It's been a crazy week with several projects in the hopper all requiring creative attention at the same time. I get overloaded when I have to switch gears too much in a short period of time. Getting lost in a mini art break really helps me reboot.

I recently discovered an incredible blog of American art. It is so well curated with paintings from present day to over a century old, you could spend hours falling into it.  Grab a cup of tea and take a look – americangallery.wordpress.com.

History Lesson - Bo BartlettBo Bartlett

Who-will-he-ask - Amos Sewell
 Amos Sewell

Small_Retread Fred's - Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth

Another favorite art escape is Etsy.  Most of you are probably familiar with this website that sells only handmade items individually listed by the artist, but if you've never visited, you're in for a real treat. My favorite way to explore Etsy is to keep the search as narrow as possible.  These came up when I searched for "original watercolors".

Watercolor - Juri Romanov

Juri Romanov 

Watercolor - Louise van Terheljden
Louise van Terheljden

Watercolor - dear pumpernickel
Dear Pumpernickel

 

Recently, I met with a new client and stopped in my tracks at a painting in his living room by one of my all time favorite artists – Tony Scherman.  The painting was a black still life that looked similar to this one.

Tony scherman

Sometimes great art (as in art you love) can be found in completely unexpected places. Today my son and his jazz trio had a 'gig'  at an art show/reception for the winners of a high school art competition.  

Jazz trio

Redwood High School jazz trio – my son Luke on bass guitar 🙂

The art on display was very impressive especially considering the artists are all in high school. 

Art1 Art2Art3

Art5Art4- marin art school winner
This one won best overall.  Digital illustration with ink. I encourage you to click on it to enlarge. I adore it, and fortunately it was for sale! 

I've been on the lookout for local artists for the store lately and have a few great ones targeted. If you know of one (or are one!) please contact me.

In the meantime, I have only one painting left in the store!  It happens to be my favorite – 'Silver Lining' by Seattle artist Bryan McGuffey.  It was slightly hidden in a corner, so I'm posting it for anyone who might be interested. Price is $2,800 and measures 36" x 36".  We ship anywhere.

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Happy start to a new week and hope it includes an art break or two!

 

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