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A Visit to the Ringling Art Museum

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Beautiful day to explore the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota, FL. The architecture, grounds and
statuary, including a sculpture of David by Michelangelo, are all worth the trip! The extensive collection of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art is fantastic. It includes such notables as Peter Paul Reubens and Frans Hals. A highlight was a special exhibit featuring watercolors from the Ringling collection which will be on display through February 2019. Pieces by Edward Hopper, Childe Hassam and Charles Burchfield were on view. The Ringling collection of Modern and Contemporary Art did not disappoint. I was especially intrigued with three early works by Marcel Duchamp. My favorite among these was one of the artist's wife, Yvonne Duchamp painted in 1907. 


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Please join me next month for this exciting workshop! Sign up today at:http://www.beachartcenter.org/classes
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Hi Everyone! This is my new painting, "Hope, Fear and Indifference", 30" x 40", oil on canvas. Spent many hours on this one, along with doing a week-long plein air event in NC, fitting in a visit with the grands (totally adorbs!) and taking in fun summer events in St. Pete (gotta love the Burg!). Shifting gears can be tough on "staying in your art zone," but it also helps maintain your sanity! #painter #paintersofinstagram #oilpainter #floridaartist  #artgalleries #artist #fineart #realism #figurepainter #figurepainting #instapainting #art #instaart #woodfieldfineartgallery

Sources of Inspiration

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A Museum VisitLooking at paintings always inspires me. A recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl., where I live, recharged my batteries. Connecting with old favorites from the permanent collection, and discovering new artists proved to be as energizing as ever. A current special exhibit features the work of artist, Benny Andrews. His drawings and collages are wonderfully imaginative and colorful, leaving me wondering how I’d never heard of him till now. Better late than never to make this discovery! Also on exhibit were the powerful photographs of Herb Snitzer. Each photo is carefully composed in rich velvety tones of black & white with wonderful contrast and midtones. Herb, a lifelong advocate for civil rights, takes on social issues in his art. He is also well known for his photos of such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, just to name a few. We are fortunate to have this remarkable man, now in his 90’s and still going strong, l…
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On the Easel Currently working on quite a large piece featuring several figures. It's a slow process, developing each figure by first laying in the tones with bristle brushes, then repeating the process again with softer brushes. I've been working on this one now for a few weeks. Before beginning this painting, I made some new changes to my studio, adding a large monitor screen to better view my reference photos. Above are some progressive photos of my progress thus far. Standing up at the easel is very tiring. I simply cannot paint in a seated position. I often loose track of how long I've been on my feet because I'm so absorbed in painting. Thankfully I took a gym break today (as I do most days) to do some yoga. It felt wonderful and energized me to work on the piece a bit more later.

My New Blog I'm new to blogging so I've decided to give it a try. Although I'm retired, I work in my studio as a full-time artist. At times I ask myself why I feel it necessary to spend a good part of most days creating art? I have been painting since the early 1980's, so it seems natural to me to be painting. I find when I'm not painting, I feel out of sync somehow. It is quite a commitment trying to manage my time between working in the studio, managing the business aspects of being a professional artist and balancing this with an active social life, exercise, and household demands.