March 15th, 2012
Have you been looking for some great traditional Irish music for your St. Patrick's Day celebration? If so, look no further than the fantastic button accordion work from Dan Possumato. His latest album "Pulling Out the Stops" will have you dancing a jig and begging for more! Also.......it doesn't hurt that Dan commissioned one of my paintings to be used for the album cover! ;)
March 14th, 2012
The auction held at my son's school was a huge success! It is a yearly event designed to raise money to support many school programs and student activities. This year's goal was to raise approximately $350,000. Items and services are donated and sold over a two day auction event. I donated two original watercolor paintings and plan to make it a regular part of my yearly donation schedule. In this disturbing time when arts and music programs are being continually cut from schools, I love being able to add my support on such a personal level.
The two paintings I contributed to the event can be seen below (prints are still available but the originals obviously have new homes):
March 11th, 2012
If you aren't familiar with the #TwitterArtExhibit, you owe it to yourself to investigate. For the second year in a row, artists from around the world have donated postcard-sized pieces of art to benefit great causes in Moss, Norway. The exhibition's creator, David Sandum, has already raised enough money from the project's first year in order to purchase 221 children's books for the Public library in Moss, Norway. This year, the exhibition's sales will go to benefit the Moss, Norway Women in Crisis Center. We are hoping it will be a resounding success. For more information about the exhibition and it's goals, visit the following link: Twitter Art Exhibit Two
Here is a link to my submission: Powers Fine Art Twitter Art Exhibition Submission
March 2nd, 2012
I awoke to discover a pleasant surprise yesterday. I had been selected as one of 21 Artists to Watch for 2012 by SkinnyArtist.com. For those who are unaware, SkinnyArtist.com has published a list every year for the last several years highlighting up-and-coming, emerging, and established artists, photographers, and writers who understand the value of sharing their creative process and supporting the larger arts community around them. Visit the site by clicking the link below and enjoy reading about the 21 artists that grace this year's list. I am truly humbled and honored to be included among such notable members of the artistic community.
21 Artists to Watch in 2012
March 16th, 2011
I have a very simplistic business card that I normally hand out to clients, include in mailings, and haphazardly leave in random places. Today, however, I decided I would design something a little edgier based around one of my original watercolor paintings. The idea is that the card is unusual enough that it might cause a person to really look around to find the information and ultimately visit my website. I may need to be a bit selective in choosing who to hand this card to as it might not appeal to everyone. Ultimately, however, it was a fun experiment to see if the design concept worked or not. Personally, I like it!
May 12th, 2010
I have finally finished another in my series of floral paintings. This one is of some tulips and once again I find myself amazed at how difficult floral pieces really are. This series is not only giving me a new insight into and an appreciation for the work of floral painters but is also forcing me to step outside my comfort zone in an attempt to learn new techniques and methods. Although I find it to be difficult and frustrating at times, I am also discovering how much fun it is to blindly jump into a new genre in order to further one's creative abilities. I am hoping that, with time, I can become much more proficient and efficient with my floral painting methods and force myself to not overwork areas of the petals. I have found that my standard 18th century reproduction palette occasionally needs a boost when it comes to botanical work and I have had to sneak a little Winsor and Newton 'Opera Rose' into the mix to attain that floral 'brightness' that is necessary. It also seems to help when I attempt to make vibrant purples.
I can't wait to start another in this series!
May 10th, 2010
My "Tubes" painting is hanging in the "The Vinyl Grove" in Den Haag, The Netherlands. If you check out their website, it can be seen in one of their wall images. The vinyl record store just opened a short time ago and is bound to be your primary destination for primo audiophile quality recordings.
May 8th, 2010
Check out the gallery at http://www.powersfineart.com/. If you are using an iPhone, iPod, or iPad then you will automatically be redirected to a device specific optimized version of the site. Enjoy!
May 4th, 2010
I decided I would brave creating a floral piece in celebration of Mother's Day. However, I completely forgot how difficult it is to create the subtle textures and shading in the petals of flowers. This piece has definitely given me a new appreciation for floral painters. I plan to try a couple more of this type of painting in the future in order to become more comfortable painting outside my comfort zone.
I found, in the creation of this piece, that my 18th century reproduction paints just didn't have the oomph to do the flower petals justice so I decided to supplement my standard palette with an Opera Rose out of my Winsor and Newton stash. My limited palette needed a slight bit of augmentation in order to achieve the level of brightness needed for this type of work.
Overall I am pleased with the end result in regards to this piece but I can see some room for improvement in my floral painting techniques. I plan to work a bit more on creating the subtle shading and shadows required in the petals of a floral piece in order to perfect my skills. I love the flexibility and unpredictability of watercolors and getting them to create the effects I am after is a very entertaining part of the challenge. I am sure some more florals are to come.
May 4th, 2010
Dan Possumato's album "Pulling Out The Stops" is now available from CDBaby and features my artwork on the cover. The album is currently in the hands of reviewers, record stations, and magazines in Ireland and will be in stores soon!
Dan's music is based in the traditional music of Ireland and the album features many top-notch musicians from around the world.