Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

Bouquet!

April 12, 2018

BouquetHere is yet another  piece that was recently added to my collection (back in October 2017).  I had attended the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Bouquet,” is by Julie Miller and I bought it without hesitation (along with several other pieces that day).  I have another one of Julie’s oil paintings already hanging in my apartment (a landscape scene of the California coast with eucalyptus trees).  The colors and the lines of this piece caught my eye immediately and I can’t wait to get it framed and on the wall.  Julie is experimenting with a new style, and I like it.  I’m amassing quite the number of “unframed” paintings and I will at some point in time have to make it a priority to get them framed so that they too can grace what little wall space I have left (yes, there still is some available wall space — but it is shrinking all the time).

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A Path Less Taken!

March 11, 2018

Path Less TakenHere is the second glass mosaic that I’ve been able to acquire (with a few natural stones thrown in for good measure).  I acquired this piece at the annual “Art in the Square” at Utica Square in Tulsa last October.  Positively beautiful!  This one is entitled “A Path Less Taken,” by Cindy Swanson.  My first mosaic was acquired Labor Day weekend during a short visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Ah, so many talented artists, so little wall space (but I never use this as an excuse to keep me from purchasing those items that truly tug at my heart).

Forest in Black and White!

March 4, 2018

SmithSome would call it serendipity, others, just being in the right place at the right time.  Such was my luck during the fall of of 2017 when I happened to be taking a stroll through the halls of the College of Liberal Arts faculty offices (the Languages and Literature department).  I was having a discussion with one faculty member only to discover that another faculty member was an accomplished artist who just happened to be in his office at the time.  A conversation ensued as I was admiring the many of his original paintings that he had adorning the walls of his office.  I left his office thinking that he was an artist worth watching and I immediately added him to my “try to collect from” list.   Imagine my surprise to have a visit from this professor several weeks later bearing this painting as a gift (thank you Ben).  Apparently I ooh-ed and aah-ed over his painting just enough that this professor decided to paint me an original painting very similar to the one that I had enjoyed.    What a great way to start 2018!  The artist: Dr. Benjamin Smith; the title: “The Woods”; the medium: original acrylic painting.  And, it has a very small “footprint” in that it is only 4″ wide by 12″ tall (unframed) which will facilitate its entry into my available wall space (even after it is framed, unless I get really wild in how it ultimately gets framed).   Collecting art continues to bring me a tremendous amount of joy!

A Fine Impression[ist]!

February 25, 2018

Pierre_Auguste_Renoir,_uncropped_imageHappy Sunday!  Today marks the birthday of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (in 1841), a French painter and one of the leading artists in the development of the impressionism movement.

“He is best known for his paintings of bustling Parisian modernity and leisure in the last three decades of the nineteenth century.”  (Courtesy of The Art Story)

Renoir worked from 1862-1919 (and created more than 1,900 paintings) and was influenced by Raphael, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, and Gustave Courbet.  Renoir in turn had an influence on such notable artists as Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

Photo source: By Unknown, Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt – Réunion des musées nationaux, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28642446

 

 

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.

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.

Very Illuminating!

December 30, 2017

Lamp

Being a combination art enthusiast/art collector, living in close proximity to art museums as well as being close to a thriving art community or culture has always been important to me.  So, when the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011, in Bentonville, Arkansas (just a two-hour drive from Tulsa), I was delighted.  I have visited this museum on numerous occasions and most recently found myself purchasing a small tabletop lamp.  The shade of this lamp is a reproduction of the 1908 painting by Maxfield Parrish etitled “Lantern Bearers” and is currently being displayed at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.   What a joy to be able to bring art (as well as illumination) to a small, but no longer dark, corner of my apartment!

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).