Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Hand-Turned Bowl!

February 11, 2018

GoreeBowlBill Goree (The Wood Potter) has been turning wood for several years.  I have been watching and waiting for one of his pieces to “speak” to me, and finally one did.  Here is a hand-turned bowl (made out of the wood from a hackberry tree) that I acquired from Bill back in October 2017 at the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  The weather was gorgeous and as I strolled among the numerous vendors I found additional pieces that “I could not live without” and purchased three more works: an original oil (on board) by Julie Miller, another original abstract painting by Christopher Westfall, and a unique glass mosaic piece by Cindy Swanson.  Stay tuned, these additional pieces will be highlighted in the months to come.

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Making Lemonade!

January 18, 2018

We’ve all heard the adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right?  Here is a creative case of “lemonade-making” that was forwarded to me a couple of months ago.  And, being an art collector, I can truly appreciate this solution.  Should I re-paint?  Or should I just frame it?  A very creative solution!

Here is the article:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/mum-absolutely-genius-way-dealing-11534328

And, the original tweet:
https://twitter.com/DrMassicotte/status/930225763638317058

Holocene!

January 10, 2018

HoloceneHere is a new piece that was recently added to my collection.  It was actually purchased back in October 2017 at the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  It was a beautiful day and I found myself leaving the event with five (5) new treasures to grace my walls and countertops.  This piece, entitled “Holocene,” is an abstract painting (acrylic) by Christopher Westfall that was actually purchased a couple of week previously (right before leaving town on a vacation), but I had made arrangements with the artist to pick it up at the Art in the Square event.  Christopher is also known for his landscapes and cityscapes and I have been fortunate enough to have collected several of his works.  This marks the first Westfall “abstract” that I have been privileged to acquire.  The first of many, I’m sure.

Ready for a Second Chance?!

December 20, 2017

Did you know that there is an art gallery in New York City that caters to older professional artists?  The art scene in New York is especially competitive and older artists who may still have a lot of talent (without the fame or recent sales or reviews) often find it difficult to secure a place that is willing to provide the exhibit space for their work.  The Carter Burden Gallery now fills this void by displaying a variety of art forms (sculpture, painting, etc.) by artists aged 60-years or more.  The gallery also teaches these more mature artists how to market themselves through the internet and on social media. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.

Peaceful Place!

November 25, 2017

Peaceful PlaceHere is a fabulous piece that I acquired this summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas).  There is a MUST ATTEND annual art show, the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, that is always held on the last Saturday of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.  This year I was able to acquire a couple of pieces from a couple of local artists that I had not been acquainted with previously (Debbie Orthner Lamson and John Fletcher).   And, both of these artists live very near to where I grew up.  This piece is entitled: Peaceful Place, it was painted by Debbie Orthner Lamson, it is an original acrylic, and it is already hanging in my apartment where I can enjoy its beauty each and every day (my available wallspace continues to shrink, alas).

An Amazing Find!

November 4, 2017

Leelanau GlassHere is yet another fabulous glass sculpture (three pieces on acrylic bases) that I acquired last summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas). The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, is always held on the last Saturday of July, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College  and I always manage to find a treasure or two to take home with me.  This multi-piece item caught my eye immediately, and during the course of purchasing the piece(es) I discovered that the artist, John Fletcher, lives right around the corner from our family business!  ‘Tis a small world indeed.  This new acquisition is now “gracing” the ledge between my kitchen and my living room.  Beautiful!

Necktie of the Month – November 2017!

November 1, 2017

WoodenTieThis month’s necktie represents the acquisition of a second “wooden” bowtie from the local company The Two Guys Bowtie right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This bowtie features the Tulsa skyline and is positively stunning!   The obvious suit and shirt pairings would be my brown and beige-toned items, but I’ll try to keep an open mind.  Be sure to check out their website to explore the wonderful variety of styles and designs.  And, if you don’t see something you like, they give you the opportunity to “build your own” custom bowtie thereby removing any excuse possible for not owning one of these works of art.

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

Also Know As . . . !

October 21, 2017

1024px-Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa2The term AKA (which stands for, also known as) originated in the United States in the mid-twentieth century as a way of designating a person with additional names or aliases.  Here are the aliases for the Japanese master artist and printmaker Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai) who was born near this date in 1760 (the exact date is not certain).  It has been reported that Hokusai had numerous pseudonyms during his lifetime (more than thirty), and while I cannot ascertain each and every one of them, here are a few of the more popular ones used by this artist:

  • Gakyōjin
  • Shunrō
  • Taito
  • Sōri
  • Manji
  • Iitsu
  • Kakō

Pictured above: “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa,” by far his most famous and recognized work.