Hello all! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas season. I've had a chance to visit with some family and get caught up on a few things, but still a lot more to do. This week I've been trying to do a little work in the studio. I've completed a commission or two, been going through photos for new work, and am trying a few small paintings. It's been hard for me to work small without spending too much time to make it worth doing. When I try to paint smaller pieces I have to be a little more patient getting tiny details. Without important details the painting will not be a success and with details I could spend as much time as if it were a large painting. With that said, my smaller paintings may be a little pricey if it takes lot of time to complete. Sometimes I wish I could knock out two or three small paintings a day, but I choose a medium more difficult than that:) I'll try to get more of my new images on here soon. If you can't wait, go to my Instagram page and check out what's been going on. My latest small painting was a baseball and I thought it came out pretty cool I'll put a photo of it below. I still have plans to get in the garage and do some mixed media stuff. It's just been too cold and I need a few days blocked off to be productive. For now I'll stay in the warm studio and make some small works and maybe tackle cleaning my space. Too many things have found their way to my studio and I need some elbow room. If I'm not back on here before, have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Peace and Love! RLP
I hope you had wonderful Thanksgiving last week. Mine was nice and relaxing. Spent the holiday in east TN with my wife's family and a couple of days out walking in the woods. So refreshing to get outside and breath nice cool air and not be looking at an electronic devise, unless taking a photo:) (I do have to collect images for future inspiration). I do wish I could spend more time away to clear my mind, but that will have to wait. Right now I'm working on that backlog of commissions, trying to get the studio in order, and other task I've put off this year. Maybe by the end of the year I'll be caught up, and have my studio in better shape so I can get out in the garage and work through some new ideas. For now, I'll be plugging away. I'll keep you up to date on things as they come up.
Which reminds me, I'll be delivering new work to Copper Moon Gallery in New Albany, IN tomorrow. New Albany is just outside of Louisville, KY and its a wonderful town to visit. I'll post more about that on social media too. So if you're in the Louisville area, go by Copper Moon and say hi to Kim and see my paintings and all the other wonderful art she has at the gallery. Her place has lot's of great gift ideas.
Speaking of gift ideas, Picture This in Hermitage, TN has several of my paintings on display and they carry small prints of some of my paintings. If you go to http://www.picturethis-gallery.com/randy-purcell-1/ and enter code "Cyber Special" you will get 50% off those block prints. That's a deal!!! But hurry, sale ends on Monday, Dec 3rd!!!
That's all for now. I'm going to get back in the studio and melt some beeswax. I'm painting a rabbit on an oval board next. Hopefully it will turn out as cool as my sheep have. I'll share the results soon:) Have a great week!! RLP
It's almost the weekend and I wanted to drop in and post about Little Harpeth and Picture This.
First, make sure and come out to Little Harpeth Brewing, this Sunday, Nov. 19th from 2-6. There will be beer flowing and an Artist panel discussion. Hosted by Justin Stokes and Mickey Masters and will be discussing different aspects of the creative process of two local Artist; Rachael Karr and Randy L Purcell. This is the first of a series that will happen every month, I'm looking forward to sharing details of my process and showing a few of my paintings. Here's a link to the FaceBook page, with more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264341110338463/
Another thing I wanted to mention was my work hanging at Picture This, in Hermitage. Not only do I have paintings on display, but they are the only place to carry small reproductions of some of my popular paintings. If you are in Middle TN, drop in and take a look around. If you are not in the area, you can still buy prints from their website. Here's a link to my prints on wood blocks: http://www.picturethis-gallery.com/randy-purcell-1/ (see pic below)
That's all for today. I hope to see you on Sunday!! RLP
"The eagle is the chief over all the winged creatures. Eagle conveys the powers and messages of the spirit; it is man's connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird". I found this statement at www.pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism/629-eagle-symbolism. Trish Phillips writes a great article about the symbolism the eagle.
I did this painting of an eagle to symbolize America's Veterans and their courageous efforts to protect our freedoms. This is one of those paintings I did because I wanted to. I am thankful to have commissions, but as I said before, I will occasionally take a break from those and just paint something that needs to be painted.
If you are a Veteran, Thank you!
If you are a family member of a Veteran, Thank you too!
Peace to you and your loved ones.
I'm on a roll today! And it's a Monday!
I've decided to be as productive as possible for the next two months. One thing that I do well, when it comes to being productive, is list. I make list of everything I need to do. I have several list going at all times. This week, I have put most everything on one list and plan to stay on task. Because I get sidetracked so easily, I am now trying to mix up my art task with my home task and those other little things that need done. This way I can use my time more efficiently and do things that I am in the mood to do. So today, Monday, I knocked out a lotto little things and am going to go into the studio for a couple of hours. Tomorrow, I am now going to get to spend several hours in the studio without interruption. This makes me happy!!! And I bet it will help me get more things done each week:)
I had a great meeting with the guys behind the Little Harpeth Art Talk. Make sure and save the date: Sunday Nov. 19th, from 2-6pm. I will be on an artist panel and we will be discussing our processes, inspirations, media, etc.... There will be two featured artist and one other as the mediator. If you would love to hear more about my work, you will love this event. And as an added bonus, it's at a Brewery!!! A stage will be set and we will have a display of our work. You can find out more on the FaceBook page. A link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264341110338463/
If you are in the Nashville area and would like to see some of my work, I put up several paintings at Picture This in Hermitage this morning. They also have prints (reproductions) on wood, of some of my popular paintings. If you'd like to purchase some of those and aren't in Nashville, you can go to their website and have them shipped. I'll get a link on my Events page, so you can go directly to the order page. It may be a few days before they get the prints on the website, but here's the link: http://www.picturethis-gallery.com/randy-purcell-1/
That's all for today. I'm going to get in the studio and see about catching up on a few commissions and a new piece for the Little Harpeth event:) I'll be back soon!! RLP
Ha! I just can't seem to get myself to write something every day. Oh well! I'm here now, with a few things to post, but nothing too exciting. Yesterday and today I have tackled a few projects around the house. I try to do a lot of the maintenance on our house to save money. There are times when I know I need to call a professional, and I do, but several of the things I've needed done are just simple things. The latest project was replacing an exhaust fan hose, in the master bath, and then painting the bath. Not one of my favorite things to do but it went pretty smoothly. I usually do things in a hurry and leave out steps, and then have to redo whatever the task is. That's why I don't mind hiring someone on certain things.
Back to art related stuff, I am meeting with the artist/mediator for the Little Harpeth Brewery thing this weekend. Once we have that meeting I'll come back and share what I learn. I have an idea of how it will go but I'm sure there will be some things different than what I expect.
Next week I will be taking several paintings to Picture This in Hermitage. So, if you are in the area and would like to see my work in person, here's another chance:)
Another task I nee to do, is to go to Copper Moon Gallery in New Albany, IN (near Louisville) and swap out some work. My plan is to take several new pieces before Dec. I'll keep you posted on all that good stuff!
That's all I got for today and this week. I will probably be back one day next week, once I get back to the studio and have more things to share. Have a great weekend!!! RLP
Oops! I meant to post every day this week, and already missed a day. Well, here's a post:)
I had the opportunity to drop in to the painting classes at MTSU, on Friday, last week and talk about my painting process and do a little demonstration. That was a great experience! After my demonstration the students tried their hand at doing a transfer on beeswax. I love how many of them loosely followed my instructions. That is how I came up with my process, just loosely following the steps to transfer ink onto beeswax. I eventually fine-tuned those differences into what I do today. I'm sure I will change my process a little more through the years. That's how I think I can make the most progress in my work, by trying new things and seeing where it goes:)
I've spent the last few days getting caught up on some projects around the house, so not studio time. I hope to get a little time own the studio tomorrow. That's the plan anyhow. I need to knock out a few commissions and then get back into trying some new things, or even getting in the garage and playing with some other media for a while. As usual, to many dead and not enough time.
I'm going to set a reminder on my phone, so I won't miss tomorrow's post. See you then! RLP
I have several things to talk about, so I'm going to jot things down over a few days. So be ready for several short post.
To start, I want to let you know that I will be at Little Harpeth Brewing on Nov. 19th for an exhibit and Artist panel discussion. I'm meeting with the guys that are organizing this event later this week and will post more info after our meeting. From what I've learned so far it looks to be a very interesting event, and we get to drink beer at the same time. It all starts at 2pm (so technically we get to do some day drinking) so come hang out, see some art, talk about art, have a drink (plan to have a driver if you drink), and lets have a good time. I'd love to see a full house. BTW, it's free! Not the beer, the show and artist talk. more details on the Events page.
Artclectic was amazing, again! I'm so thankful to have many repeat customers and lots of new ones too. This years sales beat last year and I didn't think that was possible. So Thank You, Artclectic and all involved in making such a wonderful event. If you missed it this year, make sure to plan on being at next years.
Ok, I need to get busy working on a proposal for a residency and then get back to working on some commission work. I will be back in the next day or so to post a little more, so stay tuned. Thank you for following my journey! RLP
Hey there! I hope you are having a wonderful October. I'm still working my tail off and trying to get through ARTober. I'm really hoping to take a little break after my show this weekend. By "break" I mean, not having to meet a deadline for a while. I have a huge list of things to catch up on. I'm not complaining though, life is good. As I told you last time I wrote, I had an event called ARTable this past Saturday. It was a blast! I demonstrated my process in front of three different groups of 30-40 people, displayed my paintings, and then we had a live auction for the painting I completed that night. The most exciting thing is that it auctioned for way more than the retail value. This was a fundraiser for Leadership Donelson/Hermitage so we both benefit from the auction:) I'm now getting inventory ready for this weeks show at The University School of Nashville, Artclectic. Another fundraiser and a place I have sold a lot of work. I can't wait for it to start on Thursday. It was so much fun last year. If you are in Nashville, or close to, make plans to check it out. It's a 3 day event. Starting Thursday night with a Patrons Party, which does require a ticket. Now, Friday and Saturday are both free and open to the public. More info can be found on my events page or at http://artclectic.org. This show will include over 50 artist.
I'm going to get back to work. Still needing to finish up a few things before this weeks show. I hope to see you at some point soon. I also hope to post a little more often in the coming months. I'd love to share more about what's going on the studio. Follow me on IG to get the most current post. Have a great day! RLP
Well, as the title of this post states, No big surprise...I've put off writing on here for a long time. I sat down to download some images of my last two paintings and thought it would be a good time to catch up on all my happenings over the last few months, and whats going on in the next couple.
I think last time I was on here, I was working to build inventory for my show in Port Dover, Ontario. I'm happy to say, my show was a great success. We sold a total of 12 paintings and I met a lot of new friends. I fortunate that the gallery manager, Lisa, and her husband are planning a trip to Nashville, to deliver my remaining work and to take a little holiday in Music City. They were so kind to me and Tracy while we visited Ontario, so hopefully we can return the favor and show them some cool things in Nashville.So Lisa's husband, Mike Barber, is an amazing artist too. Here's a link to his website: http://thebarbergallery.ca
If you happen to be in the Port Dover area of Ontario, they are having a gallery tour and Mike is one of the artist opening his studio to visitors. He'll also have his daughter's work on display. She's super talented too. Here's a link to her work, which happens to be encaustic:) https://www.sierrabarber.com I could go on about my time in Ontario, but I'll save that for another time. If you follow me on FaceBook or Instagram I'm sure you saw all my photos.
Now, for my next shows, I'll be one of 3 artist at the Leadership Donelson/Hermitage fundraiser on October the 14th. This isn't just another art show, we will have a display, but will also demonstrate our process to the guest at the event. It's only $25 to attend and you will be fed, entertained, and given the opportunity to purchase some amazing art. The event is called ARTable, and this will be my second time as a featured artist. The first was a wonderful experience, and I'm really excited to be participating again this year. Find more info on my events page.
The other big event I have in October is Artclectic, the University School of Nashville's yearly fundraiser. If you remember, I did this last year and sold a lot of paintings. I loved getting to present my work to a brand new audience and was received so well. So, hopefully I'll have similar success at this years exhibit. It is open to the pubic, so please come out and say hi, and browse the other 70 artist on display. You won't be disappointed. They put on a top notch event.
After my October shows I'll be busy catching up on commissions and even taking a little time away from my normal routine so I can charge my batteries and have some fun playing with some new ides. Plus I have a long list of projects that have been put off because of my busy summer.
I think this is my longest post ever. If you made it all the way though, Thank you for taking time to check in with my happenings. I hope to see you at one of my events soon. If not, keep in touch on social media. I'll be posting some new images on my paintings page, so be on the look out:)
Take Care! RLP
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