the paintings he created, until now. This is my favorite part of my show.

Two shows in a week's time, I must be doing something right! Last Friday was the opening reception for my solo show at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica and I was absolutely overwhelmed (in a good way) by the support of friends and students who came out. April made sure everyone was well attended to with her delicious food as I greeted and chatted for three hours. I sold five paintings and a set of chair drawings that night which blew me away, I always forget that sometimes I make money in this crazy venture called art. Thanks to everyone who stopped by on Friday, I was deeply touched.

Two of my paintings (right side of column) at the William Jessup University library. (Photo courtesy Frank Ordaz)

Now on to the next show which opens this Friday at the William Jessup University library in Rocklin, CA. The group show is called Wired and is curated by Frank Ordaz, a fellow blogger and painter extraordinaire. (Click on the link to see more photos of the show and to see Frank's work.) Frank brought together fellow realist painters across the country who have blogs for this fine exhibit. The other painters in this show are top-notch, in my opinion, and I'm honored to hang among them. I've known Frank for a couple of years now through our mutual blogging and Facebooking and will finally have a chance to meet him face-to-face on Friday. Fun! I'll take pictures of the event and post next week.

Until then, be good!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

 Memory, Lust, Enjoy (Scholar Chair)

I just finished hanging my show at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall which opens next week and runs for three months.  It holds my work from the past two years and covers my two favorite subjects: nature and design.  It's a bit of an odd mix, but then I've never been one to paint just one style or theme over and over again. I don't have that kind of focus, there's just too many interesting things to cover in the world.

Pictures from next week's reception will be posted, for sure, and then it's off to the Wired exhibit in Rockin, CA (orchestrated by fellow blogger Frank Ordaz) where I'll hang with some pretty extraordinary painters who blog.

A few of my smaller water paintings.