Figure it Out!

Fred Choate and I, visited the National Alliance for Mental Illness art show in Sun Valley yesterday.  It is at Iconoclast Books and it was a learning experience.

My 2 paintings were included with around 50 others in the “fund raisin’ auction show” that is going to go on for the next two weeks.  Remember, if you would like to participate with the bidding please call Kathryn Olson at NAMI … +1-208-309-1987 … to place your bid. The deadline is Sunday at 4pm on December 13th for bidding.  My paintings were posted on this blog earlier.  They are called “Rocheport Point 2 (aft William O’Donnell)” and “Pond, Beach, Tree, Forest 2”.  Click on those links to see them for your review.

What I liked about that show is the fact that even though I had my normal landscape style, they fit into the very eclectic show nicely.  I thank God that I am able to show a few paintings for a few weeks in Sun Valley.

Also included in the fifty 12 inch by 12 inch boards were sculptures, mixed media, designs, and photographs.  One photograph of note was by Chris Corwin. This budding photographer ran into me and said hello. He knows me for a gallery project he is currently working on. His photograph used in the NAMI show is the first one in the series of five that you can view from this link.  BUT… Because of the PG rating I strive for on this blog I can only provide a link to this photo. To see the photo, please tell his site you are an adult [only if you are]; and select the PHOTOGRAPHY button. You must have the Flashplayer working on your computer and browser to see the site.

On that link you may have noticed a mysterious likeness between one of the  photographs and myself.  Since that is only a semi-nude photo, I am showing you a reduced pixel version of that photo below; as an example of his work.

“Rog”, Photo by Chris Corwin, Nov09.

So yes, I am happy to confirm that I was the male semi-nude model for this project.  Look for more photos by him in a gallery near you.  To understand the lives and thoughts of art models feel free to visit the blog-sites of Claudia is MuseWorthy and/or Cold Silver Moon.

We also visited at length at the Kneeland Gallery This is Fred Choate’s Gallery in Sun Valley, and it is a good one.  The feature artist this month was David Koch.  Fred was enthralled by his paintings which include both the landscape and the figure genres.  Fred’s Favorite of David Koch is a good example of his work.  David’s website is David Koch Paintings.

While there, Fred had me study the works of Robert Moore, Steven Lee Adams, Louisa McElwain, and Ovanes Berberian.  My style most mimics Louisa’s, according to Fred.  Although we decided that the paintings of hers shown there may not be very representative of her work.  This is because her southwest USA styled landscapes are not shown normally in Sun Valley, but in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I finally got to see Ovanes Berberian’s final work, up close.  As perhaps mentioned before, I was privileged to see his 2×3 foot plein air studies, two years ago while drinking beer with him at Redfish Lake.  The final work is nothing like the plein air studies.  Both are great.  However, I understand completely why only his final work is shown in galleries, and why they are so expensive (two of the three paintings of his I saw were over 30,000 USD).

“Moonrise”, 40×60 oil on canvas, by Ovanes Berberian.

I could stare at this painting for a very very long time.  It is worth every penny of its 35,000 dollar price.  I am surprised it does not cost 50,000.  I know that is a lot of money, by you have to see the whole painting in person to understand why I say that.

Moonrise, is my favorite Berberian painting, so far.  He had a still life there that was worth every penny as well.  It is actually a better painting than “Moonrise”.

To view more of Ovanes’ work at Kneeland, please click on this link.


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