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March 2017

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A lot happens in two months

Greetings all! It's been a phenomenal February and March wrapping up commission work and getting new work ready for Houston! Bayou City Memorial Park is March 24-26. It's my only Houston show this year (Sorry Woodlands) so if you're anywhere in the vicinty it's this weekend or bust! I've got a lot of work to do. I wish that it were only painting keeping me busy but in other big news...

We're selling the cottage

Seriously, we are selling our home in Wichita, KS. It will go up for sale on Wednesday March 23. If you or anyone you know might be interested, or if the pictures look interesting, please send me an email! Share this with anyone you remotely think would be in the market for a home. Even if you are not looking for an awesome home with loads of character and just want see the inside, I invite you in. It's a very charming place and we will miss it dearly but it is time to say goodbye because...

The Wood family is growing!

God willing, come August, Ernest IV will have a brother or sister. The more the merrier I always say, at least I'm saying that right now. I am very excited. It's been a joy being the painting dad and I'm looking forward to new adventures and lots and lots of kids. (My wife proofreads each of these emails she's shaking her head right now).

Speaking of Ernest IV


Ernest is really growing. He attends all our OB visits. When asked what he sees on the sonogram screen he answers, "Ffsssshh." Apparently his coming sibling is going to be a fish. We'll let you know how that turns out. Here he is wearing his first pair of chucks.

What you really signed up for

Alright, I'm done with the family stuff even though I know most of you just want to see Ernest IV and that's the only reason you open this email. (Whatever works). I am still a painter! Here's a new piece I'm really excited about. I love the play between two and three dimensions here and the bricks are so unique in their own way and it's always about light! It's called "Not One Will Be Left On Another." I've added about eight new pieces and you can see them here. The nice thing about receiving my newsletter is that you get first dibs before any of the pieces go public. Please let me know if there is a piece you'd like to purchase by simply replying to this email.

Wichita North 20 years later...

I was privileged enough to be invited to my alma mater, Wichita High School North. For those of you outside of Wichita, you've got to check out this building! It was built in the 1920s in the height of art deco. It is a thing of rare beauty in our utilitarian minimalistic architectural age. What I find ironic is, new buildings built solely for their utility will ultimately become useless, bulldozed. Whereas Wichita North will endure, why? It was made based on aesthetic beauty, and it is beauty that remains, becomes dear to people. Beauty, useless, becomes the only thing that is useful.

This great day never would have happened if it weren't for some fine detective work by teacher Mr. Horning. He even worked it out so that I could present a reproduction of "Light Reading" to adorn the library at the school! I had a great time talking with the art students and being shown the new additions to the building. Thanks to Mrs. Coburn (my 20 years faithful North High School journalism teacher) for the pictures!
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
Gender reveal next email everyone. It'll kind of be like a party you don't have to go to. I'd love to hear from you. Will it be a boy or girl?
Bayou City Memorial Park
Houston, TX
March 24-26

Cottonwood Art Festival
Richardson, TX
May 6-7

Art and Book Fair
Wichita, KS
May 13-14

Prairie Village Art Fair
Prairie Village, KS
June 2-4

Smoky Hill River Festival
Salina, KS
June 9-11
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January 2017

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Taking Stock/Inventory

Farewell 2016, some have marked you as the worst year ever but I will not cast you into the outer darkness. I won't pretend like you didn't have your moments but gratitude comes to those who practice it. Thank you, 2016. I've been witness to so much good in you on the personal human level, (even endeavoring to add to that goodness myself) that your name will not be besmirched or erased from the annuls of history.

2016 fast facts
40 original paintings went to homes with amazing people in 2016.
31 students received quality painting instruction.
0 flying cars invented in my studio. (can't comment on the rest of the world.)
Chicago Cubs won the world series. (about time)
16,397 miles put on the art van (Ody Club member) http://www.odyclub.com/

Bank Job!

Did I take a part time teller position? No. Did I participate in a heist? No. Did I single-handedly raise the FDIC limit to $500,000? Not yet.

I am showing my work at First National Bank in Hutchinson, KS. Should you find yourself in the fair city of Hutch, pop in. They look great on the wall!

Commission Season

It's winding down. Only one remaining. I thought I'd share a piece I recently completed. It's working title is "Lincoln at Richmond." I could go into the story happening here but I think it's best told by this gentleman on CSPAN. If you're a history buff, you should check it out!

Ernest IV with Grandpa checking cattle

How cold does it get in Kansas? Mighty. Does a 16-month old care? No. He'd prefer to be outside even it means hypothermia. We are grateful for the warmer days that occasionally grace the long winter in Kansas. We were made to be outside after all, Ernest knows it.
Cheers, and thanks for reading,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
Big news next month... But will you be ready? Will I be ready? Only time will tell. See you then.
Bayou City Memorial Park
Houston, TX
March 24-26

Art and Book Fair
Wichita, KS
May 13-14

Smoky Hill River Festival
Salina, KS
June 9-11

Krasl Art on the Bluff
St Joseph, MI
July 8-9
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November 2016

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Aww shucks gratitude and stuff.
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Many Thanks

I don't say it enough but I'm so grateful for you. Without your support, your interest in the arts, your appreciation of my aesthetic, your willingness to take 5 minutes to open this email and read it, I would not be able to create with the same freedom, provide for my family, and serve my community. Every time I write this newsletter I'm reminded of your kindness and I'm tremendously thankful.

Print Sale! Hyperlinks sighted ahead!


Let the word spread far and near! For five (5!) days, starting today through November 28th, all reproductions on the site are 20% off! If you've considered adding an image to your collection this is a great opportunity. Also, giving the gift of art is a fine idea too. (At least, I think so). Beauty never grows old. You can also tell that special someone (hint hint, nudge nudge) how you've always wanted an EVWIII reproduction under the Christmas tree. Just use this code when checking out: REP20

If by some miracle you didn't click on any of the links above, you can go to the print store here. Or here.

As I work quietly...

Commission season (Oct-Dec) is a time of painting with little sharing. Often these works are gifts for people and I have to keep them secret. I can share this one however, a portrait of Junior. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

The good side of commission season is my mind never tires of coming up with new paintings. So I just take some notes, make a sketch or two understanding I'll be getting to these ideas come January.

Go - Go - Go

Ernest IV doesn't stop. If awake, he is in perpetual motion. One of his favorite things to do is take things from one place and pile them somewhere else, tupperware lids, duplos, block puzzle pieces, books. He loves dirt, mud, throwing leaves, bubbles, being outside, and clumsily chasing the cat. We've promised TK (our orange tabby) that things will get better someday, but most likely they will get worse first. We often ask TK if it was still worth it coming in off the street. He just gives us the enigmatic, perhaps slightly disdainful look all cats have. Anyhow, here's our happy fellow in his Halloween costume.
See you in December!
God bless,
Ernest Vincent Wood III
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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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