Saturday, July 26, 2008

Update on Fayetteville show...

Just got back from the opening in Fayetteville last night for the opening of the Creation show at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.  I am pleased and honored to report that the Cape Fear Valley Health System chose my "Joy Squared" painting for a $6800 purchase award.  The painting will be displayed in their new building on the health system's main campus.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I sometimes reflect on what it means for something to be "beautiful."   Merriam-Webster gives the first definition as:   "the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit."

With this in  mind, I believe that I do strive to make my paintings beautiful.  They may not be so in the traditional sense of the word, but my goal is to at the very least pleasurably exalt the mind or spirit.  I know that when I achieve a glorious color combination it pleasurably exalts my spirit in the process of creation.  All I can hope is that the viewer can catch that spirit as well.

Alexandr Solzhenitzyn gave his 1970 Nobel lecture on the theme "Beauty will save the world."  Its an interesting read...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Woo hoo!   Heard today that my paintings were accepted into two different shows:

 Joy Squared was accepted into the Cape Fear Valley Purchase Award Exhibition, which will open with a reception on July 25 at 7pm and run through August 15, at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, 301 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC.

The second one was Chanteuse was accepted into the 2008 Regional Juried Art Show at the Craven Arts Council and Gallery in New Bern.  Chanteuse won a merit award at the show.

Library Show

Got the Bogue Banks Library show installed today at Pine Knoll Shores.    Invited Eleanor McArver and Pat Warnke to join me and hang some of their work along side mine from when we painted out at Patsy Pond together en plein air (painting outside).  It looks great!  Its fun to see three different artists' interpretation of the same scene.  I also hung the Les Halles (the french mural), several other large marshes, Total Disregard and one of the Pride and Prejudice paintings.  The show will be up through the end of July.