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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hello again! We’re your
humble Patrons of the Arfs, Clancy & Shayna, with more about the “past
lives” of some well-known artists. Read the descriptions below and see if you
can identify them!
In Another Life…
artist studied Biology in college. Her courses gave her an immense appreciation
and deep respect for the power of living things as seen in the individual cells
of plants and animals.
Although she earned her BS, she chose not to
pursue science as a career, but instead went on to earn her Master’s in Art History.
Today, her fascination with the transformative nature of flowers is evident in
her radiant paintings. Using an Old
Master’s technique, she layers oil glazes over an opaque underpainting. She
says: “There is something truly celebratory about
flowers in sunlight. Light invests them with energy and liveliness. Their
transitory nature makes the moment an occasion that deserves to be savored and
remembered with attention and care, drama and boldness.”
She has won numerous awards
and honors for her resplendent artwork. In addition to being a fulltime artist,
she also teaches art and has authored the book, Classic Still Life Painting.
Name this artist!
The dimensions of this
artist’s work were as vast as the wild, wind-swept plains of the West, as
infinite as outer space and as small as the historic scenes that he captured on
more than 30 postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.
A master of both oils and the
pencil, he depicted the mountain men and trappers of the American West with the
same sense of history that had guided his hand when he and seven other artists were
invited to illustrate early space missions for NASA’s Fine Art Program. Wanting
more than a factual record of events, these artists were told: “NASA is
commissioning your imagination… Artists should be key witnesses to history in
the making…the truth seen by an artist is more meaningful than any other type
Although diverse in subject
matter, all of his paintings had a central theme in common: man at the threshold
of a new, unknown frontier. This artist, who painted Neil Armstrong’s boot stepping
into the dust of the lunar surface, also painted those largely forgotten and
unsung heroes, the North American trappers of the early 1800's, who blazed
trails through lonely mountains and along unknown waterways.
He stated: “I find my
inspiration in all the life that surrounds and envelops me, from the evolution
of man and his works, to the timelessness of the rocks, the trees, of man, his
land, the sky and the sea.”
Who was this artist?
Born in Great Britain, this artist was a pilot in the Royal
Air Force during WWII, where he met his wife, an American nurse.
After the war, he came to the
U.S. at the invitation of Walt Disney to work as a matte painter, creating
elaborate backgrounds on glass in front of which the live action was filmed. Once
the scene was shot, the glass was washed down to be reused for other scenes. He
also created Oscar-winning special effects, such as the wavy smoke staircase
seen above, in his recreation of Edwardian London for the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins. The artist left “holes” in
the paint, through which he shined light to give the impression of nightfall
with lights twinkling on throughout the city.
As a fine artist, his
paintings and prints of powerful panoramic landscapes and seashores express
both the magnitude and the delicacy of nature. He called his method of painting
"impressionistic shorthand," referring to his use of broad
brushstrokes to give the impression of detail. Can you name this legendary
W. Gardner, educator, public official and political reformer
Life sometimes has a way of diverting us from our presumed course
into new, unexpected directions. Shana and I are prime examples of this. Before
my tenure at Gallery One, my former human had a demanding schedule and couldn’t
devote as much time as she wanted to me, so she found me loving parents who would
spoil me rotten. (Thanks, Caitlin!) See: https://www.facebook.com/LakelandTerrier.dog/videos/327655994035927/
Shayna, on the other hand, was an outside dog from New York.
She was ignored most of the time, and was not receptive to affectionate humans
or even other dogs. But somehow, over time, our paths all became interwoven for
the better. Go figure.
Life has also taken some unexpected twists and turns for the
following artists. See if you can name them:
This artist once considered becoming a professional
boxer. (Had he done so, there would be countless broken noses and bare walls left
in his wake.)
out of high school and joined the Army. I was stationed in Panama and spent my
last year on the boxing team. My dad was a boxer when he was young, and he
taught us [my brother and me] boxing from the time we were five or six years
old. I was always walking around throwing left jabs into the air. (I still do
when no one is watching.) When I got out of the service I thought seriously
about becoming a professional boxer, but decided to go to art school instead.”
Who am I?
This artist spent a decade as an electrical power
lineman by day, painting by night (thanks, in no small part, to the wonders of
“I have been making pictures and telling stories my whole
life. As a kid, I worked along with my brothers for my father who was a
carpenter, and I seriously thought about taking that direction, but I loved to
draw and cartoon. At 20 I went to work as a Power Lineman for Edison. I would stay
up all night, draw and paint, then go to work. Eventually this became untenable
so I quit the paying job in favor of this great unknown – illustration. I went
to New York to seek my fortune. Eventually I worked as a freelancer for 18-20
publishers. I consider this whole illustration period as my art school. I had
lots of ideas for stories to illustrate, and so I decided to write and
illustrate my own children's book.”
(It became a best seller.) Who am I?
This artist did a portrait for fellow artist Robert
Bateman as a gift. (Wait until you see where it ended up!)
“I’ve taught workshops at The Norman Rockwell Museum in
Stockbridge, MA. My portrait of internationally known wildlife
artist Robert Bateman is on permanent
display at The Robert Bateman Centre in
Victoria, BC.” Who am I?
Americans, Shana and I LOVE patriotic holidays like the 4th of July
(except for the really loud fireworks; those are scary). However, I digress. We love the cook-outs and those hot
dogs that magically “roll” off the grill...we enjoy the songs and
get-togethers. Our celebrations with family and friends are made even more
festive by art that captures the true American spirit as best symbolized
by that grand lady, the Statue of Liberty. (And, to paraphrase lyrics from the American
musical, Damn Yankees: “You gotta have
‘art,’ all you really need is ‘art!’”)
Shana and I are
surrounded by artful reminders of Americana every day at Gallery One. If you’d
like to add these works to your surroundings, stop in or give us a call. We’d
be happy to point you in the right direction! Here are just a few of our all-American
“Pillars of a Nation is an image
about the experience of emigration. It was commissioned by a man whose
grandfather arrived at Ellis Island from Hungary in 1907. Like most of the
immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, he came with few resources — just a
burning desire to succeed. Pillars of a Nation is a tribute to that grandfather and to all immigrants who came to
North America.” – Jim Daly
The art of John Weiss conveys the
message that strength, comfort and encouragement are always within reach. The
artist often uses man’s best friend to represent family, friends and faith. Weiss
believes that the key to understanding it all is in recognizing the wag of a
tail for what it truly is.
Bill Phillips may be the world's
top aviation artist. Another dimension to Bill's talents lies in his nostalgic
landscape scenes. This is a scene from the idyllic community he created, Phillips
Bay, where picturesque and romantic
images of Americana abound.
Clancy here. Ah, summer! Shana and I just saw our first
lightning bug of the season last night! Twinkling at dusk, just as the street
lights came on, they signal the longer days to come. And the longer days of
summer make it the perfect time to get everyone outdoors and get creative!
If you’re looking for ways to stimulate your kids’
creativity now that school is out, we have some fun projects that you can try.
Best of all, the family dog can participate! (Now everyone can have fun!)
Dip your pup’s paw in pet-safe paint, then gently press the
paw on paper. Have the kids paint stems and leaves. Add a frame, and you have a
great gift for grandparents!
If you have a collection of white seashells gathered from
vacation, you have lots of little blank canvases from which to work. (Or get a
bag of shells from your craft store as well as some washable kid’s paint, and
let the kids paint the shells.) When the paint has dried, the shells can be
glued to magnets, wreathes, barrettes, etc. Or use their natural color to
enhance flower pots and picture frames.
Gather the kids and grab the dog for a walk in the woods. Collect
pine cones and sticks you find along the way. You’ll also need small screw eyes
and twine or yarn. You can paint the sticks with craft paint for extra color.
Attach a screw eye to the end of each stick or pine cone. Thread yarn or twine
through the screw eyes, and tie them to a stick. Hang on your porch or in a
tree and watch them dance in the breeze.
Have some great ideas to share? Send them to us, and we’ll
post them in our Blog! Happy summer!
Shayna and I have the coolest parents ever. They know EVERYBODY. You
wouldn’t believe all the artists who have scratched our ears over the years! They even hosted famed astronaut/artist Alan Bean
twice at Gallery One, but that was before our time. And although we never got
to meet Alan Bean in person, Shayna and I frequently sat in Dad’s office as the two Alans chatted over the phone.
Recently, Dad told us all about Bean and what an interesting life
he had led. Bean grew up in Texas near an airbase. Art and aviation were his
chief interests. During World War II he decided he wanted to be a pilot. But during
his free time, he took classes in oil painting. In 1962, Alan Bean (known to
his fellow pilots as “Beano”) applied to join an elite group of test pilots called
“astronauts” saying, "I
thought it might be even more fun than flying airplanes."
After completing a year of
training, rookie astronauts receive a silver pin. When Bean first set foot on
the moon, he tossed his own silver pin into a crater commenting afterwards, “I
often think of it at night when I look up at the moon."
After Bean left NASA, he turned his
attention to art so that he could record what he had seen first-hand as one of
only 12 humans to ever set foot on the moon. For added authenticity and
ruggedness, he created his original paintings on a type of plywood typically
used to make aircraft frames. Bean would add impressions to the paint using the
boots he wore during his moonwalks and the hammer he used to erect the American
flag on the lunar surface.
In 1988, Bean published a book of
his work entitled Apollo: An Eyewitness
Account by Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker. In the introduction fellow
astronaut John Glenn wrote, "He saw the same monochromatic world as the
other astronauts, yet with an artist's eye he also saw intrinsic beauty in the
rocks and boulders and their textures and shapes."
In recent years, Alan Bean and his
wife, Leslie, shared their Texas home with seven lucky Lhasa Apso dogs. So some
night, when the moon is bright, if you should hear barking off in the distance,
please disregard it. It’s only us, saying hello to an old friend…
Shayna & Clancy here.Are you familiar with “The Starfish Story”? Allow
us to explain:
An elderly man,
walking along the shore, observed a young boy up ahead, throwing something into
the ocean. As the man watched, the boy would pick up up small objects in the
sand and then hurl them into the sea. When the man drew closer, he saw that they
were starfish, so he asked the boy to explain. The boy said that the tide was
out, the sun was coming up, and if he didn’t throw the starfish back into the
water, they would die. The man said, “But there are miles of beach and hundreds
of starfish. You can’t possibly make a difference.” As the boy listened, he
stooped down to pick up yet another starfish. Throwing it into the sea, he turned
to the man and replied, “It made a difference to that one.”
Shayna and I were both rescued, and believe me, it made a
BIG difference to us.
Individually, each of
us has within us the power to make a difference, and when we join forces, we
can do even more. As Gallery One’s
official Patrons of the Arfs, we invite you to celebrate National “Be Kind to
Animals Week” with us.
Order a Gallery Giclées canvas depicting ANY
animal May 6th through the 12th, and Gallery One will
donate 10% of the purchase proceeds to Marilyn’s Voice,* a local nonprofit,
all-volunteer animal rescue organization.
Here are just a few examples. All giclées on canvas are hand-signedby the artist!
Looking for more ways
to help? Here are some ideas:
Whether you help your local shelter raise funds, walk dogs, or just scratch a
furry ear here and there, you will make a much-needed difference.
Create a fund-raising
page. Share it with family and friends to collect donations in honor of a
beloved pet. The money you raise will help your shelter care for animals in
Adopt. If you
have the time, space and love to share, there are animals waiting for a loving forever
need money, blankets, pet food, toys and cleaning products. Contact your local
shelter for suggestions.
Thank you & bless your kind heart!
Clancy & Shayna
* Marilyn’s Voice rescues dogs
from dire circumstances, rehabilitates and re-homes them. It was named in honor
of Marilyn, a tiny breeder dog rescued from a puppy mill where she had
undergone a “de-barking” procedure to silence her (a cruel but common puppy
mill practice). Complications from that procedure led to Marilyn’s untimely
death, but not before she had become a certified therapy dog who brought cheer
into the lives of the many patients and nursing home residents with whom she
empathized. The volunteers of Marilyn's Voice have made it their mission to
become her “voice” and the voice of other mistreated dogs by working to end
Ohio’s cruel puppy mill industry and by rescuing, fostering and permanently
re-homing dogs in need. A 100% volunteer organization supported by adoption
fees and donations, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the
State of Ohio. For more info, see http://marilynsvoice.org/
My sidekick, Shayna, and I were hard at work when a dame
came into the gallery with a sad story we hear all too often. She had used some
framing coupons from a craft store. Turns out, the “deep discounts” were a
Fabric-ation. And to top it off, she was disappointed in the quality of the
We told her that Gallery One employs only Certified Picture Framers
to handle your treasured pieces (that’s like earning and retaining a Master’s
Degree because of the frequent recertification required to keep this
We were afraid we’d have to administer smelling salts
when we told her our prices, ESPECIALLY when we told her about Gallery One’s
framing specials offered through our Art Auction, now in progress through Wed.
April 4 at 4 p.m. Click to see our art auction HERE.
Don’t let this happen to you – take advantage of this offer.
If you don’t, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon
and for the rest of your life, as my hero, Bogie, once said.