Book Ends

My golf post from April 18 was the left bookend.  This post is the right one.  What does that have to do with golf?  Well, April 18th was the first day that I tried to play golf since my shoulder surgery repair.   That day, I practiced on the driving range.  I didn’t try to play until April 24.  April 24 was a practice round at the Legends of Massillon.  It was practice but I was trying to score just as I had on so many other times….for years.  I felt pretty good because I retained some of the lessons from Deepak Chopra’s book.  It worked.  I was pretty happy but another trip the the DR proved to be too much for the healing shoulder.  I had to lay off for a while to recover again.

The spring and summer came and I was OK with my play on the course but it wasn’t what I was hoping for.  My scoring average was like it had been in prior years.  I played with friends in my age range that were playing with clubs with  a senior flex shaft.  I thought I might try that too because they were doing so much better than I was doing.  I wanted what they had and I was willing to pay for it.  So, I went to the golf club fitter to see what he had to say.  I took my driver to establish a baseline clubhead speed.  The club fitter gave me several demo clubs with a variety of shafts of varying flex even ones with senior  flex.  None of the clubs produced a clubhead speed as good as my current driver.  In fact, the senior flex shafts produced a very strong hook off the practice tee.  Long story short, I walked out of the store with the same drive I came in with. Continue reading Book Ends

Exhibiting in NYC

If you have been watching you might have noticed New York City in some of my artwork. That is because there is something about New York City that has taken hold of me.  My love of the New York City began more than 30 years ago when I saw the musical “Cats” on Broadway. It became stronger when in 1999 my daughter moved there to work for the Jim Henson Company. The excitement of NYC coincided with the development of my second career as a watercolor artist.  Not sure if this is a “chicken or egg” issue.  Which came first? No matter what,  I am always ready to collect resource material with my sketchbook and camera to add to my New York City body of work.

Bette O’Neil-Roderick, a correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal and a freelance travel writer wrote a feature story about my feelings for New York City in the September 2014 Arts Issue of Akron Live Magazine. The story entitled Painting the Town, chronicled my attachment to art, my inspiration and influences, my choice of watercolor as my go-to media and my pursuit of every day scenes of New York. Continue reading Exhibiting in NYC

Singular Sensation

This is what someone who knows me well has to say.  

So much of this is the result of the critique group that I attended with Bette Elliott and the accomplished artists that were there too.

Ted loves capturing seemingly forgettable moments and extracting their elements to construct something brand new.  Through his constant observations of the world around him, Ted often wonders what is going on beneath the surface.  Is an everyday scene truly just a forgettable moment or could it be something more?  By taking elements from various settings and unifying them in his artwork, Ted transforms what was, into a singular moment of what could have been.  Ted believes that art takes our common experience and expands the reality into something greater.  After all, isn’t that what art is all about?

Ted applies this belief not only to his pieces that feature New York City but also to artwork based on locations throughout the world.  He appreciates the many opportunities he has had to observe while traveling throughout North and South America, Africa, Europe  and Asia. He looks forward to the future, to further expanding reality by creating singularly spectacular moments that exist in his art.

Ted offers private art lessons for those just starting out to accomplished artists.  He also teaches composition and design at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio.

More from a while ago

My artwork is the result of being in the moment when I travel and when I paint.  I use everyday events as my palette and my camera my “net”.  I catch people in landmark (mostly) locations doing what they do, living their lives.  There is a sense of wonder for me in each painting.  The painting, 30 ROCK II is one of those paintings.

 

30 ROCK II arose from one of many trips to New York City.  There are so many locations in the City that are meaningful but, Rockefeller Center is one that is unique in that so many “moments” occur there every second.  The NYC mounted police happened to be present that day and I took a number of photographs of them in different locations about the Center.  I was particularly happy with the two mounties that remain in the painting but a large portion of the scene was foreground with a large Dodge truck blocking the crowd behind it.

I’m comfortable using my artistic license to tell my story in the way that I want it to be told.  Fortunately for me, a crowd of youngsters was queued up at a nearby food cart.   I merged the images into a coherent composition that resulted in the finished painting. See the two images below and continue to wonder how lucky I was that spring day some time ago.

Choosing the subject matter is the easy part of creating fine art but, designing and composing a piece is the essential ingredient.

              

What about the exhibits in 2017?

I’m happy to say that 2017 has been one of my proudest in terms of the recognition received for the artwork that I have created.  Most recently the May edition had me entering a local show and a statewide show.  The local show, the May Show at the North Canton Little Art Gallery and the statewide show, the Ohio Watercolor Society Watercolor Ohio 2017.

The good news is that I was “juried-in” in both of them and I won a prize in the local show. The judging wasn’t as kind to me as I had hoped for in the statewide show.  But, I won the honor of my piece, 30 Rock III, traveling the state of Ohio with the road show of the Ohio Watercolor Society 2017 edition.  The show had a great beginning at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Then it is off to parts that I may never see but hope that the patrons in those parts enjoy that piece as much as I did creating it in the first place.  

But, wait, the season is not yet over.  There is one more exhibit that is a little bigger than the May Show and a little smaller than the OWS show.  It is the Stark County Artists Exhibit at the Massillon Museum.  I’m happy to report that I was accepted this year while I was not accepted last year.  I was not eligible to enter the 30 Rock III piece since it was on the road not to be back for a year.  But my first output of 2017, Riding the Bike Lane II, is home from the exhibit in Gallery + at the 78th Street Studios in Cleveland.  It was entered via on-line portal and has been accepted.  Now the waiting for the judging begins.  Delivery to the Museum  is November 19.  I will be away on international travel until then and have reached out to a friend to have her deliver my entry along with hers.   That is a long running show and the results may not be available until 2018.  Stay tuned