Monday, May 30, 2011
It's worth a listen.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
In the meantime, I've been able to work a new painting from start to finish. This is an exciting time in my career as an artist. As I constantly think of fresh approaches to my work, the task of breaking away from my comfort zone is not an easy one. The “loose and painterly” background in this painting is something I struggle with on a regular basis. By paying close attention to my oil painting colleagues, I’ve learned a few things about making this type of brushwork look more painterly and less sloppy (as were my early efforts). It’s also a challenge to pull this off with the quick drying quality of traditional acrylic paints, so working quickly is imperative. This is also my first falcon painting and I wanted to the title to reflect the high speed potential of the fastest animal on earth. "Latent Velocity" 12x9 acrylic on board.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I never have to look far to find something interesting when I walk these trails. Today, warblers seemed to be in every tree and bush. Rose-breasted grosbeaks sang pleasantly from the upper canopy. Newts and frogs went about their business of amphibious life. If I happened to miss something, Otis the Wonder Dog was sure to point it out. I pushed the may apple aside with my walking stick hoping for a mushroom or two. I was not disappointed. Amid the jack-in-the-pulpits, trillium, and wild geraniums, morels were there for the taking. With such a short season (maybe two weeks for these larger specimens), I snatched up as many as I could find. Not bad for a couple of hours in the field. It sure would be easier if Otis didn’t need a bath every time we went for a hike J
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I'm happy with this one and I think Tony will be too. The image will be submitted to Musky Hunter Magazine for consideration to grace the cover of a future issue.
Friday, May 6, 2011
It seems I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately… at least with my art. I’m very happy to announce that “Shimmer” has been selected from more than 950 entries for the 2011 Birds In Art exhibit. 583 artists from every corner of the globe applied for the honor of being included in this remarkable event. It’s impossible for me to suppress the smile on my face after receiving this news. I was especially hopeful this year as my friend, Jim Coe, will be honored with the Master Artist award and I wanted to be on hand for that!
This marks the 5th consecutive year I’ve been fortunate enough to make the cut for this prestigious event. I’m looking forward to the September Wausau journey and seeing my extended BIA family once again.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I received email notification this week that 2 of my paintings were juried into the Small Works exhibit at the
Don’t assume that your precious work will be handled by professionals once it reaches its destination. Nearly half the pieces I send to exhibits are returned with at least some noticeable damage. Scratches on the painting, chipped and cracked frames… I once had a painting returned to me with a frame corner smashed flat and the frame joints broken loose. It had obviously been dropped. It’s far more likely that your work is being handled by a couple of art students who are either bored or high or both, despite the $20 “crating fee” you had to pay!
A few years back, I had 2 paintings juried into the Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibit in
Therein lies the conundrum. Is it really worth it to send work to some of these exhibits? Of course the exposure is nice and being included in an exhibition like this looks good on a resume (does anyone ever look at an artist’s resume?), but the cost of crating, shipping, and insurance (don’t expect FedEx or UPS to pay up if the lose or damage your art!) can be prohibitive. There is the chance for a sale, though it’s not usually as likely as the exhibit promoters would have you believe, but then the gallery takes its 40% cut off the top of your price. Again, it’s the same feeling of elation followed by a regretful knot in your stomach as you look at the check and mentally add up what it just cost you to get to this point. Entry fee, framing, crating, shipping, insurance… suddenly you realize you’re barely breaking even! Never mind the cost of actually attending the opening of the exhibit with travel, lodging, and meals… then you’re seriously in the hole!
Happy painting J
Sunday, May 1, 2011
With all the distractions, it takes some time to find that first morel. You find yourself slowly walking along scanning last year’s fallen leaves for any sign of a mushroom, but this simply won’t work. Remember, these mushrooms are so tiny 8 or 10 will fit on my camera’s lens cap with no trouble. The only way I’ve been able to consistently find them is to stand in one spot and visually scour the ground around me… say within 6’ or so. It’s not easy. Every muscle in your body is prodding you to take another step and your mind is telling you there are probably more and bigger mushrooms over by that stump, or out by the edge of the field, or… well… anywhere but where you have your feet glued. Sometimes it helps to kneel down and the knees of my jeans are usually damp and covered with dirt. Once I’m convinced there are no mushrooms in that spot (or more likely I just can’t stand in that spot any longer), I’ll take 2 or 3 steps and do it again. Still, that first mushroom can be very elusive and I can’t search in futility for very long before I get distracted. There is a lot to going on in the forest this time of year and every bit of it distracts from the task at hand.
With any luck, I’ll find one in the first 15 minutes or so. It gets a little easier after that. Before I pluck that first mushroom from the duff, I’ll carefully look nearby for more. There’s a distinct texture to morel mushrooms, so once I’ve found one and have a visual reference point, it seems my eye can pick out that odd little pattern with some regularity. There is almost always more than one, so a few minutes of turning over leaves can pay off. It’s not uncommon to realize I’ve been standing on a couple the whole time.
Yesterday was a good day. We got some mushrooms, even pulled a handful of wild leeks (which were devoured on the spot), and shot a few wildflower photos. Lunch is going to be spectacular!