Well, here we are! After a nerve racking day yesterday, we are settled in to our booth at Hope For The Holidays. Pictured here is said booth. I get lots of complements. I've got something here for every budget. Next weekend my lovely wife and I will be at another art fair. That one is at White Oaks Mall, organized by Art Z Studio. We aren't actually participating in that one, just helping out. I was asked to be the judge for the prizes. Really? Me, a judge? I don't feel worthy! Come one come all to both of these shows. The one today is at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield Illinois.
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).