Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bradenton, Florida Village of the Arts


It's been two years since my last trip to Florida when I camped in the everglades and scheduled four back to back weekend art fairs. While I was there I checked out the Village of the Arts in Bradenton which is next to Sarasota. 

I just returned home from a 10 day visit of checking out the area in more detail and again visiting the village during their Art Walk which is the first Friday and Saturday of each month. I had never been to Florida during the Summer so I thought this was the perfect time to see if I was just as enamored with the area at it's hottest time of the year.  It turns out that I'm pretty smitten with the place even more. 
Village of the Arts is a working artist colony that was started about 13 years ago and is steadily growing. The concept is to live and work out of your home in the midst of a culturally rich and artistically vibrant setting where your collectors come to you. This is an artists dream!
The photos don't lie, This place is colorful and fun and just plain happy.
The plan is to begin the process of becoming one of the happy villagers in the near future, (assuming the family's on board). 
Time will tell!





Sunday, July 31, 2016

Good Bye Ann Arbor Art Fair!

As a working artist you set personal goals as a kind of step ladder to advance your career and climb to the next level of success. More sales, higher price points, bigger and better shows. For me and many artists over the years the Ann Arbor Art Fair was one of the premier events for an artist to get in to. It was and is still well known all over the country.
 I was very fortunate and grateful to have been selected as the Guilds featured artist for my inaugural year in 2010.  What I didn't realize at that moment was that it was also the year that I peaked at this fair.  Here's the problem.  The public seems to be getting tired of it and many of the artists seem to feel the same way. It's the most difficult art fair of the year to do. For most of us it's six long days of exhausting work during the hottest days of the summer not to mention the extreme expense of this show which is at least $800 if you're a local. Much more if you're not. I must sell $800 worth of my product just to get back to $0.  I can deal with that as long as I can expect more sales considering the longevity of this show and the sheer number of  visitors reported by the fair organizers. 
Unfortunately, regardless of what the show organizers are saying, the crowds are down dramatically. I remember when you had to take baby steps to get to the next booth in a tight crowd. Now I could bounce a ball across the street from my booth to the one on the other side and not hit anyone.
Amazingly the show organizers look you right in the eye and say, "the crowds are just as strong this year as ever" or "the buses are always full". The buses may be full however I remember when you had to wait in a long line for 45 minutes to catch a bus.  No waiting now!
I read an article on Art fair Insiders that was written by Nels Johnson titled, "Put a fork in it", whos' booth was just a few away from mine. He had a similar view. Here is the link.
I was so looking forward to a long relationship with the Ann Arbor Art Fair however it looks like 6 years is the magic number for me. There was a glimmer of hope that its heartbeat would strengthen, however it's flat-lined for a while now and it's time to pull the plug. This fair has been ridding on the wave of its' former glory but alas it's time to say Good Bye Ann Arbor Art Fair. (Play Taps here).

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's been a while!

Well, like the title says It's been a while so I'm going to try and catch up. Here are a few of the paintings I've been working on while on blogging sabbatical. 







Friday, October 11, 2013

New Painting!

"Green Violet Ear Humingbird with Orchids".This is one of my latest paintings which is now in private collection in PA.
This orchid is one of my own and was my first one. I now have 30 plants! It's a sickness!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Details of "The Guardian"


Here are two details of one of my new paintings titled " The Guardian".  I have used modeling paste as well as other man made objects to tell this story.  Visit my website to see the entire image and to read about my inspiration.  Just go to my portfolio on my navigation bar and click on Original Oils.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Among other things I've been exploring dimension on the surface of my canvases by way of  light weight modeling paste. In some cases I'm embedding materials or found objects into the paste before it drys. I've been having a lot of fun with this. 
The photo shows an area of a painting in progress. I have incorporated sea glass as well as sea shells creating a relief area representing the rocky reef. Other objects within this painting are jewelry and coins from a long ago sunken  ship!

I'll post full image when completed.

Monday, January 07, 2013







If it weren't for today's post you might think that the Myans were mostly right and the world as we know it ended earlier than scheduled. My last post was on September 10, 2012. Then NOTHING............

Alas, here we are as well as another post from yours truly.  
Last year handed me a very busy art schedule which always makes me happy.  It also handed me a very difficult time to come through with the illness and eventual passing of my Mother, my life long supporter.
Throughout our lives together she would ask me, with pride, to never give up on my dream of my pursuit of art.
When she said it to me for the final time as she lay in her hospital room it suddenly gained more meaning that it ever had before as was true of my answer. I told her that I could never give up as it is part of my soul. 
It is who I am.

So, it is with that promise to my mother and myself, today begins a new artistic chapter in my life, not with a dramatic change of subject or media but with a new sense of my artistic freedom to share my thoughts and images that are important to me and the people that have so strongly influenced the person that I have become.

I will be sharing my work soon.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Level One Bank Community Gallery Reception

Just wanted to thank those that came out to support me. Here are three really nice ladies that I had the pleasure of meeting. They dropped in to see what was going on.  They were a delight! 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Wow! It's been about 3 months since my last post.  Time flys when your having fun! I've had such a busy summer.  I guess that's a good problem to have.  After the Northville Art in the Sun art fair I've done an art fair in my own community of Belleville, one in Perrysburg, Ohio, completed 5 new paintings and installed 26 paintings for my latest solo exhibit in Ferndale, Mi. which opened last Friday.  So far I've been told the response has been very good! 
I should have made more time for writting but that's the way the ball bounces!
The pic shows one of my latest paintings.  Better photo to come.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Art in the Sun (Northville)

This Friday, June 22, is the first day of Northville's art fair, Art in the Sun.  Northville is a very nice little city.  This should prove to be a great time!  I'll have all of my newest work, many of which are smaller canvases that are perfect for that small space in your home that could use a burst of color!


Here is a link to my web site for more info.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I am now Distinguished!

This past Sunday I was inducted into the BHS Distinguished Graduates Hall of Fame for service to my community as an Artist.  
Something I did not expect but am honored to be a member of.  
Thank you BHS!

Follow this link for Article.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Paint, Paper & Piecing Exhibit

My art group, Art Circle 6, has an exhibit at the Level One Bank Community Art Gallery in Ferndale, MI through April 9th.  Though this is a bank you sure wouldn't know it as you can see from the photos.
I'll be having a Solo Exhibit at this location starting at the end of August this summer.



Details to come...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Relief paintings.

I've been playing around with Light Modeling Paste over the last several months and it's a lot of fun to work with.  This latest piece was a practice for a  larger canvas that I've been working on for an up-coming exhibit in Ferndale, MI. (Feb. 24-April 9).  More to come on that!


This canvas is 8x8 inches and is simply titled "Root Relief". Clever Hugh! This one is priced at $125.00.
Anyway I like the results both on this one and the larger 24x24 inch canvas. 

Friday, January 06, 2012

Catching up

From September 20, 2011
I thought I would bring you up to date on my "goings on" since I haven't posted in over a month.
Here's a run down......
July was Ann Arbor Art Fair.(Terrible weather!)
July 27th - Guest speaker for the Village Fine Arts Association in Milford, MI. (Very nice!)
Two days after was Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival. (Too Hot!)
August 28th-Painting Demo at the Detroit Institute of Arts, DIA, (Great experience)
September 17th- SCFB Bird Fair in Livonia, MI. (Nice) Love the Birds!
In-between all that was work, work, and more work.

Lady Bug Series



From July 13, 2011
These three paintings are examples of my new Lady Bug Series which will make ther debut at the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Next week. July 20-23. These oils are on gallery wrapped canvas, painted on all sides. There are 7 in the series and are affordably priced at $150.00 each. I offer special pricing for the purchase of two or more.

If you are interested in these items prior to July 20th, please contact me and I can send you jpgs of the other 4 paintings.
Otherwise I hope to see you at the art fair!