Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

Sparks of Life!

May 17, 2017

Sparks of LifeHere is a piece that I acquired during a recent exhibit (March) held in the Visitors Center Gallery on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University.  The title: Sparks of Life; the artist: Duane Duvall; the medium: heavy acrylic; the genre: abstract.  I now have several pieces by Duane and am officially a member of the “family of collectors.”  I couldn’t be happier with my latest acquisitions (just a hint of my favorite color [orange] lol).

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!

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.

The Lighthouse!

August 2, 2016

Murphy_LighthouseHere is yet another recent acquisition.  I’m not exactly sure what the official title is, but last spring artist Charles Murphy offered a “painting potluck” where participants were able to acquire original works of art for a ridiculously inexpensive price (and naturally, I ordered more than one).  He obviously was seeking to clear out his inventory.  The catch — you had no idea what you’d be getting.  The artist just promised that he would send an original painting (watercolor) valued at much more than the price paid.  And, being familiar with and having collected this artist in the past, I knew that I would not be disappointed.  And I was not.  Positively gorgeous!  Thank you Charles!

Google These Murals!

July 31, 2016

Google has data centers all over the world.  Here is a great video that describes and discusses the Data Center Mural Project at Google — the visual expression of what’s going on inside a building on the exterior walls of that building.  Very cool indeed.


June 21, 2016

Westfall-cloudburstHere is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several) that I made at this year’s  Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale.  This piece, an original oil by Christopher Westfall, is entitled “Cloudburst,” was painted in 2015, and measures 21 x 24 (with the frame).  The NatureWorks show this year was as good as ever with many quality artists including several that have been on my wishlist for quite some time: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna.   This year I was able to remove Matthew and Jerry from the list.  It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist(s) that I have been following and hoping to someday collect.    An unintended consequence of attending any art show/sale, I always find an new artist whose work tugs at my heart.  This year it was Virginia Stroud and I was able to acquire her original acrylic entitled “Pure Strength.”

No, It’s Not Broccoli!

March 24, 2016

Duvall- Copper RaintreeYes, 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).

A Truly Awesome View!

September 21, 2015

Boskydel_FieldofDreamsMy 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.

Iconic Painting With a Little Lagniappe!

March 10, 2015




Last month I posted a vocabulary word (lagniappe) and referenced a recent art purchase.  In hindsight, I probably should have posted a picture of the painting at that time.  But alas, I had posted an art collection acquisition just a few days before and thought it best to wait for a later date.  So, thank you for your patience, here is the painting (along with a picture of the lagniappe [bonus gift]).IMG_0794  The artist: Caroline Allbee, the title: Magnificat, the medium: acrylic [and mixed media — metal and stone] on wood.   When looking for a place to display this tall, narrow piece, I was needing a space to stand it up (since the Magnificat was printed [in Latin] on the back, hanging it on the wall was not an option).   So this is now standing on my bar counter and leaning up against the wall.  It may be difficult to read the Latin text from the back of the painting, so here you go . . .

Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum.

Et exultávit spíritus meus: in Deo salutári meo.

Quia respéxit humilitátem ancíllae suae:
Ecce enim ex hoc beátam me dicent omnes generatiónes.

Quia fécit mihi mágna qui pótens est: et sánctum nómen eius.

Et misericórdia eius in progénies et progénies timéntibus eum.

Fécit poténtiam in bráchio suo: dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui.

Depósuit poténtes de sede: et exaltávit húmiles.

Esuriéntes implévit bonis: et dívites dimísit inánes.

Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum: recordátus misericórdiae suae.

Sicut locútus est ad patres nostros: Ábraham, et sémini eius in saecula.

Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto,

Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculórum. Amen.