Archive for August, 2012

Artist of the moment….California Master Impressionist Guy Rose….


This artist is perhaps held in the highest regard of any of the California Impressionist painters.

high priced range: $1.9 million for Owens River in Sierra Nevada, California. 34 by 40 inch oil painting.

low priced range: $20,000 for a medium sized oil.

A brief clip about an auction at Bonham and Butterfields featuring the artist. I hope to include more of these type of clips where the viewer can hear from the owner and the auction house about the business end of the art industry. Art auctions are very fascinating to see if human emotions take over and the end price far exceeds the high estimate price.

The artist was born in 1867 in San Gabriel, California.

His father got involved in politics and became a state senator in California. His family had a very large ranch in souther California and even owned a vineyard. In 1876 Guy Rose was shot in the face while hunting  and while recuperating he began to learn how to draw and sketch. As soon as the artist finished high school he moved to San Francisco and began studying under a master artist from Denmark, Emil Carlsen. In 1888 he moved to Paris and began at the Adademie Julien.

He began his art career as an illustrator working for such magazines as Harpers, Scribners, and Century. This was in the United States.

The artist was eager to move back to France and did so 1899, buying an estate in Giverny, France.  Yes, this is the same Giverny where Claude Monet produced his best work. Monet became a close friend and mentor the artist. The artist lived mainly in Giverny from 1904 to 1912.

The artist taught briefly at the Pratt Institute.

In 1913 he and his wife moved to Rhode Island to start a summer art school. The couple also developed lead poisoning in Greece. The couple moved permanently to Los Angeles in 1914. Guy Rose served as head of the Stickney Memorial School of Art in Pasadena. He had a stroke in 1921 and it left him paralyzed but he continued to paint.

I enjoy his lively brushwork and color. Although he was known for his landscapes, he painted great portraits as well. Its great to see his influence on all the California landscape that followed in his path. What a great history the artist had to have had Claude Monet as a mentor. And with your father as a prominent senator the family was able to support the artist with the best education that money could buy in the art world. A master artist who maximized his abilities to the highest level possible.

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment…..David Shevlino….

The  artist was born in 1962.

He started off as a wildlife and landscape painter. A very tight and realistic painter. As he has blossomed as a painter his works now are very impressionistic with very graceful brushwork in his art. The paintings are finished enough so the viewer is intrigued, but nothing is overstated or overworked in his art.

A brief video on the artist and his works. One of the most diverse artists out there and it you can see how many different subjects he has worked with over the years. As the clip says in the beginning, the artist is freaking good at EVERYTHING!

One reason I love this artist is that he tries EVERYTHING when it comes to art. A child, an elderly person, a barn, a piece of fruit, and animating are all done at  very high level. To be honest I try to avoid using technology in my art, but after seeing this demo and the life he brought to the animation project, I may have to try out a Corel product just to experiment. This clip shows a neat animation done by Shevlino with a figure diving into the water.

The artist has some DVDs available and here is a short preview for his style of painting of the still life.  Gotta love his brushwork!

The artist was first drawn to the art world at the age of fourteen. He was able to visit the Metropolitan Musuem of Art. Shevlino started making copies of the master works he saw there and by the age of sixteen knew that he wanted to become a full time professional artist.

The artist has studied at many great institutions of art. The Art Students League of New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and earned a college degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

low price range: Small floral oils starting at $2,000. Pastel landscapes for $1,000.

high price range: $20,000 for a large oil painting.

The artist is great at painting moving figures as well, such as the boxers. The boxers are very lively and like the sumo wrestlers, its easy to tell the artist has a great grasp of the human form. If you enjoy the painted boxing figure I would suggest looking up art works painted by Steve Huston and George Bellows. Huston loves to layer paint on his works. Interesting also he likes to remove paint as well, using sandpaper on every work. Put some paint on, take it off. Huston likes to develop the abstraction in his works this way. Bellows was a great painter of the landscape, but was also a fantastic illustrator and painter of the figure engaged in sport.

I hope Mr. Shevlino inspires you to try a new medium and develop your creative skills even more when you let go and aren’t afraid to jump out of your normal creative style. As with any master artist when you see the works in person you get a better grasp at the artist’s use of color and how he layers it for effect.

On line and land based galleries:  Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Happy painting!


He has worked in pastels and oils for the most part.

Artist of the moment….Ed Mell…


This artist is also best known for his panoramic landscapes. Unlike the previous artists that work in this manner this artist chooses to abstract his landscapes, especially the skies, which gives his paintings a very contemporary and modern feel.

A short interview with Ed Mell talking about his paintings and positive aspect an art show has on all those involved.

The artist loves to take something and magnify it for his paintings. A small flower when left in his hands can be transformed into what looks like a decorative stained glass window. Perhaps that is why this artist for some reason reminds me of John LaFarge. LaFarge was an excellent painter of anything, and even worked in stained glass for some of his career. If I could transform an artist’s work to appear on stained glass, no ones work could be more exciting to look at than Ed Mell.

The artist is highly diversified in his output working in oils, watercolors, and even sculpture.

The artist was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1942.

In the 1980s he was one of the most successful illustrators in the nation.  Ed Mell was based out of New York City. He accepted an offer to teach a summer art class on the Hopi Indian Reservation. It was very relaxing for him to be around 200 people rather than 10 million. He was enchanted by the landscape and after one year and half back in New York City the artist decided to head west and moved to Arizona.

The job market for illustrators was very slow however in Arizona. He became friends with a pilot who took him across the Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon, the artist was able to see parts of the land and sky that no other artists or photographers and seen! It awakened his senses as an artist.

What to learn from this artist? The most important idea in his way of thinking is that THE MORE YOU PAINT, THE BETTER YOU WILL BECOME AT PAINTING.  I like to say practice might not make you perfect, but it will make you better.

Another montage of the artist’s works starting around 17 seconds in. The beginning credits are in Russian, stay tuned for the art a few moments into the video.

high price range:  Oils is $64,000 and for a bronze $20,000.

low price range: original select oils $3,000 to $4,000.

If you are a painter take a moment and think about what your flat paintings might look like in three dimensions. Some of our greatest artists were amazing sculptors. Not only Walter Winans, the shooter and Olympic medalist, but also artists like Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell did some sculptures. I attended a seminar with the famed watercolorist Mary Whyte and she stated she took up sculpting after an injury curtailed her drawing and painting. She said it was far more difficult than drawing or painting because you had to finish all the edges.

Think how your work might look in a bronze or crafted out of some recycled materials.






Artist of the moment…..Le Thanh Son

A short clip featuring a montage of the artist’s work. Don’t be worried the very beginning has Russian words, the clip is mainly artwork set to music.

The artist is from Vietnam and was born in 1962 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

He is best known for his painting of the lush green countryside of his native country.  The colors of the plants and flowers sparkle against his subdued paintings of the sky. The plants seem to jump out at the viewer.

In 1986 he graduated from college after attending the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema.

In 1990 won a prestigious art award for young artists in Hanoi.

high price range: $10,000

low price range: $2,000

Le Thanh Son works mainly with oils on canvas. Collected by Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton. Member of Vietnamese Fine Art Association.

on line and land based galleries: Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.!i=1617223364&k=rPr89Wf

Son was most influenced by the French Impressionist painters. He emphasizes texture as much as color in many of his works.

For some art homework try a painting of your favorite place you would like to visit, but haven’t yet.

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment….Kenneth Riley….

The artist is one of the few remaining links we have to the golden age of illustration. This would include such artists as N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Has worked with Robert Lougheed, John Clymer, and Donald Teague.

The artist was born in 1919 in Waverly, Missouri.

He is known for his paintings of the Indian people. Similar in genre to Howard Terpning, with a more contemporary and modern artistic feel.

The artist has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1982.

As a young artist just starting out he worked with the artist Harvey Dunn. Dunn had studied under Howard Pyle. Riley studied art in New York City at both the Art Students League of New York and the Grand Central School of Art. Grew up in Kansas. Attended college at Kansas City Art Institute.

In 1973 he and his wife made their move west and settled in Tucson, Arizona. The couple now live in Santa Barbara, California.

In the 1960s he won a very important commission from the United States government. The United States Parks Service hired him to paint landscapes of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Not only did the artist receive a handsome check for his efforts, but it moved him along his career path and made him focus on painting western scenes.

Winner of the highest award for a western artist, the Prix De West prize in 1995.

Included in many prominent collections including the White House and the Smithsonian.

I enjoy the artist for his use of color.

As with most old school artists he works in many mediums. Watercolor, pencil, ink, oils, prints, and gouache. For his commercial art career the artist worked for popular magazines Life and National Geographic.

Founding member of the National Academy of Western Art.

High price range: $112,000

low price range: $ 5000 to 7,000 for a pencil drawing. Prints start around $500.

Buy prints at the Greenwich Workshop, famous for prints from famous artists such as Howard Terpning, John Weiss (painter of canines), and Bev Doolittle:    More prints are also availabe from this gallery located in Dayton, Washington:

His advice to young artists, DRAW DRAW DRAW, THERE ARE NO SHORTCUT. Study the masters, but develop your own style.

For me this artist’s greatest asset is his use of color. The purples and reds that we see in the Indian’s clothing, are a perfect compliment to their skin tone. Also a master at making the background shapes into  an abstract explosion of color.


Artist of the moment…..Rick Fleury….Painter of Cape Cod…

Like the previous artist, Leon Dabo, this artist does very well creating space and depth on his smaller works. Many of the works above are oils on copper and the sizes are 5 by 7 inches.

The artist was born in 1960.

A clip with the artist talking about his paintings.

The artist is well known for his paintings of the Cape Cod area. He has worked in watercolor, acrylics, and oils. He is most known for his oil paintings.

If someone asks me the name of a great artist who has smaller works priced less than one thousand dollars, you can’t find much better original art than his paintings of the East Coast.

The artist attended University of Colorado at Boulder. Before his career as a fine artist began he worked in advertising and journalism fields.

A link for the artist’s website:

Has appeared in many national art magazines including American Art Collector.

Part of museum collections including the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Provincetown Museum of Art. Part of corporate collections Ritz-Carlton, John Hancock Financial services, and the Bessemer Trust Company.

The artist lives and works in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He just opened his own gallery in the city.

Rick Fleury artist statement: I strive to portray the landscape in its purest form. I am drawn to an essence of a moment’s beauty. The rare light as it moves across a meadow, the shadows and reflections it leaves behind. The subtle variations of color it leaves behind. The subtle variations of color as they change with the seasons and time of day. The movement of grasses, water, and sand. The solitude of the low tide.

The artist is a master at composition. And I would say he surely captures the movement of the coastal clouds and movement of water. With such superb composition the artist can take a visual space no larger than a postcard and make it seem very large. The greys of the skies, the blues of the waters, and the yellow ochre color of the sand are all blended together for a wonderful harmonious picture.  From his statement that he is looking for solitude of the low tide, I find a tremendous amount of peace and quiet in all of this coastal works.

Fleury was also admitted to the Copley Society of Art in 2007.  The oldest art foundation in the United States formed in Boston in 1878.

Try something new today!  A coastal painting done on copper like this artist, or perhaps a metallic surface like the artist Michael Fitts uses. Use the metal as a background color and allow it to show thru in certain spots.

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment…….Tonalist painter Leon Dabo….

This artist was known for his paintings of the Hudson River. His work reminds me of American tonalist Russell Chatham. Both used so many layers of grey in their skies it gives the real effect of dappled light. The artist was very gifted at capturing reflected light.  The artist also made wonderful floral works of art.

His compositions appear to be quite simple, but he was a master at capturing the vastness. Its as if he makes a small canvas appear larger by his great use of space. In many works their is little detail and little more is depicted than sky, water, or sand. Very peaceful and serene. If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out Rick Fleury, another great painter of space and the ocean.

Two other artists known for painting vast panoramic scenes would be Rackstraw Downes and Keith Jacobshagen. Both keep the horizons low in the composition and layer on many layers of light paint in their skies.

A clip of some works done by the artist set to wonderful string music.

The artist was born in 1864 in Saverne, France.  One of eight children. Had a brother named Scott who became a highly collected artist as well.

Father was a professor at university level and moved the family to Detroit, Michigan in preparation for the Franco- Prussian war in 1870. Fourteen years later his father died and the family moved to New York City. Leon found work in the architecture industry. Leon worked hard to help support the family so his brother Scott could hone his talents and become a successful artist.  Scott was thought to be the better talented artist.

Eventually Leon met a great mentor in the artist John LaFarge. With some assistance from LaFarge, Dabo was able to study in France, Germany, Italy, and England. In London, England he met James McNeill Whistler.

In 1890 he came back to the United States and was painter of murals. He then moved to painting landscapes. His work was immediately liked by the art critics in the United States but the artist was well liked in France. Once he became a success in France the artist was very successful in United States.

The artist always seemed to be at odds with his brother. Perhaps jealousy or anger at Leon’s success Scott Dabo even accused his brother of mishandling funds from Scott’s sales (Leon sometimes was his brothers agent) and even copying Scott’s style. In the end the critics loved Leon’s work more and he was able to charge more for his works.

The artist spoke several languages and was used by the French and British armies to root out spies in World War 1. After this the artist didn’t produce many works. “Materialism” was too much a part of society in the U.S. and the artist thought women could change this. Dabo spoke to more than ten different women’s groups per month.

In his later years he taught students in Connecticut as well as France. He died in 1960 aged 95 in Manhattan.

For both flowers and for landscapes this artist is one of my favorite painters. Another artist who became somewhat of an historian by studying art in different countries.

low price range:  Many pieces at auction go for less than $5,000. Medium used oils.

high price range:  43,000.  Medium used oils.



Artist of the moment…..Faith Ringgold….

The artist is well known for her portrayal of african americans and folk art.

The artist was born in 1930 in Harlem, New York.  The artist attended college at the City College of New York earning a master’s degree in Art in 1959.

A short clip featuring the artist talking about quilting as as a means of expression similar to painting.

An interview from 1998 featuring the artist  and how being an artist and mother helped shaped her artistic endeavors.

A wonderful clip showing the artist talking about art and society movements of the 1960s and 1970s. First they had to figure out what people of color’s rights were. Then they had to figure out what women’s rights were. She also mentions how quilting IS FINE ART.

high price range:  $10,000 for an oil painting.

low price range: $2,500 for a silkscreen.

The artist works in oils, acrylics, and print making.

The artist has some posters and prints available from–a1966/faith-ringgold-posters.htm

The artist was heavily influenced by her mother and this caused her to use fabric in her designs. The artist’s mother worked in the fashion industry. Her quilt paintings were based on Buddhism.

She has known many of the greatest African- American painters such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Betye Staar.

Has works in the Museum of Modern Art and Museum and the Metropolitan Musuem of Art both in New York City.

On line and land based galleries:  ACA Galleries in New York, New York.

Ringgold has also illustrated seventeen childrens books over the decades.

On January 16th Google used a doodle of hers for their homepage. The google doodles are great works of art and I hope you caught the google doodle featuring Julia Childs as we celebrated her 100th birthday this past week. It was a great caricature of Childs on her cooking television set.

The artist has been a leader in pushing for women’s rights and their inclusion in the art world. In 1970 at the Whitney Annual Ringgold helped lead a group that wanted more women to be included in the show. At least fifty percent of the show should be women the group stated. The group placed dirty napkings and blew whistles and sang to show how upset their demands were not met.

Has a nationally known author for a daughter whose name is Michelle Faith Wallace. She has written about race and the struggles of persons of color.

The artist even won a lawsuit against Black Entertainment Television for copyright infringement. The tv show Roc had her work appear on camera for a period of 26 seconds without her permission. She won the lawsuit.

Also a two time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award.

I enjoy this artist for her connection to the past and the fact she has taken quilts to a very high level of fine art.

Happy painting!


Artist movie of the moment…..A.I. WeiWei…Dissident…

I went to the second showing of the day and although only two other people were in attendance, I thought the movie explained what I wanted it to. That A.I. was more of a movement now than just  a person or an artist.

Here is the official preview of the movie.

We find out that the artist had a child with a friend and not his wife. He just explains to us that is what happened. He then shares with us that he visits the child daily.

Another great treat is that we can view the artist when he IS NOT preparing for an interview or a camera. He was just being himself. The artist seemed to be eating something all the time. He appears always happy and tells us he is mainly an optimistic person.

We get to see how the government always has some people watching his next move. From the cameras the government installed in his private personal compound, to the plain clothes police he sees assigned to watch him for the day. The artist’s father was also put under survaillance for being anti-party long ago. His father was sent to prison but became more famous in China and eventually world wide for his poetry.

Another recent incident occured in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics. Ai Weiwei was the master architect and designer of the Birds Nest. After the party displaced nearly one million Chinese to make way for tourists and Olympic travellers Weiwei was so mad he refused to attend the games.

Also in 2008 a devastating earthquake hit in a province in China called Sichuan. This earthquake killed close to 70,000 people. Ai made a very large complaint that so many children would not have died had the school been built properly. The Communist Party was very upset at the poor publicity. The government refused to name how many kids had died.  That was a great start for Ai Weiwei who got some volunteers working on the project.  The volunteers did interviews with survivors and Weiwei was able to come up with a reasonable of children that had died. It embarrassed the Party and they wanted revenge on Weiwei.
Weiwei found more than five thousand names and published them on a wall in his office and publishing the list on line. Soon after Weiwei was forced to close his blog and the government set up cameras outside of his house.

This is a great movie if you like to see what is behind the artist’s work. It documents his life and struggles for freedom perfectly!



Artists of the moment…..Lin Fengmian…..


The artist was born in 1900 in Guangdong.

A clip featuring the artist’s work set to fantastic Chinese music.

The artist was born in 1900. When he was born his name was Lin Fengming. He was an innovator as far as painting for mixing eastern and western painting ideas. He worked mainly wit ink and watercolor on paper.

high price range: $1.5 million for an oil painting titled OPERA SERIES: BEAUTY DEFIES TYRANNY.

low price range: $30,000

Fengmian was born in Guangdong and participated in a work- study program in China. The artist travelled through out Europe in the 1920 staying in Germany and Paris for long periods of time of time. In 1925 he started teaching art in China. In 1928 he formed his own school for art and was the first principle.

The artist had a large output, but due to unfortunate circumstances many of his earlier works have been lost or destroyed. During the Sino-Japanese war, many works were destroyed by Japanese soldiers. During a cultural revolution in China many works were also destroyed.  Lin Fengmian himself ruined many works of art
by soaking the art and trying to flush it down the toilet. He was still sent to prison for a length of four years his ideas and paintings.

He was let out of jail in 1977 and the government assumed he would head for Brazil to live. Instead the artist lived in Hong Kong until he passed away in 1991. During this time in Hong Kong the artist started to recreate some of his many destroyed art works.

This artist was great and an awesome example of how the pen is mightier than the sword. I consider him to be a precursor to modern contemporary artists such as Ai WeiWei. Both stood for their individual thoughts and ideas. Both were part of a minority way of thinking that was despised by the government. Its easy for me to imagine Fengmian under government surveillance, similar to Ai WeiWei.  Fengmian probably had a little more difficulty as it was easier to contain bad events since communication wasn’t so easy as it is now in the days of cell phones. Think of all the scenes we have seen from Syria or the middle East, this wouldn’t have been possible when Fengmian was in his prime as a master artist.
When Ai WeiWei was taken by the goverment a huge public outcry was felt from around the world. Weiwei was in custody and always had at least two guards at his sides, even when he slept or went to the bathroom. Weiwei was supposedly not to have any social media contact, but soon after being released after eighty one days in prison, the artist was back writing negative comments about the Chinese government.

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