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October 2016

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The Return

Wow.
The limits have been tested. Four art fairs in four weekends plus a workshop on the fifth weekend. I pretty much wept (I did weep) with relief at the end of my labors.

The Herculean labors went like this:

Indianapolis, IN - Penrod Art Fair
Wichita, KS - Autumn & Art
Kansas City, MO - Plaza Art Fair (they surprised me with a last minute invite)
Louisville, KY - St. James Art Show.

I must say that I learned a thing or two. Apparently if you want to sell more paintings you participate in more shows. That's how that works. Here are some (and thankfully not all) of the paintings that went home during the last month. If your favorite was sold, I'm sorry, (but only a little bit.)


Skin Tone Workshop

Big thanks to Hue Gallery for allowing me to hold the workshop in their space. It makes me look more artsy and I need all the help I can get. In fact, if you happen to be in Wichita, you can always see a piece or two of my work there. They're so good to me.

The class was full! Twenty students of all painting levels participated; it was a lot of fun. I'm very grateful for all the kind words and for everyone who took the word of Naomi and signed up. You all did very well.

Jan N. snapped this photo during my demonstration of using a five color palette for skin tones. I must be saying something very important because my finger is up in the air.


It's a big world

Each journey begins with a single step (insert groan here and say to yourself, "boy have I heard that one a million times.") Ernest IV is walking, and I'm surprised at the speed in which he took to it. It was like he was rehearsing it in his mind and then decided to just do it. He has entered "little boy" status and is no longer a "baby." His first milestone to manhood? Walking to the end of the block with a rock in hand. What is it with this kid and rocks? It's the first thing he finds when stepping outside.

Commission season

I'm currently taking commission work! Do you want to see your vision come to life in my painting aesthetic? I still have one spot available due to a cancellation. It belongs to the first person to ask. I'm ready if you are.
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
"Obedience, Indulgence, and the Absent Vintner" was involved in a show at Youth Horizons an amazing youth mentoring organization in Wichita. Did you know I mentored a young man from 13? He's 19 now! It's been one of the best decisions I've ever made and I encourage anyone to take part in it or a similar outreach program.
"Aletheia" in her new home! The embodiment of truth has taken her place on the stage. Thanks Larry!
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September 2016

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No Call No Show

Fortunately, I still have my job.

Hello Friends,

I took August off from traveling to shows. Instead, I painted! Overall it was a quiet month in the studio working on a handful of pieces. I'll share the big one here:

"Life Manifest" is an attempt to create the embodiment of a giving spirit and a contributor to others. This is often someone who works very hard, thus, the figure walks at dawn over a rough road burdened with the gifts she will give. In addition, the aqueduct speaks of receiving power and sustenance and stability from a steady source. The work and initiative involved in an aqueduct's construction hints of the planning and long-term thinking that the person who wants to add value possesses. The constellation Virgo peers hazily above whose association lies deeply in produce, fertility, and life.

Penrod

As I type this, we are driving home from Indianapolis (I'm not driving, I think). We tried a one day show called Penrod. It was a fine show and I received best of show out of 350 artists. It was set on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and it was quite lovely. The art booth was nestled next to the Lilly House and gardens; a fitting environment for my work. I intend on returning, if they'll have me.



I contemplated wearing the "sash."


All Wichitans!

Next up: Autumn and Art! This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday (16th, 17th and 18th). This show is held at Bradley Fair in Wichita. It's a great show put on by Wichita Festivals.



Seize this great opportunity to see my new work, visit with me, and see other great artists. I'd love to see you there! If you're a morning news watcher, you might see somebody you know Friday morning on KAKE (wink wink).

Skin Tone Workshop

I'll be offering a painting workshop on skin tones on Saturday October 8 from 12-5pm at Hue Gallery. We are going to work from a very limited palette--only 5 colors! (And two of them are white and black). I will provide all the materials, except brushes and palette, and it's only $60! There are limited spots available so please sign up here!

IV is one


We celebrated his first year with chocolate cupcakes and marshmallow creme. Get at it son. I hope you are never famous because this photo is on the internet now and the internet is forever.

God bless, Farewell friends,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
Louisville! I'll be traveling to the St James Court Art Show Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. I'll have my old spot on Belgravia Ct amid the gas lamps. I hope to see you there.
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August 2016

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The Month That Was Michigan

Greetings friends old and new,
As always, thanks for reading...

I put some mileage on the old golden Odyssey with two separate return trips to the North!

On the first trip I had my beloved along and it was MUCH MORE enjoyable. The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed the show in St. Joseph right along lake Michigan. We stayed at Eden Springs Campground, which had a tiny train and old-timey baseball. Not that I was able to participate, I most regrettably missed the open window for train riding and baseball watching while in the art booth. My wife snapped these photos. That's one tiny train.
Our good friend Tyler Voorhees was in St. Joseph too and I really love his art. See his great works regarding the jobs of yesteryear here!

And check out the view from the bluff as the sun dipped into the lake.
Not bad God, not bad.
The second show was in Ann Arbor. I drove it, alone. :( It was a long drive. The show was four long, eleven-hour days and blisteringly hot (unfortunately it wasn't in Wichita, as you will read later, or the heat may have been remedied). One saving grace of this trip was meeting booth neighbor Loren Burkey whose sculpture is phenomenal. His use of disparate materials and textures, values, and patinas complemented well on each piece.

The other saving grace and gift from God was the Ongaro family who kindly gave me a home away from home on this long solo trip. I wouldn't have made it without them. Thank you!

Pure, Pure Michigan

Thank you Michigan! Here are some highlights from each show. Aileen, if you're reading this, sorry I forgot to get a picture!

Ernest's Up


He can stand without bracing. He has yet to go anywhere with this new found ability. As much as I want him to begin walking, I know it's a whole new world--child as biped. I am trying to enjoy these moments!

As a Wichita, KS native, Ernest IV is also learning the Summer clothing customs of his people. Are you male? In Kansas? In Wichita? In the Summer? Outside? Is it warmer than 80 degrees?

NO SHIRT.

There is a high of 96 today. You know what that means. Men, the next time you visit Wichita, remember this helpful saying to avoid the embarrassment of wearing a shirt, "Hotter than eighty? Shirts are too weighty." Or similarly, "Heat in excess? Time to undress."

For the Painters

There are quite of few of you who are fellow painters. This section is for you! Warning: If you proceed as a non-painter you may wish you could have these two minutes of your life back. As a non-painter here are some suggestions for the use of your time:

1. 20 push ups
2. Call a friend or relative and tell them how much they mean to you
3. Turn your phone/computer off and then back on (a good reset never hurt anyone)
4. Look into your eyes in the mirror and contemplate your existence
5. Face your fears (briefly)

I just completed a new still life "Repast." Each painting has some new method or application. In one sense, I'm always dabbling. This time I broke a long standing rule and put Ivory Black on my palette! Generally, I make my darkest dark (black) from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. Which is handy because you can shift it to make a warmer dark or a cooler dark. I thought Ivory Black would muddy my color but it mixed with my traditional palette well. The overall effect produced a muted look while maintaining the richness of the oil color. There is good reason to avoid the use of black on the palette because the tendency is to see a dark and think, "it needs black," whereas it can be achieved with Alizarin Crimson or Ultramarine or Burnt Sienna or a mixture of those. Often I use too much color in an attempt to avoid both Titanium White and Ivory Black. This exercise helped me see that at times there is very little color, simply value, and it's okay to use a neutral gray! (mixed with other colors too) :)

Have a burning question? Want to ask it? Simply reply to this email and I'll get back to you.

It's time to say goodbye, thanks for reading! God bless, Farewell friends,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
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July 2016

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To all ye who are on the list


Take heart and be glad! Not everyone is on this list. It's nice to be "in." Brace yourself, because believe it or not, some people are on this list and they never read a jot or tittle of this newsletter. Newsletter upon newsletter sits languishing in their email inbox, providing unneeded strain on a weary email server, devoid of its intended purpose to bring beauty, laughter, and rich story-telling. But you've read it, and it is to you that I say, God bless you. (And Thanks)

The Great Lake(s) here we come! Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in Saint Joseph, MI is our next stop and I am really looking forward to this one. It's been recommended by numerous artists and that is really all I have to go off of. It's right on Lake Michigan! I'll take pictures... don't worry. The schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, JULY 8th - Krasl Block Party; 5 PM to 9 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 9th - 10 AM to 6 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 9th - Smooth Jazz at Sunset; 7 PM
SUNDAY, JULY 10th - 10 AM to 5 PM
Art AND saxophones. Should be a great time.

Know anyone in Southwest Michigan? Send them on by!

Go big or go home

That saying has never really made much sense to me so I guess this is a good use of it if there ever was one. I spent my entire time in between shows on this one piece (see below). I'm really happy with it. I'm grateful to Beard's Floral for providing the goods! Thanks Matthew!

The cymbidium orchid sits right at the edge of the light. The bluish pinks are set off by the tarnished silver vase and yellow tablecloth. Light is my main focus in each painting, that's a given, but the color relationships here just blew me away when I set up the still life. It was one of those moments where the beauty of it caused a tremendous ache, the good kind of ache. What one would call a longing. It reminded me of the words of our friend C. S. Lewis:

"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

Ernesto Vicente IV


Clothing is overrated. A good diaper, underrated. He's now big enough to fit in the high chair that held his mother before him and her father before her.

He's completely mobile now: Speed burst crawling, pulling to standing on anything he can find enough purchase on, eating whatever he finds on the way with a complete disregard for his own safety. He's reckless and can no longer be contained. As we are about to embark on the longest drive we've ever made it's high time I took his and our interest in mind. Ernest IV is staying with the grandparents for our next trip. Yep, it's our first time away from him for longer than 12 hours. He'll have a great time. Grandma and Grandpa will have a great time. We'll have an easier time. I love you son.

After many near misses...

Path of Cloaks has made it's final ride to a collector in KC. If you'd like to hear the tale of a painting that was "sold" 3 times and yet remained "unsold," despite being "sold" to two people at the same time, just ask. Truth, it is said, is stranger than fiction, and this is the case for this piece. Anyhow, all's well that ends well. Thanks Larry, I hope you enjoy the piece for many years to come.

Have a burning question? Want to ask it? Simply reply to this email and I'll get back to you.

God bless, Farewell friends,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
As promised... the Print Store now carries the entire shadow puppet series. Buy one for that turtle-y friend of yours. Click the turtle and go!

In answer to those who were wondering... I have all 20 digits at the time of this email. I'm fervently hoping to keep them all.
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