Awarded Best of Show at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival!

I was very excited to have been awarded “Best of Show” this past weekend at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival!  What a great honor to have been judged the best out of 130 of Colorado’s top artists!

Thank you to everyone that came by to say hello and to those that took a David Castle original or Limited Edition print home with them!  If you missed it, please call or email me anytime to arrange a time to come by my new studio in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, just south of downtown Denver – I’d love to show you my new “digs” and artwork.

Me and my “Best of Show” award at the 2008 Downtown Denver Arts Festival.

10th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival – This Weekend!

In town for Memorial Day Weekend?

Please visit me at the 10th Annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival, May 23 – 26, 2008.  The Festival is held at the Denver Pavilions and I’ll be in my usual spot on Glenarm at the pedestrian walkway (Booth #16).  Hours are:


   Friday, May 23: 4-8pm

   Saturday, May 24: 11am-8pm

   Sunday, May 25: 11am-5pm

   Monday, May 26: 11am-4pm


I have several new Limited Edition prints now available and will have many framed and ready to go at the Festival!  Have a safe holiday weekend!


My location at the 2007 Downtown Denver Arts Festival.

Great Opening Party!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by my new studio opening party last Friday.  I had well over 125 people come check out my new “digs” and help me celebrate!

If you missed it, be sure to let me know and we’ll schedule a time for your own personal tour!

Artwork hung… couldn’t wait to make holes in those fresh, new walls.

We had an Italian/French soda bar to refresh everyone.

Some of the first guests arrive.

Rudeness is Just Unnecessary…

This morning I drove down to the Curtis Arts & Humanities Center in Greenwood Village to drop off artwork for the upcoming Colorado Watercolor Society’s “New Trends Exhibit”.

The Curtis Center is a great little art space, but I’ll have to say that the Cultural Arts Coordinator, Jo Cole, was just a bit unnecessarily rude to me.  She first ordered me to remove the packaging on my art and then instructed me to lean my metal-framed art up against the glass/plexi of another, larger painting.  When I voiced my concern about damaging the art, she rudely informed me that glass can’t get damaged (which is untrue for glass and VERY untrue for plexiglass).  I left not only wondering why I deserved even this minor rudeness, but concerned about how well my art would be taken care of while at the Curtis Center.

I think there is way too much rudeness in our everyday lives.  I’ve personally struggled with anger issues for many years and am sure I can further improve my interactions with others.  In fact, I will renew my personal pledge right now to be kinder and gentler to everyone I meet!

Elementals No. 9, watercolor on paper, 16 x 26 inches.  On display at the “New Trends Exhibit” at the Curtis Arts Center, May 3 – 30, 2008.

Arts on Vine Exhibit Opening Tonight!

I have art in a group show right here in my own neighborhood this weekend at the Arts on Vine Spring Exhibit.

This is a wonderful and casual exhibit at St. Barnabas Church and Timothy, Elizabeth and all of their volunteers do a great job with it.

I’ll be at the Opening from 5pm – 7:30pm tonight (Friday) and the exhibit is also open on Saturday, 1-3pm and Sunday 10am – Noon.

Several other artists will be exhibiting, including David Harms and Kerry Aufderheide – please stop by!

Location: St. Barnabas at 1280 Vine Street (corner of 13th/Vine Streets).

Artist Sharon Feder Exhibit, “Passages” at Ironton

Last night I attended a wonderful preview reception of Denver artist Sharon Feder’s new exhibit, “Passages” at Ironton Studios in Denver.  Sharon paints “abstractions of nature and architecture” and captures something that I really love – a sense of “place”.

Her Trainyard No. 1 in particular was my favorite… it made me want to step right in and soak up the scene that she created.  I’ll admit that I’ve always been drawn to trains.  I even wanted to be a train engineer when I was young, but according to my father, I’d have to join a “union” and would then be “kicked out of the family”.  I was only about eight, so didn’t know what a “union” was, but surely didn’t want to become an engineer and then get kicked out of the family (can you imagine?!).

With all of Sharon’s art in this exhibit, I also love the layering that she acheives with color and texture.  And, I like that she is now painting on panel.  Sharon was a pleasure to meet and fun to talk with!

Be sure to check out her art during the exhibit – the Opening Reception is tonight, Friday, April 18th from 6pm – 9pm and again on First Friday, May 2nd from 6pm – 10pm (after you come by my new studio party!).  The exhibit is ongoing through May 17, 2008.

Sharon Feder, Trainyard No. 1 (detail), 36 x 48 inches, oil on panel, 2008.

Jetting off to Denver International Airport!

Well, at least my painting, Autumn No. 4 is!

I found out last week that my autumn tree painting, Autumn No. 4 was selected for a special exhibition at the Denver International Airport:  “Colorado, See the New West Like a Local”!

A panel of respected members of Denver’s art and business community selected 78 artworks from 697 artworks submitted by 407 artists.  How cool that this painting (one of my best tree paintings) will be viewed by millions of travellers this year!  This painting also made a wonderful Limited Edition print – visit my website for sizes and pricing.

 I’ll post an update when I find out where my painting will be displayed.  Exhibition runs April 11, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Elementals – Autumn No. 4, watercolor on paper, mounted on canvas, 2006, 36 x 36 inches.

artma Fundraiser this Saturday!

As an artist, I’ve found that I donate my artwork to great organizations, resulting in raising more money than I ever donated in cash when I had a corporate paycheck coming in.  However, I firmly believe in doing some solid research on the organizations that I donate to and have learned alot about what factors are important to me.  I look for opportunities that generate a good rate of return on the value of my donated art.  I also look for organizations that appreciate the donating artists and that are non-discriminatory in their employment and charity beneficiaries.

With all of that said, this weekend is the biennial artma art auction, benefitting the Morgan Adams Memorial Neuro-Oncology research fund at the Denver Children’s Hospital.  A good artist friend alerted me to this event and I donated the painting below.  Visit the artma website for details and tickets to the event.

Purple Dusk, watercolor on paper mounted on acrylic-embellished canvas, 2007, 24 x 24 inches.

Kathy Beekman Opening (Friday) & Demo (Saturday)!

A good friend of mine, pastel artist Kathy Beekman, opens a new show “Chasing the Light” tomorrow at Gallery 821 in Denver.

Kathy is one of those artists who creates paintings that I could step right in to.  For me it has to do with my fascination of “place” – Kathy’s paintings really do evoke a sense of yearning to just be there in that place and time (and her painting below is a great example!).

It promises to be a great show… and, there’s a bonus!  Kathy will be demonstrating her pastel painting at Gallery 821 this Saturday, February 16, from 12pm – 3pm.  Not only is she a treat to watch as she creates, but she’s a fun person to chat with a bit about her art and process.  Be sure to check it out – details below!

Kathy Beekman, North to Montana, pastel.

Kathy Beekman: Chasing the Light
Pastel Paintings
February 14 – March 1, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, February 15  |  5pm – 7pm

Artist Demonstration: Saturday, February 16  |  12pm – 3pm

Gallery 821
821 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado

Visit Kathy’s website to view more of her wonderful paintings:

Painting accepted for the 33rd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition

I’m continually fascinated by the jurying results of the various events I send art entries in for… from outdoor art festivals such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (to which I’ve applied for years and have not been accepted yet) to group exhibits like the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit (where my painting, Elementals No. 18, was selected for the 2007 exhibition as the only painting not framed traditionally under glass).

In December, I was notified that my painting, Elementals – Autumn No. 3, was selected as one of only 15 paintings choosen from Colorado artists for the 33rd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) Exhibition at the Tubac Arts Center in Tubac, Arizona (February 22 – April 6, 2008).  Wow!  I’ll be honest that this isn’t one of my favorite paintings, but I achieved a great level of precision in the creation of my elemental squares in this painting.  Sometimes I’m still amazed at how precise my technique was when I created this painting.  Over the last year, I’ve submitted it to several exhibits and am happy that it was finally selected for this exhibition.

By the way – I’ve created a Limited Edition Fine Art Print from this original that reproduces wonderfully.  It also looks great when hung in a grouping with my LE print, Elementals – Five Autumn Trees, as I recently installed in a CEO’s office at a corporation here in Denver.

Elementals – Autumn No. 3, 2006, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30″.

Back from Chicago…

I’m back from the One of a Kind Exhibit in Chicago safe and sound!  Our timing for driving back was a bit scary – we just squeaked by the major ice storm that hit parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois last night and today.  It was quite a long trip and I’m glad to be back at home in Denver – to be honest, it was a very expensive exhibit to do and the week was overall pretty stressful for me.  Thankfully I had my trusty “assistant” Steve with me to help out and support me!

I loved talking with so many wonderful people that stopped by my booth at the One of a Kind Show – I hope those that I met will keep in touch and share my art with all of your friends and family!  Unfortunately, my sales were far below my expectations.  Many of the 2D fine artists that I met also had disappointing sales.  Like most artists, I brought all original artwork for this exhibit and had artwork in all sizes and for most budgets.  But, folks just weren’t buying.

I’ll be taking a hard look at my 2008 plan over the next several weeks and thinking about whether out-of-state art festivals/exhibits are still going to be part of picture.  I sure love talking with folks from all over the country at these events, but being an artist is a business and I have to look hard at the numbers, too.

Me at the One of a Kind Exhibit in Chicago this past week.

See my High Plein Air Painting at the Colorado History Museum

Remember my “plein air” painting that I did during Denver Arts Week?  It was selected by a jury for the High Plein Air Arts Exhibition at the Colorado History Museum!  The exhibit runs November 2 – 26, 2008 with the Opening Reception on Friday, November 2 from 6-9pm.

For those that missed my post about this event – several weeks ago, I participated in the High Plein Air Arts painting event in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District.  I chose a cityscape as my subject and worked from a snapshot I took of the Denver Central Library from beneath the “pointy overhang” of the Denver Art Museum.  I wasn’t able to paint on location as much as I had hoped, but am very happy with my results… this is a pretty unique elementals/cityscape painting!

Denver Art Museum, Sky and Library, watercolor mounted on canvas, 24×26″.

Reference Photo (credit: David Castle).

Art on the River Opening at the Art Students League of Denver

Thanks to everyone that came out for the Art on the River Exhibition Opening last week – it was a bit warm, but I had a great time talking with everyone!

Me with my award-winning painting, Stevie in the Shade and Jeff Shoemaker, the Executive Director of The Greenway Foundation (which sponsored the exhibit with the ASLD).

DENVER ARTS WEEK: October 5th – Art on the River Exhibit

ART ON THE RIVER EXHIBIT at the Art Students League of Denver 

I’ll be at the Opening Reception, so come by to visit and check out my fun painting of Stevie in the Shade, which won the Second Place Award!

Opening reception: Friday, October 5th, 5:30-8:00 pm
Exhibit Dates: October 5–November 7
Art Students League of Denver (2nd and Grant Streets)

Hours:  8:30 am-9:30 pm M-Th, 8:30 am-5:00 pm F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm Sat, Closed Sundays

The Art Students League of Denver, in partnership with the Greenway Foundation, presents Art on the River, juried by Michael Chavez, curator at Foothills Art Center in Golden and Ivar Zeile, owner of Plus+gallery in Denver.  Artists from across the state, both adults and children, responded to Confluence Park through the river, people or landscape, creating micro- or macro-representational, abstract or conceptual art.  This exhibit is the culmination of several events whose mission was to combine art and nature for adults and children, fostering a connection between creative thinking and environmental stewardship.
Cash awards, generously funded by The Greenway Foundation, will be given to the following participants: Best of Show: Kimberly Wendt-Bernal; 2nd Place: David Castle; Honorable Mention, Creative License: Jerry Dokken

Denver Arts Week: October 5-12, 2007… I’ll be there – will you?!

Denver’s first official Arts Week is October 5-12, 2007 and there are plenty of great arts events of all sorts going on in each of the art districts throughout Denver.  I’ll be participating and exhibiting at several events, so I hope those of you in the Denver area will come out to see and hear what’s going on!

Here’s a synopsis of where I’ll be, and I’ll post more details on the day of each event.

Friday, October 5, 2007: Art on the River Exhibit Opening Reception, 5:30pm – 8:00pm 

On Friday, October 5th, I’ll be at the Opening Reception of the “Art on the River Exhibit” at the Art Students League of Denver.  My painting, “Stevie in the Shade” was selected for the Second Place Award (which includes a cash prize!) and I’ll be on hand to visit with everyone.  This will be a great exhibit and is generously sponsored by the Greenway Foundation.

Saturday, October 6, 2007: Painting Demonstration at Foothills Art Center, 11:00am – 2:00pm

On Saturday, October 6, 2007, I’ll take a “fieldtrip” out to the Foothills Art Center in Golden to do some watercolor demonstration painting in the gallery as part of the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition.  I’ll be creating some of my elementals in the main gallery room, right near my painting (Elementals No. 18) that was selected for the Exhibition this year.

October 8 – 12, 2007:  Outdoor painting during the High Plein Air Arts Festival

During the week of October 8-12, 2007 I’ll participate in the High Plein Air Arts Festival in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District.  This will be great fun – lots of artists painting “plein aire” (outside, or “in plain air”) throughout the District.  I’m not sure yet were I’ll be and when, but will post more next week as I get started creating a unique elementals Denverscape painting!

Accepted to G8, but Not Able to Deliver…

I received really great news last week – my original painting “Autumn Smiling” has been accepted to the Great 8 Exhibition sponsored by the Kansas Watercolor Society and held annually at The Wichita Center for the Arts.  This is another great national exhibition, on par with the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition (that I had a painting also accepted to this year).  Unfortunately, I’ve just determined that I won’t be able to deliver my painting to the exhibition…

Autumn Smiling, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30″ (lots of great metallic gold/copper highlights in the trees).

As it turns out, I didn’t double check with the gallery that has this painting to ensure that it was available.  This is a large, major painting of mine in this particular gallery, so I never thought it wouldn’t be available – I mean, no one has called me up to tell me that it had sold!  Well, it had – sort of.  Apparently it had been sold quite awhile ago to someone on a sort of “payment plan”.  Meaning, the painting was no longer in the gallery and the buyer was making payments over a period of time.

Well, I contacted the gallery and tried to work something out with the buyer (loan it to the Exhibition and if it sold, I’d create a more fabulous commission painting to replace it).  No go.  So, later this week I’ll have the joy of calling up The Wichita Center for the Arts to tell them my painting won’t be there.  And, to cap it off as my biggest mistake of the year, the normal “punishment” for not delivering a selected painting is that I’ll not be eligible to submit entries for this Exhibition for the next two years.

I’d love to have closer communication with my galleries on activity with “major” paintings they have, but I really should have double-checked with them before entering this painting.  I’m extremely disappointed, but am really responsible for this mess – sure a great example of learning my lesson the hard way!

I do have this painting available as a Limited Edition print, complete with optional hand-applied metallic watercolor highlights, so let me know if you’d like one for yourself… it seems to be quite popular at the moment!

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition Opens at Foothills Art Center

The 2007 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition opened this past weekend at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO.  This is always a great exhibit each year (and I really love the Foothills Art Center), but some you you already know why I’m particularly excited this year… because I had a painting accepted to the exhibit!

I am thrilled that this year’s juror, Carla O’Conner, selected my painting, Elementals No. 18, for this year’s exhibit – it is one of my best and favorite paintings from this year.  Carla is an international watermedia artist whose work I really admire – I’m honored that she selected my painting as one of the 69 she chose out of over 780 entries.

Opening night is this Friday, September 14, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.  I’ll be at the Opening, so come on out to Golden to visit and check out a top-rate exhibit!

Elementals No. 18, watercolor on paper mounted on acrylic-embellished canvas, 36 x 36″.

“Stevie in the Shade” selected for special exhibit at the Art Students League of Denver!

Great news!  My recent elementals painting, Stevie in the Shade, that I’ve been hinting about recently was selected for the “Art on the River Exhibit” at the Art Students League of Denver – and awarded Second Place by the jurors!

I expect this to be a great exhibit of League students and citywide artists alike – all of original art inspired by Confluence Park in downtown Denver.  I worked from a photograph that I took of my partner Steve when we visited Confluence Park in early August.  The exhibition opens on Friday, October 5th, 2007 from 5:30pm – 8pm and will be a great kick-off event for Denver’s Art Week.

Stevie in the Shade, watercolor on paper, mounted on acrylic-embellished canvas, 24×24″.

2nd Annual Denver Modernism Show this weekend!

Some of Colorado’s best modern galleries and artists – old and new – will be showcased at the Denver Modernism Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This is the second year for this award-winning exhibit and sale and organizer Dana Cain is upping the art factor with a juried Denver Modernism Gallery Exhibit… and I had two pieces selected!

I’m very excited that juror Gwen F. Chanzit, Ph.D. (Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive for the Denver Art Museum), selected two of my watermedia paintings out of hundreds of entries!

Definitely check it out if you can – events start on Friday evening with a VIP preview party and sale and continue through Sunday.  I saw lots of cool, modern items (from art to furniture to collectibles) when I went by to drop off my artwork.  Check out all of the details on their website:

“Nine Jewels” hanging in the top left and my diptych were both selected!

See Me in the Online Portrait Show @ 33 Collective

The self-portrait painting that I created late last year for the Evergreen Art Center’s Annual Portrait Exhibition has been selected by 33 Collective Gallery for their 3rd Annual National Self-Portrait online exhibition!  I recently sold this painting to one of my dearest collectors, so I’m glad it made this last exhibit before being hung in a private home.

Check it out along with some other interesting portrait art on 33 Collective’s online gallery.

Elementals – Self Portrait, watercolor on paper mounted on acrylic-embellished canvas, 24 x 24″.