We are having our first snow of the season here in nowhere, New Mexico. It's cold and I'm staying warm in the house and painting some pieces on paper. This one, WEST COUNTRY SONG (thanks to Edna St. Vincent Millay for the title), is 22x30" and acrylic, ink, crayon and graphite on paper. It's our day. Today. And probably tomorrow. I am waiting for the sun (California native that I am).
I have begun to put up a number of pieces from our art collection onto my eBay site. Pieces include Sol LeWitt, Jim Wagner, Fritz Scholder (though waiting on a counter offer on that piece), David Farrell, David Koch, and more. Fun and wonderful pieces that we have enjoyed for many years. Time to downsize our lives and collection. In most cases we are asking the same as we paid or just a bit more. Please check out my 'posidiva' page on eBay, starting here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/David-Koch-NM-artist-painting-CONVERSATION-WITH-GUN-free-shipping-/281890504530?hash=item41a1fbbf52:g:tNgAAOSwHPlWdtWe
SOL LEWITT, signed and dated gouache on paper 1992
below: THE BOOK OF DAISY, a special commission I did recently to go into a book of winning essays for The Wonder Institute in Santa Fe, NM.
below: FRITZ SCHOLDER, 'Empire 2' 1985, acrylic on paper
below: JIM WAGNER, Taos artist: LOOKING FOR HIS MATE. oil on masonite with painted wood frame
POPPY with red/orange border. Monotype by me...done for la de da hotels around the world. they print them for rooms and I keep the original.
I often see, online, placements of paintings in a home setting. So, though I normally work smaller than what I'm showing here, I have done a gazillion (well...) commissions to upsize my work. Think about it. And smile at my audacity.
When I get those commissions, it's usually for la de dah hotels around the world...but look how nice these look in a home setting. New work, older work....I do it all. Fun to make these setups and hope you enjoy them, too.
Happy to announce that I had been asked to paint something to go with one of seven 'winning' essays for a book to be published by The Wonder Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The essay I painted to is called FOURTEEN and is a wonderful read about a woman's 14 year old daughter. Bright, 'blending' and a competitive swimmer who wears lavendar sunglasses for her 'blending' with other teens. This was a fun thing for me and a privilege to be selected to be one of the artists for painting by director of the Institute, Linda Durham...a wonder in herself.
THE BOOK OF DAISY is 24x24, acrylic, crayon and graphite on canvas and ready for purchase. Contact me if interested.
Next comes GHOSTS OF BEAUTIES. Another 18x18" acrylic, graphite, crayon, charcoal & oil on paper and mounted onto a panel.
Very excited to be having another exhibit at the Blue Dome Gallery in Silver City. The opening reception is Saturday, October 10th during Silver's big art weekend. 4-7pm: Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas Street in the Downtown area.
THIS SONG'S FOR YOU
BEEN IN THE DARK ALL OF MY LIFE
SOMETIMES THE MUSIC IS BLUE
WE'VE TRADED PLACES TIMES BEFORE
Not the best of pictures, but I'm loving these black and white paintings of mine. Not an easy task to limit oneself so much colorwise. On the left: BUT SHE HAD WINGS, acrylic and crayon on panel, 20 x 40" diptych. To the right of that one: YOU JUST LOOKED UP AT THE STARS, acrylic on panel, 20 x 20" ... to the right of that, some photographs of an artist I don't yet know. This show will be up till mid October so I hope you'll get around to seeing it.
I'm sending this new, small painting out because someone made such an interesting comment to me about it. It is called I KNOW MY LINES. About life, waiting for my cue, wings at the ready....so many things. BUT, this viewer said to me: 'Anyone with two eyes can see it's an elephant.' Took me a moment before my two wyes found that elephant. haha. So, because I love elephants, too.... This is 12x12" acrylic and graphite on panel.
Happy to share that I just finished a commission for this hotel. 3 pieces below. Very happy. They will probably be installed in October or November. So, if you're putting on the Ritz in Sarasota, hope some of you someday see them.
First: SAIL ON, 50x50"...then THREAD THE LIGHT II, 50x50" then GIVE ME THE SEA II, 46x60"
First is the Australian/USofA exchange exhibition: WIDE BAY/HIGH DESERT II. I'll have two canvasses in Bundaberg, Queensland and two in Las Cruces at the Unsettled Gallery. I'll be at this opening reception.
Above: LONG WAY FROM HOME 29x41 acrylic, crayon, graphite on paper.
Below: MAPPING THE DESERT 29x41 acrylic, crayon on paper.
Opening the same night in Santa Fe at Wheelhouse Art Gallery is a large group show where I'll have the two images below. I'll miss the opening reception on August 28th but should be there the next day.
above: BUT SHE HAD WINGS 20x40" acrylic and crayon on wood panels
below: YOU JUST LOOKED UP AT THE STARS 20x20" acrylic on wood panel
So, if you're near Las Cruces or Santa Fe during these exhibitions, please drop into the galleries and have a look. Both shows will be extraordinary. Good artists being shown. O boy!
After that, I'll be working on the final ideas for a solo show in Silver City at The Blue Dome Gallery: COLORS OF MY DAYS is the title of the show and it opens on Oct. 10th. More on that later.
It's me, Nolan Winkler. Here to keep you up to date.