TBT: “Purple Day”

One of my all-time, most favorite paintings I’ve made is “Purple Day”. Finished back in 2005 and sold right here in Portland at the Art in the Pearl festival, I miss this painting every time I think of it.

As an artist, I have many of my own paintings that I rotate on my own walls at home and a few – maybe five – that I consider in my “permanent” collection… “Purple Day” would have been a fine addition to that collection!

“Purple Day”, watercolor, 18 x 18″, 2005. Fine art reproduction prints available at http://www.DavidCastleArt.com

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.

You Want a Piece of Me?

OK art peeps… you want a piece of me??

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!

Elemental Tree painting ready to be chopped up for you!
Elemental Tree painting ready to be chopped up for you!
Painting pieces make great ATCs... easy to pop into a frame, too!  ATC size is 3.5 x 2.5 inches.
Painting pieces make great ATCs… easy to pop into a frame, too! ATC size is 3.5 x 2.5 inches.

Percolation Complete: My Word(s) for 2013

I’ve been percolating on my list of words for the new year long enough… I’ve actually known which one is the winner for awhile, but spent some time considering a secondary word to choose, too.  So, considering that 2012 was mostly spent focusing on projects other than my art (moving to Ohio, career researching, caring for my Uncle Jack), I think the perfect primary word for 2013 is: ESTABLISH.  This relates to everything I’ve been planning for my art in the new year… more about how as I progress!

I’ve also decided on a secondary word that relates more directly to the art I will be creating: METALLIC. Many of my fans and collectors know that I’ve used metallic watercolors (and gouache and acrylic) for years, but I really want to explore the range of subtle-to-saturate with purpose.  More on that as I progress, too!

Meanwhile, here’s a just-finished painting in my latest “panes” elementals with some great metallics.

David Castle, "Pyrrol Autumn", watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 12 x 12 inches, $250.
David Castle, “Pyrrol Autumn”, watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 12 x 12 inches, $250.

I’ve Never Done This Shape Before…

I have to say this one is pretty unique… I’ve never made a painting in this overall shape of 4 x 12 inches.  I’m not sure why, especially since I’ve had this stretched canvas hanging about my studio for at least 5 years.  I even painted the canvas scarlet years ago, but never made a watercolor painting to mount on it.  Until this week!

I really love this one – I have several projects in progress, but we’ll see if I go off on a tangent to paint more narrow rectangular ones.

Posted to my online DavidCastleArt shop here.  If you love copper and red, this one is for you!

"Five in a Row", watercolor mounted on stretched canvas, 4 x 12 inches, $95.
“Five in a Row”, watercolor mounted on stretched canvas, 4 x 12 inches, $95.

Daily Special: ten/eight/ten

As many of you know by now, my birthday falls on a particularly cool day this year: 10/10/10.  To celebrate, I’m having all kinds of art savings specials, including daily specials right here on my blog from 10/1 – 10/10.  Here’s the next special:  


Let’s try something a bit more interactive today.  Kinda like a radio station.  So, since I’m stuck on all 10’s this month, I’m going to GIVE AWAY one of my fine art reproduction prints of my “Helium Autumn Trees” to the tenth person to give me a call on my studio/cell number.  That’s right – my studio/cell number is easy to find, so give me a call (please, only one call-in try per person).  Starting right now… GO!

“Helium Autumn Trees”, fine art giclee on paper, about 14 x 20″.  Regular price = $95, ten-ten-ten price = FREE to the 10th caller.

"Helium Autumn Trees", fine art giclee, 14 x 20", free to the 10th caller.

Open Studios: First Friday and Shopping Saturday

I’ll have my studio open as usual today for First Friday (5pm – 9pm).  And while I won’t have hot chocolate, I’ll have lots of newly-framed flapjacks starting at just $45.  Oh – and I’ll have some homemade mocha cupcakes!

I’ll also be open Saturday, December 5th from 10am – 4pm for all of you who will be out and about shopping.  Please stop by!

Lots of newly-framed flapjacks in my studio!

More Framed Flapjacks!

I’ve framed a few of my flapjack paintings for folks… here are two in the soft, brushed gold frame and the matte black frame.  I think these look so great – perfect size (6×6″ framed) and price ($45) for gifts.  Email me your color(s) and I’ll create one for you!

Framed flapjacks, 6x6 inches, $45 (one on the left is available).

FREE Flapjacks: Come and Get ’em!

Denver Arts Week is November 6 – 14, 2009!  Lots of different events are planned, all kicking off with First Friday in Denver’s art districts.  This year’s theme is “Know Your Arts”.  So, I invite all of you to get to know MY art… with a FREE “flapjack” mini-painting!

Stacks of flapjacks!

What’s a “flapjack” and how can you get one?  Well, while creating some mini-sized paintings in my studio recently, I noticed that my stack of finished art looked like a stack of flapjacks – just the right size at 4 x 4 inches.  So, for my First Friday Open Studio (November 6th, 5-9pm), I’ll be painting flapjack art “to order” for my studio visitors (while “batter” supplies last).  So, come by my studio, pick a color or two and I’ll paint you a free flapjack… what a great way to get to know my art!  Click here for directions to my studio.

And for those of you not able to make it to my studio, I have 10 flapjacks ready to mail out to 10 lucky folks.  Just leave me a comment on this post by the end of Arts Week (November 14th).  On November 15th, I’ll RANDOMLY draw 10 winners from everyone that left a comment, and then contact each to get them mailed out (so be sure to enter your email address).  Here’s what one of my Facebook Fans had to say about my flapjacks:

“Flapjacks…what’s not to love? They’ve got fabulous texture, incredible color & awesome composition, the perfect piece of affordable art for your abstract art fans!” — Candy in California

I’ll also be selling additional flapjack original paintings for $20 each (or 3 for $50).  These are perfect for a mini-sized frame or I can also mount them on canvas for you for an additional $20 (my regular price for these mini paintings is $65!).

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.

Oregon Coast Special Art Offer

I’m on my way to the Oregon Coast!  I’ll be painting with fresh inspiration from the rugged coast and winter storms for just over a month this year.  And, I’d like to extend a special offer to my blog readers and art lovers to purchase an original watercolor in my Elementals or Fossils style that I’ll create while on the coast.

Elementals in Blue and Green

Elementals in Blue and Green, watercolor on paper, 27 x 27″

Each painting will be approximately 10 x 10″ (unmatted, unframed) and is priced at $100 (1/2 regular price!).  I’ll be working in my most popular palettes of reds, purples and metallic golds and coppers.  I’ll also be painting in new colors inspired by the rugged and lush Oregon Winter coast: vivid purples, rich blues, shades of white, greys, silvers and blacks, and lush greens.

To order your original, send me an email with your request, specifying one or two colors you’d like me to work with.  Follow that with a check made out to me for $100 mailed to my studio address (2110 Market St, Studio #1, Denver, CO  80205).  After I return to Denver, you will have a choice of several originals I created by visiting my studio in person or by viewing snapshots I email to you.

I guarantee you’ll love your Oregon Coast inspired art or I’ll send your money back!  Visit the Original Art section on my website for more examples of my Elementals and Fossils.