Sunday, March 3, 2019

Thank You, and announcement of online gallery

by Gregory E. Larson

          What a joyful evening it was at the art exhibit and reception on Friday evening. I was so grateful and humbled to see the large number of people turn out to see the artwork. My goal is to create art that makes people happy, and it was fun to see so many happy people.
          For those of you in the Kansas City area, the exhibit will hang through March and April, so you are welcome to go see it during church hours at:
St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church 
6630 Nall Ave., 
Mission, KS 66202
          If my schedule is open, I would be glad to meet you there. Also, I have an online gallery with all of the artwork, and with a few paragraphs that I’ve written for each painting which describe where the scene is located and what struck me as interesting, and what caused me to want to paint it. 
          For those of you who live far away, and those who just want to view the artwork, the online gallery website is:
          I’ll send updates in the future that direct you to new paintings in the online gallery, and some months when I write the typical magazine-style articles, I’ll direct you the website you are on now (www.aroundthebend-greg.blogspot.com). Thanks again for your interest and support for both the blog articles and the artwork. I thank each and every one of you.
          Here’s an example of a couple of the online gallery selections:
Doorway and Steps
2018 watercolor by Gregory E. Larson

DOORWAY AND STEPS - MADISON, 
INDIANA
          This little town along the Ohio River in Indiana has one of the largest historical districts in the U.S. (approximately 1.5 miles long and .5 mile wide).
          I spent three days in town, enough time to get acquainted with it, viewing the architectural styles and details. It was a tough job to visit the coffee shops and diners, but somebody had to do it. 
          One morning I parked the car on a side street and began walking to the main thoroughfare. The stairs and doorway stopped me in my tracks and I took a picture of it.
          Back in the studio, I became intrigued with the wrought iron benches, realizing that this river town had a lot of wealth in the 1850s. Town homes didn’t just have railings on the steps, they had elegant benches.
          The architectural details, down to the bricks pushed me to the limit on my patience while painting. The most difficult part was painting the portion of the black bench that overlapped the black door. I added the flag for some interest and balance, but the focus of this painting is on the steps and doorway.
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Firewood
2018 watercolor by Gregory E. Larson

FIREWOOD
          The three-bushel galvanized tub came from an antique store in Alma, Kansas. I purchased it the moment I saw it on a Sunday afternoon while driving in the Flint Hills. It was the perfect container for keeping firewood dry in the garage before burning the logs in the fireplace on Friday and Saturday nights. 
          Add an oriental rug, kindling wood, and some tan rubber tile and concrete, and the outcome is a mixture of cool and warm browns, greens and grays with some deep shadows.