Posts Tagged ‘Art’

The Rooster!

April 17, 2017

roosterHere is on of my most recent acquisitions that I purchased “sight unseen.”    Charles Murphy once again offered his spring “painting potluck” where collectors were able to acquire original works of art for a ridiculously inexpensive price (and naturally, I ordered more than one).  The way it works: you send in your money and the artist picks out an original watercolor from his inventory and mails it back to you.  Kind of like a blind date, only with a purchased work of art.  The original painting (watercolor) is always valued at much more than the price you pay.  I’ve been collecting works by Charles for several years now and I have yet to be disappointed by my potluck purchases.  Thank you Charles!

Stained Glass!

February 18, 2017

When I think of stained glass, one name comes to mind: Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Tiffany was born on this date back in 1848 and by profession was a painter, an Art Nouveau designer, and a world-famous glass maker.  His stained glass pieces never cease to impress.  Here is one of the Chittendon Memorial Window (at Yale University) entitled “Education.”


(Photo is in the Public Domain,

Snowy Pine!

December 28, 2016

SnowyPineThere is one art fair (in Michigan) that I always look forward to attending  . . . it is always on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.    I have managed to acquire quite a few works of art over the years from this annual fair, and this year proved to be no different.  Here is an original oil painting that I acquired at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair  (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center).  This is yet another painting by Katie Chichester-Mester.  She is a very talented artist and a true delight to visit with, and, she is rapidly becoming one of my most-collected Michigan artists. I’m posting this one this month specifically for those of you who do not necessarily have a white Christmas (I grew up with them in Michigan and miss having them regularly since I moved to Oklahoma more than 30 years ago).  The title of this one: “Snowy Pine” and it is positively beautiful in its simplicity.   My other paintings by Katie include the Rooster and Hen, the Bison (a real favorite of mine), the Poppies on a Dune, and the Loon.  You just never know what treasures you will find when you attend this outstanding Outdoor Art Fair . . . in a little under ten months, I will find out yet again.

Red Balloon!

December 18, 2016


Today marks the birthday of artist Paul Klee (Swiss born, but German nationality).  Klee was part of the German Expressionism and Bauhaus movements (and perhaps influenced a bit by Surrealism); he was also an accomplished musician (violin) as a youth before turning his attention from music to art.  Here is one of my favorite Klee paintings.  Enjoy!

Source: Red Balloon by Paul Klee – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Domain,

Shoreline Reflections!

November 30, 2016

LakeReflectionHere is another original painting (acrylic) that I acquired last summer while vacationing in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties of Michigan.  I found this piece at the 56th Annual Outdoor Art Fair  (sponsored by the Crooked Tree Arts Center) on the campus of the Northwestern Michigan College on the last Saturday of July.  I have already collected a couple of other paintings by this particular artist (Deborah Hoover).  The title of this one: “Shoreline Reflections.” The colors and the brush strokes drew my eye to this one (as well as the size and the landscape orientation).

Happy Birthday Roy!

October 27, 2016

roy_lichtensteinToday marks the birthday of Roy Fox Lichtenstein, one of the leading artists of the new art movement (along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and others) whose painting has been described as “pop art through parody” in a comic book style.
His most famous works include:
Drowning Girl
Oh Jeff … I Love You, Too … But …

I probably will never own a Lichtenstein, but I certainly admire his style.

Source: photo courtesy of Eric Koch / Anefo (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Venice and the Renaissance!

September 29, 2016

jacopo_tintoretto_-_paradise_detail_-_wga22639Happy Birthday Jacopo Comin!  Don’t recognize this name?  How about Jacopo Robusti?  Still no glimmer of recognition?   Il Furioso?  Tintoretto? Yes, all one and the same.  And while his exact date of birth is unknown (believed to be in late September or early October), his talent and paintings are a treasure to the world.  This piece, “Paradise,” is purported to be the largest painting ever done on a canvas (74.1 by 29.9 feet).  This Italian painter, who was born and died in Venice, was a key figure of the Renaissance movement.  Tintoretto got his early (and short) training under Titian, but was mostly self-taught.

Sunset on the Bay!

August 30, 2016

Bishop Sunset on the BayHere is a real gem of a painting that I received as a gift from my brother and his wife last December, thank you Andrew and Myra.  And it is absolutely true what the proverb says about good things come in small packages.  This miniature original oil painting (4″x 4″) is truly delightful (my phone camera certainly does not do it justice).  The artist: Lindy Bishop (an artist in the Traverse City, Michigan area); the title: Sunset on the Bay; the medium: oil; the enjoyment: ongoing.

Reservoir Run Off!

August 16, 2016

Murphy_Reservior_Run_OffToday I’m following up with a post from a couple of weeks ago re: a recent acquisition.  This is the second piece that I purchased during Charles Murphy‘s “painting potluck” last spring.  The title of this piece is “Reservoir Run Off,” the medium is watercolor, and the size is a bit larger than a normal sheet of paper (11″ x 15″).  I’m hoping for and looking forward to a future painting potluck to continue to grow my collecting of this fabulous Michigan artist (resides and paints in the Traverse City area).  Thank you Charles and keep up the good work.

A Different Kind of Museum!

August 7, 2016

Having an appreciation for art, I’m certainly in favor of bringing the art to the people (definitely easier than having to travel to each and every art museum in the world).  So imagine my delight when I ran across this slidedeck about making art accessible . . .

USEUM: The Crowdsourced Art Museum from Crowdsourcing Week