Beginning at Noon (Eastern Time) and running through 11PM on Friday night, I'm going to be offering a group of works at very special, reduced Summer Sale prices. The offering will be posted on my Facebook art page, The Graphite Art of Terry Miller at Noon on July 4th. I'm offering a dozen works and the first person to comment 'Sold' on the image will be the new owner of that work. Particulars will be posted in the album that will contain all dozen works on Wednesday. Payment will be by Pay Pal or personal check and the sale is only open to all in the continental US as the cost of shipping will be included in the prices listed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."