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Sept 2017

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“Beauty is an ultimate value—something that we pursue for its own sake, and for the pursuit of which no further reason need be given. Beauty should therefore be compared to truth and goodness, one member of a trio of ultimate values which justify our rational inclinations.” ~ Sir Roger Scruton
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We have a girl!

Biggest news is we now have a month old daughter! Miriam or Mira for short! She's doing really well, probably better than us. Two adults available at your every whim, someone to rock you to sleep each night, (insert toilet humor here), eight meals a day... I suppose it's what we all miss deep in the recesses of memory. From the outset life promised us such pampering, then came waves of reality communicating we weren't the center of the universe. But for now, enjoy it my child! Here she is...

Gearing up

I'll be back on the road this weekend. First stop Indianapolis! If you'd like to see my schedule just scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter. It's looking to be 5 shows over the course of 6 weekends. Am I prepared? Not in the slightest.

A big one

I love working larger. There is something that happens when a painting becomes 16"x20" or larger. It moves beyond the size of what we normally see on a wall or mantle. It becomes its own object. It commands attention and nods to the masterpieces of old most of which are massive. There are many reasons why I paint. One of those "concept triggers" is epiphany concerning unity in the created order. It's as though God says, "See what I did there?" "Did you not know?" I am overtaken with wonder, awe in those revelations of interconnectedness. "Floccule" as the title suggests, is about the woolen, the downy. From the dyed woolen textile base, to the sheep skin, to the linen garment, to the cotton, to the willow, and lastly to the skin with its tiny hair follicles coating us in well, fuzz, it all flows together.

The Big Bro

"Ernest hold her" he says. And for about 1.5 seconds he does. Then he pushes her away as though discarding a toy. I snapped this photo fast! He's still figuring it out.
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
A bit of history. Here is a piece I made during my college days when I was just setting out. I cleaned an office at night and would bring my paints and do a little homework. Two points for anyone who can name the artist's work who inspired me during this time.
Penrod Arts Fair
Indianapolis, IA
Sept. 9

Autumn and Art
Wichita, KS
Sept. 15-17

Plaza Art Fair
KC, MO
Sept. 22-24

St James Court Art Show
Louisville, KY
Oct. 6-8

August 2017

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Beauty is the goodness of God made known to the senses. ~D. Willard
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Hej!

My show "Ancora Imparo" opens today, August 5th! The reception will be held from 5p-7p and it will include a brief artist talk. It's all taking place in The Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg, KS (little Sweden hence my salutation). There you can see a painting of mine from 1997. It's brutal. It's so bad, I didn't even think it was mine when asked if it was. We all start somewhere... Please be in attendance if possible!

You win some you lose some.

A reality of art festivals, and to a greater extent art as a living, is the changing nature of it. This year for example, in March, I was best of show and sold a tremendous amount of work. A couple of weeks ago, I took a loss for an extended trip. I didn't even make back my expenses. There is affirmation, and discouragement. I am reminded of the words of Job, "Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Struggle, I think we can agree, is not always fruitless, in fact, it produces growth if we allow ourselves to be refined by it. I've asked myself many valuable questions in this season. It tempers my resolve in a way that ease never will. It is not without purpose. Nothing is.

Family growth

It's baby time. We're going in for a scheduled birth August 7 (unless she decides earlier is better). Expect some baby pictures next month. If you can't wait until then... Keep close contact via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

One piece

When you make an 11 day art trip and then come home to prepare for your child's coming, and frame a bunch of older works for an exhibition, you finish one piece for the month. Here it is. It's already spoken for, but I wanted to share something so you didn't think I was a complete sluggard.

Bibs and bigger things

Ernest IV is talking quite a bit. It's enjoyable trying to figure out what he's saying. Sentences are beginning to emerge. We visited City Arts for the opening of Bibs and Forks, where one of my pieces was selected for this "food invitational." Hear all about it from Curt Clonts on NPR. Also, having need of his crib for our coming daughter, we graduated Ernest IV to a big boy bed. He thinks there are whales on his sheets. How cute. Even with a railing he's fallen out once. Not bad. Thanks Poppy for the gift!
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
Commission season is nearing! If we've talked about the possibility of a commission portrait or painting now is the time to secure your spot for 2017. Follow this link to sign up!
Penrod Arts Fair
Indianapolis, IA
Sept. 9

Autumn and Art
Wichita, KS
Sept. 15-17

Plaza Art Fair
KC, MO
Sept. 22-24

St James Court Art Show
Louisville, KY
Oct. 6-8

June 2017

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Art is not handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. ~Tolstoy
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Greetings

Three weekends of shows in June! Mighty busy. I remember thinking how relieved I was to not be moving (2 times) and to be doing an art fair. Now I will be relieved to finish doing art fairs (briefly) in order to have a baby. Should I live to see the end of 2017, it will definitely have been a refining year. Thanks for being a part of it and tracking with me through it. Here are some new collectors! Congrats!

Go East My Son

July will see me over to a lovely show next to Lake Michigan. Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is July 8-9. The following weekend, I'll be setting up in State College, Pennsylvania. I've often been encouraged to take my paintings East. The idea being: My work is more traditional/historical and should have a greater appeal in the older parts of the country. We shall see. Check back with me next month for a full report of my findings.

Birger Sandzen Gallery

Almost a year and a half ago I was given an invitation to display my work at this prestigious gallery in Lindsborg. Haven't heard of Lindsborg? Follow this link to check out "Little Sweden." My exhibition is titled Ancora Imparo. Many of you will already know the meaning of the phrase but if not, it's roughly translated, "still learning." The show will feature works I've made over the last 20 years and chronicle the growth I've experienced while painting. Each painting is a tutor, and I've got much to learn yet. We are all a work in progress, a very exciting prospect. The opening reception (including artist talk) will take place Aug. 5.

Paintings drying

I just finished up "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" I still smell soap after making this painting. Do you need a bar of soap? I'll send you one. Perhaps even one of the very bars that posed for this painting. Simply reply to this email with a mailing address. While you are patiently waiting for your soap to arrive feel free to check the website for new work!

Papa, Combine, Wheat, Stuck, Oh no!

Ernest IV got his first taste of Summer wheat harvest. It was a magical world to a boy just shy of 2 years old. As the title of this suggests, the combine harvester did get stuck in the mud and now Ernest has a story to tell you in four words. His other narrative is "Ball, White, Wahwah, Oh no!" Twenty points to whoever can figure that one out. Here is the lad perched on his massive green chariot surveying the amber waves of grain.
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
Did you miss this one? As I finish works I occasionally post them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. "Vanitas" sold in minutes. Stay on top of the newest work in an instant and call dibs on your favorite.
Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
St. Joseph, MI
July 8-9

Central PA Festival of the Arts
State College, PA
July 13-16


Penrod Arts Fair
Indianapolis, IA
Sept. 9

Autumn and Art
Wichita, KS
Sept. 15-17
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May 2017

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The beautiful is as useful as the useful. More so perhaps...
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Relief... kind of

All moves complete. (sigh) Is this our forever house? I hope so. Moving a family and a workplace is exhausting. (Twice) I'm so grateful to have tremendous support from family and friends without which it would have been impossible. Many thanks to those of you who helped. We can begin to settle if settling means five art fairs in the next eight weeks. Am I coming to your town/region? Check out the list on the bottom of the page! I will be in Kansas City at Prairie Village THIS WEEKEND! KC Friends, I hope to see you there!

Sweet, sweet Northern exposure

As a painter, a studio with a North facing window is prized. This was a requirement as we were looking for a house. Why so? Simply, you receive good consistent indirect sunlight during daylight hours (For those of us in the Northern hemisphere). Direct sunlight never falls inside the room which can drastically alter the light inside. This is critical avoid as I attempt to match values and color with accuracy. While I haven't properly broken in the new home studio yet, it was glorious to work in it today even if it was just on the computer. Mind you, I've been working in a dim basement for over a year. Natural light is good. All the light bulbs in the world cannot compare to God's glorious orb in its track across the heavens (as long as it doesn't enter the room directly while I'm painting).

Displaying paintings

Two pieces went to the same home this month. Here is how the collector decided to display them. I'll hang next to Millet any day! As an aside, I love the gleaners.

Let's talk about light again. You'll notice that the light direction in the room is the same direction as in the paintings. In this case, it's all coming from the left hand side. They've made the most of my work and created the most harmony in the room by this simple decision.

Painting somehow

Check the website for the new work! Back to the bricks. I enjoyed the first painting of bricks so much and it was so well received, that I had to revisit it to see what happened. What did I do right? Was it just artist intuition? I want to learn. This time it was about weight, gravity. I aimed to make the piece feel heavy by leaving nearly half the the picture plane empty above the bricks.

Danger boy

Perhaps Vin Diesel needs a stunt double who can leap from the bottom step, or climb anything around two feet tall, or tumble down a small hill, or put things in his nose like sticks or bacon bits. As a Dad, it is interesting striking a balance between letting Ernest IV figure it out, and protecting him from harm. There's a good deal of grace involved. Wish me luck. Here's some questionable parenting in process.

Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
The newsletter family keeps growing. Thank you for taking the time to keep in touch. So much demands our attention these days. I'm honored you read this. Here's a sneak peak at an upcoming piece...
Prairie Village Art Fair
Prairie Village, KS
June 2-4

Smoky Hill River Festival
Salina, KS
June 9-11

Des Moines Art Festival
Des Moines, IA
June 23-25

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
St. Joseph, MI
July 8-9

Central PA Festival of the Arts
State College, PA
July 13-16
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