Friday, April 21, 2017

Triumph No.2 In Progress: Completed Underpainting

Triumph No. 2 In Progress: Completed Underpainting_30 x 30_Oil on panel

It seems as though I'm making a career out of this latest painting, but it's a bike I've wanted to paint for sometime now and I just want to get it right. The underpainting is finally complete and it's on to the next pass. I hope when this piece is finished I'll feel that the time had been well spent.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Karen's Solo Show at Principle Gallery Charleston

Moonrise over Queen Street

Last week Karen and I headed to Charleston to deliver 23 paintings to Principle Gallery for her solo show Friday April 7th. It was a really nice drive. As usual we had veganee snacks onboard and and for this trip the Exorcist playing on the iPod. 

We arrived around noon, were warmly greeted by Frank, Thomas and Liz, the staff at Principle, and immediately formed a fireman's chain to unload our car. Once the precious cargo was safely in the gallery we all spent some time catching up then Karen and I checked out the current work in the gallery.  

The Bell Tower on Queen Street

We knew that at this moment Atlanta was getting hammered by a terrific storm and it was quickly heading our way, so we dumped our bags and headed out to see the town while the weather was still good. Charleston is such a great walking city, with lots of art galleries. Our first gallery stop is nearly always Robert Lange Studios.  Robert and his staff were preparing their gallery for the Friday opening of Brett Scheifflee's solo show. Brett is a great guy and his work was stunning. The images below don't do his work justice. You have to see it in person to truly appreciate its subtle beauty.

Brett with two of his pieces from the show

After we had walked around for a while it was time to eat, and for us that always means CO on King Street. CO is this wonderful Asian restaurant that offers this addictive Curry Laksa. They have another location in Charlotte, so when we go there for Karen's show in the fall, we'll be having Laksa again. 

The remainder of the day was spent wandering. That night the storm hit hard. Fortunately it didn't do any damage and by late morning the sun was back and the forecast for the remainder of the week looked perfect. 

Sand Tiger Shark at the South Carolina Aquarium

After breakfast at Eli's Table (a nice little restaurant right next door to the gallery) the following morning we headed out to the South Carolina Aquarium. Karen's begun to use fish in some of her compositions so it was a must see on this trip. It's a good aquarium and Karen got a couple of hundred photos to work from before we left. 

Once we finished up at the aquarium we drove back into town and did the gallery hopping thing, then relaxed on the swing at the Charleston Waterfront Pier. We ended the day with an early dinner at the Brown Dog Deli on Broadstreet. It's a great place to eat with really good vegetarian options and a wonderful hippie vibe to the surroundings. 

Gnome Cafe

The next day began with breakfast at Gnome Cafe. Karen and I are always on the lookout for vegan/vegetarian restaurants and this was a real find. Very green, very forward thinking, very tasty and very nice people. In fact halfway through our day we returned for lunch. Side note: I hate Brussel sprouts, but the chef asked me to try a sample of that days Brussell sprouts side item. I held my nose and tried it . . . then ordered it as a side with my sandwich. Delicious. 

Fueled for the day we headed out to Sullivan's Island to get in some beach time. We parked next to Fort Moultrie and walked down a sandy path to the shore. The winds that day were practically gale force so walking was a struggle. It wasn't long before our mouths were so full of sand we decided to bale on the beach. On our way back to the path leading to our car we came upon a sea bird laying in the sand near the water. It was alert but didn't move as we approached. We were even able to touch it and realized that it was injured. We weren't sure what to do so I got on the phone and started looking for a "bird rescue" center. About eight calls later I finally found who I was looking for. I described the birds condition and they said they would send someone to come and pick it up. By this time the water was beginning to lap up against the bird so Karen got a beach towel from the car and wrapped it up, and we took it back to our car to wait for the rescue person.

Injured Loon on Sullivan's Island

About fifteen minutes later help arrived. The woman said it was a Loon and that they'd seen a number of these birds injured. We thought it may have been hurt during the terrific storm the night before. The woman was very nice, crated the bird and took our contact info to let us know how things turned out. We gave her a donation and she drove away, both of us hoping the bird would be okay. Sadly, we got a call on the phone in the car on the way back to Atlanta from the center and they told us that the bird had died. 

Canon at Fort Moultrie

Since we were already at Fort Moultrie, and I love me a fort, we did the tour. This was where Edgar Allan Poe was stationed when he was nineteen years old. Cool. The weather was perfect, although like I said very windy. Great for photos though, "severe clear". We walked around and read the plaques. I noticed one strange thing, the flag over the fort was at half staff. I couldn't figure out why so I asked at the visitor center and they said that John Glenn was being buried at Arlington Cemetery that day.

Homage Show at the Vendue Hotel with Karin Jurick's painting, "Moms"

Fred Jamar artist in residence at the Vendue Hotel

That evening Karen and I went to the opening of the "Homage" show at the Vendue Hotel. We had been to the hotel the day before and met the artist in residence Fred Jamar. An interesting fellow with a good gig. The theme of this show was that artists from various galleries would paint their own versions of classic masterpieces. Our great friend Karin Jurick used Whistlers Mother as her reference and came up with her homage titled "Moms". All of the paintings were very creative, the crowd was large and everyone seemed to be having a good time. A really fun was to spend an evening in Charleston.

Angel Oak on John's Island

Our final day began with a trip to John's Island to see the Angel Oak. Some friends had told us that "you have to go and see this tree", so we did, and it was definitely worth the trip. The tree is claimed to be somewhere between 400 and 500 years old, with an expected lifespan of over 900 years. It's truly spectacular. 

Frank DeLoach

While we were there we met an artist painting the tree. His name was Frank De Loach. A very amiable man with an extensive history too broad in scope to list here other than to mention he worked at the Field Museum in Chicago and was involved with the preparation of the Tyrannosaurus Rex "Sue". For an armchair paleontologist like me I thought that was very cool. We talked for a long time and before we left we invited him to Karen's show that night and he said he'd try and make it. 

After we left the oak we drove over to Folly Beach. We walked around in the sand for a little while, but like the day before the wind was really strong making it difficult to get around. We eventually wound up on the fishing pier and just admired the view from there. 

Our free time was limited that day because Karen's opening was that evening, and we wanted to get in one more bowl of Laksa before we returned to Atlanta, so we drove to our room, got cleaned up and walked back to CO.

Karen, Frank and a fan from Asheville

A little after 5 we entered the gallery. Frank (the gallery director), Thomas and Liz had done a beautiful job of hanging  the show and there was already a sizable crowd as we walked in. One of her collectors got there early and was anxiously waiting to meet Karen. He was a surgeon, attending a conclave in Charleston, and was quickly running out of time before he had to leave. Fortunately we arrived early enough for he and Karen to have time to talk, and also buy a painting before heading out for his meeting.

Eric who usually tends the beverages was there again. It's always good to see him. He served drinks while Frank, Liz and Thomas expertly worked the room.

Thomas, Liz and Eric

Frank DeLoach, the artist we had met at the Angel Oak that morning did come to the show. 

Karen and Frank DeLoach

From then on it was more people, more good wishes, more compliments and more sales. When the opening had ended Karen had sold nine paintings. Frank, with his endless sense of optimism, assured Karen that her show would sell out before it's over. 

Karen in discussion

After the show we went back to our apartment and collapsed. Having a solo show is kind of stressful, so we watched a couple of episodes of House Hunters on the iPad then fell asleep.

We had already said our good-byes at the close of the show the night before and left Charleston early the next morning. It was an easy ride back and our house still intact when we arrived home. Chalk up another really successful trip. 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Triumph No. 2 In Progress

Triumph No. 2 | 30 x 30 | Oil on panel | In Progress
Just a few images of a new motorcycle in progress. Been in the works for a few weeks. Got a way to go just to get the underpainting done. Looking forward to the second pass.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Karen's Article in American Art Collector

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Karen has a nice exhibition preview article in the April issue of American Art Collector Magazine promoting her solo show at Principle Gallery / Charleston opening April 7th. If you'd like to see all of her paintings for that show here is the link to the events page of her website: 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Website

For the last few months my mornings have been spent rebuilding my website and that of Karen's site as well. My previous website was created using Freeway Pro, but the company announced that they had closed up shop and were no longer supporting their software. They also could not confirm if the program would be compatible with the newest Mac operating system, or future OS to come, so I began my search for a new program. I spent a lot of time checking out the various web based options (this seems to be the future) and finally settled on Squarespace. The learning curve wasn't too steep but our sites are rather large (especially Karen's) so it has taken a bit of time. Yesterday I uploaded my new site and it seems to be working okay. Karen's site is still in progress but should be ready in a couple of weeks. If you'd like to visit my new site the address is still

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pool Bowl

Pool Bowl  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel

I've still been juggling a bunch of frying pans here lately, but I was finally able to complete this bowl of pool balls for Rehs Galleries in NYC. It was nice to actually have a request for this subject. It's one I've done quite a number of times, but never tire of. At least not yet. Now I've got to get going on a piece for Arcadia. I've got a few compositions to choose from but haven't made a decision. Hopefully I'll be back at the easel at work on what ever that will be  in the next day or so. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Teamwork: 1st Painting for 2017

Teamwork  |  12 x 36  |  Oil on panel

I've been working on a bunch of stuff since the holidays. Some of it art related with a lot of other non art stuff thrown in. Because of this it's taken me quite a while to complete this painting, but it's finally done. I'm calling it Teamwork and after it's varnished I'll be shipping up to Lauren Ellis at C. K. Contemporary in San Francisco. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Arcadia Contemporary at the L. A. Art Show

Steve Diamant, owner of Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, was kind enough to use one of my paintings in an article in the January issue of American Art Collector magazine to promote their participation in the L. A. Art Show.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Big Drill No. 3

Big Drill No. 3   |   24 x 36   |   oil on canvas

I've been involved with quite a few, non art related, jobs during the last six weeks, but Big Drill No. 3 is finally done. My task now is to get back into painting mode and start producing new work. What to do?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

the Big Drill: In Progress - Day 2

the Big Drill  |  24 x 36  |   In Progress - Day 2

Next painting is on the easel. It's an image I've been "saving" for quite a while, and I felt it was finally time to use it. I've done a couple of paintings of this big drill already and I'm looking forward to a third.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Shift Lock: Remington Rand No.2 - Complete

Shift Lock   |   18 x 24   |   Oil on panel

Finally finished the Remington typewriter! Now it's on to a corporate commission that's been on hold until this piece was completed. 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Remington Rand No. 2: In Progress - Day Twelve

Remington Rand No. 2   |   18 x 24   |   Oil on panel

Work on the typewriter continues to progress. I finished the underpainting of the keys last night. Now I've got to do the linkages and the body. When that's done I start all over again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Remington Rand No. 2: In Progress - Day Eight

Remington Rand No. 2   |   18 x 24   |   Oil on panel

Finished up the underpainting for the hammers. Now it's on to the body and the keys.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Remington Rand No.2: In Progress - Day Three

Remington Rand No.2   |   18 x 24   |   Oil on panel

Inching along.