Crate and Barrel has partnered with Ugallery to offer their clients original art! Even more exciting is that one of the selected artists is ME!
This collaboration between the three has turned out to be even more successful than any of us thought….at least me.
In the spring of 2017 they asked for a beginning portfolio of 12 paintings and then asked for more as our collection was depleted. I was just asked to provide another six painting just a few ago and now I just received this message:
I hope this email finds you well. Crate and Barrel has requested more art from you! They have asked for seven more paintings.
Of course there was more in the email but receiving this kind of email is the best. No, I take that back…receiving a message that says “your art has been sold” is the best.
All artwork in stored in the artist’s studio. Ugallery has sent a variety of professional padded art shipping boxes to keep on hand, plus marketing material, thank you materials, etc. When an email arrives that X painting has sold, you have 48 hours to get it out to the FedEx office for shipping. Easy Peasy. Next, you get a check in the mail.
Now you know why I love this arrangement. I get to paint and they do all the selling. I just create and get paid. What a wonderful world I live in.
More and more corporations, hospitals, professional offices and others have discovered the benefit of having original art in their space. It speaks volumes. It says that their organization is original, high end, the best.
The more business(s) that have displayed my work, the more work comes my way.
Abstract work is especially popular because it is non-political, does not insult any religious views or ethnicity. Large pieces are the most impactful. Small pieces seem to get lost in a space and frankly do not make the statement they are hoping for. Thinking of updating your space? Think abstract. Think large.
Sometimes creating a commissioned painting can be very frustrating. The client has one idea of what they want and I need the freedom to create organically. When we both agree to work together without stringent expectations we both are exited with the end product.
Luckily this client was a joy to work with and when she picked up her pieces she was overjoyed. This is an image of the paintings hung in her space. Actually the colors are more vivid in real life.
Another painting created while listening to Rene Olstead. It was a rainy day and time for a full day in the studio. My habit is to play my favorite (or recently discovered) musicians with headphones to get the full effect, have a bottle of water near by and begin to paint with no idea where it will go or what the end results will be. This particular painting was created while listening to her album “Skylark” and this song in particular, “Nothing but the blame”.
When someone contacted my about creating an original painting to give his wife for their wedding anniversary I was excited about the project. This was a secret so trying to create something for their home without her input was a challenge. I asked the husband to send along photos of their home and spot he thought about hanging it. This gave me a good idea of their color scheme, design style and room layout.
He said he wanted a pop of color in the room and something his wife would be reminded of their love.
These modern abstracts were created while listening to the album “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. It is a piece of jazz perfection with many great jazz musicians.
You might see the influence of the early 60’s jazz scene in these paintings. They will be shipped to the Martin Wood Showroom (interior design) in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. If you are interested in purchasing one or both of them please contact me. Or you can see them at my booth at the Spring One of a Kind Show in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Oliver Nelson Septet – Stolen Moments (1961)
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Oliver Nelson (tenor sax, arrange), George Barrow (baritone saxophone), Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
from the album ‘THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH’ (Impulse! Records)
The song was the first track recorded during the sessions for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and was intended for inclusion on the album. Instead, with the group under record-company pressure to release a single, it was issued in February 1967 as a double A-side with “Penny Lane“. The combination reached number two in Britain, breaking the band’s four-year run of chart-topping singles there, while “Strawberry Fields Forever” peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in America.
Numerous music critics consider it to be one of the group’s best and most adventurous recordings. Among the breakthroughs it established in studio techniques of the time, for a single release, the track incorporates reverse-recorded instrumentation and tape loops, and was created from the editing together of two separate versions of the song – each one entirely different in tempo, mood and musical key. The song was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour LP (although not on the British double EP package of the same name).
“Strawberry Fields Forever” is one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many artists. The Beatles made a promotional film clip for the song that is similarly recognised for its influence in the medium of music video. The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York’s Central Park is named after the song
You might have noticed that I never sign my abstract paintings on the front. Why? Because I want you, the collector, to decide the orientation for your personality and your space. I love this painting but I would probably hang is horizontally over the side board in our dining area. But it not stay in this location forever and I might decide to hang it vertically in the hallway next year. With the absence of a signature on the front the options belong to you.
The title of this painting was inspired by the jazz song “Surrender” by Jonathon Butler. Jonathan Kenneth Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music. Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child.
Add some abstract moxy in your life. #AbstractMoxy
Need Art? Why not commission a piece specific for your space? While we all know that artwork does NOT need to match our sofa…we DO need art that compliments our color palette and aesthetic style. By having a painting that is created for your specific space you add YOUR personality…abstract moxy.
Want to discuss the possibilities? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
This large abstract painting was inspired by the Nigerian artist, Sade. Her vocals are so soothing, soft and yet powerful. This large painting is signed on the back and canvas edge so you can display horizontally or vertically in your space. $2,200.00