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 yet another acquisition to my ever growing art collection. This painting was obtained during the “Art in April” show on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University. I fell in love with this piece immediately and had the entire month of April to contemplate whether or not to purchase. In reality, I probably decided to purchase it the minute I laid eyes upon its stunning glory, but having more time to solidify the initial urge certainly made for an easier decision later in the month. I found out afterwards that this work had taken 2nd place in the 2012 Members’ Exhibition of the Green Country Watercolor Society of Oklahoma. The artist: Jo Lynch; the title: “Sun Seasons;” the medium: watercolor. Simply fantastic! This is the second work by Jo that I’ve collected. I had acquired her “Promethius on the Rock” about a year ago and was struck by the amazing amount of detail and realism using watercolor. Jo is definitely on my list of artists to continue collecting. Keep up the good work and keep painting, please!
Last month (April) the Green Country Watercolor Society had a member exhibit entitled “Art in April” that was displayed in the Visitor’s Center Gallery (in the Administrative Services Building) on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University. It was an excellent exhibit featuring fabulous works by many fine artists (a few of whom I have already collected) including Jo Lynch, Micheal Jones, Renee Dotson, Greg Motto, Kay Hays, and Benito Brewer (to name just a handful).
Needless to say, the temptation for an entire month was just too much for me and I found myself needing to purchase a couple of the pieces (with the hopes to pick up a couple more at a later date if they are still available). Here is the piece entitled “Waiting for Good News” by Benita Brewer. This was my first exposure to Ms. Brewer, but now that I’ve added one of her pieces to my collection, she (and her talent) is definitely on my radar screen.
. . . but I found myself totally unable to resist the allure of some exceptional artwork and made a couple of purchases last weekend. And with numerous art shows going on, I certainly was not keeping myself out of harm’s way. The good thing is that after purchasing art, I never have any regrets (unless you count the regret of never having enough resources to purchase everything that my heart desires). This particular piece, “Promethius on the Rock,” is an orginal watercolor by Jo Lynch. I had seen this painting last year, but resisted the urge to purchase . . . so this year, seeing it for the second time, I took this as a sign that it was meant to be mine. I did not hesitate at all. For a watercolor, the detail is exquisite. Ironically, at the same show, exhibiting right next to Jo, was Michael Jones (another artist I’ve been hoping to collect). So I took one of Michael’s home with me as well (I’ll be posting it in a couple of weeks).
A secondary irony: I had originally met Jo several years ago when we both sang in a group choir, and at the time, I had no idea that she was a talented painter. It is really amazing how our lives can intersect and our paths can cross on a variety of different planes, but I’m so glad that they do.
Here are a couple of original watercolors by Anke Dodson (Color Connection Gallery in Utica Square). A really unique feature of the second painting (Aspen Dance XI) is that it is painted on handmade paper where aspen leaves have actually been embedded into the paper. Way cool!
He’s a “human socialized” bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued him – after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980s. Declared “non-releasable” by federal and state wildlife authorities, he was trained by the American Eagle Foundation to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.
And, here’s another “bird of prey” from my art collection by a local artist named Timmy Saupity (Comanche).
My original plan today had been to devote some additional time to SLA’s “23 Things.” But, alas, the technology had a mind of its own. While I was able to open and navigate to many SLA pages (and other sites on the web), I could not get the SLA “23 Things” page to load. Most curious indeed. Perhaps some maintenance was being performed.
Regardless, I did manage to spend some time this weekend taking digital photographs (of my art collection, of course — a very captive audience). All I had to do was put them “up against the wall,” as I “searched” for the most “arresting” photo of the bunch. But, rather than arrest, I just “shot” them all!
So, in lieu of a “23 Things” update, I’ll just post a photo of a painting from another local artist that I’ve started collecting.