Wednesday, November 13, 2019

What's Cooking in the Studio - November



Last month I mentioned how I was focusing on just one painting and how unusual that was. The other day I touched up or worked on four different paintings in one sitting. Things have changed. Here are two new paintings I am working on. The one on the easel is a landscape and the one on the wall is a new still life based on a Cezanne painting. Facing the wall is a blank canvas asking me to wait until I get one or two current paintings done.

Monday, November 11, 2019

New Painting: Still Life with Arctic Apples, Styrofoam Cup and Oil Can



Still Life with Arctic Apples, Styrofoam Cup and Oil Can 
Oil on canvas 
40" x 30" 
$2,100 

This painting is part of a new series I have begun that plays around with Cezanne's still-lifes. Through his still-life paintings, Cezanne sought a new way of painting and a new perspective on society (more on this later). As I am beginning to delve into still life with a new purpose and perspective, I thought it would be fun to go back to the Modernist foundations of how I paint (and understand art). But, I am adding a twist to each of these still-lifes that speaks to my era. In this painting, the background is similar to a winter's Arctic landscape with open water. The apples are Arctic Apples, the first genetically approved apple to go to market. Of course, Styrofoam and oil have had a big impact on the Arctic. Though a still-life, this is a commentary on what we are doing to the Arctic, the cold wild places of our planet. You can see details of this painting on my website.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fine Art Prints Now Available


Fine art prints of my gouache landscape paintings are now available at my website: www.markgranlund.com.

Monday, October 28, 2019

What's Cooking in the Studio?



 I'm busy constructing some new stretchers to paint on this winter. While making this batch, I am video-taping the process and will share it on my website. The video will show the process from gluing the wood together, cutting the wood, assembling the stretcher, wrapping with canvas and priming with oil ground. It will be fun to see the final video and share it with everyone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Little Help!



I am seeking someone to help with my social marketing. It is a fairly easy job - about one hour a week. I create all of the content, you post and schedule the content to several different sites. I even have a service where you post it once and it sends it to each social media platform. Really, very easy.

I would like to find someone to provide this service in exchange for either comparable value off of a piece of art or an online art class. I would like at least a three-month commitment to begin with. I can provide training, and as mentioned, will provide all content.

Candidate must be conversant with computers and posting to the most popular social media platforms and making blog entries. Need not be local, although this would help with training.

If interested, please email me or message me on Facebook.

Monday, October 21, 2019

What's Cooking in the Studio?



I built a still life table. What is a still life table, you may ask? It is a rolling table on which I can construct still-lifes for painting and drawing. As my food paintings are evolving to be more staged still-life paintings, it is helpful to have a ready table dedicated to this effort. It will also be able to be moved out of the way for sales and other reasons. I am also looking at using this table as a way to teach drawing. These classes will be available in January. I'm very excited about where these are heading and can't wait to share this new development with you. And I already had everything I needed to make this table in my workshop or studio. All it took was a little time.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Next Exhibit


New Landscapes
February 28 - April 5, 2020
The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

Artist's Reception: March 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
New landscape paintings will be on display in Gallery 1. I'm excited to make a whole bunch of new paintings for this show.