Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

The Child’s Bath!

May 25, 2017

Mary_Cassatt_-_The_Child's_Bath_-_Google_Art_ProjectOn this the birthday of Mary Cassatt (American painter), here is one of her oil paintings, “The Child’s Bath” (from the late Nineteenth Century) that is currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.    Cassatt spent most of her adult life in France and was eventually invited to join “the group of independent artists known as the impressionists.”  (from The Art Story Biography).  She was connected to both impressionism as well as realism during the course of her career and was influenced by Edouard Manet, Thomas Couture, Gustave Courbet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; among her friends: Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Berthe Morisot.  Cassatt herself influenced fellow painters Degas and Morisot as well as Lucy Bacon and also had an impact on the Post-Impressionism and Feminist Art movements.

Sparks of Life!

May 17, 2017

Sparks of LifeHere is a piece that I acquired during a recent exhibit (March) held in the Visitors Center Gallery on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.  The title: Sparks of Life; the artist: Duane Duvall; the medium: heavy acrylic; the genre: abstract.  I now have several pieces by Duane and am officially a member of the “family of collectors.”  I couldn’t be happier with my latest acquisitions (just a hint of my favorite color [orange] lol).

The Rooster!

April 17, 2017

roosterHere is on of my most recent acquisitions that I purchased “sight unseen.”    Charles Murphy once again offered his spring “painting potluck” where collectors were able to acquire original works of art for a ridiculously inexpensive price (and naturally, I ordered more than one).  The way it works: you send in your money and the artist picks out an original watercolor from his inventory and mails it back to you.  Kind of like a blind date, only with a purchased work of art.  The original painting (watercolor) is always valued at much more than the price you pay.  I’ve been collecting works by Charles for several years now and I have yet to be disappointed by my potluck purchases.  Thank you Charles!

NatureWorks 2017!

February 23, 2017

If you love nature and you love art, then this weekend’s NatureWorks Art Show and Sale is a must see event in Tulsa.  Held annually at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, this show brings together the top wildlife, western, and landscape artists from across the United States.  Last year I was able to pick up a few new pieces (see below) from some of my favorite artists (Christopher Westfall, Jerry Ricketson, and Matthew Higginbotham) while discovering other quality artists along the way (Virginia Stroud).  Who knows what artist’s work will catch my eye this weekend . . . this show never disappoints.

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Pure Strength by Virginia Stroud

Evening Calm

Evening Calm by Jerry Ricketson

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Prairie Grasses by Matthew Higginbotham

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Cloudburst by Christopher Westfall

Stained Glass!

February 18, 2017

When I think of stained glass, one name comes to mind: Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Tiffany was born on this date back in 1848 and by profession was a painter, an Art Nouveau designer, and a world-famous glass maker.  His stained glass pieces never cease to impress.  Here is one of the Chittendon Memorial Window (at Yale University) entitled “Education.”

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(Photo is in the Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=829850)

Snowy Pine!

December 28, 2016

SnowyPineThere 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.

Red Balloon!

December 18, 2016

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Today marks the birthday of artist Paul Klee (Swiss born, but German nationality).  Klee was part of the German Expressionism and Bauhaus movements (and perhaps influenced a bit by Surrealism); he was also an accomplished musician (violin) as a youth before turning his attention from music to art.  Here is one of my favorite Klee paintings.  Enjoy!

Source: Red Balloon by Paul Klee – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10873643

Shoreline Reflections!

November 30, 2016

LakeReflectionHere 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).

Happy Birthday Roy!

October 27, 2016

roy_lichtensteinToday marks the birthday of Roy Fox Lichtenstein, one of the leading artists of the new art movement (along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and others) whose painting has been described as “pop art through parody” in a comic book style.
His most famous works include:
Drowning Girl
Oh Jeff … I Love You, Too … But …
Whaam!

I probably will never own a Lichtenstein, but I certainly admire his style.

Source: photo courtesy of Eric Koch / Anefohttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roy_Lichtenstein_(1967).jpg (CC BY-SA 3.0)

And All That Jazz!

October 26, 2016

JazzHere 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.