Featured Artist: Colin Page!

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Lobster Blues by Colin Page  48×36″  Oil

Wow! Colin’s still life’s have always amazed me. Well, I guess that’s true of all his work. Colin can literally paint absolutely anything! This lobster dinner looks quite tasty. Just look at the light in that blue glass. The intricacies of the tablecloth. The LOBSTER that looks, well, good enough to eat! I love the addition of the notecard and pen!

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Cozy Harbor by Colin Page  36×36″  Oil

This painting just grabs me. I love the stillness of the water and that red outbuilding (oh! that red!) – also love the magnificent white house looking so majestic in height compared to surrounding buildings. Colin can paint a dock with such style. Love it!

Are you interested in taking a workshop in 2017? Colin has several workshops, and good news, some still have openings, but be quick, the spots usually fill up quickly. Everyone loves Colin, has fun and learns a lot from his workshops – His next workshop is a CALIFORNIA PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP in Balboa Island, CA through Debra Huse Gallery FEBRUARY 1 – 4, 2017 (and a solo show that runs from Feb. 3-28)!

Next is a MARYLAND PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP that runs from MARCH 23 – 26, 2017, hosted by Chesapeake Fine Art Studio, Kent Island, MD.

Be sure to check out all of Colin’s Workshops and Upcoming Shows, as well as his new and improved (if possible) website!

All images via ColinPagePaintings.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Featured Artist: Eric Bowman!

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Trespass by Eric Bowman  29 5/8 x 22″ Oil

Eric Bowman. I love his style. From Eucalyptus trees with so much character to his figure paintings, each evokes such feeling. Eric is brilliant when it comes to marketing as well, he’s got a great sense of humor, and his paintings show that he loves what he does. Eric’s work is stunning, to say the least!

Trespass is a very symbolic painting… it caught my attention when Eric sent out a Christmas/holiday newsletter entitled PEACE. Nice! Very nice! You can feel the passion in this painting – and that light in the distance, wow!

Eric has several shows coming up in 2017 – don’t miss them if you’re in the area! Click HERE to see more of Eric’s upcoming shows.

L A ART SHOW 2017

Eric will be showing with the Maxwell Alexander Gallery at this venue- the opening is tomorrow evening, Thursday, Jan 12th 11am – 7pm, 2017, the show runs from 1/12-1/15/2017.

Click HERE for a link to the exhibit!

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Night Brings Good Counsel by Eric Bowman 16×20″ Oil

I happen to love Eric’s trees. They make me smile. They have so much character! I always love a road with trees, a stunning sky, especially a nocturne and oh! That moon! I swear it’s real!

Mockingbird Gallery 2017

Event Dates: 2/3/2017 – 3/2/2017
Reception: 2/3/2017  5-9pm
Location: Mockingbird Gallery
Phone Number: (541) 388-2107
Address: 869 NW Wall St, Suite 100, Bend, Oregon 97703

Eric will be showing with the Mockingbird Gallery in a three person show including Julee Hutchison and Bart Walker.

Mark your calendar! Click HERE for a link to the exhibit!

Read a bit about Eric, from his website:

“Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, CA (back when it actually had orange groves). Essentially a self-taught artist, Eric had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember, always the class artist throughout his elementary and high school years. Various art-related jobs such as silk screen T-shirt printer or surfboard airbrush technician led to a lengthy and successful career as a commercial artist, eventually transitioning to fine art painting. As a painter, Eric has garnered many awards in national & regional exhibitions in some of the country’s most prestigious galleries and museums.  His paintings are in collections around the world, including England, China, Australia, Canada and Mexico. 

 Eric Bowman is a Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an Out-of-State Member of the California Art Club. When not traveling to various plein air shows or visiting his beloved home state of California, Eric resides in northwest Oregon with his wife and daughter, and their dog, Mucha.” Read more HERE

All info & images via EricBowman.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Featured Artist: Scott Boyle (and workshop – October 2016)!

Roan Mountain Clouds by Scott Boyle 20x24 Oil

Roan Mountain Clouds by Scott Boyle 20×24 Oil

Scott Boyle. Beautiful paintings. Just look at these clouds! Puffy and light – I am a cloud connoisseur, ha ha… they fascinate me! The road leading up to the trees is wonderful and really shows distance, doesn’t it? Beautiful light and shadows in the grass! I think if I were here I would be on the grass gazing up at the sky – watching those clouds roll by…

“Roan Mt. Round Bald – Appalachian Trail” is Scott’s description. I love when artists give you a little blip about a painting. The who, what, when or where makes it that much more interesting.

Scott’s website shows his plein air and studio paintings. This painting happens to be a studio painting, it’s amazing how he has kept it so fresh, as if he were standing in that very spot. Usually I can tell a big difference between an artist’s studio paintings versus plein air paintings, but not with Scott’s. Truly, it’s like he was right there!

Hoyle Homestead by Scott Boyle 12x16 Oil

Hoyle Homestead by Scott Boyle 12×16 Oil

Just look at this home that Scott painted, the Hoyle Homestead, “The oldest known standing structure in Gaston County – Dallas, NC.”

This is such a fabulous house, I love the warm sun on the front of the house and THOSE TREES! What character! A really beautiful painting! Be sure to check out Scott’s website – you can tell that he loves where he lives – the areas that he paints are breathtaking!

Are you looking to take a workshop? Well, you may be in luck! 

Scott will be teaching a 3 Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in Dallas, North Carolina October 11 – 13, 2016 – click HERE for more info!

Read a bit about Scott, from his website:

“North Carolina landscape artist Scott Boyle is a visual explorer, a promoter of plein air painting, and the founder of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters, which organizes numerous outdoor painting events around the state each year.  Additionally, he teaches workshops and frequently speaks on subjects relating to outdoor painting.

While growing up in Indiana Scott was recognized to have unusual artistic abilities from a young age. He was fortunate to have parents who immersed him with opportunities to develop his talent with private lessons and years of study with traditional Brown County Artists in Indiana during his earlier years.

Scott moved to North Carolina in 1987, where his senses were awakened to the rich and subtle beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  He soon discovered that painting small sketches outdoors was the best way to explore the landscape.  He continues in the tradition, commonly known today as plein air painting, following after the tradition of the great 19th Century painters who used this outdoor process as an indispensable tool to produce more meaningful studio works.

Since 2006, Scott has made dozens of trips to the Roan Highlands Region, which encompasses numerous high country grassy balds along the NC/TN border.  He backpacks with his painting gear to capture the visual drama at high elevations.  During the winter, he produces large paintings in his studio from these experiences.

In 2010, Scott was included in the historical Blue Ridge Realists artist group whose work focuses on Western North Carolina scenes. 

Scott currently lives in rural Gaston County, North Carolina with his wife, Esther.” Check out Scott’s Artist Statement as well as the rest of his Bio – good stuff!

Image via ScottBoyleArt.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Frank Gardner | Marc Hanson – Stunning Work! – Show at Addison Art Gallery TOMORROW!

TWO FABULOUS ARTISTS, Frank Gardner and Marc Hanson – ONE FABULOUS SHOW Opens Tomorrow at Addison Art Gallery!

The opening is Friday, July 30, 2016 from 5-7PM – if you are anywhere near Orleans, MA – you won’t want to miss it! These are two artists I admire so much, they both push themselves and the results are breathtaking!

Read a bit about the show, from Addison Art Gallery – then check out a sample of the paintings in the show – oh, how I wish I was close by:

Orleans MA — On Saturday, July 30 from 5 to 7, the Addison Art Gallery will host an opening reception for Marc Hanson of Mississippi and Frank Gardner of Mexico. Long time friends, Hanson and Gardner have often traveled together to paint, and have exhibited together in Addison Art Gallery and museum shows on Cape Cod. This past winter, they decided to join talents again. 

 

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Peaceful Harmony by Frank Gardner 24x30 Oil

Peaceful Harmony by Frank Gardner 24×30 Oil

Just look at the reflections in the water! The light on the ladder, the colors and textures in the pilings. WOW! I have always loved Frank’s paintings, they have something about them that are definitely all his, but this latest group of paintings is different and I love every one!

Snorkel by Frank Gardner 30x24 Oil

Snorkel by Frank Gardner 30×24 Oil

SNORKEL jumped out to me – I could look at it forever. There is a quiet innocence to it. That wonderful feeling of being a kid of vacation, remember the days when the family would be packed into a car and head for some place wonderful like Cape Cod? Frank’s paintings pull at your memories of those times. I love the kid in this painting, as well as the water behind him, with all the wonderful colors, this is stunning.

Frank’s comments on this show:

“My earliest memories of Cape Cod take me back to summer vacations with my family in the late 60’s and 70’s. We would load into the Chevy Impala for the much anticipated road trip every July. ‘Summer on Cape Cod’ is the theme for the new work I am painting for this season at Addison Art Gallery. My inspiration for this series is drawn from old memories and photos from my earliest trips to the Cape as well as from my most recent summer trips. Subjects range from fun on the beach, to classic Cape Cod scenes and some things in between.” — Frank Gardner 

Read a bit about Frank, from his website:

My paintings are interpretations of my experiences. They come from the desire to share the beauty that I see every day by arranging bits of color and ideas to tell a story. Drawn to the colors of fleeting light effects on the landscape I try and accurately represent color I see. However, I also interpret and push color if it is useful to convey how the scene makes me feel. Color combinations and juxtapositions are a lot of what make a subject appealing to me. I look for situations that are unique to a particular place at a certain time, depending on lighting conditions, but also filtered through my mood at the time a piece is painted.

Painting in a representational style, and influenced by the impressionists, I am drawn to fleeting light effects and color while sometimes sacrificing detail. A controlled chaos or loose spontaneity is my favored look, although each color and stroke is well thought out and carefully placed. My goal is to convey to the viewer my feelings about the scene through my use of color and brushwork. I’ll let the subject and my mood determine how much detail is required to complete each painting.

Paint application is important to me. It is a very personal facet of my work. An artists brushwork and paint handling is what sets their work apart from another artist’s interpretation of the same view. It is as unique as a fingerprint. I not only brush paint on, but lift it off, or smear it with a finger or paint rag. It is often the lifting off of the paint or moving it around after it is on the canvas that gives the look I am after. Continue reading HERE

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A Little Cedar by Marc Hanson 11x14 Acrylic

A Little Cedar by Marc Hanson 11×14 Acrylic

Marc knows how to make a painting really stand out – I think the lavender in A LITTLE CEDAR adds so much, it makes the rest of the painting stand out. Marc is a master when it comes to landscapes, his paintings will blow you away – His skill has been acquired from years of hard work creating MANY paintings – just look at the light! A that bit of unexpected blue on the horizon… really nice! Everything about this painting is first class!

Brilliance by Marc Hanson 8x10 Oil

Brilliance by Marc Hanson 8×10 Oil

Utter perfection! Some of you may have heard about my affinity for orange. I can feel the warmth from this painting! It’s stunningly beautiful in every way! Marc has a way of portraying a scene without overdoing. I love the simplicity of this painting. Sounds easy, but it’s not.

Marc’s comments on this show: “In my work for this show, I have concentrated on the quieter side of the Cape. That’s the side that I enjoy the most. Although the harbors and towns are all part of the experience there, I prefer to spend most of my time exploring those areas that see less traffic. In particular the Fort Hill area is a favorite. The marshes and lowland areas draw me in and have me thinking about the history of the area pre-settlement. In the end, it’s the light on the Cape that is the real subject of all of the work I’ve done there.”— Marc R. Hanson

Read a bit about Marc, from his website:

Having grown up in a military family, Marc’s youth was spent on the move. He was born in Oxnard, California and spent some of his early school years there. But his geographical resume soon included Alaska, Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Norway. After his father’s retirement from the Air Force, Marc’s family settled in the small northern California community of Loomis. Marc began college as a biology major, but soon applied to and was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in illustration. After Art Center and a brief stint as a staff illustrator in Sacramento, California, Marc moved to Minnesota where he lived for 33 years while raising a family and pursuing his art. Marc relocated to Colorado in the Fall of 2012.

“I have pursued a career as a painter for many years now. Along the way my methods, materials and focus have evolved. A naturalist at heart, the landscape is the perfect vehicle for expressing the joy I have for the world that surrounds me. My real interest and challenge as a painter is how to best manipulate the core principles of painting into effective visual statements. I’m most successful when I’m able to communicate that joy to the viewers of my paintings.”

Marc teaches landscape painting workshops in many locations nationally. “ I love working with other painters in their pursuit to better their craft. My goal is not to have them assimilate my style and technique, but to teach them how to more closely exam- ine the subject and apply the principles that representational painters must follow to become effective visual communicators.”

He has shown his work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally since the early 1980’s. He is a Signature Member of The Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.)… Continue reading HERE

All images via AddisonArt.com, FrankGardner.com and MarcHansonArt.com used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Featured Artist: Colin Page! Show at Dowling Walsh Gallery!

The Apple Tree by Colin Page 36x48 Oil

The Apple Tree by Colin Page 36×48″ Oil

Colin Page. His paintings are recognizable from a distance. He really doesn’t even need a signature, you can look at it and say WOW! COLIN! There are so many fabulous paintings to chose from it boggles the mind. The Apple Tree is so wonderful, I love how the children are playing, the dramatic tree, fabulous sky, tree shadows, and the girl reaching for the cat. Stunning work. As always!

Skull by Colin Page 36x36 Oil

Skull by Colin Page 36×36″ Oil

I love Colin’s tablescapes. I love every one of them. This one is so unexpected. I’ve seen other skull paintings of his and they were remarkable as well, but this skull on top of the table with flowers is stunning.

If you are in the Rockland, Maine area, do not miss his show at Dowling Walsh Gallery!

Opening Reception, First Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5-8pm (TONIGHT!)

Read more about Colin, and see more work from this show HERE.

Colin has a fabulous website as well, be sure to check it out – don’t miss his journal, it’s full of great information!

Are you an experienced artist looking to take a workshop? I see that Colin has a workshop coming up in September – it looks AMAZING! Check out the details HERE!

All images via DowlingWalsh.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Featured Artist: Karen Blackwood (& UPCOMING WORKSHOP)!

Closed For Winter by Karen Blackwood

Closed for Winter by Karen Blackwood 24×30″  Oil (Available at Haynes Galleries)

Karen Blackwood has wonderful work. This winter scene has such a wonderful feel to it. The subtle colors, the shapes of the trees, the grasses that break up the snow – nice!

Are you interested in taking a workshop with Karen? She has a one day workshop with a few openings… next month! Karen would be a great artist to take a workshop from, especially if you are interested in seascapes!

Karen Blackwood Workshop

Sounds like a fabulous workshop, doesn’t it? Contact Karen if interested!

Sun and Surf by Karen Blackwood

Sun and Surf by Karen Blackwood  18×36″  Oil (Available at Trees Place Gallery)

Karen’s seascapes are well known, they have such lively movement, fabulous colors, light and those waves! Wow!

Read a bit about Karen, from her website:

Karen Blackwood was born in N.H. and received her BA in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. studying under Conley Harris and Sigmund Abeles, with continued studies at the  Art Students League in N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City ad Agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting. Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. As a member of the California Art Club, Karen’s new passion for landscapes bloomed among a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. The clubs renowned members include Granville Redmond and Edgar Payne. They, as well as American Masters like John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School Artists are influential to Karen.

Like the California Impressionists, Karen feels light is a defining factor, and it is the atmospheric quality of the light that she captures in her paintings. Her work is a desire to convey an emotional response to the landscape and to attain that perfect state of being that sometimes comes from painting it. Now living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the coastal scenery is providing her with endless inspiration for her marine work, garnering her an award as a Finalist in the International Artist Magazine Competition, Honorable Mention in a recent OPA online showcase and numerous selections as the Favorite Top 15% in the Bold Brush Competitions. Read more HERE

All images via KarenBlackwoodFineArt.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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The Lost Art of the Painted Photograph with Corlis Caroll!

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Corlis Carroll. What a dynamic soul! She has such a big heart, and she is as full of life as she can be! Corlis has mastered the art of the painted photograph. Be sure to stop by her show, it’s sure to be a treat!

Location: 1855 Western Avenue, (1 mile west of of Crossgates Mall), Albany, New York – Look for the colored bee boxes.

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One thing about Corlis, she is enthusiastic about her art. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She brings a smile to your face, and so do her paintings. She has a joie de vivre that cannot be denied!

There was a wonderful article in Spotlightnews.com about Corlis, to read, click HERE.

Read about the process, from her Facebook page:

In 1990, at the University at Albany, Corlis Carroll took a class in “Alternative Methods in Photography”. Upon graduation from UAlbany, (Phi Beta Kappa, 1994, major in art), Corlis soon moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine and lived there summers, first working as a house keeper for lodging and wages. In her “off” hours, Corlis could be seen in the village, on the cliffs or in the forest with paints and easel. Beginning in 1981 with a camera, she later turned to painting in oil and gouache for the study of light, composition and color. In 2013, she returned to her earlier love of the painted photograph and found a new world and a treasure trove of beautiful possibilities.

The painted photograph is an art form that has only been seen minimally since middle-class women found a hobby in it during the early to mid-twentieth century, and portrait photographers used it to color the hair, cheeks and lips of their subjects.

It is how color was commonly achieved in Photography.

There are only two methods in painting that begin with the gray scale: Grisaille, a paint medium and the Painted Photograph.
Covering gray with color creates a palette that is oddly familiar and visually pleasing though slightly confusing. 

Corlis is often asked: “what am I looking at? Is it a painting? Is it a photograph?”

It is both.

A blip about the show, from Corlis Caroll’s Facebook page:

Stickley Furniture delivers 9 thousand dollars in gorgeous Furniture for the show TODAY. They have been so supportive, so generous. Thank you John Hanson, 10 year designer for Stickley. Your guidance and expertise is so appreciated. You and Stickley have been so supportive. See you tomorrow.

I was paid the highest compliment of my life yesterday by a gentleman and business owner who has been active in the arts for over 30 years in the Albany area.

He said: “You are a great artist.” 

Be still my heart. I wanted to cry. It was 1980 when I first picked up the camera. 35 years later and these are, without a doubt, the most wonderfully affirming words that I have ever heard.

Thank you Gary Weitzman, owner, Artforms, Guilderland, NY. You are too kind. 

THE LOST ART OF THE PAINTED PHOTOGRAPH
12-6 through 12-9, from 3-7. The Irish Coffee, Cookies and Krause’s Chocolates are calling you…and the Art too, of course.

So grateful. Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to take a look. Bring the children. They are my favorite people.

All images via Corlis F Caroll Facebook page, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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