Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Workshop in Traverse City, MI

Have just returned from teaching my workshop in Traverse city, Michigan. Sounds crazy holding a workshop in North MI in late Nov, but the weather really wasn't too bad. It was held at the Crooked tree art center in town and I met some wonderful and talented artists, at the event.

The night before I gave a talk about my art, it's process, my influences and more. I think in the end I rambled on for almost an hour, which is pretty impressive. Who knew I had so much to say about flowers and fruit? Of course when you get into my career history and influences I can pad this thing out!

 Lake Michigan, looking cold
 One of my workshop arrangements, I see a painting of this in my future.
 A few of classes color exercises, great fun and good colors.
My demo piece, I'll post a better photo of it soon.

I'm always really bad at remembering to take photos at these things, so I've only a few photos to share at the moment. Who knows, I may be fortunate enough to find some from students who attended? If I do, I will try to add them.

Thanks to all involved, couldn't have done it without you, ( you know who you are): Also thanks to all the students who attended, you we're a great and talented group!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Altering an original arrangement

Find this one at #Chasen_Galleries, Richmond VA. For more info. (804) 204-1048. Some of the artists who attended my workshop in Nashville earlier this year might recognize this arrangement ?

Plums with Cantaloupe over blue
24X36                       Acrylic on canvas

 I decided to make a lot of little alterations to the original still life arrangement. There were a lot of colors in the tablecloth pattern, so I unified it, but tried to keep it's original flavor. I placed a new color in the vase/jug, to tie it with the tablecloth. I also added some oranges on the table to add some color variety. Finally I placed chairs and a little floor in the background, to increase the interest of the setting.

 Original source

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Santa Fe Paint Out Festival

Later this week I'm visiting again the beautiful town of Santa Fe for its 'Paint Out' festival. It all begins on the evening of the 14th (Friday), when my gallery (Ventana Fine Art) will be holding a group show and the opening night.


Then on the Saturday (15th Oct) the town holds it's 'Paint Out' festival. Many of the galleries throughout the town encourage their artists to paint in or around the gallery. It's a huge event and a great opportunity to meet artists and see them at work.

  If you're in the area this weekend it's a must for art lovers and the curious, and I'd love to see you at the gallery and show you what I'm working on.

Call the gallery for more info. 1-800-746-8815 ‪#‎Santa_fe‬ ‪#‎Ventana_fine_art‬
Check out more of the pieces featured, -http://ventanafineart.com/angus/

More info. about the festival can also be found here - http://visitcanyonroad.com/paintout_current.html

Friday, October 7, 2016

workshop in MI

Just a had a couple of places cancel for my November workshop... So here's a chance to book them up or get your name on the wait list!! No plans to book any others in the near future, so this might be the one for you? Contact Crooked Tree Art Center for more information, tel. 231-9419488

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Creative travels to New Zealand & Australia!

Not long back from a wonderful family holiday to New Zealand & the SW of Australia. We saw and experienced many wonderful things!... Perhaps we'll have some Maori or Aboriginal inspired Still lifes in the future? ;-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Chrysanthemums, against blue

Love the reaction of the blue drape with the Chrysanthemums in this painting. I worked from that point allowing the other elements and colors within the painting to be sympathetic to the original focus.

Chrysanthemums, japanese eggplant & tangerines
24 X 18                         Acrylic on panel

Watermelon in widescreen

This aspect always reminds me of a widescreen or cinescope 70mm movie, aspect. I think just like those movie makers, I too enjoy designing within the narrow height and wide expanse of width!

Watermelon segment & fruit on blue cloth
18 X36                                Acrylic on panel