Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Santa Fe Collectors Guide

©2010 James Black Photography, Santa Fe
This is a new shot of InArt Gallery of Santa Fe that will appear in the two collector's guide books in the area this year. The two paintings on the right side are mine. These high quality publications are the "go-to" guides for Santa Fe galleries and artists and are distributed all year, so the exposure is fantastic! To get your beautiful art filled copies, go to Santa Fe where they are all over, or visit their websites.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

"Fusion''- New 24''x24'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood



24''x24'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends. I did manage to finish this one new painting in the last few days and it's another one on the warm side. Winter makes me feel like painting red. Where is that heat?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Expanding My Horizons to Tulsa Town

Lovetts owner Jack Summers, (L) and myself

I'm happy to announce my newest gallery representation with Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. www.LovettsGallery.com

Jack Summers and son Waylon are second and third generation owners in this fine gallery established in 1978. Their new location is at 6528 E. 51st in the "The Farm" shopping district and centrally located in Tulsa. They feature a group of amazing artists from Oklahoma and all over the US. I feel humbled to be in the gallery with artists such as Jeff Ham, Todd Ford and Santa Fe sculptor Kevin Box, to name a few. Tulsa's art heritage runs deep and is known for the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New work..."Arrival" 24''x24'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x24''x1.5'' Palette Knife Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
Available at MIRADA FINE ART
I painted this at last weeks NRHA show in OKC. The show went well and I met people from all over the world. A long week, but the connections made were worth the effort.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a super Thanksgiving with family and friends. This is always a great time of year. A cold front blew into Oklahoma last night and it went from 77 to 29 degrees here this morning. Brrrrr. Crisp Fall weather sure makes it feel like the holiday season.

I spent all day yesterday setting up the art booth for the NRHA Reining Horse Futurity Show in Oklahoma City the next ten days. Fellow OKC landscape artist, Thomas Stotts will be joining me for the show and we plan to paint "live'' during the week. Horse people from all over the globe will attend this annual event and I'm sure some of them love fine art. It should be an interesting few days.

The Oklahoma Arts Guild will also feature a display at the show with over 100 pieces of art by 100 artists from the state. An opening reception is planned at 5:30 December 2 with a live auction of select art following to benefit youth art endeavors.
Reining In The Arts

The "Long Tall" Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
A new "warm" painting for a cold Thanksgiving day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Horses and Art...New Adventures

"Terra Calda"
40''x30''x1.5'' Acrylic/Canvas
©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Earth Signals"
16''x20''x1.5'' Acrylic/Canvas

©2010 Mark Yearwood

36''x36''x1.5'' Acrylic/Canvas

©2010 Mark Yearwood

I have been painting like crazy getting prepared for an upcoming show, which will put me in some unfamiliar surroundings. I will be setting up with another artist at the National Reining Horse Futurity Show in Oklahoma City the week after Thanksgiving.
This is a big and prestigious event with attendees from literally all over the globe. We'll be there to show them that Oklahomans are creative and hopefully sell some art. We will also be painting on-site throughout the show, which should be interesting. I sure hope there are some abstract art lovers in the crowd.
Here are some of the latest pieces from the studio.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New "Mindscape Series" Number 3

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Mindscape III"
12''x12''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
$300 and available at www.lovettsgallery.com
Landscapes from the mind continue. Images of places visited, dreamed, and imagined.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Vanguard" 16''x20'' Acrylic Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
16''x20''x1.5'' Acrylic and Graphite on Gallery Canvas
As this painting came together, I thought of the three rectangles as figures or soldiers and the row of small colored rectangles as figures on the horizon. The dominant red has a sense of power. I looked up the word vanguard and it just seemed to fit this piece.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"GeoForm" 24''x24'' Geometric Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x24''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
Another one of what I call my "Hybrids", a cross between geometric and loose palette knife work. 

"Skylines" 12''x12'' Acrylic

©2010 Mark Yearwood
12''x12''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

This little painting looks much better in person because the metallic glow is not as visible in photos. I started this one with an Irradescent Peal undercoat mixed with the textured gel. I then painted with transparent glazes so the pearl would reflect through and it really gave it a jewel-like shimmer. I think a 48x48'' done this way would really be cool!

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Surfaces I" - 8''x8'' Mini Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Surfaces I"
8''x8'' Palette Knife Acrylic on RayMar Panel

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Prairie Rhythm " New 24x18'' Acrylic

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Prairie Rhythm"
24''x18''x1.5'' Palette Knife Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

The last few days have been productive in the studio and three new works were finished last night. This is a favorite of those three and has a spontaneous vibe to it with a kind of Native feel and painted with emotion. More to follow...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Reviving the Mini Abstracts...A New 8''x8''

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Tilted View"
8''x8'' Palette Knife Acrylic on RayMar Panel

I really like painting these little "abstract studies" as I call them and since there were only two left after almost thirty of them, I will be painting more. People seem to really enjoy them and I just sent one to a woman in New Jersey last week. She had printed the image of the painting which spoke to her and carried it around in her purse for some time before finally making the purchase. If you see one that you really love, don't wait around too long or you just might miss it. Someone else may be carrying "your" painting around right now!

Thanks to all who have made my art a success!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Festivo" 30''x40'' Acrylic Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
30''x40''x1.5'' Palette Knife Acrylic

My wife is my biggest fan and supporter. She doesn't ask to keep many of my paintings, but once in a while she makes a request. She asked for a painting just for "her'' that incorporated earth tones, purples and orange.

Yes, Dear. Anything for my biggest fan! :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Mindscape II" Palette Knife Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Mindscape II"
12''x12''x1.5'' Acrylic Palette Knife Abstract

Number two in the 12'' Mindscape Series. These are painted quickly in one or two sittings because I want them to feel spontaneous and full of emotion. Snapshots of landscapes stored in my mind. Maybe they are snippets of real places, dreams or complete imagination. I would like to hear what you see in them, so drop a line or comment.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Art Weekend in Guthrie, OK

I'm back from a beautiful Oklahoma fall weekend art event in the historic town of Guthrie, OK. It was great meeting new friends and artists as well as enjoying the cooler weather. Much welcomed after some triple digit temps here recently.

Thank you to the friendly and helpful staff of Guthrie Escape and for providing the "big tents" for us so we didn't have to set up our own. If you ever get a chance to visit this town, it will charm you with all of it's history and victorian buildings. Guthrie was actually the first Capitol of Oklahoma before it was moved to Oklahoma City. It is also famous for the many bed and breakfast inns it contains.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Paseo Mist" 20''x16'' Acrylic Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Paseo Mist''
20''x16''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

A recent surreal painting based on influences of travels to Santa Fe. Paseo de Peralta circles the old downtown district of the city and is lined with adobe structures. I wanted to give a hint to the subject without going into a lot of details.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Mindscape I" 12''x12'' Acrylic Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Mindscape I"
12''x12''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

A new landscape from my mind. What is the mysterious structure rising up in the distance?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Ascent"- New 12x12 Abstract Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
12''x12''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
Back home after a weekend on the road to Wichita, KS Autumn & Art Festival. The weather turned out great except it was a little warm and humid for late September. The show had great volunteers and lots of perks for the artists. The setting was next to a lake in a beautiful upscale development and went well for a first year event. I think Wichita will make this show better and better in the future as word gets out.
Sales are starting to roll in from some of my galleries as well as locally and that always makes an artist happy! InArt Santa Fe Gallery will be open this Friday night for Fourth Friday Art Walk on Delgado Street in Santa Fe, NM. Stop in if you are in the area and see my newest work as well as all of the other great artists.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Work- "Discovery" 24x24'' Acrylic

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x24''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

I have enjoyed some quick sales at InArt Santa Fe Gallery, which is exciting! After this last fall show, I'll be refocusing on some new works to replace gallery work as it sells. I am doing a select number of festivals to get out and meet art buyers and I do enjoy them when the weather cooperates, but they are a ton of work and travel. I am ready to spend some real quality painting time in the studio as weather cools down as well as getting out and just soaking in some Fall air. This is my favorite time of year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Is Art Ever Really Finished?

''Connections'' 30x30'' Acrylic    SOLD

This is a new 30x30'' called "Connections". The top photo is where I stopped the first time and called it finished. After it sat in the studio for a couple of days, it seemed to be taunting me to come back to it. Something just didn't feel right about it. Last night it seemed the turquoise glazing in the top center area was the part that bugged me, so I added the warmer glazes up top and then used some subtle blues on the left center area to balance things out.

I don't know if an art piece is ever actually "finished". I once heard someone say that an artist never finishes the work, but only abandons it. A guy I used to work with would say "stop tickling it to death!", meaning let it go before you overwork it. Pretty simple in theory, but sometimes hard to practice.

Paint! Paint and move along, please.

PS: I went back and tweaked some more after posting! :)


Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Division" -New 16''x20'' Palette Knife Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
16''x20''x1.5'' Acrylic Palette Knife Abstract

Saturday, September 4, 2010

InArt Santa Fe Gallery

©2010 Mark Yearwood
On Wednesday I made a trip with several new paintings to Santa Fe, NM and I am glad to announce that InArt Santa Fe Gallery is my new representative there. The gallery is located at 219 Delgado Street just off Canyon Road. The owners have a beautifully restored adobe home that is almost 100 years old that creates a warm environment for the quality fine art paintings and sculpture displayed inside and out. Old Santa Fe charm and history with modern touches and class. I look forward to the partnership with InArt Santa Fe and all of the opportunities being in this city full of fine artists.
My 48x48'' painting , "Legend" hangs on the front porch with a Robert Ash sculpture out front.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New! "REVEAL" 40''x16'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"40''x16''x1.5'' Gallery Canvas
SOLD by InArt Santa Fe Gallery

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New work- "LEGACY" 24''x24'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x24''x1.5'' Textured Canvas
...continuing with the earthy series of work. I'm into some "cool" tones...or was it tunes?
Paint, paint, paint.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vaya al Oeste..or bust!

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"New Horizon"
24''x36'' Acrylic
That blog title is Spanish for "go West", which is where my art career seems to be heading from here. West from Oklahoma to the art Mecca of Santa Fe, NM. Next week I'll be packing up my best and going to a great gallery there to discuss representation and hopefully a new home for my paintings. This is huge for me and I don't take this opportunity lightly. A door has been opened to a new horizon and I'm ready to cross the threshhold!

This painting I finished yesterday will make the trip and the title pretty much sums up the whole situation in those two words.

Go West or bust. Well, I doubt about the bust part, but I am on a mission!

More about the new gallery soon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Picasso and Sweet Potato Vine

An artist friend told me recently that I was very prolific. While I do paint freqently and maybe more than said artist friend, I don't come close to Picasso, who produced around 50,000 works in some form or another.

Sweet potato vine is also prolific. I shot the photo this morning in front of the studio and this whole prolific train of thought started. Maybe I'm inspired by this hardy green plant, which would probably grow one hundred feet if you let it. We went to the mountains for a week and it continued to grow all over in spite of the 105 degree temps and little water. You can hack it back and it grows more. You can cut a piece off and stick it in some dirt and it propagates itself. Don't dare put fertilizer on this stuff or it might grow legs and walk off.

As an artist, I kind of feel that like this vine, I just need a little gowing room and water to really flourish. I can take some setbacks or pruning and not let that stop my growth, but learn from each work produced and move on to the next, always looking to the horizon. Hopefully I also become a better person in the process.

50,000 works of art. I have much work to do...and some plants to water!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Painting on Commission

©2010 Mark Yearwood

"Master Plan" 30''x40'' Canvas - SOLD

While I love to just paint bodies of work for shows and galleries, nothing beats painting a custom piece of art for someone who is a true "collector". One who loves your work enough to own more than one piece. This one was done for such collectors, or fans of my art who actually own many of my paintings. These fans are rare and I really appreciate them for wanting to surround themselves with my work. They have also become great friends in the process and we have enjoyed dinners and conversations. Selling art is just one thing. Enjoying the relationships with people created from those sales may actually be the best part.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Ancestry" New 24''x24'' Acrylic Abstract (Sold)

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x24'' Acrylic Abstract

I had painted this right before leaving for the Crested Butte show and it was among the first ones sold last weekend. It actually was one of my latest favs and I guess they liked it as well!
These new pieces have some pencil lines scratched in which creates some spontaneous but subtle interest. They are like an architect's rough drawings overlaid with texture and paint.
Always exploring more possibilities.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Some More Pics of Crested Butte Show...

A view of condos from the ski lift on Crested Butte Mountain.

Django's Restaurant on Crested Butte Mountain was amazing and the owners are great people. Rated in the top of restaurants in Colorado. www.djangos.us

Crested Butte has it's cast of characters!

We had great crowds Saturday and Sunday...between rain showers!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

From The Cool Mountains To 107 Degrees!

It's back to the real world after doing the Crested Butte Festival and relaxing in the high mountain air of Colorado. We arrived back in OK Tuesday to 107 temps and humidity. Talk about a slap in the face!

The show was a success. Fourteen paintings were sold and I met so many great art patrons as well as new artist friends. Crested Butte is just the coolest little mountain town full of diverse characters, super food, and panoramic views. I will make this one a stop again for sure.

Thank you patrons, for taking a piece of my art home with you!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Head North...to Crested Butte

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Head North"
24''x24''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas

It's that time. Time to check everything off the packing list, load up the trailer and hit the road to Crested Butte, CO Arts Festival this coming weekend. It's been HOT here and we are ready for the cooler and less humid weather. I thought a scene which conveyed the thoughts of leaving the hot country plains for the cool mountains was appropriate. Come by if you are in the area and look for booth #177.

Now, where's that checklist again?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Emote" 24''x18'' Abstract Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
24''x18''x1.5'' Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
This new piece is sort of a return to a semi-geometric style I was creating last year. It has some of the structure, but with the loose palette knife elements in my current work and the texture, of course. There are also some subtle lines and such scatched in with a Pablo Caran d'Ache pencil.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fifteen Days to Crested Butte...

I am painting and working to a frenzy to prepare for the "big show" in the mountains July 31- August 1. Besides making sure I have a large variety of work to display, there is the "list". The long laundry list of what to pack... or not pack for a weekend outdoor arts festival. I'm sure I will forget something. I always do.

If you are in the Colorado area, come on out and say hello. Better yet, plan a road (plane, train, bike) trip to the mountains anyway! It's beautiful this time of year. Over 175 quality artists, culinary events with the top Five Denver chefs, music and more.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Antico"- New 30''x30'' Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
30''x30''x1.5'' Gallery Canvas Acrylic
Available at MIRADA FINE ART
Back to the earth tones for this larger piece after painting cool ones for a while.
This one sort of has a desert canyon feel to me.
Antico: (It.) for Ancient

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Small For The Wall - 6''x6'' Abstract Painting

©2010 Mark Yearwood
"Cooling Effect"
6''x6''x1.5'' Acrylic on gallery canvas

I painted two of these for the recent 6x6 on Route 66 Show in Tulsa. One was warm tones and was sold and this one is back and looking for a home. I think it should have went with the other one. It looks lonely sitting here all by itself with all of my larger works in the studio.
If you would like to adopt this little guy, let me know.

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Gallery- SO Art in Historic Guthrie, OK

Today, I made a trip to deliver paintings to a new gallery in the historic town of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Simply Oklahoma, LLC also known as SO Art, is in an Arts & Crafts period building which is close to 10,000 square feet in size. They feature only Oklahoma artists and there is A LOT of art! I'm happy to join the team and they really seem agressive at making a go of it and supporting the artists.

Thanks S.O. for asking me aboard!

Check them out at www.SOArtGallery.com

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Pacifico" - A Peaceful 12x12'' Abstract

©2010 Mark Yearwood
12''x12'' Palette Knife Acrylic on Canvas

All went well with my wife's surgery last week and after a week of recovery, she actually returned to work today! Whew! What a relief.

I'm now rested up mentally and also fired up to paint again. It will be a busy few weeks creating new works, prepping the display and tent, and getting ready to travel to Crested Butte, CO for the arts festival July 31- Aug 1. We will look forward to the high mountain getaway after a stressful couple of months.

Here is the latest small canvas completed. I used a little softer palette on this one and it feels peaceful to me, thus the title. "Pacifico" (It.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Release!" The painting...The mindset.

©2010 Mark Yearwood


"Release" 40''x16'' Abstract on Gallery Canvas


This is the last post for the next couple of days while I go with my wife for her surgery. It has been a stressful few days and I escaped to the studio earlier in the week as a "release" to clear the mind, find a happy place, think on the positive, and pray for a good outcome tomorrow. I believe all will be well and that complete release will be felt soon!

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Take time to look around...

Image ©2010 Carlos Gauna, cgprophoto.com

Life. It can be wonderful, hectic, and full of surprises.

I wanted to just stop and post this great pic by a photographer friend of mine from Malibu, CA to remind you to slow down and...you know... smell the flowers.

My wonderful wife has been having some health issues and is facing a surgery later this week. It's really hard to focus on work, art or anything really until we know all is well. It puts things in perspective and makes us realize that we need to enjoy life with gusto. Stop sweating the little stuff, because it just doesn't matter...really.

Cherish those you love today and smell a flower or two....or dozen. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Updates to the blog...

I'm test driving some new blogger templates and this one appealed to me. Clean and simple, but still has a dark backround, which makes the art look good in my opinion. If you have feedback on the new format, please write your comments.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Impromptu Blu" is a Winner!

I'm happy to announce my recent 12x12'' painting "Impromptu Blu" was chosen as Finalist-"Outstanding Abstract" in the May 2010 Fine Art Views Online Painting Competition!
It was also the only abstract in the Judges Favorite 15% picks as well!
I'm honored to be in the company of so many outstanding painters. Click the link to see all of the May finalists. http://contest.fineartstudioonline.com/winners/32

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Hot Day at Clinton, OK Art in the Park

Here is a pic of a HOT and windblown, but overall happy artist at the Clinton, OK Art in the Park this past Saturday. Next to me is my Honorable Mention award which, along with sales of art (always a plus!), made the hard work and 100 degree temps a little more bearable.
Clinton's show is always under a covered pavillion, so that helps a lot. It is also a one day show. I want to thank my art patons and the show staff for their help and hard work.
Next show....Crested Butte, CO July 31-Aug 1. I think the mountains will be a little cooler.