Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Into the Ethereal

This is a new abstract painting I just finished. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Hope you enjoy. -JH

Monday, July 30, 2012

Deep Blue Shadows. Rio Grande Gorge, Taos, New Mexico.

This is an original acrylic painting on canvas of a New Mexico desert landscape from near Taos, New Mexico. The gorge cuts a deep canyon through the high desert of New Mexico. This is one of my favorite places to visit in NM. I hope you enjoy the piece. -JH

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Italian Orchard. Acrylic landscape painting on canvas.

This is an original 26" x 26" acrylic landscape painting on canvas of an apple orchard in full bloom at the foot of the Alps in Italy. Cloudy skies and mist hovering over the foothills. Hope you enjoy. -JH

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all had a great and burn-free 4th of July. I enjoyed the day with family and friends, and still have all fingers and eyes accounted for. Thanks to the men and women in the United States Armed Services that put their lives on the line for all of us to enjoy the freedoms that we have. And thank you to everyone who loves this country and what it stands for, and takes steps to ensure those freedoms are not encroached upon or taken away. All the best...  JH

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Peaceful Rhythms

This painting is of a scene from the desert outside of Taos, New Mexico. The Rio Grande flows through the countryside, rolling amongst the sagebrush and cactus in the high desert. 18" x 18" original acrylic painting on canvas.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cherry Blossom Days

This is a new piece I finished of Cherry trees in blossom during the spring. Acrylic painting on canvas. 18" x 18", Hope you enjoy. Cheers.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

London Calling, Autumn

This is an original oil painting on canvas of the London skyline at night during autumn. City lights with the Thames River in the foreground and St. Paul's Cathedral in the distance. London is an amazing city to visit and the fall months makes the experience even more magical. The city has amazing history, art, food and culture and leaves an indelible mark on everyone who visits. Hope you enjoy the piece. -JH

Monday, April 23, 2012

Windy City Autumn

I just wrapped this piece up of the skyline of Chicago during the autumn. It's a 38" x 26" acrylic on canvas painting. The Willis Tower / Sears Tower dominates the background with fall foliage on the trees in the foreground. Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas.

I visited the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Arkansas recently and was very impressed with the collections there. I have posted a few images of some of the pieces that moved me, but there are so many there to be inspired by. Works from the Colonial era, 19th Century Art, Modern and Contemporary Art. There is something there for everyone to enjoy. For this caliber of museum to be located in Bentonville, Arkansas is a gift to everyone who is fortunate enough to be able to visit the museum and see the works that so many people don't have the privilege of seeing in person.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Iconic Painting 'The Scream' Expected to Fetch $80 Million at New York Auction

Marisa Krystian | Apr 12, 2012 1:36pm EDT | 3min:14sec

It's one of the most iconic images in art history and popular culture and now 'The Scream' is up for sale - to anyone with a spare 80 million U.S. dollars.

Norwegian artist Edvard Munch painted four versions of the famous image in the 1890s. Three are in a museum, the other has been in Norway's Olsen family for 70 years, until now.

The father of current owner Petter Olsen was a friend and patron of Munch and the proceeds from the sale will be used to create a new gallery in Norway dedicated to the artist.

The painting, on display at Sotheby's in London, was done in 1895 and is the most colourful of Munch's four scream compositions. It's also the only one to feature a hand-painted poem by Munch on the frame.

Sotheby's Senior Director Philip Hook said it's the most important work the auction house has handled.

"It's the beginning of man sort of looking in on himself as opposed to painting the outside of himself - i.e. nature and it is the ultimate first image of angst and anxiety," adding, "It's the alienation of modern man. Actually, it's the face that launched a thousand therapists."

When it comes to famous paintings, many in the art world consider 'The Scream' second only to the Mona Lisa.

It's expected to attract significant interest from elite art buyers and reach it's expected 80 million USD price tag, when it goes to auction in New York on May 2.

"It's certainly going to appeal to someone who wants one of the ultimate images of our history and is going to have the opportunity to own the only version that is not in a museum," Hook told Reuters.

Two of the three versions in museums have been targeted by thieves in the past. One, in Norway's national gallery, was stolen in 1994 and recovered three months later. Another was stolen from the Munch museum in Oslo in 2004 and found two years later.

Hook said great pains have been taken to provide security for the painting which has never been shown in London before and hasn't been on public display since 1979.

"Well I think we're always concerned about the works of art that we sell and particularly so with this one because of its rarity and because of the sheer fame of the image. It has in the past been attractive to theft but we're confident we've got measures in place that will protect it."

Works from other famous artists will be auctioned alongside 'The Scream', including paintings by surrealist Salvador Dali.

'Sleeping Girl' by pop artist Roy Lichenstein is expected to sell for 30-40 million USD and Andy Warhol's 'Double Elvis' is expected to go for between 30 and 50 million USD.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Autumn in Amsterdam

I just finished this 20x26 landscape painting of a canal scene during the autumn in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is wonderful city to visit in the fall. Beautiful, peaceful canals, quiet streets and alleyways shrouded with bright autumn foliage. Amsterdam is a great city to visit and a fun city to paint. I hope you enjoy this piece.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New City/Landscape

This is a new painting I finished of the Gapstow Bridge from Central Park, NYC. It's been a few years since I've been there, but it has left an indelible mark on my heart. I spent 10 of the best days of my life in Manhattan during the autumn with the summer heat waning and the autumn slowly moving in. I hope you enjoy it. All the best. JH

Friday, February 10, 2012

Evening Saguaro

This is a new acrylic painting on canvas, 38" x 38" of a desert landscape from the area near Phoenix, Arizona. Setting sun, sky on fire, Saguaro standing silent in the desert. Hope you enjoy. - JH

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Art

I've been working on a few pieces recently. I usually work on one piece at a time, but I want to see if working on more than one piece allows me to see the work differently, or to transition from one to the next and not just focus on one piece from start to finish. Many of my artist friends, especially abstract artists, work on more than one painting at a time, so I want to see what, if any, effect it has on my work. I find it interesting switching from landscape to abstract, to wildlife... hopefully it will spark a new vision. I'll post some of the new work when it's been imaged. Take care! JH

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A weekend of art and cooking

I had a nice weekend of painting and cooking. Yesterday evening I made beef bourguignon for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I then had a late night of painting on a desert landscape piece. It's a scene of New Mexico from the desert outside of Santa Fe. All-in-all it was a great, relaxing weekend. I hope you all had a splendid one as well!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Drifter

I just finished painting this piece. I wanted to mix things up and paint another animal. I was always enamored with these guys out in nature. When I lived in Santa Fe, I'd fall asleep at night to the sounds of the coyotes out in the desert. Such a beautiful and alarming sound to hear a pack of these drifters shattering the silence of the night. Hope you enjoy. Cheers.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Into the Outer

I finished this abstract painting today. Hope you enjoy it. Cheers.