Saturday, December 16, 2017

"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry", is the title of a jaw-dropping exhibition currently on display at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. I met a couple of artist friends at the Gallery yesterday morning to share the experience of this wonderful assemblage of masterful art. The underlying concept of the exhibition, which consists of about 70 works all together and features ten by the master, Vermeer himself, is to display works by him and a number of his contemporaries - all painting at the same time - to compare and contrast their individual approaches to the genre of portraying every day life.

This is the kind of assemblage of art that, for an artist like myself, really touches the key issues of what it is to work among peers - learning from each other, bouncing ideas off one another, and feeding each other's needs to grow as an artist. 

Artists don't necessarily work within a vacuum, though we do tend to spend a great deal of time alone in our studios, alone with our own personal thoughts of how to work, what to focus on, and how to portray it. Having other working artists as friends and those to socialize with, enables we creative beings to 'talk shop', look over each other's shoulders and offer critique and advice when asked. Seeing a large grouping of works, many of which portray similar if not duplicate ideas and compositional frameworks hanging side by side so comparisons can not only be seen directly but also understood in the broader context of a specific period of time, gives a more in-depth, richer appreciation of such bodies of work.

As exceptional as many of his contemporary fellow Dutch countrymen artists were, once you see a Vermeer hung side by side with them, the immensity of his talents overbears. 

There is much to take away from this exhibition, which hangs through January 21st, and if you have time to enjoy the hour and a half video that is available on the Gallery web site, linked here, it will give a very fine overview of the idea behind this exceptional exhibition, or better still, if you can plan a visit to the National Gallery in the next month, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Shortly to open at the first of the five National Tour venues of the traveling portion of the 2017 edition of Birds in Art (which premiered as it always does at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum), 60 works, including my "Lisa's Girls", will be on view in Chicago through the next several months. Check the list of venues to see if there is one near you and plan to see some marvelous works of art with birds as their common theme.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Currently hanging at the Mystic Seaport Museum, Contemporary American Marine Art - the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists - will be on exhibit through January 21st. The Seaport Museum is the final stop of a six venue tour of the exhibition which originated in the fall of 2016, so if you are traveling to or near Mystic in the next two months, stop by the museum and take in this marvelous exhibition of 120 works, including my drawing, "To the Open Sea".

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Available now . . . Volume 9 of North Light Books series, Strokes of Genius. Got my copy recently and it is filled with inspiring works, including three of mine! Would make a wonderful gift for a creative/arty family member or friend.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

This coming Friday evening will mark the 20th Anniversary show at Troika Gallery in Easton, Maryland. I'm pleased to have been associated with Troika for quite a few years now and will be on hand early in the evening to mingle and speak about my work. The show coincides with the first day of the 2017 Waterfowl Festival, at which I will also be exhibiting in the Armory. Come visit historic Easton and experience some fine art, sculpture, carving and craft during this year's Waterfowl Festival.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Following up on the last post here, also appearing in the pages of the November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, a very nice four page feature on me and my work. I am highly honored to have my work grace the pages of this respected publication and thank Peter Trippi and his staff for such a spotlight.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The November/December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine is about to go on sale. I'm honored to have one of my works, Steam Fitters, included in a special spread on Industrial imagery. My thanks to the editorial staff and Peter Trippi for spotlighting one of my works in this interesting feature.