Friday, May 30, 2014

2013/2014 ARC Salon Finalist: "Daniel Jabari"

I'm really happy to say that my painting "Daniel Jabari" has received a Finalist award in the 2013/2014 Art Renewal Center's Salon International contest.  There are a lot of wonderful representational works in this year's contest and I'm honored to be in the company of so many gifted, talented artists.

"Daniel Jabari", oil on panel, 24" x 24"

Yes, I know I've posted this painting on my blog a few times this year already but I hope you'll forgive me for putting it up here again.

Meanwhile, I'm working very hard, trying to complete three or four paintings at the same time. (Which is not what I usually do. I don't know what's gotten into me.) Work goes v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y toward the end of a painting. And I always seem to have urgent, fugitive, transitory subjects entering my jurisdiction which demand to be painted from life, so I work those into my day also. My paintings are as much a record of my existence as they are anything else, a kind of nonverbal public diary, or at least that's how I think of them.

And thirdly, I've been tidying up my studio and rediscovered a trainload of art supplies that I haven't played with in years. More fun than a candy store!

A complete list of the current Art Renewal Center winners can be found at the ARC website.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Maddie in the Act of Painting" at the Butler Institute of American Art's Midyear Show

I'm really excited to report that my little piece "Maddie in the Act of Painting" (12" x 12") has been accepted into The Butler Institute of American Art's 78th Annual Midyear Exhibition in Youngstown, Ohio. The show opens July 27th and runs until Sept. 7th, 2014.

The Butler Institute is a wonderful museum with a long history of promoting and encouraging contemporary American artists.  There are always a lot of fantastic paintings in the show - if you're interested in coming to the opening, more information is available at the Butler website.