June 14, 2013

Thank you to the Dale County Council for the Arts for hosting “Cows, Cats & Critters”. Sarah and I have had a great experience in this our first father/daughter exhibition. We appreciate those who came to the opening reception and the many who have visited the show while it has been hanging at the Rudd Art Center in Ozark, Alabama. This was a very special show for our family and we are humbled by the response we have received.

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Cows, Cats, & Critters: a father-daughter exhibition

March 3, 2013

In May I will be sharing an exhibition with my daughter Sarah. Sarah will feature her drawings, paintings, and other works based upon animals. She is very talented and has created many pet portraits for people who love their pets or recently lost a cherished pet. i am looking forward to sharing a show with her.

It has been a while since I have added an entry into the blog. Life has been full recently and this is one aspect of my life that has been ignored. I will try to do better.

Art is more than the paintings

July 29, 2012

“Bovine Point of View” will be hanging in the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, AL come this Friday. The paintings are ready, I am ready and hopefully Fairhope is ready. However, this experience is about more than the paintings to me.

The canvases have opened so many doors for us. We meet the best of people at art shows and other art events. We have developed new friendships and renewed existing friendships.

It is fulfilling to see someone comment about a painting and realize they have connected with the work in a way I never imagined. This happened time and again and I look forward to what will happen in Fairhope.

This show has been in the works for more than a year. My wife and I have already had so many great experiences. We look forward to the next phase of the Fairhope experience.

The people at the Eastern Shore Art Center have been very kind to us by giving us this space to exhibit this herd of paintings. I do invite you to stop in Fairhope and see the exhibit. I think you will enjoy it.

Fairhope show is getting close

July 19, 2012

Putting together an art exhibition is more than painting a few canvases. “Bovine Point of View”, headed to the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama, for the months of August and September has taken more than a year of preparation. Last summer we worked with the Center’s board on adding the show to their schedule. Then it took close to a year to prepare canvases for the show. Then there is the marketing–postcards, news releases, and promotion. It has been a fun experience watching the cows develop and present their personalities; each one is different. Now we go have the cattle drive to Fairhope.

I hope you will be able to visit the show and see these forty or so paintings.

Painting almost complete for Fairhope show

July 2, 2012

This weekend I put the finishing touches on several more paintings. There are two more that need just a small amount of work such as a tail on the longhorn and adjusting the nose on another. I have another that I would really like to include but the thick paint I added Saturday will probably not be dry enough, but I really like the strong colors.
Next comes the framing. While Custom Crafters in Level Plains, AL, is doing a great job of framing on most of my works, some of the bigger I will frame using lattice molding. This will be completed this week as we have the Independence Day holiday and then another weekend. I have been preparing for this show for more than a year and now we are getting to the final few weeks.

Ignoring the blog

June 27, 2012

It has been a while since I last commented. Been a bit busy on several fronts. Getting ready for the show in Fairhope. I stood in the gallery recently and imagined where each painting would be placed. Think I have it worked out in my mind. There will be more than 40 pieces in the show. They will range from 10 x 10 to 5 ft x 4 ft. I hope you will stop by the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, AL and visit the show during the months of August and September. In September there will be a show in the adjacent gallery featuring paintings of barns in the area. Should be a fun time.

Preparing for Fairhope show

August 2, 2011

It’s now one year until the bovines travel to Fairhope, Alabama for the next show. There are a couple of works about done and several more in different stages of completion. While we could probably opt out with the current bovine paintings I hope to include a great number of new works for the show.

I get asked, “don’t you get tired of painting cows?” Not at all. Each cow has its own personality and it is fun to capture it on canvas. As the year progresses, my goal is to share the adventure. Hope to meet you back here soon.

Portraits

August 2, 2011

Recently, I have completed two portraits of which I am very proud. The first “Cohort in Knowledge” is based on a photograph I took of a friend. When I saw the photo I knew I was going to paint from it. I am pleased with how it turned out; it is one of my entries in the Annual Juried Show at the Ann Rudd Museum in Ozark.

The other portrait is of the mother and father of two friends. The one sister commissioned the painting to be given as a gift to her sister who celebrated a milestone birthday this year. (You will see by the banner she is wearing in the photo on my website that she turned 50.) These are two special people and to be involved in helping celebrate her birthday in this way is something I will always cherish. As the artist you always worry about capturing a person’s image and personality. It was a relief to hear her say “It’s of my parents!” when she opened the box.

I am back

July 2, 2011

It has been a while since I have written and for that I am sorry. This year has turned out to be a very busy one for me as an artist and in other aspects of my life. The bovine paintings are still the preferred subject and I am excited about the August-September 2012 one-man show in Fairhope, Alabama. The show will feature the cows and will be entitled “Bovine Point of View”. More about this as it develops.

Work continues on several portraits. There are several at different stages of completion. I am working on two couples, still relatively new for me. One was undertaken just because I took a photograph of the person and realized how much I wanted to capture that look. This one too has a couple of different dimensions and I hope to share it in August.

The support I receive from friends and those who I have yet to meet but who like my work is very humbling and appreciated. The cows are still fun and every time we go out to a pasture we find so much inspiration.

Stretching a bit this year

February 12, 2011

This year I will be trying a couple of new directions. The markets in which I show my work have been and hopefully will continue to be good for me. This year I hope to expand my markets. So far I have applied for juried shows in two new markets. We will see if my works are accepted. The cows continue to be good to me. This year I will try a couple of new directions there. I have a couple of photographs I have taken and have hanging by my desk to build inspiration. However, I am also trying a couple of new subjects and we will see how that goes.
Through the paintings we have met some great people and have had fun experiences. This will continue to be in my goals for the year.
Thank you for reading this blog and for your interest in my work.