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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A Rash of Recent Acceptances Into National Exhibits Quickens My Pulse

"Bouyant" was chosen out of over 650 paintings to exhibit at the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition in San Diego, California.
“Bouyant” was chosen out of over 650 paintings to exhibit at the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition in San Diego, California.

I’ve had several of my new Metallic Squares series paintings accepted into well-respected, national juried exhibitions recently. I’m super-excited that my latest watercolor and oil paintings are receiving some attention and it gets my heart rate going in my studio to keep on exploring my Metallic Squares and painting more!

"My Personal Raincloud" one of 65 paintings chosen out of 665 for the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit in Golden, Colorado.
“My Personal Raincloud” one of 65 paintings chosen out of 665 for the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit in Golden, Colorado.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival… This Weekend!

"Trio - Key West", watercolor, 18 x 42 inches.

This weekend marks my seventh year exhibiting at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival!  Come by to visit and to see my latest series, “Solo, Duo, Trio”… I’ll be in my usual location at the intersection of Glenarm and the pedestrian walkway.  Here’s the schedule:

Friday: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Monday: 11am – 4pm

Hope to see you there!

Special Studio Exhibit: Oregon Coast Flapjacks

My painting sojourn to the Oregon Coast is over and I’m back in my studio!  For the past week I’ve been working hard to get 62 of  my Oregon Coast flapjacks ready for a special studio exhibit this First Friday, March 4th.  This special exhibit will only be intact at the beginning of First Friday, so come by early.  If you are a sojourn Shareholder and would like to pick up your share(s), please come by anytime Friday, March 4th, 4 – 8 pm.

62 framed flapjacks ready for my Studio Exhibit this First Friday!

Some Rather “Sparkling” Feedback…

I received some rather “sparkling” feedback from a client recently.  I love it when folks take time to send me their thoughts after having purchased my art.  And, I especially love it when they have this to say:

My wife Stephanie and I just recently purchased ‘4 seasons of trees’ from you at the Denver Pavilions Art’s Festival.

Your work touches our soul and brings us much enjoyment.  I especially like how the changing light hits the metallic paint and brings the trees alive.  Just outside the window real Aspens quake in the wind.  Your art work is having a dialog daily with them.

 We thought you should know that your passion and talent is appreciated and will be a lasting part of our family.

All the best to you — Art and Stephanie

My "Four Seasons of Trees" fine art print awaiting hand-embellishment.

 

 

Studio Snapshot: Getting Ready for the Downtown Denver Arts Festival

I’ve been getting ready for the Downtown Denver Arts Festival all week – here’s a snapshot of my studio today.  I just finished mounting my new Tall Idyllic Trees painting on canvas.

The Festival is at the Denver Pavilions (I’m in booth 16).  Here’s the schedule:

Friday, May 28  |  4-8pm
Saturday, May 29  |  11am-8pm
Sunday, May 30  |  11am – 5pm
Monday, May 31  |  11am – 4pm

Studio Snapshot on May 26, 2010

Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibit at the Colorado History Museum

The Annual Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibit is currently running at the Colorado History Museum in downtown Denver (13th and Broadway).  I have one painting that was selected by juror Ratindra Das.  The exhibit runs daily through March 14, 2010 – check it out if you’re downtown!

"Winter Storm Horizon", watercolor on paper, 20 x 20 inches (framed), $450.

Elementals No. 19 in Special Buell Theatre Exhibit

If you’re heading down to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, be sure to stop in the Buell Theatre for a special exhibit of the best artwork from Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.  My painting, “Elementals No. 19” was selected for this exhibit which runs through the first week in April.

"Elementals No. 19", watercolor mounted on diptych canvas panels, 26 x 68 inches.

Flapjacks a Big Hit!

I had a great time painting my “flapjack” mini paintings last First Friday to kick off Denver Arts Week and introduce folks to my art.  I ran out on Friday, but I painted a few extra… there’s still time to add your name to the comments of my post here for the chance to get your own free flapjack!

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I'll frame your flapjack in black, silver or gold for $20!
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Flapjack painting in my studio on First Friday.

“Autumn No. 3” is Going to the International Watermedia XVI Exhibit!

Today I received my acceptance letter from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society that Juror Tom Owens has selected my “Autumn No. 3” painting for the International Watermedia XVI Exhibit!  I’m thrilled!  But, also in my mailbox was a rejection for the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition (I’m sad).

I have rather mixed feelings about “Autumn No. 3″… I’m actually a bit intimidated by it.  The precision of my elemental shapes and the razor-thin lines I achieved is truly amazing (if I say so myself).  I have it hanging high on one of my studio walls partly so that I don’t inspect too closely… because when I do, I instantly have a feeling that I couldn’t paint with that precision again.

Perhaps getting it down for this exhibit will inspire some precision elementals painting – we’ll see!

Autumn No. 3, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches.
Autumn No. 3, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches.

Thanks to Everyone Visiting Me at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival!

Thank you to everyone that came by to visit me and my artwork this past weekend at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival.  Despite the sometimes-soggy conditions, the hightlight of all of the hard work and energy it takes me to do this festival is getting to meet and visit with folks and talk about my art, inspirations and process.  So, again, thank you, especially to those that went home with new artwork and to my new Collectors who took a new one-of-a-kind, original painting home!

If you are interested in a followup visit to my studio to look at more of my artwork, to purchase a particular piece that you saw or would like to discuss a commission project, please send me an email, give me a call or use my “Buy Some Art” inquiry feature on my website and we’ll get an appointment set up at your convenience.

Me at the 2009 Downtown Denver Arts Festival
Me at the 2009 Downtown Denver Arts Festival.
Soggy conditions on Saturday evening...
Soggy conditions on Saturday evening...

Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibition Opens Friday, 4/24!

The Colorado Watercolor Society’s State Exhibition opens this Friday at the Colorado History Museum in Denver (opening reception is Friday, 4/24 from 5-8pm and the exhibit runs through May 3rd).  My “Tall Spring Trees” painting was accepted into this exhibition by juror Mark Mehaffey.  And, acceptance into this exhibit now makes me a Signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society!

I saw most of the paintings in the exhibit this morning when I dropped my painting off – if you’re in Colorado and like watercolor art, you don’t want to miss this one!

Tall Spring Trees, watercolor, 56 x 24 inches.
Tall Spring Trees, watercolor, 56 x 24 inches.The Colorado History Museum at 13th/Broadway in Denver.

Denver Public Library Adds My Painting “Denver Art Museum, Sky, Library” to Their Permanent Collection

I’m excited to announce that the Denver Public Library has acquired my painting “Denver Art Museum, Sky, Library” for their permanent Western History collection!

You may remember that I created this painting in 2007 for the first High Plein Air Arts painting event in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District.  At the time, my painting was juried into the exhibit at the Central Library where DPL staff first expressed interest in acquiring it.

So, they’ve now added it to their permament collection and, after cataloging, will use it for special exhibits at the Central Library at 13th/Broadway in Denver.  I had a great time working with Jim Kroll, Manager of DPL’s Western History/Genealogy Department, and here’s what he had to say:

“David’s watercolor joins several other images of the Central Library included in the Western History collection.  As a regional artist, the Library is pleased to add his creation to a collection that consists of over fourteen hundred original paintings and three-dimensional depictions of the West.  Several framed pieces and sculpture can be seen on the fifth level of the Central Library.” — Jim Kroll, Manager of Western History/Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library

 

"Denver Art Museum, Sky, Library", watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 24 x 26 inches.
"Denver Art Museum, Sky, Library", watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 24 x 26 inches.Delivering my painting to Jim Kroll, DPL's Manager of Western History/Genealogy Department.
Delivering my painting to Jim Kroll, DPL's Manager of Western History/Genealogy Department
Delivering my painting to Jim Kroll, DPL's Manager of Western History/Genealogy Department

Reject, Reject, Reject: Do Artist Need More Transparency With Juried Results?

2009 is off with a steady stream of rejections for me, so I’ve been thinking about the lack of transparency for artists into the results of juried exhibits.  Many organizations that hold juried exhibits only provide artists with a “yes” or “no”.  Period.

Why are artists OK with this?  Should we demand more transparency?  How about stats on how many artists/images were entered and selected?  How about details on what stage of jurying my art made it to… or the actual scores?  How about ALWAYS publishing who the jurors even are?  Is it valid to expect more information or am I just a whiner because I’m getting rejected?

Am I really OK with just sending images of my art off into a jury black hole?  If I think about it more, how do I even really know my art was looked at?

Is this an ethical question?  Do artists deserve to receive feedback when we’ve paid to have our art reviewed for a specific exhibit?

In this age of “transparency”, is this just a transparency question?  Should artists (and the public) be able to learn more about what those jurers did and how artists faired throughout the process?  So many questions…

I’d really like to hear thoughts from other artists on this.

Here are three recent examples of mine – and if anyone has more details on these particular events, then please comment and share with us all!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival ($35 app fee):  I’ve applied 4 times in the past 5 years and always get a “not selected”.  No other information is provided.  How about providing me with my scores?

Colorado Art Ranch – Trinidad Spring Residency ($30 app fee):  I’ve applied for 3 Colorado Art Ranch Residencies in the past few years and this year was informed that “once again” I was not selected.  No additional information is provided.  How about stats on how many artists applied and some type of feedback on scores?

Colorado Art Open, Foothills Art Center – Golden, CO ($30 app fee): I applied this year and received a “reject”.  Juror names were published and a few stats provided in an email – how about scoring results?  Also, how about details on how this exhibit is juried (images on a PC or projected)?

New Bough House Painting to Benefit the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

I’ve created another special painting for this year’s Bough House charity event that benefits the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.  I’m thrilled to be supporting a great organization that does such wonderful work!  This event raises funds for the abused and neglected children served by the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and provides a unique opportunity for Colorado art enthusiasts to celebrate the holiday season while helping abused and neglected children.

Come bid on my painting (my vision of a modern holiday tree) at the event finale on Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Denver Design District Atrium, 595 South Broadway in Denver.

Visit the Bough House website and blog for details on the event.  Suggested $20 donation at the door – no need to RSVP, everyone is welcome!

Star and Bough, watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 24 x 16 inches.
Star and Bough, watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 24 x 16 inches.

Glass Artist Karole Sharpe: Open Studio on Saturday, November 15

Plan to visit Karole Sharpe’s Open Studio in Denver this Saturday, November 15 between 12noon – 6pm.  I’ve been a fan of Karole’s glass art for years and have several pieces of her art in my collection.

Karole creates quite a variety of art from glass – ornaments, panels, sculptures, blown glass items, lamps… each piece is a one-of-a-kind!  Her art is fabulous and covers all price ranges, so I’m sure she’ll have a great selection of art perfect for gifts.  This year, she is one of my picks of an artist to support rather than mass-produced stuff from a big box store!

What:    Karole Sharpe Open Studio
When:   November 15, 2008 | 12noon – 6pm
Where:  2808 Quitman Street, Denver CO 80212
Phone:  303-477-4097

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Karole Sharpe, Cystoidea, glass & welded steel, 24” x 11” x 7”

Mustache 4 Cash Charity Event – Bid on One of My Originals!

This Saturday, October 25 (7:30pm) is the annual Mustache 4 Cash charity event at the Sherman Event Center in Denver.  This great event directly benefits The Byrne Urban Scholars, Colorado Youth at Risk, and Escuela de Guadalupe. Donations will be directed towards scholarships, mentoring, tutoring and college prep programs.

This is the first year the organizers have included a silent auction at the benefit and I’ve donated one of my latest elemental originals for the event.  Visit their website for event details.

Studio Snapshot - The purple/green/blue original on the table is my donation painting.
Studio Snapshot - The purple/green/blue original on the table is my donation painting.

“Divided We Are” Painting Finished…

I finished my political painting this week and titled it “Divided We Are”.  I started out with painting one of my “traditional” elementals paintings in blues and reds.  It’s a bit hard to see, but some of the squares run together, creating some purple areas, and I’ve added a bit of sepia into some of the red squares on the far right.  We’ll call it “mud”.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a list of words to add to my painting in my studio journal.  I think I ended up with over 200 words (people, places, things, actions, emotions) to work with – and, it took me two days to choose which ones to add to my painting.

Also a bit hard to see in my photo, I sliced the paper down the “middle”, leaving the outside edges intact so that I created an open slit.  I then mounted my paper onto acrylic-embellished stretched canvas (here’s how), inserting paper wedges under the edges of the slit so that they gaped open.

So, that’s how I see things right now in July of 2008: “Divided We Are”.  My painting will be on display in the “UnConventional” exhibit at The Other Side Arts in Denver through the end of August.


Divided We Are, watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 24 x 24 inches.