I just wanted to take a moment and thank the Artist of Bristol for acknowledging as a member and an artist this month. You can read more about me and my path to art here on their Featured Artist Page.
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It was a wonderful feeling to reach 300 fans on my Facebook page so I would like to celebrate and share that wonderful feeling with my supporters. There will be three lucky winners who will win an 11 x 14 inch fine art giclée print of their choice from any of the Modern Floral Collection, the Port Issac Collection, the Bucks County Barns and Farm Collection and select winter scenes. You can look through my paintings here in the gallery. These lovely fine art prints are a $50 value each.
You will have up to four chances to enter the competition. You can like my Facebook page and share this post on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and tweet this post, follow me on Instagram and regram or instagram your favourite painting of mine or follow me on Google + and share this post. In order for me to view your entry on each social media format you must tag me in your post as the following:
Facebook: @Tom Furey
Google Plus: @Tom Furey Artist
Each person entering the competition can only win one print to guarantee there are three unique winners. No immediate family members are eligible to win. The competition will run from now until April 15, 2015 at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on the blog on April 16, 2015. Once announced they will need to email me at email@example.com in order to select their print of choice and provide a delivery address.
You can't win if you don't enter so please submit you entries.
I found this interesting video explaining basically how the art community works through the eyes of galleries and others. It highlights just how crazy things can be. It also tries to convey the reason for types of art popularity at any given time. It attempts to answer the question "Is there Democracy in the Art World?".
So what's your opinion? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
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Cold weather this week. Monday morning about 4:30 AM I awoke to find my furnace stopped running. It was one degree Fahrenheit outside. I worked on the furnace until about 6 AM when I called my son-in-law and asked him to get me kerosene. My incoming water line was frozen. To make a long story short we got the furnace running about 4 PM. I laid in my bed exhausted at 11:30 PM after all the stress and heard a dripping in the bedroom. Yes, you guessed it twelve hours with no heat equals frozen burst pipe. At midnight, my son-in-law went in the loft space and put some putty on the burst pipe I couldn't reach. Temporary fix. I hope it holds until we can replace the pipe. That was the bad news.
The good news. Thanks to my daughter, Theresa being so insistent that I paint some flowers, my work was accepted into the Philadelphia Sketch Clubs "Art of the Flower" exhibit. Since I am kick-starting my career as an artist again, one thing I needed to do is get my name and work out in the public eye. This is a great start for me as far as exhibitions. For me, just being accepted is winning. There were 315 submissions and 124 works were accepted. There was a limit of two accepted works per artist. I entered two pieces and both were accepted. They are Modern Floral I and Modern Floral III. Prize winners will be determined by the jurors visiting PSC in person on Sunday March 1, 2015. The Reception will be on Sunday March 8, 2015 from 2-4 PM where cash awards and PSC medals will be presented to the award winners. All works submitted by an accepted artist will be on view on our online gallery. Please visit the gallery at www.sketchclub.org/exhibitions.
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I'm fortunate to have a nice front porch to sit on in the good weather and enjoy the day. One morning I was frustrated with a painting I was working on because I couldn't get the right green mixed. I was also having problems between the colors I mixed. Nothing was going right. I know I have at least three tubes of various green oil paint in my drawer I could use at any time instead of mixing a green. But one of the things that drives me as an artist is the challenge.
I decided to limit my pallet last year to four colors and a white. The colors are Alizarin Chrimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. I didn't stay with that very long because I needed to add Cerulean Blue for certain greens and other mixtures. That seemed to work just fine. I learned to mix color fairly quickly. I could make small adjustments easily. The reason behind this was to learn how to do it and color harmony. I used to think limiting the colors I use out of the tube would lead to mixing mud, but the opposite occurred. I was able to mix and change values fairly quickly and got a better handle of the old color wheel.
Okay, getting back to the green problem. While I was sitting on the porch gazing at the hostas and pondering life, I saw an amazing challenge right before my eyes. I walked into the studio and grabbed my camera. I started snapping pictures of all the foliage in front of me. It was a perfect challenge to my current problem. I entered the studio and choose the largest canvas available. I began to sketch out the plant and later referred to the photos for the color matching. The painting I ended up visualizing in my mind started out as a very abstract concept. The movement of the shapes and the variegated variations really interested me. All the negative and positive shapes that made up this painting of GREEN leaves was further complicated by a layer of morning dew. I knew this wasn't going to be easy. I was right!
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If I'm being honest, I would say painting flowers was never on the cards for me as an artist. While studying art as a young man, I would have happily bet a million dollars I would never paint flowers. I viewed it as a subject matter that was not considered Art for Art sake. The only exception I ever saw to this was if the flower was part of some abstract art form.
As it turns out, floral compositions are as abstract as they come. So many negative and positive spaces, extreme changes in contrast, and changing colors flowing in all directions. So I welcomed this challenge my daughter put to me in turning my hand to painting some modern and organic floral paintings. Prior to this, a few months ago, I painted one flower on an 8 x 8" canvas first which was fun to do. I then received six photographs from the talented Sarah Winward of her floral work to interpret into artistic paintings. As I said, it really was something I never considered but I could have never imagined the result and it turned out to be quite a learning experience. I like that! After all, that's what life is all about, trying something new and different. Seeing things in a different light. Some may say this comes with age, but I have come to realize now that flowers can be as complicated to paint as anything I have ever experienced. It all depends on the approach and the end results you require. I hope you enjoy my first attempt at painting florals as much as I did. You can see more on the collection here and the resulting new smart phone cases and fine art Giclée prints are available in the shop here.
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Hello! Thank you for finding your way to my new website and blog! I hope you've lost yourself amongst my paintings in my gallery. If you haven't yet viewed them you can find the gallery here.
I've recently began painting full time this summer. It's been almost 40 years since I had publicly exhibited my work. I have been painting almost all my life, but nothing as consistent as I have recently. I purchased a house in order to build my studio in 2009. I had been longing to do so for the last few years, but as with many things in life, there was never a perfect time. I took a trip to England to visit my daughter and her family a few years ago and was amazed at the countryside and historic views. I took many photos while I was there along with my daughter. My eldest daughter, who is a professional photographer in England (you can find her work here) sent me her photographs for inspiration. I started off with the Port Issac Collection, which is the home page to my website. Port Issac is a beautiful little fishing village in the Southwestern coast of England. Its all so scenic-perfect for painting. It also happens to be the ancestral home to my now son-in-law's family, so the paintings hold more significance in that manner as well.
I build my paintings in stages. I usually have 6 to 10 paintings in progress at a time. This gives each stage time to dry so I can add more detail. I'll spend time in another blog post in the future discussing my work flow and technique. But know that this is how I typically work. I have been adding my works in progress to my Facebook page here and my Instagram account here, so if you are interested to see how my paintings look during construction go there and check them out.
For now I will leave you with that. Please do check out my new shop when you have some time. I will be adding more art in the following week or so and some special products especially for Valentine's Day.
Until next week!