Archive for September 5, 2011

Artist of the moment…Landscape painter Selden Gile



This artist was born in 1877 and was an all time great from California. The artist was born in Stow, Maine and his parents came from England. He was in fact named for the governor of Maine. After living in the North East he finished high school and went to live with a brother in Portland, Maine.

A family friend invited the artist to move out west and work as a paymaster and a clerk on a ranch out in California.

Supposedly a dangerous job the artist carried a guy since one of his jobs was to deliver the payroll to the ranch from the bank.

He fell in love with the owner of the ranch’s daughter. They disapproved and sent her to Europe where she found a different husband. The artist was upset about this and afterwards didn’t really chase after the ladies that much.

In 1905 he moved to Oakland, California from the ranch and sold ceramic building materials that highly sought after the San Fransisco earthquake.

He was known to be a great host and have raucous parties. He provided lodging at times for artists of the working class.

He died from alcoholism in 1947 and was buried at a site which he loved to paint.

This artist had a fun uplifting use of color and I loved the fact he basically self taught and just was hard working in artwork.

Happy painting!




Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction for Risy Canyon Volunteer Fire Dept.

It was amazing and I hope you went or checked out the auction on line. I got to see many of the artists in person, my favorite new artist I got to see was Dave McBride who turned a fantastic piece of some horses in a race. Much was left to the imagination, where the legs should be it appeared as if he used a palette knife to swipe them away, it gave them much movement.

Rich Schmid was in California with his wife the painter Nancy Guzik so he wasn’t able to attend. Richard had 3 pieces in the auction, the first was a painting of black eyed susan flowers and it went for $9,500. A real steal for the buyer. He also had 2 other figure pieces that went for a shade under $20,000. The buyers should sleep well because the investment is sure to double within 5 years as Schmid himself is in his golden years and his paintings in galleries go for far more than that as he has concentrated on helping the younger generation of painters like Casey Baugh, Lori Woodward, and Katie Swatland as well as other Putney Painters. His output isn’t what it used to be.

The next Schmid painter might be Ian Schmid who had a piece of the London Bridge in the auction going for a little more than $400. He is only 10 years old and if he should make it as an artist it would be only the 5th family in American art history to achieve such a goal. The others I have talked about before but they are the Wyeths, Wiggins, Gruppes, and Peale families.

Lori Forest whom I just blogged about was there in person as well signing giclees of her burning forest painting. It was a very emotional moment and the bidding for the painting started at $500 and got up past $5000.  The winning bidder got much applause. It was  a picture she saw as she herself had to evacuate.

Always try and go at least one charity auction, much of the art went at basement prices yesterday as some of the frames and the linen they were painted on cost more than the end price. Its a great cause as well as supporting an artist!

Hope to see you there next year!