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ARTIST OF THE DAY …..KEN OTSUKA

Today's post is artist Ken Otsuka. His art provides the joy and serenity of nature. Following is a link to view how he prepares to paint. https://youtu.be/i1NKNyOQSSE Copy and paste into your browser to gain a connection to Ken's creative process. Due to COVID-19 we find ourselves in a type of hibernation until this virus gets under control. I will attempt to publish daily on my website, facebook and instagram a snippet from different artists in whatever format they are willing to share. Artists are fortunate to be able to work from home. Be well and be responsible. Thank you. Terry 24 Highland Ave., Manchester, Vt. 05255 802-362-3022 www.tilting.com tilting@tilting.com
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SUNDAY ANDREW ORR

Today's post is treasured landscape artist Andrew Orr sharing the beginning of a painting in Northern Vermont where he lives!! I hope to sell the finished product when it is dry and framed!!! Andrew shares the following: "In the studio, the past several days, I have been working out some ideas for a new painting of Jay Peak not far from where I live. The snow is starting to fade, though certainly much snow still exists in the higher areas. I am combining two images, along with some sketches which I think will make a better painting. I have also been exploring some color ideas to come up with what I think will be a pleasing palette. I selected Orange, Green Cyan or Blue Green and Violet as my base tones. Once I figure out how those colors will mix, I can add black and white to lighten values, or darken values. The addition of black will also calm the colors down somewhat. My aim is to create a painting where the viewer feels as though they are standing in the colder shadows of a hillside looking out onto the brightly and warmly, lit Jay Peak. I am aiming for a later in the day feeling. The small sketch is a 4 x 5 which I will scale up into a 16 x 20 painting. Not sure I am there yet, but at least the ideas are rolling around." Hopefully I will have access to the progress of Jay Peak and send to you via the website! Be well and be responsible. Thank you. Terry 24 Highland Ave., Manchester, Vt. 05255 802-362-3022 www.tilting.com tilting@tilting.com
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TODAY HONORING DOUG SMITH

Today I wish to share West Coast artist Doug Smith who has in the past few years with Tilting built a large East Coast collector base. Also feel free to click on following link to see Doug in action! Bio..................................... Born in San Francisco, Doug Smith’s artwork is a clear nod to the Bay Area Figurative Movement that flourished during his midcentury youth. His pieces suggest the aesthetic of Richard Diebenkorn as well as the reassuring rural imagery of American regionalism. This inspiration and his years as a graphic designer/art director, allow Smith to focus on strong organization, color, balance and texture in his paintings. Doug combines the exuberance of abstract expressionism and the arresting intimacy of the realistically familiar. Traditional farmhouses and weathered barns punctuate his vast planes that have his key elements of color, line and texture. The compositions evoke enduring themes of the American West including boundless optimism and wistful nostalgia as well as nature’s randomness in humankind’s ordered domesticity. They suggest the endless agrarian mosaics observed from an airplane and archetypical homestead that mostly appear in memory. Smith’s pieces also have moods and emotions that evoke a timelessness and a sense of vast distance and space. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the United States, including a 2014 solo exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Arizona. In 2013 his work was exhibited along with other American artists at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Smith has paintings in the permanent collections of the Rockwell Museum in New York and the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia. Decades ago, he found this interesting agrarian anonymous quote: “Man, despite his sophistication and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a 6-inch layer of top soil and the fact that it rains.” SADLY WE ARE PRESENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well. Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave
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HONORED TODAY IS JOHN TRAYNOR

In July of 2019 John Traynor and Craig Pursley gave a live tutorial on painting a portrait inside Tilting at Windmills Gallery. In four hours, while answering questions each artist produced amazing results. I am sharing a video of John painting his wonderful wife and a view of his amazing palette! Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSY1UBsqVJw Bio............. John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961. Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown. He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy. John spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, startingat the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy. Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows, in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities with galleries Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston. John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, Hawaii and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings. John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture. His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work. People are often reminded of moments in their life or memories of the past. John is inspired by the nature he sees around him whether it is the flowers from his gardens, people in his life or the landscape outdoors. Traynor’s interpretation of his subject matter is influenced from artists of the past. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a richness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style. John’s works are on display in several galleries across North America. Studio Work – Works of art range from 9 by 12-inch miniatures to 40- by 50-foot murals. Painting outdoors on location is a primary source of inspiration for Traynor’s landscapes. Smaller paintings are finished indoors, or used as studies for larger works painted in his studio. Portraits are painted on a commissioned basis in his studio or the home of the person or persons to be portrayed.   SADLY WE ARE PRESENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well. Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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FRIDAY we SALUTE BRETT VARNEY

Brett has been with the gallery for several years and brightened many homes with his happy and colorful mixed media originals. Following is link to his process that is fascinating. Thank you Brett for your creative mind and efforts. https://youtu.be/ob_AclqTJ1c Bio............. My inspiration is born from the works of the Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists – Think Van Gogh meets Kandinsky at Gustave Klimt’s house. I am fascinated by the ability of intense color and texture of line to convey an emotional expression from the artist to the viewer. Working with vivid color oil pastel, I create images that are recognizable to welcome the viewer into the scene. “Color is power that directly influences the soul.” — Kandinsky By using the hand cut metallic leaf on some of my works , I have stepped up the energy level of these pieces with the reflective brilliance that only a metallic surface can provide. I draw because it makes me feel good and energized, and I want the viewer to experience that same energy that inspires me to create. My use of black outlines around the shapes are deliberate and necessary and intend only to define and intensify the emotion of my work. My imagery is taken from my travels and from my mind’s eye. I want a finished work that I can proudly say purely represents my vision. Background My artistic background begins with illustrating a magazine named “Corny”  in grade 5 – it had a distribution of one, myself. My family and I were involved in the art industry from early on. We sold hand-coloured etchings and pastel drawings by my step-mother to galleries and directly to the public at various arts festivals. After graduation (1988) from the University of Washington in Seattle, where I grew up, I moved to Bellingham WA. My full-time art started there. I originally specialized in original serigraph printmaking. In 1997, I took up oil pastel drawing as my medium of choice and discovered a new freedom of drawing spontaneously versus the meticulously planned out serigraph stencil making and printing.     In 2007, My partner and I moved North and settled on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast and later were granted Citizenship. The move to BC has been quite inspiring, so much so, that I find that my style shifted slightly more toward a abstracted landscape view. The colours are deeper and the elements of design are more freestyle. To this day I continue on the family tradition of selling my original art and reproductions directly to the public through juried art festivals in Canada and the US as well as through private galleries and my home studio in Sechelt BC SADLY WE ARE PRESENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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A PEEK INSIDE TILTING

Here is your Saturday "PEEK" inside Tilting! I am busily framing and preparing to change the gallery from a winter feeling to a spring expression! Hopefully each video will satisfy your art cravings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCotpLY6DVg SADLY WE ARE REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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TODAY SUSAN VALENTINE

Monday finds us looking at another month of containment.  During this time if you pay any attention to these blogs that I am posting, you will end up knowing the individual artists quite well.  Today Susan Valentine shares her studio and some of her art on video.  Please copy and paste to your browser to view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqnnL1kPqbk SADLY WE ARE REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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GERALD LUBECK HONORS TILTING’S POST TODAY

GERALD LUBECK is sorely missed and still satisfies our painting needs. Gerald L. Lubeck was born in 1942, in Long Branch, New Jersey. During his high school days at Westfield Senior High School, he participated in numerous art and sports related activities. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to the National Academy of Design in New York City. He studied with Maxwell S. Simpson of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Lajos Markos of New York City. Gerald spent two years as a medic in the U.S. Army. The year he spent in Vietnam enabled his to befriend many Vietnamese people, many of whom were subjects of his paintings. His service in Vietnam and his work as an iron worker never detracted form his painting. While realism has always dominated his works, he is always experimenting with different media and approaches to all subject matter. His work is disciplined primarily by time constraints and mood. The artist resides in Vermont with his wife Nancy and daughter Sandra. Gerald will be forever thankful that his parents, mentors, and friends never pushed him toward fake goals in painting or life. He believes that his work has been influenced by as many unknowns as masters. He is especially fond of the freedom of thought and style expressed by children. He has received over fifty awards, most of which were “First Place” or “Best in Show”. His One Man Exhibitions, held each February, continue to be highly successful and well attended by his many admiring collectors. Tilting at Windmills Gallery is pleased to be the exclusive gallery, for more that 30 years, for the original oil paintings done by this important artist. Please copy and paste to your browser to view some of Jerry's oils. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUtZ8Y_Rm5E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sribcL5csw Tilting at Windmills Gallery is pleased to be the exclusive gallery for Gerald Lubeck for over 45 years. SADLY WE ARE REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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SUSAN BUDASH SHARES WHAT IS ON HER EASEL TODAY

Susan tells her story: I was born and raised in Chicago and first began to display an interest in the creative arts while in elementary school.  My parents, recognizing a talent, enrolled me in three years of weekly oil painting classes with Jack Simmerling, the accomplished Chicago landmark water colorist. Majoring in art during high school, I was awarded an Illinois State Scholastic Fine Arts Award.  Following high school graduation I continued oil painting, while pursuing a career in the computer field.  From 1990 to 1997, I earned a BFA in Printmaking and an MA in Contemporary Art History at the State University of New York at Buffalo. My studying Modern Art History and further applying that knowledge in creating art, with conventional and non-conventional materials was stimulating and enjoyable, but it left me feeling unfulfilled and unchallenged as an artist. In less than five years I was provided an opportunity to twice visit Italy and see its magnificent art collection. The genesis of this esthetic experience instilled in me a quest not only to return to Traditional Painting, but also to actively seek out the archival methods and materials used by the Old Masters and apply them to my own creative expression. In so doing, I’ve discovered my creative voice. With the completion of my MA, I opened my first studio, which has provided me with years of creative challenges and accomplishments.  My creative voice has always been inspired by the techniques and methods of the Classical Master Artists.  Much of what I’ve learned about their methods is self-taught. My work has been published in many publications, most notably American Art Collector Magazine (2010 and 2013), as well as having exhibited in numerous national juried shows.  I give painting workshops, demos and teach private instruction in the old oil painting methods known as Indirect Oil Painting. Susan has entertained us with many of her mason jar series that have found their way to new homes.  The painting shown is the first step in her process with a block in monochromatic.  This is from Amelia Island, GA. SADLY WE ARE REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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KURT MEYER EBERHARDT 1895 -1977

Today we honor Kurt Meyer Eberrhardt.   Mr. Eberhardt is one of my very favorite etching artists!  His use of line in his rivals any in my book.  He captured my heart when I first saw his depictions of Hares and chicks.  Kurt Meyer Eberhardt is one of the most famous and revered artists of dogs and cats ever. He was born in 1895 in Leipzig, Germany and died in Munich in 1977. After having studied at the Weimar Academy of Arts, he moved to Munich in 1918.. At the Weimar Academy OF Fine art, where he had become A student under the artists Theodor Hagen and Lionel Feininger. He rejected A professorship at Weimar .In 1926 he held his last exhibition in the "New Secession."His work has been published by the Hanfstaengl Publishing Company in Munich, London and New York since 1917. He was a staunch individualist who rejected the offer of a professorship in Weimar because he valued his independence too much. The only thing he wanted was to continue depicting his beloved dogs, cats and other animals. The prints shown here have been hand printed in color from the original plates. The printer applies the different colored inks to the plate, following the original patterns and directions as given by the artist himself.  SADLY WE ARE REMAIN CLOSED TO VISITORS. Please call for virtual tours and simple questions. Thank you and be well.   Terry Contact Us Email tilting@tilting.com Phone 802-362-3022 Address 24 Highland Ave Manchester Center, VT 05255
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