Well, here we are. It's October. If you are in Nashville, this means you'll be seeing a lot of awesome art events in and around town. I'll be checking out several, and participating in at least one. As of now, I'm focused on getting ready for Artclectic, which is Oct. 18th-20th. This event is always a well done event for both the artist and the patrons. If you're able, please drop by and see me. I just posted a few of may newest paintings, which will be on display at Artclectic.
After Artclectic I'm undecided of what I'll do next. My plan at the moment is to take a little time away from showing my work and experiment with some new ideas. I need to create without the worry of a deadline and/or what people think of it. I do have some projects in mind, but need to spend some time working out the details. I'll post more about all that at a later date.
I'm going to get back in the studio for now. I hope to see you at one of my shows here soon.
Thanks for dropping by and reading my random thoughts:) RLP
Just getting back into the studio after taking our trip to Hawaii. Two weeks away is a long time. I think Tracy and I were both ready to come home after about 10 days. We had a great time, but its a lot of work having fun:) and not sleeping in your own bed. We stayed on 3 of the islands and visited one more to do some snorkeling.
Before I get into the vacation, I want to let you know I'll be showing new work in October at Artclectic. You can find more info on my events page. This is one of my favorite shows and always includes a lot of great artist. If you're in the Nashville area I'd love to see you there:)
We started on the Big Island and worked our way around. Started with a helicopter ride out of Hilo. Then we drove to Volcano National Park and did a guided tour of the areas that were open. Our guide was great! He took us to areas we might not have thought to visit and gave us tons of info about the geology, history, and other fun facts about the island. After the volcano fun we drove towards the west side of the island. Along the way we stopped at some beaches, toured some farms (Kau and Kona coffee & macadamia nut), took a lot of photos, and ate a lot of good food. While in Captain Cook we kayaked to the Captain Cook memorial and snorkeled, visited Big Island Bees and did a tour of the hives and store, visited the Mauna Kea visitors center to see the sunset (one of the most amazing things, ever), and one night we snorkeled with some Manta Rays (that was pretty darn cool too). The last day on the big Island we drove to Hawaii Vanilla Company and had lunch and took a tour of the vanilla farm. Then we were off to the Hilo airport and headed to Maui.
In Maui we stayed in an Air NiB in Kihei. It was nice staying in the same place the whole time. The island is small enough you can drive everywhere pretty easily. One day we drove the road to Hana. It was a little rainy that day but it did make for some cool waterfalls. I'm not sure how many we saw but it was a lot. Oh, we started the day eating at a restaurant called Charley's. Cool place owned by Willie Nelson. Another day we drove Haleakala National Park. Again it was cloudy and a little rainy, which didn't help with the views. Both those days required a lot of driving so we decided to do a sail boat trip the next. We went on Trilogy excursions for the day which took us over to the island of Lanai. While on Lanai we did some snorkeling and ate lunch. On the ride back to Maui they opened up the bar and fed us desert. Luckily this day was sunny and relaxing. On the last day IO was planning to take surfing lessons but They didn't offer classes on Sundays so I had to put that off for our last island, Oahu.
We went to Honolulu to see Pearl Harbor and while we sere there we got to check out some other sites and I got to do some surfing. It was amazing the difference between the islands. Staying in Waikiki after being on the big island was like night and day. Waikiki is a heavily populated area. We did enjoy getting to visit Pearl Harbor. So much to take in, I'm not sure how to explain how it made me feel. Of course it was a busy place. We packed in as much as we could in one day. I could have easily spent another day. For one of my last experiences I took surfing lessons. It was an hour and twenty minute class. One of the things I wish I had done sooner in the trip, so I could have done it more. It was a workout paddling the board out to catch the waves but not as hard to ride as I expected. Apparently the waves at Waikiki are perfect for beginners. Of course, I wasn't doing any fancy tricks, but I did have a blast.
Below are a few of the photos I took along our travels. I hope you enjoy reading about our trip. I'll be back with more about my artwork as we get closer to the next shows. I'm still trying to figure out how I'll spend my studio time after this fall. Lots of new ideas floating around and I'm wanting to try some new and bigger things next year. We'll see where it goes.
Thanks for dropping in. Let me know your thoughts on my work or my trip. I love the conversations I get from you guys, even if its just a quick question. Take care! RLP
It's almost August! I'm always shocked at how time flies. The good news of it being August is that I'll be having my show at Blue
Fig Gallery, this Saturday during the First Saturday Art Crawl in Nashville. I was in the space today hanging my work. Still a few things to tidy up, but the work is hung and I'm ready to share a variety of my paintings from the last few years. Plus I'll have a selection of few metal and wood prints available for purchase. So if you'd like to have an original or something more affordable, you'll have options this weekend. The gallery will be open from 6-9pm Saturday, August 4th. I'd love to see ya:)
Other news: I'm working hard on new pieces for Artclectic too. With October just a few months away, and me planning a trip to Hawaii, I gotta keep grinding. I'm hoping to wow the Artclectic patrons with several new and exciting subjects. I'll start sharing more about that in September (or maybe before), so keep up with me on IG and FB.
Thank you for taking time to read about my happenings. Please feel free to share my show this weekend with your friends. I'd love to see you there:)
Hello! I guess it's time for a little update on what's going on. As usual, I've taken a little time away from sharing my recent happenings. So here we go!
At the moment I'm working on a commission I received at The Harding Art Show. It's a train, like the one I did last year, just a different size. After I get it complete I'll probably get busy on another one or two. I'd like to have a couple for my show at Artclectic. Which brings me to what my time in the studio will consist of, creating new work for Artclectic. I have a lot of new images I want to get done before then. At some point in the next few days I'll sit down and make a list of those pieces and figure out what sizes the need to be. I plan on having a few more larger pieces this time around. Those seemed to be the most popular last year.
I've also taken a few weeks away from the studio to do some organizing/ decluttering. With that came the distraction of making a few mixed media pieces. It was a nice little break from my normal process. I've also spent some tie at Turnip Green Creative Reuse. I love going to this place and seeing all the cool objects donated from different people and businesses. While I was cleaning out my garage and studio I took a lot of things to them. Because I was donating so much, I felt obligated to help them with some better ways of organizing some things like frames and wood pieces. We got some new shelving installed and some rolling lumber/molding carts. Still a few things to do, but slowly making improvements. I'll spend a little more time doing a few other things over the next few weeks. If you are in the Nashville area, you really should go check them out. They have so many materials for just about any projects. Lots of things to make art with, home renovations or repairs, and things for teachers to use in their classes. The main goal is to keep materials out of landfills and teach us how to do our part. It's a great organization, so go check them out. Here's a link to their website: http://www.turnipgreencreativereuse.org
One last thing is my future travels this summer. In June I'll be visiting San Fransisco and Napa Valley. My wife is going for work, so I'm tagging along to do a little work of my own:) I'll be visiting galleries and taking a lot of photographs for future paintings. Then in July I'm heading down to Daytona for some Nascar Racing. This is one of my yearly get aways. Me and a couple of buddies try to go to one new track every year. And one other big trip is Hawaii. I turned 50 this year and to celebrate we are going to Maui and the Big Island for two weeks. This will be a great opportunity for me to really draw new inspiration for new paintings. I'm sure I'll have several hundred photos to go through when I return. My plans in Hawaii are to visit some of the local beekeepers and other types of farms. My hope is to gather info and photos that can help me with ideas for an artist in residency program. They offer AIR several times a year with the National Parks. Spending a month in a park in Hawaii would be an awesome experience. Maybe I'll get to do that next year.
That's all for now. I'll update you on new events as quickly I can. Keep an eye out on the socials. Those are updated most often. Oh, and look for a new YouTube video later today or tomorrow. Almost done with my train painting and will be sharing the reveal:)
Until next time, take care! RLP
Below are a couple of my assemblage pieces for an upcoming show at Turnip Green. The show is in July. I'll share more details soon.This is the type of things I create when I need a break from my painting process. It's good to have an escape to help keep the creative juices flowing:)
Wow! I'm so excited to report that I had another great Harding Art Show. I expected it to be another great event, just because they take time to make it a great experience, but this year I sold more than last years show. I was also lucky enough to meet many new friends, both artist and art lovers. I'm currently taking a little time from painting to get my studio back in order, recharge my batteries, and do a little volunteer work. Once I do get back in the studio I'll be working on a new commission (possibly two) and then I hope to do a really large painting. I'll share more about that when it happens, I have a couple of subjects that I feel need to be larger, and this summer may be the time I finally make it happen:)
That's all for now. If I met you at the Harding Art Show, Thank You for dropping by my booth. I hope you enjoyed seeing my work and if you have any other questions, please let me know. Until next time......RLP
Just a quick update on my happenings. The First Saturday Art Crawl, at Blue Fig Gallery was amazing. I was overwhelmed at the attendance. A big thanks to Mike, Susan, and Emily for having me as one of the Four Artist TN. I love how our works look together and that we all get along so well. If you missed the show, don't worry, we'll have another one in the near future. We've talked about another collaboration, with a little different look. I'll keep you posted:)
Now I'm back in the studio working on some more new pieces for Harding Academy's Art Show. It's just a few weeks away. There are more details on my events page. Not only would you get to see my latest works, but you'll be surrounded by some 70 other amazing artist. This is one awesome event and I'd love to see you there.
My website updates may have to wait a little longer. I'm wanting to allow plenty of time in the studio preparing for Harding, so I'll get busy on the website right after that. May will be a different kind of busy. Updating website, a little trip to research for one of my next collaborations, and catching up on other little projects.
That's all for now. I'll be back soon. Make sure and follow me on YouTube and watch for more live videos. I'll shoot about one or more each week. Hope you'll join me or drop by and watch them later.
Talk soon! RLP
I wanted to get on here real quick and post my latest painting. (see time laps videos on IG). I've been working on this one for about two weeks and pretty excited that it was well worth all the time it took to complete it. I was hoping to have it at my show in April but I'm not sure I'll be able to get the finish on it and have time for it to dry. The rainy weather puts a damper on my ability to spray the sealer on. It's always rain or cold weather. If I do get it sprayed, I'll have it hanging. If not, I'll have it at the Harding Show in May:)
My next painting will be a little different than this Boots painting. Follow me on IG or FB to stay in the loop. If not there, come back here and I'll try and keep things posted every week or so.
One last thing; I sent out my first email news letter last week. If you'd like to stay in the loop go to my contact page and send me you info. I'll be sending out abs email about once a month.
That's all for now! Thanks for dropping by.
I'm plugging away in the studio, working on a very detailed image. It's been in the works for two weeks now. I'm hoping I'll finish it up Monday. That will only happen If I get a few hours in this weekend, but I'm pretty sure that will happen. So be on the lookout on my social media post. I love to show videos of me revealing the ink and putting the final touches on the newest painting, especially one thats large, detailed, and colorful. This one checks all those boxes.
This week I met with some artist friends to plan out our show for the First Saturday Art Crawl. Everything is coming together and I'm excited to be showing along side some amazing talent. We've shown together in the past, but this show will be one of our best. I've copied the info below. This will be sent out as one of my first email newsletters. So if you've signed up, be on the lookout:) Together, we are called "Four Artist TN" and you can read more about each artist and their work below.
I'm going to get back in the studio. I hope I'll see some of you April 7th. The weather should be perfect for another fantastic Art Crawl! Come join us!
Four Artists TN
Inaugural exhibit at Blue Fig Gallery
April 7, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Randy Purcell, Emily McGrew, Susan McGrew, and Mike Martino formed Four Artist TN based on a common affinity for figurative art. While they work in different media with different subjects and styles, they find their work symbiotic.
“Our work shown together provides a more multidimensional model of the world we inhabit.”
Blue Fig Gallery is located in the historic Arcade building, upstairs in Unit #56.
Map to Blue Fig Gallery
Randy L Purcell
Randy L Purcell was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1968. At the age of 37, after several different career paths, he elected to pursue an interest in the arts and enrolled at MTSU. In 2009 he received his BFA in both painting and sculpture. Since graduating he has mainly focused on a unique encaustic process where he transfers ink from magazines onto a thin layer of beeswax. The subjects of his paintings relate to his life’s experiences. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States, and he has a few public art pieces located in the Nashville area.
“My work is about slowing down, taking time away from chaos and experiencing the present world. The subjects vary, as do surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. My intent is to seduce the viewer into their own moment of contemplation, either with the subjects and/or the process.”
Emily McGrew earned her BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MFA from the University of Houston. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee and lives and works here now as a mentor for young adults with Autism, and as a Visual Artist. Her work describes the people, places (and animals) she loves.
Emily McGrew Website
“Through painting and drawing I depict compelling compositions of objects and living creatures. Rendering forms helps me to appreciate the physicality of the subjects. I engage in a kind of meditation when I take the time to slow down and observe these forms which is an integral part of my process.”
Susan Goshgarian McGrew
After hours of observation of life in the natural setting, I begin my painting process. I paint with attention to the fluidity of forms, a tribute to the constant of change. Composition and color are chosen to emphasize the dynamism of the setting. My aim is to convey a sense of belonging both for the observer and the observed.”A New England native trained both as a physician and artist, McGrew pursued duel careers in the 1990s after moving to Nashville, TN. She had her first solo exhibition in 2001 at Cheekwood Museum followed by shows at the Nashville International Airport and The Parthenon Museum. In 2011, at age 57, McGrew retired from medicine to pursue a career in painting full time. Her work is featured in private and corporate collections. One of her paintings was recently purchased for the Metro Courthouse collection.
Susan McGrew Website
Printmaker Mike Martino received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from LSU. Mike’s studio, Blue Fig Editions in Brentwood TN has complete printmaking capability of lithography Intaglio screen prints and relief prints. Mike exhibits his work in his gallery (Blue Fig Gallery), locally and internationally. His shows have included galleries, Universities, state and local museums as well as private collections.
Mike Martino Website
"My artwork is a synthesis of my creative vision along with my printmaking skills. It originates from my observation of mostly landscape scenes. I'll make fast sketches then set my sketch aside for a period to allow my ideas to ferment. When ready I deconstruct and rebuild these sketches while adding additional formal elements including composition, mark making, texture, space and color. I bring my work to life by combining a variety of printmaking techniques into one print."
I hope you are doing well. I'm plugging away in the studio getting ready for my next two shows, trying to update my website, and figure out the YouTube Live thing. I'm not very good at the last two. You may have already noticed that I've added, or rearranged, images on my "Paintings" page. I'm trying to make things easier to find and better organized.
Sorry for my random notes, but I want to just share my thoughts on things that are on my mind this morning.
Soon I'll be adding the ability for you to purchase my art directly from my website. First, I'll need to figure out how all this works and how I'll handle taxes, shipping, and whatever else is involved. I'm pretty excited about this one. I have so many ideas on how I'll be able to share my work with those that are interested. I want to make it easy for you to own an original artwork from my studio. Stay tuned for more about this:)
I'm also going to be working to get that newsleter/email going. My plan is for a quarterly email where I will share my newest works, exhibit news, and other news. If you'd be interested in getting these emails, please add your info to my contact page. If you have already done so, I have you on my list and will send out a message asking if you would still like to be on my email list.
Dealing with YouTube Live is a lot more complicated than FaceBook Live, so it may be a little while before I do a live video of my process. Until then I'm going to be sharing short videos of my process that are easy to follow and show step by step how to create your own ink transfer on beeswax paintings. I'll start supper simple, explaining what tools and materials you'll need and then go into each step discussing tips on how to avoid some common mistakes.
I'm going to get off here and get busy. If you're in the Nashville area, I hope you will join us "The Four Artist Tennessee" at Blue Fig Gallery in Nashville, at the Arcade on 5th ave , during April's First Saturday Art Crawl. If you'd like to join us in the preview party, be there from 5:00-6:00. The art Crawl will be from 6-9pm.
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