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Salt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas ~ 48″ x16″

The painting was delivered and happily received, I understand! My hope is that they enjoy it for many decades!

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Sunshine

Sunshine

Oil on Gallery Canvas, 6″ x 6″ x 1 1/2″

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Rose and Syringa

Rose and Syringa

Oil on Canvas Panel, 14″ x 11″

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Lily of the Valley in Crystal

Lily  of the Valley in Crystal

Early in the summer when these were in bloom I was painting…. I think i will be again,,,, soon.

It is 14″ x 11″ oil painting on canvas panel

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What a GREAT evening!

What a GREAT evening!

To begin the evening, at about 6:00p.m. thunder began rumbling. I have never experienced this sort of storm…. the thunder was an incessant, though distant, roar for about 40 minutes! It was accompanied by rain like I have only seen in the Orient (Hong Kong and Manilla). I wish I could have watched it from above the clouds. It must have been a spectacular show! Now that we have enjoyed a good soaking, of course our Idaho wind has begun….

While it was still raining, I went out to the studio and stretched a small canvas. During the time that it took to listen to a recording of a Beethoven String Quartet, I was able to get it stretched and the first coat of gesso onto the canvas.

This is significant only because of the rough few weeks have spent questioning if I, by painting, am adding anything to life or only adding to the world’s piles of stuff. I remember suggesting to a friend whose wife was complaining about his time spent in studio work, that if he COULD quit, perhaps he should…. He continued, and so will I.

There is no possibiity that I will be able to stop seeing the world through color relationships, shapes and visual ideas. My vision may be too ordinary, as I been told several times in different situations. but I will continue to make what I hope is art….

Then to top it all off, as I walked back to the house a most wonderful red sunset met me!

P.S. I had planned on several photos to accompany this…. can only seem to use one per post…..

Artist Ellsworth Kelly ~ National Medal of Arts

Last night the National Medal of Arts were presented to many arts organizations and artists. I saw it in a news article on NBC Evening News. The article lasted for, I would guess, one minute. A few recipients were named. Most were not. No Visual artist was named on that news broadcast.

I long for a time in our culture when Art News is thought to be as important as sports. I fear a long in vain. As a society, we practically worship sports “heroes”. I notice most of the news of them these days is not of their sterling character off the playing fields but rather of their arrests.

I suppose that artists may be arrested in equal proportion. We will never know because artists are NOT news.

This morning I searched the internet to find out if a Visual Artist had been honored and found this article on Ellsworth Kelly being so honored. I include it on my blog not because I am an ardent fan of Mr. Kelly’s work, but to give a bit more exposure to the event.

Ellsworth Kelly To Receive National Medal of Arts From President Obama

DATE: 11 JUL 2013

The Whitehouse has announced, (Wednesday, July 10, 2013) that President Obama will present the artist Ellsworth Kelly, who turned 90 earlier this year, with National Medal of Arts. The National Medal of Arts, founded in 1984, is the highest award given to artists by the United States Government.

The National Medal of Arts was created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. A prestigious American honor, it is the highest award specifically given for achievement in the US for arts, conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people. Honorees are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and ceremoniously presented the award by the President of the United States. The medal was designed for the NEA by sculptor Robert Graham.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by the Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the Federal Government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923) has been the subject of major exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and his work is in many public collections, including those of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Tate Modern, London. Kelly lives and works in Spencertown, New York.

He has evaded critical attempts to classify him as a Color Field, hard-edge, or Minimalist painter, has redefined abstraction in art, establishing himself through his drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints as one of the most important artists working today. Kelly’s visual vocabulary is drawn from observation of the world around him—shapes and colors found in plants, architecture, shadows on a wall or a lake—and has been shaped by his interest in the spaces between places and objects and between his work and its viewers. He has said, “In my work, I don’t want you to look at the surface; I want you to look at the form, the relationships.” Previous recipients of the National Medal for Arts include Georgia O’Keefe, Willem de Kooning Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, Chuck Close, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Diebenkorn, Isamu Noguchi and Jasper Johns.

Stories of Artists….

Yesterday I was touched by a story in an article telling of the death of Faye Kanin. I was unaware of her work and only recall seeing one of her plays, a television production, “Friendly Fire”,  which starred Carol Burnett.

I do love the two quotes from her which appear in the article…. and the story at the end.

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Screenwriter, former Academy President Fay Kanin dies at 95

May 9, 1917-March 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

In 1979, Kanin wrote and produced the ABC telefilm “Friendly Fire,” a tour de force starring Carol Burnett…

“I am interested in growth,” she once said. “To me, that’s the most interesting thing, that people change, grow. I guess that’s been present, in some form or other, in almost every movie that I’ve done.”

Kanin’s first try at writing a play, “Goodbye My Fancy,” was produced in 1948. But things were not as easy as that sounds, she recalled when she was honored at the Humanitas Prize Luncheon in 2003.

She had submitted her script to Max Gordon, then a top New York producer, and when she visited his office, he sat behind a desk, empty except for two scripts. “It’s funny, it’s got heart, and it has something to say. I like it. Only I’m not going to do it,” she recalled him saying of her play.

“Look”, he said, “Here’s a new play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Kaufman — I’ve done a lot of plays with him, all big hits. He’s won two Pulitzer Prizes. Edna Ferber — I don’t have to tell you about her.” He picked up the other script. “And here’s a first play by Fay Kanin. Now, I can only do one more play this season. If you were me, Max Gordon, which one would you do?”

Kanin said she “gulped and admitted I’d do the Kaufman-Ferber play. He returned my script, wished me luck and I flew back to Los Angeles.”

She and Michael took out a bigger mortgage on their house, got some partners and produced the play themselves. Starring Shirley Booth, it opened on Broadway and was a rousing hit. The Kaufman-Ferber play had opened ahead of theirs and closed within a few weeks.

After one performance, she encountered Gordon. “He saw me, came over and shook his head. ‘I just want to ask you one thing,’ he said. ‘Why’d you have to give me such lousy advice?'”

“He was right,” Kanin said. “It was lousy advice. Looking back at it, I realize that when Max Gordon asked me which play he should do, I should have said, ‘Do mine.’ Because I’ve learned that confidence in yourself and in your work is your greatest attribute.”

Scott Feinberg contributed to this report.