Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

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!

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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.

 

Noticed!

October 4, 2017

NoticedLast summer I received an invitation to an unusual art show/exhibit — all of the artists were minors and all were “up-and-coming” artists in their own right.  Obviously some paintings were better than others, but what a great idea to get these young artists some exposure in the art community.  When I saw this drawing (pencil/graphite) I liked it immediately and knew that it would be going home with me eventually (the show would run for a couple of more weeks following the reception) and purchased it on the spot.  The title: “Noticed” (yes, it got noticed), the artist: Ava Aleszczyk (age fifteen), the medium: pencil/graphite.  A stunning piece to say the least.

Happy Birthday Dale!

September 20, 2017

ChihulyChihuly, that is.  I have been privileged enough to attend and view this wonderful exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on two separate occasions so far during the exhibit’s run (June 3rd through November 13th — you still have time to make the trip and visit yourself).  I never tire of visiting galleries and appreciating art of all types . . . there are so many talented/gifted artists in the world that you don’t have to go to the major cities to enjoy quality art (but by all means, this shouldn’t stop you from doing so if you are so inclined).  But, there is quality art everywhere; in every town or hamlet in the country.  The secret (and joy) is in finding or discovering these wonderful treasures.

UnBirthday!

August 31, 2017

UnBirthdaySo, when Emily Webb was the featured artist in the Visitor’s Gallery of the Administrative Services Building on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University last month, I found myself drawn to a number of her works. Her exhibit was titled: Alice in Wonderland Inspired Art and included a smorgasbord of abstract designs and colors. Emily was even on campus and set up in the gallery space one day for a painting demonstration.  Here is the one that I took home.  Title: UnBirthday, Medium: Acrylic.  And it fit perfectly in one of the few remaining “blank” spots on a bedroom wall.

“Kindred Spirits!”

August 21, 2017

 

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“Kindred Spirits,” 1849 

This is the title of a painting by Asher Brown Durand, an American painter and one of the founders of the Hudson River School, who was born on this date in 1796.  Despite not taking up painting until her was 40 years of age, he was considered by some as the “father of American landscape painting,” and judging by the detail in this and his other paintings, I can see why.   This painting currently resides within a two-hour drive of my apartment — the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Alice Walton supposedly paid $35 million (a record for the price paid for an American painting at the time) to acquire this piece in 2005; the museum wasn’t officially opened until late 2011.

 

Night of a Thousand Suns!

August 17, 2017

Night of a Thousand SunsHere is another wonderful painting by the talented Duane Duvall.   He took a really experimental approach to this one as he attempted to paint an assortment of styles and versions of the sun (and he claims there really are images of 1,000 suns).  He used cheerios, a silver dollar, a paint brush, inks, palette knives, acrylics, and layering and weathering as he has never done before.  His plan was “to take this piece and add so many different takes on the sun that you would look for years and see different things every time.”  I believe he succeeded.

All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!