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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Here 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.
Today 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.
Here 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 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.
Here 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.”
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.