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Barclay Visual Arts 2011 Competition and a Busy Day

Posted in Art, awards, landscape, painting, portrait on February 26, 2011 by Chambers Art Studio

This has been a busy day!  Actually it has been a busy couple of days, starting last night with the washing machine’s overflowing and flooding my studio.  I call it my “studio”.  Actually its a converted garage/den/storage room/studio.  For me its a little corner of the world where I can escape to the consolations and challenges of drawing and painting, and any other creative endeavor that might be that day’s challenge.  Anyway, we’re waiting for the plumber and not washing any clothes.  Hopefully I won’t have to start walking to the nearby creek and pounding my laundry with a stick on a rock.

This morning I was honored to receive several awards from our local City Federation and Cultural Activities Center in their annual “Barclay Visual Arts Competition.”  For a city as small as ours, (population around 60,000, I think) I was very pleasantly surprised by the large number of entries and the high quality of the works of art that almost two hundred people entered.  I’m not trying to brag…I just want to share with you the photos of the paintings of mine that were entered and what prizes they won.


Ruthie 24 x 18

This portrait, entitled “Ruthie” won “Best of Show” and “Award of Excellence for use of Creativity”.


Chickens 14 x 11

This painting of chickens won “Second Place Oil/Acrylic Art.”

Texas Winter Landscape

Texas Winter Landscape 20 x 10

“Texas Winter Landscape” won “Third Place Oil/Acrylic Art”.

I’ve been invited to address a local “Art League” next month.  Fortunately I’ve done some public speaking, so it falls lower on my “phobia list”.

So…now I’m contemplating what will be my next project.  I’m fairly sure it will be a still life.  I’m running out of wall space in my home, so it won’t be long before paintings start getting stacked in the corners.  I’m okay with that, I guess.  Fortunately I have this blog to use as a venue to share my thoughts and work.


Texas Landscape

Posted in landscape with tags on September 14, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
South Bell County Landscape

South Bell County Landscape

Every Texas artist should attempt at least one landscape with bluebonnets…the State Flower.  Pictured here is one I painted in oil, a scene from South Bell County.  The cow in the painting is supposed to have come to a dry creek bed with a thirsty look in its eyes.

Landscapes have never particularly been my favorite subjects to paint, although I’m extremely fond of looking at landscape paintings.  My attention has always been more on painting people or animals, or still life.  To be honest, landscapes are for me the most difficult of genres to paint.  But oh how I admire the Dutch landscape artists of the Golden Age, or the Hudson River School of artists of the late nineteenth century.  To me, the study of art history is an indispensable part of an art student’s training and ongoing growth.

“We should imitate the conduct of the great artists in the course of their studies, as well as the works which they produced when they were perfectly formed.  Raphael began by imitating implicitly the manner of Pietro Perugino, under whom the studied; hence his first works are scarce to be distinguished from his master’s; but soon forming higher and more extensive views, he imitated the grand outline of Michelangelo; he learned the manner of using colors from the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, and Fra Bartolomeo; to all this he added the contemplation of all the remains of antiquity that were within his reach, and employed others to draw for him what was in Greece and distant places.  And it is from his having taken so many models that he became himself a model for all succeeding painters; always imitating and always original.” —Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)

Its not my intent to go into my personal thoughts and philosophies regarding art in detail this soon in my blog.  Suffice to say that I am “old school”  when it comes to art and the training of artists.

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