Art View: I Get Around

I get around. No. Seriously. I do.

This year we are doing about twenty-five shows between April and October from Texas to Michigan and up and down the Mississippi River Valley. Because of all the getting around we do, this year we began a project to video document the artists and people that we meet around us. The videos are far from professional, but like my friends, I prefer to think of them as authentic. The result is that you will get to meet some really wonderful people and fantastic artists that you may not know are out there.

At least that is the hope. You get to decide. Where possible we will include links to their websites, Facebook pages and their other social media.

You can see more about this endeavor on my Vintage Painter Youtube channel.

 

There is more to Rosebud than you think

Rosebud Cover #55

Rosebud Magazine’s Fall 2013 Cover, Issue #55

I was honored this past fall to be selected for the Artist Profile in issue #55 of the nationally recognized literary magazine Rosebud.

The photo of me holding the magazine was taken at the 2013 Holiday Art Fair hosted by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In the photo is Rod Clark, publisher at Rosebud, and his wife.

Rosebud used images of my paintings throughout the magazine as touchstones to different stories and wrote a wonderful profile about my work. If you would like to see more or to purchase a copy of Issue #55 visit their website at Rosebud.

MMoCA Rosebud

Rod Clark, publisher at Rosebud, The Vintage Painter, and Mr. Clark’s wife.

Wisconsin residents are the country’s most extroverted. Really?

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One of my bohemian friends in Levering, MI.

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Traveling Germany by rail, 1989.

So I travel. A lot.

I’m blessed to be able to live a bit of the bohemian life style so I participate in art shows all over the country. Some of the events are high-end museum shows while others are rocking music festivals or community events. As such, I meet an enormous cross section of Americans.

It is always interesting what sells from one show to the next. I may go to 10 shows and no one looks at a particular original or print and then in one show sell a half dozen in a weekend.

You just never know.

What is more fascinating to us is how people react when you say “hello.” At some shows a “hello” will run people out of the booth – they don’t want to talk to anyone. In other regions, if you give them space they think you are ignoring them.

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My bohemian friend, Michael. Also, in Michigan. That is weird.

And don’t even get me started on how different parts of the country perceive the art of negotiation. We won’t get into that here.

Which is why I find this article so interesting. It tries to quantify and qualify the “mood” of a state.

I thought you might find it interesting. Take the quiz and see if your mood matches your state. Check out how your state stacks up against the rest of the country by clicking here.

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Off the Easel: Albuquerque Neon

Three new paintings just off the easel.

All of these oil and canvas paintings are based on source material I took along Route 66 when I visited the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.

Click here to see a great video of Route 66 Neon or look at the bottom of this page.

Hot Neon - 1

Original Oil and Canvas: Hot Neon
Finished 03/2013
24″ x 36″ $2000 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Absolute Neon, Albuquerque, NM.

Owl Cafe - 1

Original Oil – Owl Cafe
Finished 03/2013
20″ x 24″ $900 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at The Owl Cafe – Albuquerque, NM.

Dog House - 1

Original – Dog House
Finished 03/2013
16″ x 20″ $750 includes shipping within the continental U.S. — at Dog House Drive-In, Albuquerque, NM.

Trip to Texas

Deep Ellum Art Festival 2012

Deep Ellum Art Festival 2012

Spring is sprung! Almost!

In four short weeks I will be leaving for my first show of the year at the Deep Ellum Art Festival. I can’t believe it has been a year already.

Last year was my first major road trip with my partner and we had an amazing time stopping at Bill’s Garage in Lebanon, MO and seeing hundreds of other wonderful people, places and things.

This year will be even better. I won’t be towing a trailer (because I bought a large cargo van), I have a new high clearance tent and the show promoters at Deep Ellum assigned me an end booth on a high traffic corner! It’s going to be a good time.

Plus I have new work. Check out some of the images below.

My partner can’t wait. He went and bought a CB radio just for this so we can chat with the truckers on our 20 hour drive.

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Painting: Bill’s Garage

This year I will be in Texas for two shows back-to-back.

Obviously, April 5, 6 and 7 at the Deep Ellum Art Festival. If you will be there come see us, I’ll be in booth 127. The following weekend I will be at the San Antonio Fine Arts Festival. I will let you know exactly as soon as I get my booth number.

Either way I hope you will come see me.

We will be making a detour to Houston and Austin between shows for my partner’s business. He has to still work. If you are going to be in the area please let me know. We would love to have lunch or dinner.

We are always interested in meeting new people and lovers of art.

Happy Trails!

My new van.

My new van.

Here are some samples of the new work I will be bringing with me.

Framed Print: Bill's Garage

Framed Print: Bill’s Garage

Framed Original: Brains and Donuts

Framed Original: Brains and Donuts

Original: Jim's Music

Original: Jim’s Music

Original: Piddle

Original: Piddle

Two new and then the flu

Yesterday I finished two new paintings. Today I caught the flu. Or it caught me. I’m not sure. Uggg…

So without any wordiness here is the gist.

Jim’s Music

A close up of Jim's Music.

A close up of Jim’s Music.
Original oil painting: $$1200. Size: 20″ x 24″. Unframed. A custom frame is available at an extra cost.

On a road trip I took to Coyote Woman Gallery in upper Michigan in the fall of 2012, I stopped in the town of Escabana, Michigan to research the site of my Escabana Beach Combers painting.

Through serendipity I found this beautiful building and music store. Jim’s Music is a specialty retailer selling musical instruments and equipment across northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Check them out!

To learn more about this painting or my other works visit my website or email me.

Pididdle

A close view of Pididdle,

A close up view of Pididdle.
Original oil painting: $250. Size: 9″ x 12″. Unframed

The source material for this painting is from a road trip my partner and I took to Deep Ellum Arts Festival in 2012.

We stopped in Lebanon, MO and met Roger and Bill. The painting “Bill’s Garage” is also based on that trip. You can read more about that stop and see more images from Bill’s Garage by clicking here.

To learn more about this painting or my other works visit my website or email me.

Brains and Donuts! nom…nom…nom…

Brains and Donuts

I’m trying something new.

As such for a limited time you can purchase an 8″ x 10″ stretched canvas print of this painting for only $49.00 plus tax, shipping and handling through Fine Art America.

I only bought 24 at this price and the offer is only open until October 28. Just go to Fine Art America’s website and you can place an order.

They will ship it within 24 hours.

If you prefer a larger size I do offer it in a signed, numbered limited edition in a 20″ x 24″ for $195 and a 12″ x 15″ for $95. You can order that through the Vintage Painter website store or email me directly at chrissy@vintagepainter.com.

Brains and Donuts in a custom designed industrial frame. No two frames are alike.

There are also custom made industrial frames available through my website. Just let me know if that is something that interests you.

If you purchase either the 20″ x 24″ or the 12″ x 15″ I will pay for the shipping.

Of course the original is still available and is $2195 plus shipping and handling.

What has been fun about this painting and the giclees is who has been buying them – two neurosurgeons, a psychologist, a few Brians, graduates of St. Louis University Medical Center, a chef and some old timers from St. Louis. I can’t wait to see where the art goes.

If you would like to learn more about this painting and the real place it is based on in St. Louis, MO click here.