Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Nuthatch and Crab Apple" selected for national tour!

I'm proud to announce that the Woodson Art Museum has selected this piece for the Birds In Art national tour. "Nuthatch and Crab Apple" will appear along with 59 other select works at the following venues next year:
  • Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, Texas (January 16 - March 13, 2011)
  • Newingtion Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York (April 4 - June 9, 2011)
  • Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, Maine (July 1 - October 9, 2011)
  • Michelson Art Museum, Marshall, Texas (October 29, 2011 - January 9, 2012)
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of Birds In Art. That's an amazing run! It's an honor to be a part of such an outstanding tradition. I couldn't be happier, so here's to another 35 years!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

McKeever's 8th Annual Nature Art Show

As the end of September approaches, it is time once again for the McKeever Nature Art Show. 10 area artists will display and sell their work, so there's bound to be something for everyone. Artists will be on hand all 3 days to answer questions and chat about... well... just about anything. Opening night is Friday, September 24 with hours from 6 to 9 PM. The show continues Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from Noon to 4 PM.
I will have most of my new originals at this show and may have my easel along to give working demonstrations. If you're in the area, be sure to stop in and say hi. The address is:
McKeever Environmental Center
55 McKeever Lane
Sandy Lake, PA 16145
You can also call the Center for more information at 724-376-1000.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Birds In Art... a very special weekend

As I sit here with my coffee this cool September morning, Otis the Wonder Dog is happily snoozing with his head on my leg. He stays very close after I've been gone for a few days hoping not to get left behind again any time soon.

As for myself, I find my mind wandering as I try to process the happenings of the past 4 days. The Birds In Art exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin is the pinnacle of wildlife and nature art and being included in this event is both humbling and uplifting. There are always highlights and this year was no different. Carl Brenders and I shared a table at breakfast and talked about painting styles and some light art philosophy. I made some new friends and got to know some old friends a little better. And I finally got to meet Bob Bateman and discuss my painting with him... a life-long dream.

I also noticed a trend this year I had not been aware of before. A class of "young guns" is emerging. There have always been (at least in my experience) a group of established older artists, many of which have received the Master Artist Award, that are always the core of the exhibit... as it should be. But this year, more than any other, I noticed a quiet confident energy in the exhibit's underclassmen... and I'm happy to be a part of it.

One thing that never changes is the attention to detail by the museum staff and the warm-hearted generosity of Alice Smith and her family. As the foundation upon which this event is constructed, these are the people that make it so special... all the while making sure the spotlight is firmly focused on the artists. They treat us like beloved members of their family and it does not go unnoticed.

So as the last of my coffee grows cold and Otis continues to blissfully snore, my thoughts turn to next year's exhibit... and just how on earth will I managed to get back there again!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Work In Progress

I've taken a break from my mini series to work on a larger piece and this one is going quite well. During my stay in Wyoming last September, I spent a good deal of time alone in the bush. I experienced a sensation I've heard described as "bearanoia" and it stayed with me for a large portion of the trip. It's hard to describe to someone who hasn't experienced it, but there is a constant nagging feeling of being someplace you don't belong... and the consequences could be both gruesome and severe. I'm sure the folks that live in that part of the world and spend a good deal of time outdoors get used to it. That was not the case for this tenderfoot easterner. The sensation was so intense, found myself having trouble straying too far from my vehicle. Since that trip, I've been wanting to execute a painting that portrays that sensation of being alone in "bear country."
The image included here is about half of the entire composition. I'll post more as the painting nears completion.