Tagging Time

“Mirror At My Toes”
watercolor, 22 x 30 inches
Just finished this piece . . .but now it is time to honor those who have tagged me and to pass along the same honor. I must admit that I have procrastinated on this for some time, so now is the time.
Thanks to Faye Christian Phillips, Stacey Peterson and Milind Mulick for tagging me three times. Each is so very different, yet worth a ton of study. Their artwork is stunning!
I will be tagging some different artists this time and have reasons for doing so. Here’s the list and why I tagged them. There is a link in each of their names:
Diane Hoeptner for her playfulness and interesting perspective in her paintings.
Myrna Wacknov for her steady dedication to personal growth and perfecting her drawing skills.
Sandy Maudlin for her talent and desire to paint.
Peggy Stermer Cox for her creativity and willingness to explore spectacular abstractions. We could all learn something from this lady with her shape making talent!
Bruce MacEvoy for more than painting. Also look up his handprint.com and click on the little color wheel. I am tagging Bruce for multiple reasons. First, to acknowledge the incrdible contributions he has made regarding watercolor paints and the science of it. Amazing!! Secondly, Bruce must be the most insistently curious and analytical painter there is. And third, to introduce myself to him. Thanks for everything, Bruce!
Peggy Zalucha who began a blog last March and is one of the world’s finest watercolor painters. I hope this tag will awaken her blogging. We need to see more of Peggy and her work. If not me, the world!
Six is all I am tagging today.
Here are the required seven things about me
  • I am compulsive to paint paint paint and paint some more
  • There are eleven children in my family
  • Was once a roofer and a marketing VP for a few hi tech companies before being a painter
  • Am an avid cook. Much of my art is in the kitchen . . .I make sourdough bread.
  • Have a degree in Engineering and never once practised it.
  • Once lived on a lake in Wisconsin.
  • Father pushed me away from art as an occupation

Instructions for you who have been tagged:

1. Put a link in your posting to the person who tagged you.
2. List 7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know.

An Excellent Painter Discovered

Milind Mulick’s Painting . . . .
I suppose when an artist blogs about his work, as I do, it should be about his own work.
This time it isn’t.
Occaisionally, I run accross an artist whose work stands out among the rest and offers me something to investigate and study. Milind Mulick, an artist in India, appeared in my comment section a week ago. I had to go see him and his work via cyberspace. The trip was a most valuable one.
Go see for yourself. Mr. Mulick does very fine work . . .and unexpectedly so! Frankly, I expected some traditional Asian work that was not at all up to date or enticing to us westerners. I was shocked and very entertained by this gentleman’s acuity with the paint brush and his obvious confidence in his work.
I am adding his link to my list on the blog but you can click HERE to see his blog. May I also suggest you visit his website?

Been Tagged

I have been TAGGED.

I was just recently “tagged” by Frank Gardener, who is an artist in Mexico. He tagged four others whom you can see if you click his link here. You might want to do a backward search from his tags to see how this came about. There are some amazing people behind this stuff!!!!

What it means . . . .

It is sort of like a chain letter, but not anonymous. It is a ‘pause to acknowledge’ and a way to introduce those of whom we admire, or care for, to others who visit our blogs. In the world of art, this is helping those who are tagged in their quest to become more well known and to expand their sphere. It is, also, a tipping of our hats to those folks and their work. Read on. You will find these people to be unique and very talented.

If you have been tagged, please follow these rules.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as wellas links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

The facts about me . . .

1. I scream and yell with excitement while I paint alone in my studio. (Sort of like cheering at a football game.)
2. I get butterflies when I am with my wife. No, this isn’t crazy or weird. She really is an amazing, wonderfully exciting lady. I adore her and her antics! Barely an hour passes without us giggling about something together!
3. The reason I paint is to answer the challenge of it and become better at it. For me, every painting is about growth.
4. My life has been BLESSED because of art and all the fantastic people to which it has introduced me. Every aspect of my life is magical because of art.
5. Learning is an unbelievable tonic that energizes me. I never want to stop.
6. While seemingly an extrovert, I am deeply analytical, introspective and thoughtful.
7. I think most of life is hilarious. . . .for that reason, I LOVE life !

Why I Tagged These People . . .

Besides their talent, they stand out as having unusually fine character.

Robin Weiss . . . .this guy has been a blog pal from the beginning and was key in helping my confidence to continue blogging. . . .and he still is. But the real reason is that he has extraordinary character as a family man.

W.K. “Bill” Moore . . . .Holy Cats! Just look at his art. He stands above the crowd with the content and skill in his watercolor paintings featuring the street culture in Bogotá, Columbia. I cannot imagine being in some of the places he went to capture art subjects. It, frankly, scares me!

David Darrow . . . he has been in the daily painting world for a long time. . . Through Dave’s quiet encouragement in one letter, I went forth into the daily painters’ sphere. David packs around a huge heart. Just read a few of his posts. I would bet big on him in a contest of character. He seems to have a ton of it. His art? Out of this world!

Sandra Flood . . . .I have only recently discovered Sandra and her work. Just one look is all it took. She has cornered the “WOW Factor” in her art. Her pieces show off the artist’s hand and speak with enormous emotion. What she does with edges just amaze me. Sandra, you ROCK!

Silvina Day . . .One very beautiful person who is driven to know as much about painting as she can gather . . .and she shares all with youngsters. Quite a lady!!

S.L. “Stacey” Peterson . . . . . .I saved her for last because she really touched me recently in one of her posts (Sept 17, 2007). Stacey stands above most in the ‘admire / respect’ category. With a baby, she and her husband each quit their jobs to do what they loved to do (she, her art and he, to build houses) and make their living doing it! That is pure courage! She just finished her first one woman show! WOW !
Stacey, I hope this tag, and your subsequent tags will extend your market reach somehow and help you build the fame you so deserve. As you know, every little bit helps!

New Link

I just added a new link who has amazing work to see. S.C. Shisler. Click on her blog and spend a few minutes going through her work. She is moving from brush to palette knife and has an incredibly expressive style of brush work which she can call upon to speak her mind about a subject. She can switch it on or off or somewhere in between with amazing results!

Check her out!

New Links

This blog enterprise offers an amazing view of the art world and those artists who make it all work.

Obviously, there are thousands of artists out there. I have just added 5 links of artists whose capabilities I admire greatly. Check them out. While you are there looking at their work, also click on their links. You might find some who set your pulse to a sudden jump.

Here they are: Mick McGinty, Paul Ziakin, Louis Boileau, WK Moore, Keewon Hong and Edward Gordon.

For you watercolor fans, Mr. Moore has an extremely unique view. It is worth seeing.

For those who enjoy abstract / non objective work, see Mr. Ziakin.

Mr. Hong’s works are positively radiant. A true color master.

Edward Gordon’s work is a study in shape and composition.

They are all different, but each is extraordinary!

These artists deserve your attention. Enjoy!