Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fourth of July Inspiration: Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle (1853 - 1911) The Nation Makers, 1903, Oil on canvas, 40 1/4 × 26 in.

Howard Pyle was a Golden Age Illustrator, painter and author.

Today, Howard Pyle is not nearly as well-known as his images. However, he was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers at a time when top illustrators were celebrities. Pyle was also heavily immersed in documenting the history of America. Pyle considered The Nation Makers among his most important works and, between 1903 and 1908, he sent it on tour to New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Green Bay. People stood in line to see the work on display.

Happy 4th of July !

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Red Cloth – WIP

Sometimes it just seems like nothing works. And you ask yourself, 
“Why am I still painting on this mess?” 
And you say to yourself push through, don’t give up. And you do and then you say, 
“Why and I still painting on this mess?”

The Red Cloth, oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches, Jim Serrett

I did battle with the inner critic over several elements in this painting. Once I realized I was struggling because I had lost focus on the idea of the painting. Everything fell into place. I just had to get out of the way and enjoy the process.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

It’s My 10 Year Blogiversary!

Wow. This blog is ten years, 4 months old now. Wow, time flies when you are having fun.

Just seems like yesterday I was learning basic programming and language to create a blog. Today there are templates that make creating a blog very simple. That happened through the creativity and commitment of many bloggers to this platform over the years. To them we owe a great a debt of gratitude.

Through this blog I found an amazing community of artist who were willing to share their knowledge, insights and passion about art. This anniversary is not really about my blog, but the network and community around it.

Through you I have gained in ways I cannot articulate, I am because of this blog and community a better artist and person. And if you’re reading this, you’re one of the reasons it exists. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Here’s to another ten years!

Thank you.

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