Two new paintings I'm posting today. The Parrots will be available soon at Art-Z Studio. The pointing hand called "You" is small model for a much bigger picture I plan to do soon. This version pictured here is to be donated to the Springfield Art Association for an event.
Yesterday Marcia and I had the pleasure to go to Chicago and see the latest Bruno Surdo exhibit at Gallery Victor Armendariz. We were impressed. Bruno is a figurative painter working in a Realist tradition, mixed with elements that are painted loosely, with an impressionistic quality. I've known of Bruno Surdo for at least 23 years. Back when I first graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, I had a chance to become one of his students. I even interviewed with him. But my own personal finances didn't allow it to become a reality. Bruno Surdo is one of the best contemporary painters, in my opinion. A true inspiration of mine.
This weekend I participated in an art fair at Edwards Place. It's on the grounds where there stands an historic old home where Abraham Lincoln met Mary Todd. All in all it was a good experience, but it was so hot, and barely a breeze. I was drenched in sweat, and we lost a piece of equipment for reading credit cards. But we met a guy who I will refer to here as N.G.. He collects art and likes realist paintings also. Marcia and I were pleased as we were trying to connect with him for a while. Well, we didn't sell any paintings this weekend, but we did sell a print at Art-Z studio, the gallery currently exhibiting my work. Next Friday Marcia and I are taking a day trip to Chicago to see an exhibit by Bruno Surdo. More on that later.
It was around September 1 that I finished a portrait that I've been working on all summer. I call it "Portrait Of Anne Nonimas," (Anonymous). Or just Anne for short. Anne is a composit picture of four or five different people using pieces of photos I found on the Internet all "jigsaw puzzled" together in Photoshop to form a single fictitious person. I then painted her. I'm using the portrait to advertise my portrait painting service at Art-Z Studio, the gallery currently showing my work. But, a collector who likes my work has been interested in buying it. That's fine, I could use the money. I'll have to do another portrait to replace it though.
I'm also about to finish another picture with two parrots. On the fifth I started a tiny painting on a six by six inch square canvas That I'm slated to donate to the Springfield Art Association for an annual raffle. It depicts just a hand pointing it's index toward the viewer. I plan to call it "You."
I'm looking to expand my outreach as far as possible by obtaining a relationship with a gallery anywhere in the world. But especially the East coast, West Coast, Chicago, or Europe. A "high end" gallery is a plus. So if you are a gallery owner or manager, no matter where, and you want to talk to me, I want to talk to you. Don't hesitate to contact me through the "Contact" section of the menu.
This is a survey we put on social networks this week. We are trying to determine the interest level people have toward creating a class or workshop for oil painting in the realist style.
Date of birth: January 7, but the year is unimportant.
Home town: I was born in St. Louis Missouri. I made Chicago Illinois my adopted home town, but I now live in Leland Grove Illinois.
Education: Studied drawing and painting at The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago.
Marital Status: Married to Marcia Jungmeyer (Wohltmann)(Mueller).