Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

Good Harbor Trail!

September 13, 2018

Good Harbor TrailThis year proved to to have great timing for allowing me to attend more than one art fair while on vacation.  The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is always held on the last weekend of July (on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College) followed by the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which is generally the first weekend of August.  For whatever reason, I rarely am able to attend both events.  Needless to say, I made the most of my opportunities and purchased several new works of art for my collection.  Pictured here, Good Harbor Trail (measures 21″ x 25″), an original oil painting by Rebecca Deneau, was the first piece to tug at my heart at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair . . . I purchased two additional pieces at Crooked Tree and then one additional work when I attended the Sutton’s Bay event the following weekend.   Ah, the joys of retail therapy.

 

Cross Stitch!

August 12, 2018

NeedlepointI recently acquired a beautiful cross stitch piece done by a co-worker (thank you Karl).  It represents the opening line of a poem by the same title by Emily Dickinson.  I can’t wait to get this framed and on the wall!  Here is the entire poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)

Artistic Oxymoronica!

August 7, 2018

Artistic creativity is closely linked to dreaming.  Here are a few artistic oxymoronica that exemplify this sentiment.

“I do more painting when I’m not painting.”  (Andrew Wyeth)

“I shut my eyes in order to see.”  (Paul Gauguin)

“First I dream my painting, then I paint my dream.”  (Vincent van Gogh)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Bradford Pear Blossoms!

July 29, 2018

BarlettPearBack in May, the library was having a silent auction as a fundraiser for the entertainment committee.  I found this wonderful photograph by a co-worker (thank you Donna) and bid enough to take it home with me.  The title: Bradford Pear Blossoms, the photographer: Donna Graham.    It came fully framed and ready to just go up on the wall.  Easy peezey, lemon squeezy.  It is truly a pleasure to work with some really talented and artistic people.

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair!

July 28, 2018

CTAC_logoIt is the last Saturday of July which means that it is time for the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.  In its 58th year, this juried art fair brings together more than 100 artists from all over the country to exhibit their works which includes the following media: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Graphics, Leather, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber, Wood, Metal, Glass, Photography, Pottery, and Mixed Media.  The fair runs from 9 AM until 4 PM today.

I have been fortunate to acquire a great many works from this art fair over the years and I am anticipating the treasures that I will discover this year.  Fabulous Michigan artists that I have collected from this particular event include: Katie Chichester Mester, Deborah Hoover, and John Fletcher, to name a few.

My Favorite “Kiss!”

July 14, 2018

The_Kiss_-_Gustav_Klimt_-_Google_Cultural_Institute

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have long been a fan of the artist Gustav Klimpt, who was born on this date in 1862.  Happy Birthday Gustav!  Here is my favorite works by this artist.  The Kiss, painted between 1907-1908, is considered Klimpt’s most popular work and currently hangs in the  Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, Austria.

Another one of my favorite Klimpt paintings is The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I which was featured in the 2015 movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, which told the tale of how the painting, stolen by the Nazis in 1941, was eventually returned to the family after a lengthy court battle.

Fire and Ice!

July 12, 2018

Fire and IceA couple of months ago, while attending the Oklahoma Library Association’s Annual Conference, I entered a raffle for a work of art . . . and won!  The title of this piece: “Fire and Ice” (from the House of Voodoo Series), the artist: Rudy Ellis, the medium: enhanced digital photography.  This was a rather large piece (24″ x 36″) that required some creative “shuffling” of paintings hanging in my bedroom.  Alas, the challenges of an art collector who is rapidly running out of wall space.  But, I always manage to find a way to get new acquisitions up on the wall (so far).  Rudy has been a professional artist for over 35 years from Ardmore, Oklahoma. His creative foci are in enhanced digital photography, photography, painting, illustration and design.   I always enjoy discovering new talent.  My apologies for the “flash” in the middle of the picture; I have not yet mastered the photographing of art behind glass — I either get a reflection off of the glass, or the flash.  Alas.

 

The Parking Lot View!

June 12, 2018

VineyardThe view from the parking lot of the winery (Boskydel Vineyards) has long been appreciated by visitors and artists alike.  Here is a rendition of the view by a local artist, Stephanie Schlatter, who painted an entire series titled “On the Michigan Wine Trail” in which she explored the relationship between art and wine.  In the artist’s own words, “from its lakes, both great and small, to its ever-changing landscapes, Michigan is truly a beautiful and inspiring place to call ‘home.’  I am particularly drawn to the lush areas of this state that have rolling hills, vibrant colors and rich soil where the vines live and grow.  As an artist I want to know these places — I need to know them.  I feel fortunate to live in close proximity to these unique locales, and to experience the beautiful medley of all four seasons.  I’ve gotten to know the people who live and farm Michigan’s bountiful wine regions.  I’ve listened to their stories, and explored their artistic processes from the ground to the vine, from the grape to the glass.

‘On the Michigan Wine Trail’ was inspired by these wine country explorations.  It’s more than just a series of paintings attempting to re-create it beautiful scenery.  It explores the essence of Michigan’s wine regions’ many seasonal faces.  It reveals the hearts of the people who live there, and what happens to them as they inhabit and grow attached to this enchanting place.  It captures the magic that I personally found there, which has, in turn, captured me.

My series, like their wine, tells of the people: their journeys, their art and the relationships they’ve built with the land.  The stories are all there on the canvas, like a bottle of wine, waiting for us to uncork it.”

Tulsa International Mayfest 2018!

May 19, 2018

MayfestHappy Saturday one and all!  The Tulsa International Mayfest began earlier this week (Thursday) and I sure hope you make time to attend (you still have today and tomorrow).  In its 45th year, Mayfest takes place in downtown Tulsa and is “a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers.”  In addition to awesome art, there are food vendors and more than 100 musicians performing on four separate stages/venues.  There are even fun activities for the whole family. So come on down to Mayfest this weekend and take in the arts!  At this event, I always fall in love with more paintings than I can afford to purchase, but such is the life of an avid art collector (who finds himself in a target-rich environment).

Harvest!

May 12, 2018

HarvestHere is the last of the new pieces that I purchased back in October 2017 at the annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Harvest,” is another abstract painting (acrylic) by Christopher Westfall.  The colors, the lines, the flow, the beautiful sunny day in October (even though it was a little warm) . . . all reminded me of my favorite time of year — autumn and the harvest season.