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.

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!