Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hanby House

8x10 oil on gessoed masonite
This is a historic site in Westerville, Ohio.  Here's some interesting information:  William Hanby occupied this house from 1853-1870.  He was co-founder of Otterbein University.  He was a preacher, teacher, an abolitionist and a composer.  A familiar song of his is Up on the Housetop.  The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a significant Underground Railroad site.  Thought you might enjoy knowing this.

Ohio Art Market

12x16 oil on canvas panel
I feel fortunate to have my work in Ohio Art Market in Westerville, Ohio.  If you get a chance, you should check it out.  The artists represented are all from Ohio.  The curator has tastefully redone the gallery.  Great place to shop for paintings, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, bags, and unusual art décor items.  Once dry, I will get 8x10 prints made to sell in the gallery.
The local college in my town is Ohio Wesleyan University and the college in the town of Westerville is Otterbein University.  I have many wonderful buildings to paint that might be cherished by art collectors and local people.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mean Bean

12x16 oil on panel
I'm back and painting.  Took some time off getting things done to our Ohio home.
The owner of Ohio Art Market in Westerville, Ohio suggested I paint scenes of local spots.  Although I haven't painted many cityscapes, I need to think sales and what customers are interested in.  Still lifes are always good but here in Ohio, customers aren't in the market for boat and beach paintings that much. 
This scene is a coffee shop in my small town.  I wanted to do some local sites for my upcoming Delaware Arts Castle show in November.  I'll post Westerville scenes next.
Working on larger canvases work better for me when doing scenes as complicated as this one.  I can get in the detail writing on signs a little easier.  I'm even going to get some larger canvases and try painting BIGGER.