Posts Tagged ‘Art’

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,



A Different Kind of “Cubism!”

February 24, 2018

Happy Saturday!  According to wikipedia, Cubism is the “early-20th-century art movement which brought European painting and sculpture historically forward toward 20th century Modern art,” is most widely identified with the works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during the period from the 1910s though the 1920s.  This movement included numerous other French painters (Andre Lhote, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris).   Gris, born José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez, was actually born is Spain but worked and lived in France for most of his life.

Let’s shift our focus to a different kind of cubism . . . Rubik’s Cube art!  Yes, an art form that creates visual art using assorted Rubik’s Cubes.  Simply amazing to say the least.

Checkout Cubeworks to see some of the wonderful representations they have created.  They do more than just Rubik Cube representations as well; they create works of art using mixed media, coffee beans, pixel portraits, crayola crayons, lego bricks, spools of thread, lenticular tech niques, and vinyl record mosaics.

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:

And, the original tweet:


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.

Ready for a Second Chance?!

December 20, 2017

Did you know that there is an art gallery in New York City that caters to older professional artists?  The art scene in New York is especially competitive and older artists who may still have a lot of talent (without the fame or recent sales or reviews) often find it difficult to secure a place that is willing to provide the exhibit space for their work.  The Carter Burden Gallery now fills this void by displaying a variety of art forms (sculpture, painting, etc.) by artists aged 60-years or more.  The gallery also teaches these more mature artists how to market themselves through the internet and on social media. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

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).

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!