Greetings from the Zen Crow Studio
I can’t believe how fast time flies these days. Already, it’s July and it seems like just yesterday I was thinking about compositions for my upcoming shows.
I’ve been busy here at the studio in Black Mountain fulfilling obligations to galleries with replenishing their inventories as well as creating works for my summer and fall shows.
On top of all that, my wife and I decided to be gardeners this year, so we built and planted two raised bed vegetable gardens. I had forgotten from our days living in Pennsylvania just how much work goes into raising crops! Keeping true to our beliefs, we are trying to be as organic as possible and eat as little GMO foods as we can.
What better way than to grow your own. We have been enjoying our efforts with salad veggies and now, with the summer growing season upon us, we anticipate delicious tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, zucchini and watermelons in a few weeks.
With all the rain we’ve received so far this summer, our veggies are doing well. Even our blueberry bushes are so loaded with immature blueberries that the branches are weighted down to the ground! In fact, everything in our landscaping is doing well… too well as shrubs are going wild and weeds seem to pop up overnight.
Here's a view of our walkway through our perennial and fern garden late this spring.
I get a lot of inspiration for my paintings by simply walking through our property here in the mountains. It's amazing how fantastically wondrous nature can be when we stop our busy lives for a few moments and take in what Nature has to offer.
Since becoming 'parents' to our rescued Tibetan Terrier, we also get to enjoy the outdoors more these days as Ellie loves to hike. One place we go to hike is Montreat, a small village right next to Black Mountain. Here is a view of some of the cool Cairns (stacked stones) we came across in a stream.
As I said before, I've been painting up a storm in the studio. My show at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville has over thirty paintings on exhibit along with several beautiful sculptures by Indiana sculptor, Clay Foster. The show runs the entire summer. If you get a chance, stop by.
I'm also exhibiting work at Greenleaf Gallery, an upscale fine arts gallery in Duck, NC located on the Outer Banks. My work is hanging with paintings by Rick Tupper.
We were fortunate to be able to stay with the gallery owners at their beach home when I delivered my paintings. The ocean with it's wide expanse of water, sea air and clean beaches provided me with a relaxing few days off from the studio. Here is a shot of how beautiful the late afternoon skies were. It kinda reminds me of an N. C. Wyeth illustration for Treasure Island.
I'm currently finishing the last painting for my August solo show at Convergence Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. This will be my third solo show in four years! I feel it will be the best yet as the paintings have a more spiritual message than previous shows. Here are two of the paintings.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
We'll be traveling to Santa Fe by car this time… a first for us. The three day road trip will be an adventure for sure, but we wanted to take our dog with us and also be able to visit with some of my artist friends and see sights we were never able to do before. The gallery show coincides with the internationally famous Indian Market that draws 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe that week. Should be interesting.
This past Spring I signed with a gallery in New Bern, NC. The Fine Arts at Baxter's Gallery is run by four great artists and will be showing a limited number of my paintings to visitors in the eastern part of North Carolina.
This fall, several of my paintings are included in a themed group show at Mill Brook Gallery in Concord, New Hampshire. The show is curated around the theme of Fall leaves - what better venue than that to show some of my Zen leaf paintings.
I have been asked to submit work once again to the Knoxville Art Museum's annual gala art auction to help raise funds for the museum. Hopefully one of my pieces will be accepted by the submission committee.
Plans are in the works for an exhibition of my paintings at the Turchin Center for the Fine Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
And just recently I was approached by the director of a prestigious Buddhist magazine to allow her to present several of my paintings' images to the editorial board for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue. More on that as it unfolds.
As always I appreciate your support and interest in my work. You are invited to visit my studio here in Black Mountain when you're in the Asheville area ( please call or email first ) or visit my website to see recent new works and peruse the paintings archives. You can also join me on Facebook and get to see fresh off the easel paintings posted as they are finished.
Zen Crow Studio
5 Sandy Branch
Black Mountain, NC 28711