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59th Mid-states Art Show follow up

On December 8th, I attended the opening of 59th Mid-states Art Show follow up at Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN. I met a lot of nice people of the museum as well as the visitors who talked to me and asked me about my art. It was fun. After the opening, I had a chance to look around their permanent collection. It was clear to me that they are working on collecting realism art pieces, mainly still-life. I saw some impressive pieces that I see for the first time in person, as well as a couple of familiar names from way back when.

Museum exterior view at night

Gallery view 1

Gallery View 2

My drawing 1

My drawing 2

Casey Bradley's sculpture

Jason Franz's drawing 1 (below)

Jason Franz's drawing 2

JT Thompson's painting (right)

Philip Jackson's painting

Philip Jackson's painting detail

Lowell Tolstedt's color pencil drawings

William Bailey's still-life painting

Soren Emil Carlsen's beautiful still-life

Russian painter Igor Melnikov's work

Fred Wessel's egg tempera painting

Fred Wessel's painting detail

Daniel Sprick's small study

Daniel Sprick's still-life with a bubble

Detail of Daniel Sprick's painting


59th Mid-states Art Show

Yesterday I received a phone call from Evansville Museum of Art and Science. I was informed that one of my pieces included in the upcoming 59th Mid-States Art Show won a purchase award from the museum. It was "Vanitas 11". This is the very first artwork of mine a museum purchased.


A commission project

I have been working on this commission project given by PatronArt. It is nearly finished. This is the largest pastel drawing I have ever produced: 48" x 32". I had fun with it. Now I need to figure out how to ship this giant...


"Vanitas 16" update

Just finished the figure part of this piece. Now moving onto the egg.


"Vanitas 16" started

I have been working on a new graphite drawing "Vanitas 16". I am trying to finish this before the end of August. This one has a triangular composition. My model Julie is lying at the top of the picture stretching across the picture plane horizontally, and I am going to place a cracked raw egg at the bottom center. I am not quite sure how an egg might be rendered with monochromatic pencils, but will see...