Friday, March 22, 2013

Bull's Eye, Principle Gallery

Bull's Eye
6" x 18"
oil on panel

The game of darts was made popular in many parts of 
Europe in the late 1800's. 
It soon made it's way to America and was widely popular in 
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, 
and New York state.

In tracking down the history of the dart 
that appears in my painting Bull's Eye,
 I know it was made by DECO, Dartboard Equipment Company 
of Philadelphia, PA. It's the first company to form and make darts
and dartboards in America.
I have had a hard time tracking down the exact year 
the company began.

This is what I did learn:
John H. Pearson born in England 1861,
immigrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1873.
While working as a carpet weaver 
he started DECO in Philadelphia.
He later ran it with his son and grandson.
John H. Pearson died in 1932. reference
The company continued on until 1982
when a fire closed down the company. 
Here is a link to a great blog post by 
American Style Darts on DECO.

As you can see by my photo above , my darts
have seen better days but I still think they are 
absolutely wonderful. Their flights are made from
turkey feathers. Their bodies are wood.
Where the steel tips go into their nose,
they are fitted with some sort of weight.
Mine are quite heavy to the tip.
Not sure what year these are from, if anyone knows
anymore information about them please let me know. 
My best guess is that they are from the 1940-1950's
based on the box graphics.

detail from Bull's Eye 

Bull's Eye 
will be showing at
Principle Gallery
April Still Life Invitational
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA


Friday, March 1, 2013

MicroVisions 8 : teaser

I am honored to be asked to participate in the

MicroVisions 8

What is MicroVisions 8?
From Greg Manchess:
"For those new to the event, each year, Irene Gallo, Dan Dos Santos, and I ask a dozen artists to create a 5x7 painting of their choosing. These miniatures are exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and then placed on auction with all proceeds 
going to the Society’s Student Scholarship Fund. 

The Society Scholarships are among the illustration industry’s toughest awards. This year, over 8,000 entries were examined by 30 judges. Just over 200 students will be accepted into the exhibit, and about half will earn cash awards. Not only do these awards help subsidize students financially, they also go a long way to boost the confidence of young artists (and their nervous parents) by proving their voices stand out amongst thousands of others. It’s not long before you start seeing the winners on their way to becoming the field’s biggest names. John Jude Palencar, James Jean, Tomer Hanuka, Dan Dos Santos and hundreds of others have become noted illustrators since the Scholarship’s inception in 1981."

Here is a link to the Muddy Colors Blog:

When I was in high school and college, I depended on
scholarships for part of my schooling and extra workshops. 
Not only did they help financially, but they also  
helped me feel like I had a shot out there in the big scary world.  
 I am very happy to be able to give back in some way.

Thought I would post a teaser. More to come about my 5"x7" and details about MicroVisions 8.

But please meet the characters who may show up in my painting:


Butch, Principle Gallery

16" x 20"
oil on panel

 Some of you may remember a mystery 
I walked in on one morning in my studio, 
concerning my still life set-up of Butch.

After a second attempt to clean up the final crumbs, 
I caught Suspect #3 after returning to the studio after 
leaving just a matter of minutes.
Here is a link to that original blog post:
Mystery in the Studio

Friends had wondered if I would paint Butch with the missing
treat and only crumbs, or if I would replace it. 
I decided to replace it for Butch. He is such a good dog, 
I thought he deserved it. 

Let me show you who inspired this painting: 

 This is Nadja. 
She was one of the best dogs in the world. Heart of gold. I taught her at a young age to hold a treat on her nose. I began this exercise to teach her to hold still, which was very difficult for her. We worked and worked at it. She became a pro. I could put that treat there, and she would hold perfectly still. Even if the bone looked as if it would slide to the side, she managed to keep it there. Holding until I gave her the release word. . . "OK!"

That is what Butch is doing. The bone is leaning just a little bit, will it stay?
detail of Butch 

 It stays.

will be showing at 
Principle Gallery
April Still Life Invitational
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Principle Gallery