Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dallas Art Fair

Dallas has an annual art fair that attracts galleries from around the U.S. and the world. Ro2 Art, my home gallery, has had a booth in it the last two years, and this time my work was included, since I joined them this year.

Below are photos I took while visiting the Fair. Some are my wall at the Ro2 booth and some are pieces that caught my attention. If I know the artist I've listed the names, if not I haven't. Apologies to anyone overlooked.

Here I am with the paintings...

...and here are the paintings without me.

This is "Elizabeth Barrett Browning", which I'm happy to report sold at the Fair.

I enjoyed seeing this piece, by one of my favorite painters, Wolf Kahn.

I don't know who did this, but I enjoyed the Velazquez reference.

This beautiful portrait is by an artist also unfortunately unknown to me. I should take better notes.

I loved this painting of hikers, "Walkers on Ladle Hill" by Benjamin Senior.

I don't know who did this, but I think I see a rooster in there.

Again, I don't know the artist, but I do like the painting.


Some small but amazing urban landscapes by Rod Penner.

I also liked the minimalist landscape paintings by Gregory Botts.

And finally, this unfortunately out of focus piece by Ro2 gallery mate Erica Stephens. My photography is often found wanting, but I wanted to included it anyway.

Thanks to Ro2 Art for including me in this year's Fair.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Busy days.

I haven't been here in awhile and part of that is because of many things have been happening. Here are some of them.

This piece is called "Hill Country Oriole" and it's acrylic on panel, 8 by 10 inches.

I painted it as a trade for this beautiful and amazing wooden bowl created by woodsman Danny Kamerath, former graphic designer and now worker in wood living in Kerrville, Texas.

I added the rock at Danny's suggestion to, as he put it, "complete the piece".

Below are a couple of other recent paintings. "Cool River", acrylic/canvas, 14 by 18 inches, is at Tracy Miller Gallery in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Below it is "Jackrabbit Peak", acrylic/canvas, 24 by 12 inches. It's future is yet to be determined.

Finally, the Dallas Art Fair is happening this weekend. This link shows the work being shown in the booth of my new Dallas home gallery, Ro2 Art. I'll be reporting from the scene probably Saturday. When I'll write about it here is anybody's guess.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Who's Afraid of Chuck and George?

...You may ask. No one should be, since Brian Jones and Brian Scott, collectively "Chuck and George", create no danger, only delights for the eye and intellect. Their observations on their environment and everyday life take a turn toward the fanciful and have brought them considerable and well deserved attention.

CentralTrak, the University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency space, devoted part of its area to a show celebrating all things Chuck and George through the eyes of their fellow artists and friends. I was honored to be invited to be a part of the show.

The opening happened Friday, February 13 and will continue through a couple of months at least. Below is my contribution and below that are photos of the event and some of the other works I was able to get a record of, with my often poor photography. But hey, it was just one of those nights.

"Chuck (Brian) George"
8 by 16 inches, acrylic on two panels.

And here it is paired with a beautiful Mark Ross painting.

A favorite by Erica Stephens. Those are real teeth on the encroaching monster. While I've never seen anything like that at the Brians' house, I have no doubt it could appear at any minute. I'm sure it would be gentle, but monstrous nevertheless.

A beautifully crafted cut paper piece from Gretchen Goetz.

Disturbingly cuddly Chuck and George dolls by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.

I don't know who did this, but I like it a lot.

A great Bruce Lee Webb piece.

A fun Ken Craft watercolor narrative.

I don't know who made this, either, but I like it, too.

Tom Sale provided some signature Pinky Diablo skeleton watercolors.

One of my selfies with friends John Slate and guest of honor Brian Scott.

Another selfie with friends John Reitzer-Smith, Milton Morris, a young lady I don't think I have the pleasure of knowing and on the far right friend and guest of honor number two, Brian Jones.

A shot down the hall with the enthusiastic crowd.

The outside window of CentralTrak showcases two Chuck and George heads.

And finally, CentralTrak honcho Heyd Fontenot gives Brian Jones a well deserved sternum massage.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

At Tracy Miller Gallery

Welcome to 2015. This photo was provided by Tracy Miller, artist and owner of Tracy Miller Gallery in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It shows my work currently on display there. It's not an one person show situation, it's part of the gallery's rotating exhibition of all artists' work. I'm happy to be there and I hope to pay an in person visit this summer, as part of another epic road trip.
I also hope to be more attentive to this blog. Another new years resolution.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy holidays

Whatever it is you celebrate, if anything, I hope it's a good time.

This is an image I made, with some process pix along with it.

The piece started as a pencil drawing with intentional smudges. I scanned the drawing and with Photoshop turned the smudges into a half tone pattern.
I added the skin tone and hair as layers. They are scanned watercolor washes.

I added the color of the wing and the bird, also scanned watercolor washes. The robe texture was a photograph of a wall, as was the background. The clock is from a photograph of the court house in beautiful Crockett, Texas.
The gold leaves seen in the final version were from a photograph of a pattern on an antique window.
This piece exists only in digital form.

These are the textures I used, from photographs I took and watercolor washes I made.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Cat Show

This Saturday night Mighty Fine Arts Gallery presents "The Cat Show", an exhibition with part of the proceeds of sales going to spay, neuter, vaccinate and feed feral cats in the Tyler Street neighborhood of Dallas, TX, home to the gallery.

My contribution is a painting, "Backlit Cat", based on a photo I took of our cat, Scout, in front of an unfortunately in-need-of-a-cleaning window. Below is the painting, below that is the source photo.

Psychedelic punk band Inferno Texino is playing a set at the show.

Christina Rees and Bill Davenport, critics for Glasstire, an online Texas art magazine, discuss the show as one of their "Top Five" events of the week. "Backlit Cat" shows up at 3:12, if you're keeping time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mixed media with watercolor

Okay, I'm a bad blogger. Nearly two months of posting nothing; I have no excuses. A lot has been going on, and I'll try to get caught up with posting it here in the next few weeks, if not days.
To tell the truth, I've been pretty active on my Facebook page, on Twitter and most recently I've joined Instagram. So I guess that's why I'm behind here.

Here's the first catch-up item.
Tracy Miller Gallery in Manitou Springs, Colorado is having a holiday show called "100 for $100", a title that's self explanatory. The idea is for represented artists to show work that is available for that price. I decided to use 5 by 7 inches drawings which I scanned and printed on a laser scanner on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper. I then added watercolor to the printed images. The piece is attached to museum board and that is attached to wood 6 by 8 inches. Below are images of the pieces.

The show runs from November 29 through December 31.

This photo shows the "Bull" piece on the wall, to give it some context and scale.