The National Park Service has just commissioned me to paint a huge panorama (five feet wide) of the Chattahoochee River to hang in the park headquarters. It will be a centerpiece of an exhibit celebrating the National Park Centennial. Unveiling will be at park headquarters this fall! (Preview unveiling on July 4th weekend at the Cumming/Preston house). Stay tuned!
Here are the paintings that impressed the National Park Service and got me the job.
“Sycamores at Jones Bridge”, pastel, 16″x20″ SOLD
“Jones Bridge October glare”, pastel 14″x11″ SOLD
Just finished these two new illustrations for my Paul Petzoldt story to be published in the NOLS alumni summer edition. My account of “the real” Paul Petzoldt on a 10 day winter climb in 1975 is pending approval by NOLS before publication. Stay tuned…
A mountain man of epic proportions, Paul Petzoldt (1908-1999) was America’s most important Mountaineer. Those of us who knew him and climbed with him, loved him because of his contradictory personality. I always thought of him as an iconoclastic, nonconformist, an “outlaw” in the best sense of western rugged individualism; a ‘Merle Haggard” of American Alpinism if you like.
Saturday afternoon set a new record for my career (since I left the AJC). I sold fourteen paintings (of 22 available) and got two new commissions (yay!). Here are a couple of shots of happy art patrons. THANK YOU all who showed up and GRANDE MERCI ! for those who bought art.
Eddie Latimer and his fiancé Barbara with their painting
Their painting is of the same scene of the photo but in winter!
John Martin (son of AJC legend Harold Martin) and his portrait at his 1929 home Tate.
Stay tuned info for an upcoming exhibit of my courtroom art 1978-2012 at the Acworth Cultural Arts C onenter opening in June.
For those who are on the mountain tomorrow, stop by the Cumming/Preston house to visit and see live art in person! Half the paintings sold already via Facebook but if you’re a serious art collector, get there at 3:00 for first choice.
“November cloud study”, 21/5″x31/5″, pastel on paper
This is the largest painting I’ve ever done. (30″x40″ matted). It’s based on another smaller cloud study that Bo Emerson bought . It looks more impressive in person. It is included in my show at the Cumming/Preston house on April 23. Stay tuned…
Answers to Monday’s “puzzler” (the 8 Olympic runners in the 1977 Peachtree Road Race) : left to right, Jeff Galloway, Frank Shorter, Neil Kussack, Don Kardong, Ed Leddy, Lasse Viren, Kenny Moore, Bill Rodgers. Only track nuts would care about that one.
This drawing was a commission for an Atlanta dentist/runner in 1977 . These were the 8 Olympians who competed in the 1977 Peachtree Road Race. One clue; the runner on the left is Atlanta’s own Jeff Galloway.
My son and I discovered this fading print yesterday while editing thousands of original paintings and drawings in boxes (for my upcoming book “The Art of News”). Answers to come on my next blog post. Anybody who can name even half of these famous Olympians qualifies as a certified track and field fanatic of the 1970s.
Trevor and I have lived through illustration history in Atlanta since the late 1970s. We both experienced working as artists at CNN at it’s beginning in 1980. Yesterday we caught up and recollected the good-old days of print media. Checkout his website at www.irvinproductions.com
Also, coming soon, I’m editing 28 years of original paintings and drawings published in the AJC for an art book /retrospective of my illustrated news images from 1980 to 2008. STAY TUNED!
“Kenneth”, pastel on paper, 14″x11″
Arguably the most competent man on the mountain, the gestalt of Tate Mountain.
Sans lui, tout s’arrête .