Nearly a year ago, I posted that I was accepted for a truly epic artist’s residency: The Arctic Circle 2018 Autumn Arts & Sciences Expedition in October, 2018.
Wow. I’m super excited as the super-long anticipation and lead time gets shorter… 18 months from when I was accepted has now shrunk to just 6 months. And, I’m thrilled to announce that after a month-long campaign on Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to participate, I am fully funded!
A huge thank-you to those Backers on Kickstarter who pledged funds now to receive paintings of various sizes at the end of this year to help me get to the Arctic Circle. Now that I’m through the funding phase, I have lots of work to do to get organized, outfitted for the Arctic environment and experiment with how I’ll paint my abstracts on a ship in the middle of the Arctic Circle!
As a guy who generally likes to be well-prepared, I’m thinking this summer will go quickly and in no time I’ll be in the Arctic, soaking up the frozen inspirations and making art… somehow and of some sort!
This weekend is the final weekend for the 19th Annual Portland Open Studios Tour and I’ll have my studio open. If you’re in Portland, come check me out Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm each day, at my studio at SW 71st Ave/Ashdale in Portland. Visit my website for details and my address – http://www.davidcastleart.com.
And just for visitors, I’ll have all artwork in my studio priced at 10-75% off regular prices, plus see more about how I paint my abstracts and hear about my upcoming Residency trip to the Arctic Circle!
After 2 months of anticipation, I just learned that I was one of a few artists chosen, out of hundreds of international applicants, for the 2018 Autumn Arctic Circle Residency Expedition!
As an artist primarily inspired by place and water, I’m sure this will prove to be the expedition of a lifetime and I couldn’t be more excited!
In October 2018, I’ll be traveling nearly 4,000 miles from my studio in Portland, Oregon to our port of call, Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Near the edge of the polar ice cap, Longyearbyen is a mere 600 miles south of the North Pole and is about the same distance north of the Norwegian mainland. And yes, it is truly the land of icebergs and polar bears!
For nearly three weeks in October 2018, I will sail on an ice-class barkentine tallship, exploring the arctic region around the Svalbard archipelago. I’ll be joined by a small group of artists, educators and scientists for this once-in-a-lifetime residency program. Yes, I have nearly a year and a half to wait, prepare (and raise funds!), but that enables me to focus on other events already on my calendar for this coming autumn here in Portland.
Stay tuned in the coming months for more info and thoughts as I prepare for this epic adventure! In the meantime, I’d love to hear from anyone who has traveled to this part of the Arctic – please share with me and my readers what you thought of your adventure!
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!
Here’s a closeup of Snapshot 2, Number 1 – one of the few remaining Jewels paintings I have in my studio! If you love blues… this one is for you! Name Your Best Price to add it to your art collection (leave a comment on this post or send me an email).
Today is the last day of my special spring cleaning sales event: Name Your Best Price!
Here’s a closeup of Snapshot 1, Number 4 which is really one of my favorites. Awesome metallic coppers/golds, rich purples with just a hint of soft, grayish-green. The coppers are really the hit of this painting, which is inspired by the sun rising at Paws Up Resort in Greenough, MT. Name Your Best Price and it could be yours!
Here’s a closeup of Snapshot 2, Number 2… one of my more recent elemental paintings in great reds and metallic coppers/golds. I love how each square is like a mini painting within itself! Email me or leave a comment to Name Your Best Price!
Here’s a closeup of Snapshot 3, Number 17. This painting remained unfinished for the longest time… until I added the bright orange and purple vertical rectangle shape. And, this one includes some great copper metallics… I love it! Name your Best Price and it could be yours!
Visit my blog post here for all of the details on my Name Your Best Price sales event.
Happy Spring! I’ve done some cleaning in my studio this week and set aside a stack of paintings for a special offer – my first ever “Name Your Best Price” spring cleaning sales event! All of these paintings are David Castle original watercolor or acrylic works of art. Most I just never got around to framing or mounting on canvas, but there are a few canvas-mounted paintings that are ready-to-hang. Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, 3/27 – Wednesday, 4/3
How: Browse the three studio snapshots below, select your favorites (using the numbering in each snapshot) and name your Best Price in an email to me! I’ll accept all reasonable offers, but will also let you know if any Best Prices you offer are too low for me to accept. I’ve listed details for each painting at the bottom of this post, but feel free to email me or comment if you have any questions or would like a closer snapshot.
Payment & Shipping: Once I accept a Best Price, I’ll mark the painting sold here on this post, and will then email you with payment and shipping details (applicable tax will be added for Ohio residents).
Special Free Art Bonus: Share, share, share! I’ll make you a trade: share this with your friends and contacts and I’ll send you an original mini watercolor called an Artist Trading Card (ATC) for free! Just share this Event, encouraging your friends to buy some art, Like me on Facebook and to sign up for my email list. Then send me an email telling me how you shared – include your mailing address and I’ll send an ATC right out. See my blog post here for more details.
Studio Snapshot #1 – Large Paintings
1. Watercolor on paper, 16 x 16″, $450.
2. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″, $1,800.
3. Watercolor on paper, 19 x 19″, $550.
4. Watercolor on paper, 16 x 21″, $500.
5. Watercolor on paper, 18 x 18″, $500.
6. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 21″, $600.
7. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 21″, $600.
8. Not available.
9. Watercolor on paper, 28 x 20″, $750.
10. Watercolor on paper, 26 x 26″, $900.
11. Watercolor on paper, canvas-mounted, 24 x 24″, $850.
Studio Snapshot #2 – Medium and Small Paintings
1. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 16″, $500.
6. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 16″, $500.
8. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 22″, $350.
9. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 23″, $550.
10. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 29″, $400.
11. Watercolor on paper, 15 x 21″, $450.
12. Watercolor on paper, 19 x 19″, $550.
13 – 18. Watercolor on paper, canvas-mounted, 12 x 12″, $300 each.
Studio Snapshot #3 – Medium and Small Paintings
1. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 10″, $225.
2. Watercolor on paper, 15 x 15″, $375.
3. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 13″, $375.
4. Watercolor on paper, 14 x 14″, $300.
5 – 6. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 10″, $225 each.
8. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 10″, $225.
10 – 16. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 10″, $225 each.
17. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 16″, $500.
18. Watercolor on paper, 21 x 16″, $500.
19. Watercolor on paper, 15 x 15″, $350.
20. Watercolor on paper, 14 x 14″, $300.
I’d love your help to introduce my art to your friends and contacts – anyplace and everyplace! Here’s the deal. Artists have been trading small pieces of art called Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) with each other for years. But, I’d like to trade something different with you. I have a large stack of ATCs (mini, original watercolors) ready to send out to you in trade for you sharing my art with your friends and contacts.
How and when? This Wednesday, 3/27, I’ll be announcing a special, “Name Your Best Price” spring cleaning sales event. I’ll be posting details here on my blog, on my website and on my Facebook page. I’ll send out an email and will even throw out a tweet about it! All you do is forward it on and share it with everyone, encouraging them to check out my art, Like me on Facebook and sign up for my art email list. Then just send me an email to tell me about your sharing, include your mailing address, and I’ll send you out an ATC. I’ll include all of the sharing info and links in my posts on Wednesday, so watch for that.
I certainly appreciate all of my art friends and fans and hope you’ll be ready to trade a little sharing for a little art on Wednesday!
I’ve been painting squares like never before recently… which for me is saying alot! I’m even doing a bit of collage application – here are some 1″ x 1″ squares that I’ve applied to a larger painting. Incidently, I met the Property Brothers – Drew, Jonathan and JD Scott – this past weekend at a private meet and greet here in Columbus. I’m a HUGE fan and presented them with some of my original artwork. The painting below was one of them!
Can’t come to my studio tonight for my Super First Friday FREE Flapjacks?! Well, I have a few extra and will give 5 away right here on my blog. So, I’ll send a free Flapjack painting to the first 5 people to leave a comment here on my blog… GO!
I’ve been getting ready for this coming First Friday… SUPER First Friday, that is, since November 4th kicks off Denver Arts Week! I’ll be in my studio giving away art again this year as my way of helping folks get to know MY art (“Know Your Art” is the theme for Super First Friday).
So, here’s my stack ‘o flapjacks, with backwashes painted in all colors, ready for the first 50 guests to my studio. If you come by, I’ll invite you to pick out your favorite color and I’ll finish it and mail it off to you in the coming weeks. All for free!
Can’t come to my studio?? Be sure you “like” my FB art page and watch for me to give some away on FB this week. Just visit my website and click on the “like” button at the bottom of my homepage and you’ll be set to get my FB updates!