Today is Endangered Species Day for 2018. "Out of the Shadows" portrays the African wild dog, which is estimated at only about 6600 animals left in the wild. They are susceptible to many dangers, not least of which loss of habitat and the spread of canine distemper, which can wipe out an entire pack due to their being highly social creatures. I've been fortunate enough to spend time with these 'painted dogs' in Botswana and treasure memories of a wonderful morning spent following a pack through the Okavango Delta.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Early May always comes with several connotations - signs of spring and the knowledge that the annual jury for the Internationally respected exhibition, Birds in Art, the flagship exhibition of the Woodson Art Museum, has taken place and the announcement of the works and artists who 'made the cut' is made. Since being named a Master in 2013, I've been able to avoid the jury process and just send in a work to be included at the opening in September. This year, that work is " 'Twas There I Spent My Callow Youth ", shown below, image size is 11" x 23". I'll be heading to Wisconsin and the opening weekend events for the 2018 edition of Birds in Art in early September to join those of the other 120 plus artists who will also be flying into central Wisconsin for that heady fall weekend of museum events.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Just back from the spring board meeting of the Society of Animal Artists and the jury for this year's annual members' exhibition that will open this summer at the newly debuting James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg, Florida. I've been on the board for the last five years and participated in the jury selection for this year's annual, which was a very daunting task as there were hundreds of fine entries that had to be winnowed down to just 124 final picks. I was pleased that my work, "To Get To The Other Side, Of Course" was one of those that made the final cut. The Society's annual, Art and the Animal, will open this July and run through the end of October at the James.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Opening tomorrow evening, this year's edition of the annual gallery spring group show at Troika Gallery on the eastern shore of Maryland. Marking the beginning of my 16th year of connection with the gallery, these three works will be among the new arrivals from all gallery artists. If you are near or on the eastern shore of Maryland tomorrow, plan to stop into the gallery and enjoy the reception.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
George Inness, known as one of the tonalists, is one of my favorite artists. I recently came across some interesting words from his son, George Jr., writing about his father's work and his personal view of how one should look at and buy art. I thought it worthwhile to pass along.
Speaking about his father's paintings, Jr. noted, "He had no tricks. His striving was to produce something grand, big, beautiful, true."
He continued expressing his view of how one should consider and purchase art, "A man who is interesting himself in paintings should go among the painters, visit their studios, get their point of view as to what is fine art, learn the reason why it is fine art, learn what is meant by tone, drawing, construction (construction = composition). Learn to appreciate art for the thought it expresses and the story of life that it tells. The artist is the only one who can tell him of the art. He is the only one who knows. Then why not go to him instead of to a dealer whose object is to praise the thing that he can get the biggest price for. and whose strongest argument is that what he is selling will turn out to be an investment?"
Continuing further, Jr. surmised, "Many collections are made for notoriety and a feeling that it will be a safe speculation. Its beauty, its art, or the emotion it awakens, has nothing to do with it. Paintings should be bought because one wants them, loves them, wants them about as treasures of beauty . . . beautiful paths of delightful thoughts."
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Today is National Inspire Your Heart With Art day.
I'm inspired by many artists and works of art, among them the iconic "Sunday on La Grande Jatte" by George Seurat. Looking at and letting yourself become totally immersed within a work of art can open a window into places you would not expect to find yourself or feel an emotion that wells up from deep within. Just imagine the challenge set for the artist who created that emotion-grabbing work of art, to be able to have created something that reached out and touched someone else's heart. Making art isn't easy, creating something that will inspire another is harder, still. What Art inspires you?
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The pencil tray along side my drawing board has been getting a good workout over the last week or two as I complete new drawings for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC. All done with new works for the show now, time to take a bit of a breather. And, my web site has been back up and running just fine after the change over last week. I'll be posting new work to the site shortly, so check it out.