Friday, November 21, 2008


I decided to edit this post due to it's extreme whinny tone. Though I did leave most of it intact.

Let us review last weeks events.
The Indian Hill show was packed. Too packed I think. There were so many people including the artists that it was hard to move. I didn't know where to stand. I want to point out that I am not a salesman. You see what I do, is I paint pictures that occasionally have a hint of truth. The goal is that at some point someone will see them in a gallery, the work will stand on its own, and some may want to take a painting home. These big art fair type shows are a different dynamic. Basically, I am not fond of standing with my art at art shows. I basically felt like an unattractive street walker.
Imagine you are downtown, on your way somewhere fancy, and you happen to notice the prostitute on the corner, you know what she is offering. You don't want it. If you look at her, God forbid you make eye contact, you may have to even acknowledge her. She winks, blows a kiss across the cold sore on her lip. You cringe and hurriedly walk on. Sad story, but you get the point.
That is how I felt most of the night. Though I did not have a cold sore.
I did sell two tiny paintings to other artists that were also showing their work. Selling to artists is always flattering- they were good artists too. The artist next to me was a lovely painter and person (not saying that just because she bought the painting- thought it helps). The first night of the show her 14 year old daughter was with her work as she was at another show. I thought this teenager did a much better job selling her mother's work than I did selling mine. Next year I need to get me one of those 14 year olds to watch my stuff while I go somewhere to drink.

Secret ArtWorks was a big success, though I, like all of the artists, donate their work, I may have gotten a commission out of it. Though they seemed surprised by my price. That is one problem I have with this event in which all of them are sold for $75. Some of them are worth that much or even more . Some I wouldn't pick up off the sidewalk if found laying in the street and I was in need of a 5x7 card to scrap gum off my shoe- but I am an elitist jerk when it comes to gum scraping.
Now that it is no longer a Secret, here are my cards:

A study in Green, oil on linen. This one I actually painted for this event.

The above image is an older piece that was a bit too small so I made a gold leaf frame for it to fill out the card. It is an evening view down Nassua street (Andies Deli is on the right)

These two were a landscape study I did at the back of Spring Grove Cemetery. It was an 8x10 that I cut it to make two 5x7s. I heard the same couple were able to get both of them which is nice. Last time I was at this spot, they had bulldozed this whole area for more funeral plots. This hill and the trees are gone.

Fund Raiser for "Friends of War Orphans" is still going on. Final bidding will take place tomorrow. Stop in for coffee, music and snacks. I have at least one bid on one of my paintings. They are three 8x10 landscape studies being offered for $100. There is plenty of other work that you can buy to help this cause.

ViewPoint Well, it is still up, and I don't know what else to say. Here is a photo of one of the big losers next to his losing entry. What a freaking handsome loser!

The fund raiser for the Womens Art Club Barn in Mariemont also sold some work. I think 6 paintings sold, one of which was mine. So that is nice. And for a change this fund raiser gives a very fair portion of the funds to the artist. How novel is that?

This weekend 8 of my works sold in these events.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Big Week

This week is a pretty active one. I will have paintings in at least 5 local shows. If you want to attend any I will list them for you.

    This is actually more of an art fair with a ton of artists set up throughout the Indian Hill Episcopal Church. It is a fund raiser, with a % of the sales going to the churches outreach programs.
    Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road, Cincinnati, Oh 45243
    Friday, November 14 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
    Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 2 pm.
    I have heard this is a quite an event. There will be free valet parking on Friday. There will be workers that will pick up and store work for you so you don't have to carry purchases. They will be accepting cash, checks and Visa/Master card.

  • SECRET ArtWorks Sale
    Friday, November 14, 2008
    6 - 9 p.m.
    Westin Hotel Ballroom, Downtown Cincinnati

    The 2008 Secret ArtWorks is a fund raising event featuring the exhibition and sale of 5” x 7” works of art from local, national and international artists. All works of art sell for $75 each. The ‘secret’ behind each piece is the identity of the artist – which is revealed after the work is purchased. Last year’s smashingly successful event was rated by CityBeat readers as top fundraiser of 2007!

    Secrets are out! You can view the Secret Works of Art here. I have 5 cards this year. This page is updated regularly so check back often! Click here.

  • Fund Raiser for "Friends of War Orphans"
    I have 3 paintings in this art auction benefit at the Starbucks in Old Montgomery (Montgomery Road near Montgomery Inn restaurant). I think there are around 10 artists involved in this event. Come buy some overpriced, over roasted coffee and check out the art.
    All of my paintings are 8x10 landscapes with a starting bid of $100, one of which has a bid on it already.
    You can click here to see the art.
    The works will be on display from Sat. November 1st through Sat. November 22nd. As in similar events, the bidding sheets will be up during the weeks that the show is on display, and the final bidding will take place on November 22nd, 2008 from 6:00-9:00 pm at a festive event.
    9412 Montgomery Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45242

  • ViewPoint 2008
    This show will be up for a bit. You can stop in and scratch your head at the award winning paintings.
    Nov. 7 - 23, 2008
    (Sat, Sun Only . . . . .2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

    Cincinnati Art Club's
    Wessel Gallery,
    1021 Parkside Place
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

  • Fun Razor for Women's Art Club Cultural Art Center
    Art Sale- Raffle - Silent Auction

    First annual fall fundraiser November 15, 6-9 p.m. Exciting evening of Jazz, light fare, and Art. Money raised from this event will benefit Phase Two of the renovation plan. On completion, we'll have more studio space to rent and an additional classroom.

    If you don't know, the second floor of this building is the space that Carl Samson and I have had our eye on to start a full time Classical Drawing and Painting School. It is a great space, and as it is a historic old barn, they need money to update and restore this building.

    It is not free, but $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door.

    Women's Art Club Cultural Art Center
    6980 Cambridge in Mariemont, Ohio

  • EXPOSED: Top Secret Artists of 2007
    Juried from the 2007 Secret ArtWorks Event

    This show is up for a bit longer as well. Though the work I had in the show sold, so you really missed the boat on this one.

    October31 -November 21, 2008. M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    At the ArtWorks Gallery
    811 Race St.
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

Monday, November 3, 2008


The Geisha, 24 x 18, oil on linen

VIEWPOINT 2008 40th Annual National Juried Art Competition November 7 - 23, 2008:
I was selected to show again this year.
39 area artists were selected and quite a few of them are from the Club. (Did I mention that I am a Signature Member? Well, I am!)
Artists from 24 States sent in images and 14 States are represented in the show.

Viewpoint 2008 Awards Night - November 7, 6p.m.- 9p.m
I am hoping the work wins a fabulous prize this year. Hope to see you there.

Public Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 7 - 23, 2008
(Sat, Sun Only . . . . .2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Cincinnati Art Club's
Wessel Gallery,
1021 Parkside Place
Cincinnati, OH 45202

New Works

Thought I would post a few new paintings and some illustrations.
All works are for sale, please inquire if you are interested.

Morning News, 9 x 12, oil on line
This was not supposed to be a depressing picture, as I started it before the economy tanked. I think it is a happy feeling piece anyway.

Green Jar, 12 x 9, oil on linen
I was happy with this one, as I finished it in 3 hours. I think it turned out fairly well.

Coffee and Cigar, 22 x 14, oil on linen
I just started this one. This is about 3 days in. So it has a way to go. I have fixed a few things on it since this photo was taken.

Here is one of my latest illustrations. It was a Halloween release for Columbia Games. It is creature that digs up graves and eats dead people. Lovely. Just so you know, I posed for the reference photo for this illustration.

Paid to Expose

I was in the mood for nothing this weekend. I skipped two parties and an art opening that I had work in. I am officially becoming an old pecker head.
The good news is that my paintings in the Exposed Artworks show sold. I rarely sell when I go to these things, so I think the lesson here is that my work sells better if I am not around. I am not sure why that is, as I am so charismatic.
Here are the paintings that are in the show downtown. I built some cute frames out of lumber and added bolts in the corners for decoration. I then made the bolts rusty by keeping wet rags and salt on them for a few days.

Nut and Bolt, each panel 2"x 2", oil on linen

This is how they look in the frame, though this is before I stained the frame dark and made the bolts rusty.