I started painting in 2002 but really didn’t get away from a studio and start painting outside for two more years. Since then I’ve hauled my easel around and painted ‘en plein air’ (outdoors in French) in almost two dozen cities around the world.
At the end of 2019 I had the fortune of visiting Argentina and capturing the below view of the Country’s Congress made a career milestone of being out in the elements, capturing the incredible views, and conversing with locals on five continents. A few choice selections of my outdoor ‘offices’ over the years:
It was a modern twist on a Van Gogh’s satirical ‘Skull with cigarette‘ It sold for the highest amount they had ever had in their first round (before social lubrication 😉 with over a dozen bids on it in the 8 years they’d been running the charity. Boom!
27-30 SEP 12: Spent two days in Baltimore including a Thursday night NFL game (Browns v Ravens) and two days in DC.
Artistically I only focused on Baltimore this trip. ‘Charm City’ didn’t disappoint and I was pleased to see the city is doing a great job with redevelopment.
Atop Federal Hill in Baltimore with the famous Domino’s Sugar plant and sign in the distance.
NOV 11: During my visit back home for Thanksgiving I managed to get some great visuals to create a tonalist dirty ashcan like painting of Cleveland’s largest Steel Mill on the banks of the Cuyahoga. Can’t wait it’s gunna be a great piece!
So I’ll be honest. I went into this book somewhat biased already as an admirer of Bellows works that I’d seen …and additionally because we were in the same fraternity at Ohio State (just a decade or nine removed 😉
The book is just near perfect. The book is the perfect size at 160 pages, not too short, nor too long to keep the interest. The book includes not only his paintings; but also lithographs of his sketches, and photographs of him through the years. The accompanying text is easy to read, very informative, historically detailed, and includes many insightful Bellows quotes. One leaves the book with a new found education of life in the early 1900s and wondering what Bellows more Bellows might have produced if not for his early death.
Ok so the title says ‘complete paintings’ which is somewhat misleading. The whole volume series maybe his complete paintings, but this (final) volume of the series is not. This book goes into incredible detail (446 pages …for just one volume!). It covers his travels, correspondence, similar and influential works by other artists, and EACH of his work’s provenance listed in absolute detail. The images are high quality and it even nicely provides lighter versions of some very dark works and one x-rayed work! My biggest impression was how sick of a drawer Sargent was …he could have been famous on his drawings alone!
Overall: If you are a huge fan of Sargent’s work and have plenty of time to read; this book of the entire series is certainly for you. If however you are looking for a more abbreviated singular overview of his works (as I was); there’s probably alternate book that would be better suited.
EVENT: 29-31 MAY 09: Selected for the“D Art Slam”at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g). 1807 Ross Avenue. Dallas, TX.
Times: Fri 11-7, Sat 11-7, Sun 11-4
27 APR 09: Update:I have been informed that “Flag of the Corps” (auctioned off at the 2009 Navy and Marine Corps Ball) has been very generously donated by it’s buyer to be displayed aboard the brand new (LHD-8) USS Makin Island Amphibious Assault Ship (a big one too)… quite an honor for me!
20 MAR 09: So a friend told me to add Google Analytics to see info about visits to one’s site.
I was incredibly (and pleasantly) surprised to see visitors from all over the world [FYI: somehow Google can locate IP addresses locales (for better or worse;) ].
Sorry but I just have to brag a little. From Auckland, New Zealand to Edmonton, Canada, São Paulo, Brazil to Tampere, Finland all in just one month!
Wished I added this months ago… pretty cool eh?
EVENT: 18 APR 09: “Maverick Excitement” sold during the live auction2009 Art for Darfurat SMU’s Owen Fine Arts Center.
28 NOV 08: Read “the impressionists” by Corinne Graber and Jean-Francois Gullou. I highly suggest it.
It provides tremendous insight into their lives. The privileged few, the impoverished majority of them, Zola’s optimism to Degas miserable temperament and Van Gogh’s naive and noble yet consistent failures. One can never fully understand their lives but after a few years of painting I can empathize with their frustrations at the art world for not ‘getting’ the gravity of what they were undertaking, their frequent solitude, and their wonder at the world as we live it (not as mythology, legend, nor abstract). Their only real comfort was their lifelong camaraderie.
FEB 04: Not wanting to get my sister and her new husband china or a damn toaster for their wedding gift I decide to sneak away during the wedding and take pics of the Allerton to create a memorable gift for the newlyweds…a painting of where they were married.
16 JUN 02: Discovered Edouard Cortes cityscape paintings at Kamp Gallery, Chicago