Here 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!
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The world is full of talented artists. Any (and every) where I travel I can usually find an artist or artwork that tugs at my heart to the point that I ask two simple questions: “Is this available for purchase?” And “How much are you asking?” As an art collector, I already personally know my fair share of talented artists, including my cousin, Susan Olsen (I’ve been privileged enough to collect a few of her fabulous works already). Here we have a wonderful colorized Zentangle creation by Sue entitled “Somewhere Over the Emerald City” that I acquired last spring. It is a watercolor, measuring approx. 11″x 13,” done on Cold Press watercolor paper, using Grumbacher watercolors, Bic Markers, Micron Pen, graphite and white Uniball pen. I live nearly 1,000 miles (or more) from Sue, but thanks to the internet, and Sue’s blog, seeing her latest masterpiece is really quite easy . . . then a quick IM of the two questions . . . and the rest is history! Thanks Sue, keep up the good work!
Here is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several pieces) that I made at this year’s Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale. I discovered yet another artist that, for whatever reason, had not yet been on my radar screen (Virginia Stroud) and I completely fell in love with one of her paintings as well (pictured here — bison, of course). This piece, an original acrylic, is entitled “Pure Strength,” was painted in 2016, and measures 38 x 16 (with the frame). There are several artists at this show every year that I have secretly been wanting to collect and just haven’t taken the plunge: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna (to name just a few) . . . at least until now. This year, I was able to acquire a painting by both Higginbotham as well as Ricketson. It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from a couple of artists that I have been following. And, I was also able to pick up another painting by Christopher Westfall. All in all, a successful weekend of collecting art.
Yes, when I first saw this painting from across the room, my first impression was “broccoli.” However, upon getting a closer view, it was obviously NOT broccoli, but rather a couple of trees. This is yet another painting by Duane Duvall that just immediately captivates one’s attention. The use of the heavy-body acrylics again add some depth and character to this piece and it was love at first sight (hmm, I seem to be saying this a lot). The artist: Duane Duvall; the title: Copper Raintree; the medium: heavy-body acrylic (and pomegranate juice).
My appreciation for the beauty of northern lower Michigan is renewed on an annual basis during my brief vacations back to the area to visit family and friends. Various local artists have become quite adept at capturing this beauty on their canvases. During my trip last summer, I was made aware of one artist in particular, Carolyn Damstra, who had painted the westward looking view from the parking lot of our family business (Boskydel Vineyards and Winery). Simply breathtaking and a very accurate representation of the view. You have part of the vineyard in the foreground, the chestnut trees just beyond the vineyard, our barn to the right, and a glimpse of Lake Leelanau. The artist: Carolyn Damstra, the medium: acrylic, the title: “Boskydel Vineyard’s Field of Dreams,” the enjoyment: I reminisce on a daily basis.
A couple of months ago, my institution hosted an art exhibit featuring the computer-generated art of Richard Coones. Yes, I found a piece that I just couldn’t live without. The artist: Richard Coones; the title: The Locked Door; the medium: computer-generated painting
Coones retired in 2001 after a 36-year career teaching art for the Northeastern State University Art Department in Tahlequah. But in the years since he retired from teaching, Coones has stayed busy as a working artist and maintained a relationship with NSU, including the generous sharing of his artwork. Several substantial pieces have already been donated to the NSU Broken Arrow campus to help cultivate an increased appreciation for the arts, and I, for one, am truly grateful.
Sometimes no matter how careful you are or how well you plan, you find yourself in temptation’s way. As an avid art collector, this happens to me far more frequently than I would care to admit. But at the same time, I never beat myself up over the occasional unplanned purchase either. I love art, period, and it brings me great joy to collect. This particular piece was found in Bentonville, Arkansas, and I would hazard to guess that I was originally drawn to the piece by the hint of orange (okay, perhaps more than a hint). The artist: Sandy Hubler, the title: A Pretty Fall, the medium: original oil, the effect: mesmerizing. It is now hanging in the bedroom of my apartment.
Here is one of the latest paintings that has been added to my collection. I acquired the painting last August during my visit to Green Bay, Wisconsin (to see my Aunt Shirley). I discovered that this particular still life was actually painted by another one of my relatives (a great aunt) many, many years ago (the exact year is unknown). She was a nun (Sister Valeria) and painted this piece while in the convent. What a wonderful discovery that was in need of a home . . . I am always glad to oblige when art is involved.
Being an art collector I have always understood that the money will run out long before I deplete my continuously growing “wishlist” of art purchases. I am constantly putting myself in harm’s way; who can resist the urge to attend another gallery or art show? Obviously not me. Besides, this is the best way to “discover” that new up-and-coming artist that you may not have even known existed. We even have an exhibition gallery where I work (woe is me)! Every now and then (okay, more frequently than not), there will be an exhibit from an artist that I know and love (and collect) which really tests my will power — not only is it great art, but it is great art that I want to collect and own. And by virtue of this on-site gallery space, I have daily access to the art to further solidify my yen to purchase.
With one week to go on this current exhibit, I have identified not one, but five pieces that I would not mind owning. I have already collected one painting (Cast Shadows) by this local artist (Stephen D. Smith) and have now fallen in love with five more . . . yikes!
From the artist: “my paintings are motivated by strong colors and values. I love the abstract part of painting such as color, line, value and the actual paint application but I still need the subject to make painting truly rewarding. Up close there is a chaotic meshing of overlapping brushwork but as you step back your eyes soften the effect to create the image such as a landscape.”
I guess these will all go on the wishlist . . . there are a few ahead of these that I really am needing to commit to purchasing (sorry Stephen).