This is a new piece for an upcoming, unique show in Ft. Worth, TX. The show is unique because it combines visual arts with literary arts. Ten visual artists and ten writers were invited to participate. The visual artists were given a written work to create a piece based on, the writers were given an image from a visual artist to write about. This painting is based on the short story I was given.
It took hours and hours to get my photo reference for this piece...splashing wine around the studio plus trial and error with camera settings and lighting equals just what I wanted! Aside from the Jordan painting, I usually don't have to try to capture actual motion in my reference photos. Pretty happy with how this turned out.
I was recently invited to participate in a juried art competition sponsored by Jordan Winery to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Jordan Winery created a challenging art competition for four cities. Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Dallas artists were challenged to create a piece based on their theme of combining a "Jordan" element and a "host city(Dallas)" element....."In honor of its 40th anniversary in 2012, iconic California vintner Jordan Vineyard & Winery has created the 4 on 4 Art Competition, a four-city initiative that challenges local artists to create a commemorative work of art that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city". From the Jordan blog
My painting was selected to advance to the actual competition which was hosted by D Magazine and held atRising Gallery in Dallas, TX. The event was last evening, and I was floored when I found out my painting was selected 1st place by the panel of celebrity judges. Mr. Jordan was on hand and couldn't have been nicer. I addition to supplying the prize for 1st place, he also purchased my painting and assured me it would hold a place of prominence in the Chateau. I was surprised and very honored to win and have Mr. Jordan think so highly of my painting.
Many thanks to Bryan Wetz of Rising Gallery who invited me to participate in the competition, the panel of judges, and the entire Jordan family.
If you want to see the other pieces entered in the Dallas show, check out the Jordan blog. I completely forgot to take my camera, and even forgot to take my iphone in, sorry for the lack of pictures! I'll try to round some up...but the event was packed, the art work was beautifully displayed and Jordan wine was flowing freely!
Some of my work is in a new book coming out in April. It's actually available for preorder on Amazon now though. It was nice to see that I had a painting make the cover....not the only painting on the cover, but I'm not complaining. (mine is located lower left corner)
For the month of October, I will be a part of a group show at Elliott Fouts Gallery. The list of artists in this show is amazing and it really is an honor to be included. The artists are: Christopher Stott, Teresa N. Fischer, Alvin Richard, James Neil Hollingsworth, Mary Ellen Johnson, Russell Harris, Jeff Cohen, Judy Nunes, Jelaine Faunce, and me.
The cherry on top was finding out that one of my pieces sold before the show even opened! The Still Life
October 1 - November 2, 2011
Opening: Second Saturday, October 8th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Along with the Coca-Cola painting below, this piece will also be sent to Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta. The gallery is hosting a Coca-Cola themed exhibit for the Coca-Cola Company which is based in Atlanta.
Finished! It's fairly obvious what my subject matter was: a euphonium. Well, maybe not obvious, but certainly you can tell it's some sort of shiny musical instrument. I wanted to use a reflective subject for my music themed OK Mozart piece, but really had no idea what kind of instrument to use or even how to get my hands on one. Then it dawned on me...I simply contacted Eddy Russell, Director of Bands, who is a fellow teacher at my school. He was generous enough to loan me a very photogenic euphonium to use as my reference. Once I popped the case open and put lights on it in my studio, I was amazed at how well it caught and twisted reflections. Little did I know at that time how challenging it would be to realize on canvas. But here we are many hours later and it's finished. I hope the parallels between music and visual art can be made, on some level, by everyone who sees it. The obvious are things like, movement, rhythm, harmony, etc. Less obvious connections can be found, and those are the more meaningful and personal ones. This piece has nothing to do with Mozart specifically or even a genre of music. It is a symbol of music and nothing more. I intentionally tried to avoid that in every stage of this process to allow for individual connections. Since this is a music themed piece, and I'm in the sharing mood(progress photos and such), I thought I would disclose the music I listened to while painting. I went through my entire collection of Godspeed You Black Emperor!, entire collection of The White Stripes(a couple of times). and Morphine(B sides and otherwise)....all of which covered about 12% of the time spent working on this piece!