Introducing my new book, cialis “Plein Tahoe“, which chronicles six years of painting Lake Tahoe in plein air. A section on Yosemite is also included. With over 45 full color reproductions of my paintings, the hardcover book comes with a full color dust jacket.
For those who love Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, or my work, it would make a wonderful Christmas present! Click here for more information and to preview the book.
I don’t do much advertising in art magazines, but decided to put one in the American Art Collector magazine in conjunction with the Nomadas del Arte show I will be showing in Dallas beginning early April —
Below is the ad for my solo show at James Harold Gallery. It will be in the Tahoe Weekly publication.
Just received word I am the featured artist on Creative Spotlight this week. They also have several of my demos’ on their website. If you have never explored this website, it is full of great information, demonstrations and lessons every artist can learn from.
The painting shown is currently at my solo show at James Harold Gallery in Tahoe City, CA.
Winter Break * 30×40 * Oil on Canvas
Sal Pizarro, wrote a short blurb in his column in todays Mercury News.
In the bustle of Silicon Valley, it’s easy to succumb to the notion that the beauty of the Santa Clara Valley has been displaced by industrial parks, strip malls and the always-dreaded sprawl. ….
You can read the rest here.
An artist friend emailed me a recent book review from the New York Times by Steven Heller entitled The Original Art of Basil Wolverton.
From the article:
Any aficionado of early Mad comics published during the first half of the 1950s, when Mad was still a riotous comic book and not yet a formatted magazine, will recognize the brilliantly perverse parody of a Life magazine cover featuring a portrait of a hideous girl next to the headline â€œBeautiful Girl of the Month Reads Mad.â€ The artist who concocted this misshapen, bug-eyed, fang-toothed, pimply-faced, spaghetti-haired, pig-nosed monstrosity was Basil Wolverton (1909-78)…
Heller later says:
Wolvertonâ€™s work predates by decades many of the more acerbic comics of the 60s underground commix era, including those of R. Crumb, and is revered by many contemporary comics artists for his graphic lunacy and his matchless facility with pen and ink.
So why am I blogging about a ‘long ago’ comic artist? I knew Basil Wolverton and his family as a young child growing up in Portland Oregon. Our families attended the same small church and of course all the kids looked up to Basil as a famous cartoon artist. As a kid, I and many of my peers tried to copy his hilarious and creative drawings. His drawing style was very unique with crosshatch shading, spaghetti like hair, etc. It probably is what got me interested in drawing in the first place which later led to painting, etc.
Basil’s son Monte carried on the family tradition and makes his living as a cartoonist. Some of his drawings are almost indistinguishable from his father’s.
More information on Monte and Basil can be found here.
For those of you who have not heard of this website, be sure and check it out. The Plein Air Scene is a ‘must’ bookmark for any plein air artist, or any other artist for that matter. Of particular interest to me is the listings of current art shows, upcoming events, paint-outs, and galleries in California. Of course this post is a little self serving as Sarah Beserra, publisher of the website, just put one of my paintings on the home page!
I had a mention today in Phil Levine’s monthly newsletter.Â You can find it here:
If you are an artist with a website, send your name into Phil and he will probably mention it in his newsletter!