I have been remiss in tooting my own horn here it seems. I have been accepted into a couple of shows and done some interesting things lately that I just don't seem to get around to blogging about.
I had two out of two paintings accepted into the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum's 65th River Valley Exhibition. The facility there is very cool. The space they have is new to them I believe and is a converted bank. The architecture is in that 50's/60's Modern style with lots of glass and concrete. I was quite impressed with it when I dropped off my paintings there. I was unable to attend the opening but I was informed later that one of my paintings had sold and the show was so successful that they wanted to keep it up until October I believe it was. I was very happy to get into this show because two of the jurors are curators and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. It is thrilling to know that my work was selected by people whose days are surrounded by work painted by some of my favorite artists.
Speaking of Crystal Bridges, I finally made it up there to Bentonville to check the place out and it was amazing. To think that there are now Sargent's hanging in Arkansas! The museum itself is a work of art and has to be seen to be believed. I will do a post with pictures soon. This museum is definitely a national treasure and urge you to go visit it.
My show at Cantrell Gallery comes down this week. The last time I had been in there I was told that 13 paintings had sold! I will have to spend some time updating my Available Work page!
I also had two out of two paintings accepted into the Arkansas League of Artists Annual Juried Show. That show opens this Friday and is also at Cantrell Gallery. So I get 3 full months of hanging work in their main exhibition space!
Last but not least, I went to Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago to take a 2 day workshop with Dan Schultz. Day 1 was plein air painting and Day was portraiture from life which is a huge departure from what I typically do. The portraiture was very daunting and at least as difficult as I expected.
I've posted this one before. It's one of my favorite paintings of all time and perhaps I should have saved it again for a later installment of this series. By far, Isaac Levitan is one of my favorite painters. I have thought long and hard about trying to do a copy of this painting and possibly others by him.
In this piece, I am infatuated with Levitan's command of value gradations. I particularly love the light on the far hill. The values here are wonderfully compressed with the darks still being higher in value that most of the lights on the nearer, shadowed hill face. I think the reflection of the far hill in the water is more saturated than the actual hill colors but it works for some reason. It's just SO green and yet does not suffer one bit from how acrid some paintings with so much green can be, the so-called "green hell." This isn't the only painting Levitan did with just an abundance of green. There is just wonderful sense of space in this painting. I think maybe I will try to do a copy of this one.
Here is another one of my entries into this year's Arkansas League of Artists Juried Show. I have very fond memories of camping here at Carver on the Buffalo River as a teen with several of my friends. It isn't one of the more frequented campsites on the river but we sure had fun here.