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I was influenced to make the Ganesha Wimpy by all the beautiful carved Ganesha's at the Denver Art Museum. Genesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles. Wimpy tries to remove all obstacles by "Gladly paying Tuesday for a Hamburger today". Ganesha's several hands holds sweet delicacies, what is Wimpy's favorite delicacy but a handfuls of hamburgers. The clay needs to be fired and then I will paint it with acrylic paint.
Olive Oyl Fantasy
I made plaster molds for Popeye and GaneshaWimpy that I could quickly press out clay panels for wall hangings. I'm thinking that I will make molds for Brutus and Olive Oyl so I can press out further adventures with Popeye and his Friends. For as simple of a medium as clay is I still need to learn more about glazing and firing. I would like to take another session of ceramics at the Arvada Art Center.
Queen Grania Castle
Another cold and blustery Irish day. I drove Cathy and her cousins, Margaret and Patricia to Kilkenny to see their beautiful design center. I was hoping for a bright calm day were I could set up in the middle of park greens' and paint the U shaped castle. The weather was not cooperative so I set up in the shelter of some bare trees for a wind and rain block. I couldn't paint the grand scale of the castle but I was able to paint the round stoutness of one of the corner towers.
Flanagan's Back Garden
I debated whether I should name this Daffodils in Still Life and Landscape. This was my first painting on our 2018 Ireland trip. We arrived in late March and we were expecting an early spring not a late winter. The fields were brown and the trees still dormant but the wild daffodils were in bloom throughout the emerald isle. I was able to paint this from the Flanagan’s kitchen table protected from the elements. The vase of daffodils were sitting on the window sill and the garden was in bloom with a profusion of daffodils
Ireland is coverting old railroad lines into “Greenway” for cyclists and pedestrians. The line from Waterford to Dugarven has been converted and I went looking with cousin Bredan for the historic train trestle bridge. We looked high and low from the Greenway for the bridge it couldnt be found. It wasnt until i ventured further along that i discovered that all the while the bridge was hiding underneath us.
Dunmore East Bay
I knew this would be my last painting on this trip to Ireland. I wanted to make it a good one with the weather promising to be so good. I think I spent too much time driving around to find the prerfect site. As I drove into Dunmore East I settled on the site of their swimming beach. I had painted this before in September 2010. I set up on the rocks next to the rough surf. The scene was back lit with a bright slice of yellow sky. I'm not happy with what's happening with the houses or color swatches on the shore but I'm really happy with the surf.
Another day where a painter of faint heart would have returnedto bed in the face of such cold and windy Irish weather. I knew that if I could find a copse of sheltering tree I would be able to get a good painting started. Sure enough as I walked up to the abbey the wind was broken by the forest and I found a quiet nook. I was mainly concerned in getting the perspective and dimensions set in the composition with the subtle shadows correct in the diffused light. I got a good beginning and with a few photographs I was able to continue to work on the detail in the evening at our Bed and Breakfast.
|2017 Colorado Visions Exhibition, Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave||2017-04-10 thru 2017-05-25|
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Opening reception for the 20th anniversary for "Colorado Vision", A juried exhibit Sponsored by the North Metro Arts Alliance,by
Three paintings were selected for the show, "Lizard Rock", "Cottonwood Canopy", and "Table Mesa Park". These three paintings can be found by selecting the "Oils" link on the Home Contents page,
|Boulder County, Parks & Open Space, Juried Art Show, The Great Frame Up, 430 Main, Longmont, Co||2016-10-14 thru 2016-11-04|
Friday, October 14, 6-9 p.m. - Free opening reception for the "Outdoor Creations - 2016 Boulder County Juried Art Show"
The Boulder County, Parks & Open Space, Juried Art Show will open in Longmont on Oct.14, 2016. The artists were limited to painting sites only in the Boulder County Parks and Open Space. My two paintings selected were painted at the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve and Heil Ranch.
|2015 Colorado Visions Exhibition, Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave.||2015-04-16 thru 2015-05-26|
Thursday, April 16, 5-7 p.m. - Free opening reception for the "Colorado Visions - 2015 North Metro Alliance Juried Art Show"
I placed second (aka the Judges Award) with the oil painting, "March, Marshall Mesa". The show is sponsored by the North Metro Arts Alliance.
|2014 Colorado Plein Air Exhibition, Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Ave Pkwy, Level 7||2014-11-18 thru 2014-12-31|
Friday, October 10, 6-9 p.m. - Free opening reception for the "Outdoor Creations - 2014 Boulder County Juried Art Show"
This exhibition represents a culmination of the creative work of over 60 plein air artists painting at dozens of venues across the state. This is the fourth year that I've been selected for this show and the first time to be selected in the Professional Artist category. I didn't win any awards but I am very happy with where my paintings were hung and under great lighting
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