Friday, September 15, 2017

Color of the Week



I found these Shamrocks in Iceland. The saying is that: Iceland is green & Greenland is frozen.
Iceland is green because it is covered with mounds of moss, but few trees.
These Shamrocks were in the botanical garden. They're about as green as the ones in OK.

OK Shamrocks from my yard.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Art Crawl II


It was my first time to take advantage of the Tulsa Art Crawl in the Brady District.
The Tulsa art scene changed dramatically during the five years I lived in the western part of the state. The Brady District is alive with all kinds of places to explore art. And the Art Crawls are popular; it was a challenge to find a parking space.
Here are a couple of things that particularly caught my eye.

I love it when I'm given a chance to participate.


Valerie, who loves to draw, really studied this drawing.
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Art Crawl


Last Friday night I went on the Tulsa "Art Crawl", and there was Vincent & he brought his friend Picasso.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Quote of the Week


" People say that they don't like abstract art when the truth is that they don't understand the principles of design."  Alex True

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hot/Cold


A heat wave has hit the whole country with dangerously high temps for the next few days.

Maybe concentrating on this drawing from a recent art show will help keep us cool, or make us desire something sweet.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Car Art


I'm thinking that Henry Ford was a very practical man. His cars were a means of transportation. Yet today we exhibit them like works of art.







                                     
                          And aren't they glorious!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Quote of the Week


"Your first job is in the studio, always."
                                                                        Unknown                                            

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Kehinde Wiley


A Saturday trip to Oklahoma City and this is what I saw.



I like the chain, painted with whites & grays.



My favorite because of the color combo: blue & orange.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Starry Night


I went to a quilt show last weekend, and practically the first thing I saw when I walked in the door was this Starry Night fabric made into placemats. I guess van Gogh would be pleased?



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Studio Sign

The flowers in this strawberry pot next to the studio door looked so great that I was motivated to finish the Studio Sign.

 

A inviting way to say, "Welcome to my studio".

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quote of the Week

"Music is not limited to the world of sound. There exists a music of the visual world."
                                                 Oskar Fischinger

Sunday, June 18, 2017

From Slab to Print

While I was out & about today, I met someone who asked me about my art. I hesitate to answer because it's not an easy process to explain, and usually when I try to explain the listener's eyes glaze over & I know I've lost him/her totally. But today I was asked all the right questions by someone showing interest.
It's still hard to explain. I'll just call it magic.
                                                         


 from slab.............


Forecast
copyright © Alex True 2016 
















to print.






Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy News

It's always Happy News for an artist to know that someone liked your work enough to buy it. 

I was just notified that the Rochester Contemporary Art Center has sold one of my 6x6's.

I posted on 4/11/17 about submitting 4 of my clayprints to their 6x6 Show. Check out that post for images of my submissions.

I wonder which one sold. Was it this one?



See what this unique show is all about at www.rochestercontemporary.org

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Flowers


The April showers extended to May showers and the forecast is for more this week. The flowers in my garden have finally taken off with growth & blooms.

This quilt designed by Carrie Randall celebrates all that is spring.

Designed by Carrie Randall
You can find Carrie at www.quiltershideway.com

"Quilts are an art form of considerable elegance, and if nothing else encourage patience."   Diane Jonhson

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day


If Vincent had the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day with us he would probably decorate graves with sunflowers.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

What Is Art?


I heard this today: Art is a myth. 
Art is what you can get away with.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Vincent & Pointillism

Self Portrait
Vincent van Gogh
technique: Pointillism

Pointillism= a Post Impressionist  technique where the paint is applied in small distinct dots of color. This technique uses to eye's ability to blend color. Up close you see dots, but back away and the colors blend.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Van Gogh Again?


I let Vincent into my life and now he's following me everywhere. Today I went to the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa and there he was waiting for me in the gift shop !!!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My van Gogh II


I did some more work on this painting. Actually, I'm pretty satisfied with the hat; now if I can just leave it alone. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

My van Gogh

My van Gogh in progress
I started this several years ago when I was considering it as the subject for a banner. I'm very insecure about portraits; very inexperienced. But after reading 
Vincent & Theo I decide to continue my effort. I'll record my progress here; keep watching.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Showers


Rain, rain !
Alex True © 2017
All the rain inspired this journal page.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quote of the Week


"There's something of that mysteriousness that one gets by looking at nature as if through the eyelashes, so that the forms simplify themselves into patches of colour."   Vincent van Gogh.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Vincent and Theo


I'm reading the book Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.


Self Portrait
Vincent Van Gogh
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The author writes this book in a very interesting way; dividing the story up into short vignettes, and writing in an almost poetic style.

This book presents a Vincent who is given repeated opportunities to succeed by his extended family, but seems too immature to stick to anything. Of course we now know that he was most probably suffered from Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and had his personal demons to contend with.

The author describes Vincent's younger brother, Theo, as his "champion, sympathizer, confidant, and friend". 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He is Risen


XB

The resurrection is our best hope.
"If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."
I Corinthians 15:14

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday


During Holy Week of 2016 I was in Cuba; that was by my choice.

Our tour bus passed this sketch of Christ drawn on a church pillar several times, and each time I thought: I'd sure like to get a pic of that.

Well on Easter evening I found myself at this church for service, and got my pic of the Suffering Savior (my title), complete with tears & crown of thorns.




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New York Bound

New York bound? Not me, but my artwork. 

I found an opportunity on the web for a 6x6 show in Rochester, NY. So I went through my stash of clayprints and found 4 images that fit the bill.


Funspot
copyright © 2016 Alex True

Geese
copyright © 2016 Alex True

Nine Eleven
copyright © 2016 Alex True

Zig Zag
copyright © 2016 Alex True

Saturday, April 8, 2017

More Masks


I heard about this exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Center & had to check it out.




I love it when kids are allowed to be creative.

What a variety! They're made out of : cardboard, paper mache, painted clay & glazed ceramic. 

I need to start making more masks. 


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Show


It's the 64th annual Spring Art Show for the Bartlesville Art Association. 

I picked some samples that I thought made a strong photographic presence. 




Price Tower

April 1-29




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Quote of the Week


"I am happy as long as I can paint." Frida Kahlo


"Frida"
Mixed media collage
Copyright © Alex True 2007

Monday, March 27, 2017

Art Show


What fun! The Price Tower is having a Kids Art Show. I love to see all the imaginative things that kids come up with.
                                              
 This show had plenty of masks. Of course that made me very happy.                  And it might even inspire me to make some collage masks on paper.





Checotah Papillion from Jane Phillips Elementary

What a great totem pole. Artist Checotah next to her creation (the mask with the tail, just above her head).