Posts Tagged ‘western painter’

Artist of the moment…..Beverly “Bev” Doolittle

Bev Doolittle is a magnificent artist that I would call a mix of M.C. Escher and Bob Kuhn. Bev Doolittle was born in California in the year 1947. For her artistic education Doolittle attended the Art Center College of Design located in Los Angeles, California. She and her husband who was also a painter when the couple first started out, would travel the American Southwest both painting landscapes. Doolittle works mainly with watercolour. With the success of her career her husband gave up his quest of painting to concentrate on building his wife’s career. He was an integral part in marketing her talent.

Doolittle helps many charities and organizations through her art by illustrating books.

price range information; A few years ago I saw a piece sell for the high $200,000s. So many prints are available at various price ranges.

Doolittle has had a great successful career as an artist. She started off a wildlife and landscape painter traveling with her husband across the United States. Later she would come to add hidden faces and other images in her work with the traditional western genre painted landscape. Now well into her career and with a highly developed eye for where to hide certain items, some works contain as many as 17 different hidden portraits. If you were at all puzzled by where the hell Waldo was, this artist uses the same idea but in a more adult and very artistic way. I absolutely love her style.

In this clip a montage of works by Bev Doolittle.

A leading printmaker is the Greenwich Workshop. They handle many top artists including Howard Terpning, John Weiss, and of course Bev Doolittle. In this clip the artist breaks down a current print she is working on.

More images set to music:

When you do your next art project, try hiding something in your image in honor of Bev Doolittle!

Artist of the moment…..Frank Tenney Johnson….

The artist is well known for his painting of nocturnal scenes, I consider he and Frederick Remington to be the best when it comes to painting works that take place in darkness or twilight.

A short clip from the Ackerman Gallery of Art. A few slides and quick background info are given.

A brief clip showing Bonhams and Butterfields auction house getting ready for an art auction. The artist is mentioned starting around 1 minute and 55 seconds into the clip.

Frank Tenney Johnson painted mainly with oils on canvas but also was a great watercolorist and made several preliminary works in pencil and charcoal.  The artist was a master at portraying contrasts in both color and light and dark shapes that are seen in the night time. I enjoy his cowboys more than any other artist because so little is stated in the face but the mood and still quiet of the night is captured perfectly.

high price range:  657,000 for the last picture in the gallery TIME TO WAKE THE COOK.

low price range:  At auction in January of this year  some oil paintings were sold for $3,750.

The artist is part of a very ineresting news story that broke recently in Bridgwater, Massachusetts. A library there had a painting hanging that was a donation.  One day a visitor asked if the piece was an original. It was an original painted by Frank Tenney Johnson titled ” Trooper on Guard.”  Johnson painted the piece in 1935 and it was donated to the library in 1967.  The piece is currently undergoing restoration at Vose Galleries in Boston. Once fully restored the piece is thought to be worth as much as $375,000 at auction.

The musuem is at odds of what to do with the painting. The library doesn’t meet museum standard security, and the risk is too  great that someone will steal the painting  if the musuem brags about owning such a valuable work. More than likely the library will sell the piece at auction and reap the financial benefits.

The artist was born in 1874 in Coucil Bluffs, Iowa. At tens of age the artist moved to Milwaukee. He then became an apprentice to F.W. Heine, a well respected painter of panoramic views of the Western part of the States. He also was an apprentice under Richard Lorenz, an artist specializing in painting horses and scenes of the west.

Later in life the artist moved to New York where he blossomed as a painter studying under such as artists as William Merritt Chase, John Twachtman, and Kenneth Milller, and Robert Henri.

The artist was first a very successful illustrator working on books for Zane Grey and magazines such as Field and Stream. In addition he became an attorney and was quite active. He spent much of his later years on a ranch he owned just outside of Cody, Wyoming.

The artist died oddly in 1939. He attended a party and kissed the hostess. He either contracted or passed the virus spinal meningitis, he died the next day.

In closing this artist is my favorite painter alongside Frederick Remington in capturing the “Color of Night.”  This was a great exhibit I saw at the Denver Art Museum and encourage art fans to take a closer look at “nocturnal scenes.”  The artist went to great lengths to produce his night scenes sometimes taking one year to complete them.

Try a night scene today!

Happy painting!

D