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Super Sale and Price List for 2017
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Starting Friday, December 8, 2017 all paintings are 10% off. If I have published a painting on Instagram or Facebook that interests you, check the size and compare it to a piece on this list. I price my paintings according to size. The sale ends on December 31st at midnight.

Additionally, I will be raising my prices by 10% in 2018. So, if you've got your eye on a piece, now is the time.

Happy holidays and happy New Year.

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Show at Solaire
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My show at Solaire has opened. Take your eyeballs there and check out the paintings. Solaire is located in the Hotel Paradox.

The reception is this Friday, November 10th from 5:30 to 7:00.
611 Ocean Street,
Santa Cruz , CA 95060

Come eat, drink, visit, and look at my paintings.

Thank you

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Honored or outraged?
Mapping the Dreamer Fields. Acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"

Mapping the Dreamer Fields. Acrylic on canvas, 24"x24"

The Oswald opening was not without some drama. Shortly after I arrived at the reception the owner of the restaurant informed me that Mapping the Dreamer Fields (pictured above) had been stolen the night before. The painting had been hung in the women's restroom.

This created quite a buzz at the reception and my feelings were pretty mixed up. Was this an honor? An outrage?

After the reception, I had dinner with friends and family and as we were leaving an employee walked in with the painting. It had been tucked away, behind a curtain, near the rear door of the restaurant. Employees all had been back there, so, it appears the painting did not fit in with the thief's decor and was returned.

I had mixed feelings about the theft and mixed feelings about its return. My wife reminded me that one of the reasons the Mona Lisa became so iconic and famous was that it had been stolen and returned. So, on a minuscule level, I guess this is my Mona Lisa.

The Oswald staff was professional all the way. My show was the 104th show at the restaurant and they had never had an incident like this. Oswald is one of the best venues in Santa Cruz to show art. AND, it is a fantastic restaurant.

I questioned even writing about the theft, but everyone at the reception left with the impression that the painting had been stolen. Please spread the word that the painting was recovered. Thanks!

Oswald Reception

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to my Oswald reception last night. We had a large crowd and a lot of fun. The night was not without controversy as one of my paintings had been stolen the night before. But just as we were leaving, the painting mysteriously reappeared in the parking garage next door. I guess it didn't match the thief's decor.

Thanks to everyone at Oswald for being so gracious and making me feel like a superstar.

Included is a pic with my bebe and I before the show.

A very fun night.

Paintings in their homes.
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One of the important, little pleasures, of making art is receiving pics of my paintings in their homes.

The art pieces on my walls mean a lot to me. They inspire me, make me laugh, make me sad, make me feel. I hope my paintings do the same for their buyers.

Thank you to all my friends and buyers.

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4 Hours in 1 Minute

This was a small painting, 12x12". Acrylic on wood.

Normally, I mask my paintings and go crazy, but the small size made masking impossible for me.

The video would have been longer but I was getting frustrated trying to paint with one hand. Also, Atticus was waiting to go on a walk.

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The Story of an Art Scam

Someone tried to scam me this week. 

I received this email earlier this week through the contact form on this site:  
Name: john glenn
Email Address: johnglenn1001@gmail.com
Subject: artwork is needed
Message: Greetings!
My name is john glenn from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards,
john.

"john" picked out a painting and agreed to the price. I wrote that I could invoice him through Square, but he insisted on sending a check. I have had almost this exact email come from a legit buyer and that communication resulted in a successful sale.  It all seemed fine until I got this email:

Hello: Emerson Murray
Thanks for the message,  I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I'm trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying the art work Silence Falls: 36"x36" 

 as a gifts to her.I'm okay with the price, I think it's worth it anyway, so I'll be sending a check. As regarding shipping, you don't have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I'm an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won't be back for another couple of weeks. 
Regards,
John
PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for Ups ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

The whole story seemed to stink. I googled "john glenn ocean engineer art scam" and found the comments on this site: http://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2014/12/11/how-to-recognize-art-scam/

If you are a creative type. Look out for this gent. 


 

A Figurative Affair 2017

I have two pieces in this show. Short notice for the opening tonight, but go see the show if you have a chance. There are some fantastic pieces.

Here is the full listing of artists:

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Cockfighting

I've been working on a series of small cockfighting paintings. Cockfighting has intrigued, disturbed, and fascinated me since I saw the amazing 1974 film, Cockfighter, several years ago. I will post the series once I complete and photograph the series.

Before my current figurative abstract paintings I was painting single frames from movies and painted a shot from Cockfighter. My studio has been freezing lately and I wanted to work on some small canvases in the house. I decided to expand on the film frame painting and make a cockfighting series of paintings. 

The images are violent and fevered. I know they are not for everyone and are the furthest thing from being politically correct, but I am really interested in the inherent drama and striking colors.

The paintings are mostly 9"x12" and I'm looking at finding old frames for them. I plan on making the series 11 or 12 paintings. I don't know where a good place to show them would be. I'm open to suggestions.

I'll post more about the series once it is completed. Thanks.

 

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Thank you, but there is more.

Thank you to everyone who came by for Open Studios this year. I had a lot of fun visiting with old and new friends.

I was asked to fill in for an MIA artist for a show at The Nook in Santa Cruz. The show will be up November and December. I'll post more information on my Facebook page. I will be at The Nook for a reception on First Friday, which will be Friday, November 4th. I think the hours are 6 to 8 or something like that. I'll let you know. Please come by. Don't make me drink all the wine by myself. Thanks.

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