Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sold Painting

Thank you to the Sunset family of Ft. Collins for Purchasing "Lunar Light".  A great addition for a great family.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NocturneArts Sale GOING ON NOW

Well, it's that time of year again.  Hollidays are aproaching, money is getting tight.  Let's have a sale.

I have had all these pieces for far to long and i want them gone.  The paintings are available at these prices for a limited time.  If you are interested, e-mail me at michael.ryan.nocturnearts@gmail.com or call me at 970-599-8722.  I can ship these anywhere in the United States.

Prices and Information are next to the pieces.  If you have any questions or comments, please visit NocturneArts on Facebook and drop us a line.  Thanks.

Front-range Meadow--Original Oil on Canvas 48"x30"---regular $795  SALE---$400




"Lunar Light"  Original Oil on Masonite 48x48---regular $695---Sale $395



"Front-range Horizon"---Original Oil on Canvas---30x40---regular $795  sale $495



"Big Sky Energy"---original oil on canvas---48x60---regular $1295--Sale  $795



"Dutch Morning"--original Oil on Canvas  40x30---regular $795 Sale $495



"An Exercise in Tonalism"--Original oil on Masonite---  regular $495  Sale  $295



Contact me at Michael.ryan.nocturnearts@gmail.com or 970-599-8722

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Brief Summary of My Favorite Images of the Last Few Years

Here are some images that track my progression as an artist over the last few years.  I am really excited about what is coming in the future.  Just for kicks, I wanted to revisit my paintings in a timeline.

While a Student







2009-2010





2011- NocturneArts is Created









 Those are some of my favorites...stay tuned for more

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The never-ending paintings

I have come to realize that my paintings have no real state of completion.  The last week or so, I haven't been working my day job, so it was time to attack some of my previous works.  I was sitting on my floor contemplating which one of my paintings that i should re-evaluate when the thought came to me that this "re-evaluation" process is essential to the development of each of my paintings.

My process for creating and selling art is a "trial and error" type symbiotic relationship between myself, the viewer, the buyer and my own insufferable obssessions.  Typically I will work on a piece until I feel it is complete, or can serve some purpose for me.  I will then try to put the work on display either on my wall or somewhere where a potential buyer might make an inquiry.  example of first stage work.



I hung up these two pieces separately at a gallery for a good 5 months before deciding to pull them down and think on them for a while.  As I became bored and conflicted with the imagery of the two examples, i re-evaluated them.  Through frustration and stagnant artistic boredome, I began to change them.  First with spraypaint and oil pastels.  What resulted was one interesting piece that I talked about in my last post:



This painting then sat in the corner of my studio as I subconciously obssessed about it's lack of completeness.
I once again got bored and took the piece into the studio.  I begun to change it to work as a dyptic with the other piece above.

Here is a picture of my studio so far:



The two pieces together will have a nice feel and sensibility.  I feel like I have been planning the pairing since i created the two separate peices together.  I am always amazed at the results that come from potentially risky behavior both in the studio and in life.  When you see a painting of mine, there are usually several versions of the painting buried in the paint.  Every layer adds to the texture and life of the painting.  Its artistic karma.

BTW:  The painting on the eisel on the floor used to be this painting:




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Painting. "A Rebirth" 48x48 OIL, Spraypaint, Acrylic, Oil Pastel

So to coincide with my own personal re-birth, I have decided that it is only appropriate to re-invent a piece of mine.
Here is the story.  Beloved friends and owners of Creative Spirits have decided that the city of Fort Collins can not support a business such as theirs and henceforth decided to close their doors.  This was my only representation in Fort Collins.  I had a large number of pieces there waiting to be sold.  And due to my great success as a selling artist, I had to remove those large number of pieces from the gallery.

As an homage to the rebirth of those beloved friends, and my own personal journey through life, self-evaluation and re-invention, I took a piece that did not sell, and decided to burn it down.  Figuratively.  Here was the piece at it's finished state.


I was really quite proud of this piece.  It has a softness and a certain monumentality due to its 48x48 size. 

Over time, while addressing my own confusion as to my personal identity as an artist.  I decided that it was time to revisit my roots.  While many of my pieces seem traditional in temperament, they were composed with the same artistic ethic that once inhibited my soul.  I used to use spraypaint and graffiti elements, many drawing supplies (and the knowledge of their use i aquired over seven succesfull years of being a loly art student) and any other thing i had lying around.  So in honor of all of these things, I bought the spraypaint, dug up some other things and created this out of the above piece.



Sometimes you have to break out of a funk, by just saying :FUCK IT