My dreams of icebergs coming true…

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.

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Me in my cozy, warm studio thinking about making art in the Arctic Circle. [photo: Mercy McNab]
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!

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Arctic Circle Environs. [photo: Risa Horowitz]
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!

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I’m Open for the Portland Open Studios Tour

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!

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Arctic Circle Art & Science Residency: I’ve Been Invited!

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!

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Portland, Oregon, USA to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway = 3702 miles

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.

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My home for nearly 3 weeks during the 2018 Arctic Circle Art & Science Residency

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!

FREE Flapjack Mini Abstracts Are Back!

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.

Snapshot 2, Number 1: One of my Few Remaining “Jewels” Paintings!

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).

Visit my blog post here for all of the details about my Name Your Best Price sales event, which ends TODAY!

Snapshot 2, Number 1; watercolor on paper (unframed), 21 x 16", regular price $500.
Snapshot 2, Number 1; watercolor on paper (unframed), 21 x 16″, regular price $500.

Snapshot 1, Number 4: “Autumn Sunrise – Greenough, MT”

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!

Visit my blog post here for all of the details on my Name Your Best Price sales event.

Snapshot 1, Number 4; "Autumn Sunrise - Greenough, MT", watercolor on paper (unframed), 16 x 21", regular price $500.
Snapshot 1, Number 4; “Autumn Sunrise – Greenough, MT”, watercolor on paper (unframed), 16 x 21″, regular price $500.

Snapshot 3, Number 18: Heart-in-a-Box

We’re getting down to the end of my special spring cleaning sales event, which ends tomorrow, April 3rd!

So, I’ll keep posting closeups and look forward to hearing from you… all you have to do is Name Your Best Price!  Visit my blog post here for all of the details on my Name Your Best Price event.

Snapshot 3, Number 18: "Heart-in-a-Box", watercolor on paper (unframed), 21 x 16", regular price $500.
Snapshot 3, Number 18: “Heart-in-a-Box”, watercolor on paper (unframed), 21 x 16″, regular price $500.