Friday, June 10, 2011

Father's Day: It's Art not Electronics

"A Quick Cup O' Joe"
by Paul Sheldon
giclee on canvas 19" x 13.5"


I’ve been thinking about Father’s Day, which is on June 19. I know most men would love to have an iPAD, but that would be so expected (or wished for). This year, why not do the unexpected and purchase some artwork for your husband/dad? Men enjoy seeing something attractive on their wall, and a gift of a painting can be enjoyed by the whole family.  Here at Wilde Meyer Gallery and at our online shop, ColoresAz.com, there are many selections, from giclee prints to original oils.

I definitely don’t want to be sexist about some recommendations, but since it’s for Father’s Day, I’ll go for the more “masculine” works. If your gift recipient likes cowboy art with a contemporary flair, check out prints by Thom Ross, such as “Running Gunmen,” or “The Clanton Gang Crossing Allen Street.”
"The Clanton Gang Crossing Allen Street"
by Thom Ross
Giclee on canvas 18" x 18"


Paul Sheldon also paints “manly” style, and offers several prints of his colorful cowboy work including “A Quick Cup o’ Joe,” (as seen at the top of the post) or a beautifully rendered painting of three horses called “Breakfast Bunch.”  If your guy likes cars better than horses, Paul also does a great painting called “Flatbed Ford.”
"Flatbed Ford"
by Paul Sheldon
giclee on canvas 16" x 27"

And, there are several other Wilde Meyer artists who find cars a favorite subject . . . 

Bill Colt uses mixed media on canvas to depict colorful images of old power cars, such as this one, called “Desert Caddy.” His painting “Roadmaster,” takes us back to a time when big grillwork was all the rage – that might evoke some fond memories for your Dad!

"Roadmaster"
by Bill Colt
mixed media on canvas 24" x 48"
Michael Baum is another artist who favors Western imagery, and his paintings depict  small mining towns and isolated ranches as well as urban street scenes. Some of Michael's paintings are lighthearted and playful, such as this giclee print on canvas called “Hide N’ Seek.” Others express the loneliness and solitude of the Western landscape.
"Sunrise on an Arizona Backroad"
by Michael Baum
oil on canvas panel in frame  16.5" x 19.5"


A vintage car also appears in Stephen Morath’s high color serigraph entitled “Arizona Noche.” It’s a fantasy road trip in the southwest, where all the fun themes of the desert come together.

"Arizona Noche"
by Stephen Morath
serigraph print on paper 25" x 31"

Women artists paint cars, too! Connie Townsend’s beefy cars are usually on a wild ride, and, as in “Beagle Scout”, they are driven by some crazy dogs.

"Beagle Scout"
by Connie Townsend
oil on canvas 30" x 30"

Brian Boner’s huge oil called “Tractor 1707” would be great for a guy who has a big wall space and likes looking at cool farm machinery.
"Tractor 1707"
by Brian Boner
oil on canvas 65" x 68"


Well, actually, I think I have been sexist in my suggestions! But since you know your Father’s Day guy the best, just go back to the Wilde Meyer Gallery website and check out the other artists’ work to find the one that he’ll like.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Inspired by Saints


Recently, Wilde Meyer artist Linda Carter Holman has been inspired by saints. In particular, the Santos, which are the beautiful paintings of saints found in churches throughout Mexico. Like the Greek Orthodox icons, the Santos have become an art form, and they are painted away from church settings by artists who are enamored of the symbolism and stories associated with each saint. In New Mexico, they are called “retablos,” and their folk art charm has wide appeal.

Linda has done her own interpretation of the Santos. She’s painted a series of eight retablos on 12" x 9" wood panels, each with its own decorated stand. Linda is the perfect artist for this genre. She’s used her strong colors and folk art style to depict the saints that were inspiring to her. The back of each panel tells the story of that saint.


The Virgin of the Dove is my favorite. The figure has such a peaceful face – so characteristic of Linda’s work:

"Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion Immaculada"
by Linda Carter Holman
oil on wood 14" x 11" x 4"
 The virgin’s hands join together to cradle flowers and the white dove, which symbolize purity and exemption from the sins of the world. According to Linda, this is one of the more popular Mexican Santos.


Although the figure in "The Holy Child of Atocha" is a young man, he looks very much like the women in Linda’s paintings:
"The Holy Child of Atocha"
by Linda Carter Holman
oil on wood 14" x 11" x 4"
The shackles on his feet represent imprisonment, since he is the saint people pray to for freedom from confinement of any nature. His serene expression and the primary colors of his clothing embody Linda’s distinctive style. The stand has painted hands reaching out – a symbol of hope.


Patron saints can be practical, too. According to Linda, La Madre Santisima de la Luz – the saint of light – is now the patron saint of electricians! Her retablo depicts her in the traditional sense, as a mythic figure, lifting a sinful soul from hell and surrounded by angels and clouds. On her left arm she carries her divine son. A kneeling angel presents a basket filled with hearts.

"La Madre Santisima de La Luz"
by Linda Carter Holman
oil on wood 14" x 11" x 4"


You can see Linda’s eight retablos at Wilde Meyer’s Tucson gallery.