For the last several months I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with this Fossils painting still hanging around my studio.  So, I’ve decided that I will schedule this painting for destruction-by-saw on May 15th, 2014 UNLESS someone saves it first by naming your best price.

I know that was a rather abrupt announcement, so let me briefly try to explain what’s going on here.  Over my 13-year art career, I’ve destroyed very few of my original paintings.  It’s not that I’m so good that nearly every original I’ve painted is perfect, but I’m a sentimental and nostalgic guy at heart and like to hang on.  And maybe someday I’ll do something with the pile of paintings I have in storage that have never been seen by anyone.

"Fossils No. 2", watercolor on paper mounted on canvas, 36 x 36", Regular Price $1,600.

“Fossils No. 2″, watercolor on paper mounted on canvas, 36 x 36″, Regular Price $1,600.

“Fossils No. 2″ is an exception that has become rather glaring over the last several months.  I really like this painting – one of the largest of my Fossils Series that I ever painted.  It has many great “fossil” shapes that I created with the polished Oregon beach stones that I used.  And, tons of glowing gold and copper metallics in with the purples and reds.

The feeling I have with Fossils No. 2 is like a bubble inside that just wants this painting to finally be free from me.  To escape the captivity it has endured for years in my studio or locked away in storage.  I saw only two solutions: destruction-by-saw or someone will save it by naming your best price to purchase it.  So, if you’d love to have this painting, comment here or email me before the destruction date of May 15th, 2014!

"Fossils No. 2" - scheduled for destruction on May 15th, 2014 UNLESS someone saves it!

“Fossils No. 2″ – scheduled for destruction on May 15th, 2014 UNLESS someone saves it!

Many of you will remember my fun Flapjack events in my studio in Denver, and now that I’ve settled into an awesome new studio space here in Columbus, I’ll be hosting my first Open Studio and Flapjack giveaway!
On Saturday, April 26th (11am – 2pm), come tour my new studio at the 400 West Rich building in the Franklinton Arts District just across the river from downtown Columbus. There will be many open artist’s studios and a fun Farmer’s Market going on and if you stop by my studio, each visitor will get to choose their favorite “Flapjack” mini abstract to start your David Castle Art collection. All I ask for in return is for each recipient to sign up for my very-occasional art email list. So, bring your family, kids and friends!

Event: David Castle Open Studio
When: Saturday, April 26th, 11am-2pm
Where: 400 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio

And for my fans outside of the Columbus area, be sure to watch my blog here or my David Castle Art page on Facebook, because I’ll be giving away a few Flapjacks online through the end of April, too!

"Flapjack" mini abstracts by David Castle.

“Flapjack” mini abstracts by David Castle.

I just hung over 25 paintings in the Brownlee Exhibition Hall at First Community Church in Grandview Heights (Columbus), Ohio.  Like many progressive churches, First Community has a great art program and embraces artists in the Columbus area.  Their Exhibition Hall is quite a large space (so my studio walls feel rather empty!), and I used one wall to hang a preview batch of paintings from my new series called “Rama”.

One of my most favorite science fiction novels is Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke. My new series of abstractions, begun in early 2014, is based on Clarke’s vivid descriptions of Rama, a massive, cylindrical spaceship that purposefully enters our solar system. Inside Rama is a landscape of zoo-like plots from different alien species – no aliens are present, just plots of their very different and bizarre landscapes.

I imagine such a massive spaceship must have an impressive operations center to monitor and control the thousands of alien landscapes (like watering the grass on the Earth Plot or lighting plutonium lanterns on Planet Z’s plot). Imagining these operations centers and the variety of control panels, monitoring panels, and power grids is the inspiration for my Rama Series. The shapes, colors and textures from these thousands of alien landscapes are what I’ve painted.

Here’s a sample!

"Rama Control Panel: Blue Sector 1", watercolor mounted on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, $1,200.

“Rama Control Panel: Blue Sector 1″, watercolor mounted on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, $1,200.

 

 

Part of getting settled into my new studio at 400 West Rich is unpacking my archived artwork that I last saw when I packed it up for our move from Denver to Columbus two years ago.  I have quite a few wonderful paintings in my archives – many haven’t been introduced to the public.

So, here’s one from my Jewels Series: “Jewel People No. 3″, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches (unmatted/unframed).  Regular price is $800, but I’ll offer this up for Name Your Best Price!  Just comment here or email me with your Best Price offer and I’ll let you know if I can accept your offer.

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Jewel People No. 3

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Jewel People No. 3 – detail

 

 

 

Back in January, I was excited and relieved to move my studio from our home basement to a studio space at 400 West Rich in Franklinton, just across the river from downtown Columbus.  In a bit of musical studio maneuvering, I’ve now moved from my original studio upstairs to a larger space on the ground floor and am extremely happy.  I’ll still be settling in over the next few weeks, but am set up enough to continue working on my new Rama Control Panel series – so look for snapshots of works in progress very soon!

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My move at 400 West Rich from upstairs to downstairs.

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Larger space on the ground floor.

Each year I paint a bunch of my Hearts mini-paintings for the Valentine’s Day season.  This year, I’ll be painting them “to order” when you order one from my website (last year I sold out of the ones I had painted in one day!).

I’m also offering a cool palette of blues, greens and purples and a rather sophisticated palette of black, grays and silver if pink isn’t your Valentine’s color!  Check them out on my website: www.davidcastleart.com and get yours ordered now!

"Blue Hearts", watercolor on paper mounted on stretched canvas, 6 x 6 x 3", $150.

“Blue Hearts”, watercolor on paper mounted on stretched canvas, 6 x 6 x 3″, $150.

I’m bringing out original paintings from long-term storage that I just don’t have the room for. So… Name Your Price! I’ll post a snapshot of original paintings along with details and let you name your best price to purchase the painting (tax and shipping not included).

Email me or leave a comment with your price – no reasonable offers refused!

Here’s one of my popular 12×12″ originals on black paper – glowing metallic in silvers, blues, greens and rose.  “Heavens” is an original watercolor on paper, mounted on dramatic 3″ deep, gallery-wrapped canvas.  All sides of the canvas are painted and finished, so no frame is needed – it is ready for that perfect spot in your home!

"Heavens", watercolor on paper mounted on stretched canvas, 12"x12", regular price $300.

“Heavens”, watercolor on paper mounted on stretched canvas, 12″x12″, regular price $300.

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