There is one art fair (in Michigan) that I always look forward to attending . . . it is always on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. I have managed to acquire quite a few works of art over the years from this annual fair, and this year proved to be no different. Here is an original oil painting that I acquired at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center). This is yet another painting by Katie Chichester-Mester. She is a very talented artist and a true delight to visit with, and, she is rapidly becoming one of my most-collected Michigan artists. I’m posting this one this month specifically for those of you who do not necessarily have a white Christmas (I grew up with them in Michigan and miss having them regularly since I moved to Oklahoma more than 30 years ago). The title of this one: “Snowy Pine” and it is positively beautiful in its simplicity. My other paintings by Katie include the Rooster and Hen, the Bison (a real favorite of mine), the Poppies on a Dune, and the Loon. You just never know what treasures you will find when you attend this outstanding Outdoor Art Fair . . . in a little under ten months, I will find out yet again.
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Here is another original painting (acrylic) that I acquired last summer while vacationing in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties of Michigan. I found this piece at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center) on the campus of the Northwestern Michigan College on the last Saturday of July. I have already collected a couple of other paintings by this particular artist (Deborah Hoover). The title of this one: “Shoreline Reflections.” The colors and the brush strokes drew my eye to this one (as well as the size and the landscape orientation).
Here is another original painting (acrylic) that I acquired last summer while vacationing in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties of Michigan. I found this piece at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center) on the campus of the Northwestern Michigan College on the last Saturday of July. I have already collected a couple of other paintings by this particular artist (Deborah Hoover). The title of this one: “Flickering Colors,” and it really brightens up the hallway in which I have hung it. This piece is most aptly named . . . I believe it was the vibrant and flickering colors that drew my eyes to this piece; I knew immediately that this one would be going home with me. Alas.
Here is an original oil painting that I acquired last summer while vacationing in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties of Michigan. I found this piece at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center) on the campus of the Northwestern Michigan College on the last Saturday of July. I have already collected several other paintings by this particular artist (Katie Chichester-Mester) and I am always delighted to visit with her and see what new treasures she has for sale. I am never disappointed and I always manage to walk away with a purchase — thank you Katie for your extraordinary talent!
Here is a real gem of a painting that I received as a gift from my brother and his wife last December, thank you Andrew and Myra. And it is absolutely true what the proverb says about good things come in small packages. This miniature original oil painting (4″x 4″) is truly delightful (my phone camera certainly does not do it justice). The artist: Lindy Bishop (an artist in the Traverse City, Michigan area); the title: Sunset on the Bay; the medium: oil; the enjoyment: ongoing.
Today I’m following up with a post from a couple of weeks ago re: a recent acquisition. This is the second piece that I purchased during Charles Murphy‘s “painting potluck” last spring. The title of this piece is “Reservoir Run Off,” the medium is watercolor, and the size is a bit larger than a normal sheet of paper (11″ x 15″). I’m hoping for and looking forward to a future painting potluck to continue to grow my collecting of this fabulous Michigan artist (resides and paints in the Traverse City area). Thank you Charles and keep up the good work.
Here is yet another recent acquisition. I’m not exactly sure what the official title is, but last spring artist Charles Murphy offered a “painting potluck” where participants were able to acquire original works of art for a ridiculously inexpensive price (and naturally, I ordered more than one). He obviously was seeking to clear out his inventory. The catch — you had no idea what you’d be getting. The artist just promised that he would send an original painting (watercolor) valued at much more than the price paid. And, being familiar with and having collected this artist in the past, I knew that I would not be disappointed. And I was not. Positively gorgeous! Thank you Charles!
Yes, I know we are in the middle of July (still a full six-months away from the Christmas holiday), but last December, during an open house reception that I was having for my many artist friends, I was gifted this beautiful original painting by one artist (whom I have been collecting an occasional piece from for several years now). It was totally unexpected, but definitely appreciated. The artist: Micheal Jones; the title: [the official title is unknown, but I’m calling it] “Pine Trees;” the medium: original oil. It did not take me too long to get this one framed and hanging. Yet another wonderful addition to my growing collection. Thank you Micheal!
The world is full of talented artists. Any (and every) where I travel I can usually find an artist or artwork that tugs at my heart to the point that I ask two simple questions: “Is this available for purchase?” And “How much are you asking?” As an art collector, I already personally know my fair share of talented artists, including my cousin, Susan Olsen (I’ve been privileged enough to collect a few of her fabulous works already). Here we have a wonderful colorized Zentangle creation by Sue entitled “Somewhere Over the Emerald City” that I acquired last spring. It is a watercolor, measuring approx. 11″x 13,” done on Cold Press watercolor paper, using Grumbacher watercolors, Bic Markers, Micron Pen, graphite and white Uniball pen. I live nearly 1,000 miles (or more) from Sue, but thanks to the internet, and Sue’s blog, seeing her latest masterpiece is really quite easy . . . then a quick IM of the two questions . . . and the rest is history! Thanks Sue, keep up the good work!
Here is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several) that I made at this year’s Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale. This piece, an original oil by Christopher Westfall, is entitled “Cloudburst,” was painted in 2015, and measures 21 x 24 (with the frame). The NatureWorks show this year was as good as ever with many quality artists including several that have been on my wishlist for quite some time: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna. This year I was able to remove Matthew and Jerry from the list. It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist(s) that I have been following and hoping to someday collect. An unintended consequence of attending any art show/sale, I always find an new artist whose work tugs at my heart. This year it was Virginia Stroud and I was able to acquire her original acrylic entitled “Pure Strength.”