Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

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

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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).

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!

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.

Necktie of the Month – October 2017!

October 2, 2017

EscherTieHappy Monday!  This month’s tie was acquired during my recent trip to Phoenix (back in June) which was quite the productive venture for expanding my collection of neckties as I actually purchased two ties from the Phoenix Art Museum gift store (last month’s by Gustav Klimpt and this month’s by M.C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher, the Dutch graphic artist whose designs are inspired by mathematics while exploring infinity, symmetry, and tessellation among other mathematical operations).  This particular pattern is not quite as intricate or complicated as some of Escher’s other patterns, but stylish nonetheless.  The colors of this necktie will pair very nicely with many of my earth-toned shirts (brown, beige, gold, and yellow) and may even go well with my bright red shirt (it may be a little over the top on brightness however, but I’ll have to give it a try one of these days).  One thing I will say for my necktie collection — there is rarely a “dull” moment.  I thrive on color and attempt to infuse it into my lifestyle (and wardrobe) at every available opportunity.

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.