Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Walk On The Wildside

photography by Gary Gruby

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Frank Zappa frame

I built this custom frame for artist, David Bollt. The drawing / air-brush was done by a colleague of his. I think Frank Zappa would be proud of the tribute. Frame something cool.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Man In A Box

Donald Hillyer has been helping me here @ Dogwood Gallery. He is meticulous when framing & congenial with our customers. ( just the way I like it ) He spent many years designing ads in Chicago. Before that, he served as a medic in the army. He has proved to be good company. Oh, Don is also an artist. The images below are 2 drawings ( of many ) in the series "Man In A Box". Right now, you can see the full collection @ the Peachtree City Library. Click the images for a closer look & enjoy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

3 paintings by Greg Blair

Abstract #5, acrylic on canvas ( 48" x 60" )
Red City, acrylic & 3-D paint on canvas ( 16" x 20" ) sold
Robin from the sidekick series, mixed media on rag mat ( 20" x 20" )

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Works by Allison J. Smith

Local artist, Allison J. Smith creates her thoughtful, abstract paintings with oils on canvas & paper.
below is  "Explode" oil on canvas ( 30" x 15" )

beneath this... "Self Portrait of an Angel", depicted with oils on paper
 ( 20" x 16" )
please click the images for a closer look.

Friday, October 12, 2012

3 photos by 3 artists

                             " Majestic Diner " by Paul Conlan

"Stacked" by Dale Niles

"Sunset on Melear's" by Donna Rosser

Saturday, September 29, 2012

An evening with Martin Pate

Big thanks to my friend, Martin Pate for his demonstration here @ Dogwood Gallery.
He is truly one of the area's finest painters. Also, we appreciate the excellent crowd that
attended last Thursday. I hope to do more exhibitions like this in the near future, as it
gives the viewers a glimpse into the techniques used to create fine artwork.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Knot In The Woods

Oldie, but a goody! by Greg Blair in 2001, acrylic on canvas board  (16" x 20")
click the image for a close up.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Big River

I love music by Johnny Cash. Above is " Big River " by Greg Blair. mixed media on archival foamboard ( 36" x 26" ) click the image for a close-up. I hid some lyrics:" I taught the weeping willow how to cry & I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky & the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River & I'm gonna sit right here until I die. " - Johnny Cash

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olga Mosina

Greek Vase
oil on canvas

oil on canvas

Russian-born local artist, Olga Mosina, has been involved in various interior design projects in both Moscow and the Southeastern U.S. She brings years of classical training and a multi-cultural viewpoint into her work. She paints with confidence. These two pieces display her unique color palette and cubist like style that sets Olga apart from other artists. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Susan Gibbs

sculpted clay
20" tall

Local artist Susan Gibbs creates an interesting body with glaze dripped over the shoulders and torso of this figurative work. But what really brings this piece up to another level is the copper wire sprouting in curls from the head. What would you call this untitled piece?? 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jeff Riggan

automotive paint on wood

National artist Jeff Riggan has professionally painted and drawn for nearly 30 years. He enjoys painting with bright color and emotion, evident in this rendering of a man on guitar playing his soul at a Blues Nite. It's a striking piece. Click on the image for a closer look. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dennis Witnauer

"Common Yellowthroat"
oil on printed fabric
12" x 12"

"Willow Warbler" 
oil on printed fabric
12" x 12"

New York artist, Dennis Witnauer, was one of the first to join Dogwood Gallery with his hand painted birds. He creates his work from photographs, notes and memory. The backgrounds are chosen specifically to depict the "character and personality" of each bird.  Dennis continues to be a gallery favorite.

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Paige Lackey Martin

Fine Art Dolls
Clay and Fabric

Paige Martin loves to create things by hand, mostly with clay and wood. When making her dolls, she thinks about how best to make a unique figure. She multicolors the faces, hands, and feet, then creates clothing to fit the form, and handmade jewelry to fit the doll's personality. I think it is each doll's distinct personality that draws me in. Is it the green hair I like best? Or the faces with split color? Or the uniquely styled outfits? Whatever it is, these dolls are all around intriguing. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bob Francisco

The Orchard
oil on canvas

For artist Bob Francisco, the American Mountain Southland serves as the primary source of inspiration. He uses a layering process that allows him to depict intricate color and detail. His reverence for the land is evident in this process and in the way he portrays his subject. Click on the image for a closer look. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Charles Nivens

Little Spot in Oregon
acrylic on canvas

Charles Nivens uses the palette knife as his tool of choice so he can sculpt the paint into his vision of an urban scene or landscape. What strikes me in his fine works are not only the brush and knife strokes but the use of vibrant color. In his own words, Chalres Nivens is a "creator and in interpreter of light, form, movement, and lots of color."

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Friday, July 13, 2012

Peace Through Piecing - Matty Porter

A Change of Heart

City Lights


Matty Porter, avid quilter, found her passion in working with textiles. Particularly, she likes the use of batiks - fabrics dyed through the use of wax. This technique results in fabric printed in bright shades of many colors. Matty's skill for her craft and eye for design are evident in these three wonderful pieces. Don't forget to click on the image for a closer look! 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mick Brandenberger

Visionary artist, Mick Brandenberger, approaches his paintings with a curvilinear perspective as if personally stepping into the imagined worlds he creates. But he doesn't leave the viewer behind as he draws you in with his exotic wonderlands that defy any particular time and space.
Click on the images for a closer look.

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Allison J. Smith

American Beauty

Atlanta artist, Allison J. Smith, has been inspired by her time in the South. She expresses emotional states through her abstract landscapes. American Beauty is a fine example of her "focus on color and subtle texture" that brings indoors the "calm contemplation experienced in nature". 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dana Johnson - Plein Air Paintings

Therapy, oil on canvas panel, 11"x14"

Plein Air, Red Barn, 10"x8", Sold

To draw out an emotional response through "scenes that are full of light and mood" is artist Dana Johnson's goal. She captures these scenes in the truest sense by painting on location.
Click on the images for a closer look.

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Luke Suttles, Photographer

Self-taught artist Luke Suttles believes that, "An artist truly appears in the vision, not in the gear or tools."

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dale Niles - Photography

Every Wednesday 

This sepia toned photograph is one of Niles' many gorgeous pieces. She captures the beauty in every day life through light, tones, objects, and people. Dale gives us a glimpse into the ritual this couple shares every Wednesday. Be sure to click on the image for a closer look. 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Andrew Bones - Sculpture

"Dia De Los Muertos" - Hand painted hydrocal (height around 5 inches)
"Owl" - Caste bronze (height around 4 inches) 
Both sculptures, one more traditional and the other more unique, by Andrew Bones of Union City. They certainly elicit strong reactions from me. A little creepy, but amazing works nonetheless! What are your reactions?? 

-Erika Mims, summer intern

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Yun Liu - Nature Manifested

Blue & Birds 
oil and linseed on board

Meditation #2
oil and linseed on board

Yun Liu creates her artwork based on the concept that nature is "manifested in all aspects of life." These two pieces are fine examples of how you can meditate on her paintings just as you would meditate in nature. I love the powerful colors! 

-Erika Mims, summer intern