Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

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.

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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!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

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Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

Bonus on the Back!

July 31, 2017

Revers of Tumbling TorrentIt’s not everyday that you run across bonus material on the back of a painting.  Imagine my surprise to discover this hidden extra on the back of one of the paintings that I acquired last spring as part of Charles R. Murphy‘s painting potluck. If you look closely, you can see the title of the painting that is on the reverse of this image (Tumbling Torrent).   It would appear that Charles used this side of the painting to practice his technique for painting trees/woodlands.  Very cool indeed!

Twisted Glass!

July 27, 2017

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Earlier this month I availed myself of the opportunity to make the trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  . . . and their featured exhibit of the art of Dale Chihuly.  Simply marvelous.  There was an inside exhibit (in the Gallery) as well as an outdoor exhibit (in the Forest).  If you are at all interested, there are still a few weeks left to catch the gallery exhibitSteps (it runs through August 14th); the forest exhibit will continue through November 13th.

Due to the numerous pieces that were “orange,” I’m going to claim a “kindred spirit” connection to Mr. Chihuly!  I just loved the quotation on the outdoor staircase leading to the “in the forest” portion of the exhibit: “glass is the most magical of all materials.”  And, after witnessing the creativity and genius of Dale Chihuly and the representation of his art in glass, I couldn’t agree more.

 

Nighthawks!

July 22, 2017

Nighthawks_by_Edward_Hopper_1942Happy Birthday Edward Hopper!  (Born 135 years ago in Nyack, New York).  “Nighthawks” (pictured here) is by far my favorite of Edward Hopper’s paintings.

Hopper studied under Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase and has been associated with the New Realism Art Movement (American Realism).  He was influenced by numerous artists: Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Childe Hassam,  as well as the Impressionism Movement; Hopper in turn influenced such notable artists as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Jim Dine.  My favorite quotation by Hopper:

“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

Tumbling Torrent!

July 17, 2017

Rushing TorrentHere is a second piece that I was able to acquire from Charles R. Murphy during his spring 2017 painting potluck.  The title: Tumbling Torrent; the artist: Charles R. Murphy; the medium: watercolor; the genre: impressionistic.  This particular piece had an added bonus . . . on the reverse of the painting, there seemed to be a “study” of trees (Check back later.  I’ll post this image in the not too distant future.)