A painted selfie, why not?

It is very common for millions (billions?) of people to post selfies on social media. A snapshot or a staged photograph. I thought of this phenomenon and decided to paint a few selfies. This is the first one, 12×20 cm, in the Post Art format. And maybe it will be mailed to someone soon?

12 new Post Art paintings

I have made 12 new small paintings, size 12×20 cm (about 4.5″x8″) and these will be mailed as post cards. I have done it before and even sent what I call Post Art paintings from the USA to Europe and they usually arrive in surprisingly good condition. Who will receive a painting in the mail?

Frederick going home

Water cut steel piece The Abolitionist, No. 1 of 10, is on its way to The Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership in Rochester, New York. It will be on permanent display. Visit their website to learn more about what they do: https://fdfi.org

Finally something new

Well, in early February I thought I was recovering from pneumonia. I didn’t. And it was not really pneumonia. I was finally diagnosed with a pretty high level of Valley Fever. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either. It is caused by a fungus in the dry desert areas mainly in the Phoenix and Tucson area and in the San Joaquin Valley in California. It can only be treated with anti fungal meds and for a pretty long time. So I am on that now and slowly getting better, riding my horse again and starting to do some work in the studio. Here are four new pieces that I have painted for a specific purpose. They are all 18″ x 18″ (about 46 x 46 cm), oil on plywood.

Jornada del Muerto, July 15, 1945
Open Range
Borders
Somewhere in New Mexico

Freedom

I am slowly recovering from pneumonia, having been sick over two weeks already. Luckily no Covid-19. So I have not been able to do much in the studio. The most recent work I have completed is this piece, which I am calling Freedom. Oil on plywood, 45″ x 30 ” (114 x 76 cm).

Art Auction in Montana

The Yellowstone Art Museum is opening the Art Auction 53 Exhibition on Friday January 22. The Silent Auction is open for bidding March 1 until March 6 at 11:59 pm. I have a large painting in the auction, Healing Horizon, oil on plywood, 2020, 35″ x 71.5″.

You can view the artwork, the catalogue, and get tickets to bid by visiting their website here: https://www.artmuseum.org/engage/yellowstone-art-auction/

Transparent Personality in Arizona

When I made the large laser cut corten steel piece Transparent Personality, I had two pieces made and my brother bought one and had it installed outside his house in Cave Creek, Arizona. During a visit recently I was able to photograph it in the afternoon sunlight. Pretty amazing if I may say so about my own art!

Growing inventory

I am building up inventory and the walls are full, so I had to build a movable storage for new work.

Some changes

I made some changes to the painting, built and painted a frame and got a better photo. And then I decided on a different title: Born A Slave.

A new steel piece

For the first time, I have had a steel piece cut with water jet and the result is amazingly good. This piece is 60 x 30 cm (23.5″ x 11.75″). It is made in a stamped series of ten. The Abolitionist.
The photo was taken in near darkness with just ambient light. I love the soft shadow.

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