Sunday, November 5, 2017

What’s Been Happening November 2017


By
Armand Cabrera


Sunset Serenade 48 x 36 oil on linen       

I haven’t posted in a while, lots of things keeping me busy and competing for my attention. I find myself using other platforms to get information out there and because of that my blog posts have suffered. The blog format is starting to feel outdated to me now with all of the focus shifted to other social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and YouTube.

I spend most of my social media time on Facebook. That site is where I get the best response to my paintings in terms of direct sales and workshops in terms of student signups. It’s also where I interact with most people either privately through Facebook’s internal messenger or in public. My personal site on Facebook


is not limited to just art and I share my politics and beliefs about a wide range of topics. 
For people only interested in my work I have a professional page on Facebook 


This is where I post paintings and upcoming shows and workshops.

My other profile links are as follows

Twitter

 Instagram

Linkedin



I will continue to post here on the blog as I find new things to talk about or revisit old ideas that I may have gained some new insight for and I think they are worth sharing. A lot of people are using the blog format for posting videos but at this time I am reluctant to start down that path. The amount of time it takes to create free video content for blog supporters is just too prohibitive to do on a regular basis given my current lifestyle, I hope you understand. This might change in the future but right now I want to continue to paint for clients and galleries and teach workshops around the country.

If anyone has specific questions about my painting process or philosophy that they would like me to share here feel free to leave a comment about it and I will try and answer them as best I can.

Gulf Shore Majesty 30 x 36 oil on linen

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse

by
Armand Cabrera

The 2017 eclipse did not disappoint. Even though we were not in the path of totality it was still a great experience. I took about fifty pictures from my front porch here in Northern Virginia. This was my best shot. Right after the peak, which was 82% here, it clouded up and started to rain. During the height of it, the temp dropped ten degrees and the light was like being in a car with tinted windows.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Upcoming Events Summer 2017 and Beyond

by
Armand Cabrera

I was interviewed for Southwest Art Magazine about my paintings for a 3 man show with Brent Jensen and Xu Gang at Tirage Fine Art Gallery in September. The show preview will feature all three of us and should be in the September issue of the magazine. I will have 12 to 18 pieces in the show depending on space. The show runs from September 9 - October 6 and the reception will be Saturday, September 9.







The watercolor workshop at the Bascom is full. We’ve started a waiting list and if there is enough interest for another class we will make it happen. Looking forward to being back there and teaching it should be a fun class.







Illuxcon the Imaginative Realist show is October 18-22. This will be my 6th year attending and my 5th year as a main show artist. I hope if you are in the area you will come out and support the show. It’s really the only show of its kind in the US. The main show is limited to traditional paintings and sculptures no digital work at all.










Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watercolor Workshop

by
Armand Cabrera

My watercolor workshop is almost full, only two spots left.
I will be teaching in Highlands North Carolina at the Bascom. More info
here


Sunday, June 18, 2017

William Bliss Baker


By
Armand Cabrera




William Bliss Baker was born in New York City in 1859. At 17 he began studying at the National Academy of Design with Albert Bierstadt and Mauritz De Haas. Baker showed ability from the beginning of his studies and quickly became known to art critics. Baker won the Elliott prize during his first exhibit in 1879 at the academy and in 1885 Baker won the Julius Hallgarten Prize at the Academy for his painting Woodland Brook. 





Baker built a studio named ‘The Castle’ in Clifton Park on Ballston Lake and also maintained a studio in the Knickerbocker building in New York City. Baker was just beginning his career when he died from complications following a skating accident. In his short time working he completed just over 130 paintings before his death in 1886 at the age of 27.


                                                                             the castle


Bakers work shows a maturity and confidence for someone so young. His vision is fully formed and his statements carry authenticity and reverence for his subjects.






Bibliography
I couldn't find any books on WBB (Information for this bio came from Wikipedia and Quest Royal Galleries and other online sources)



Historic photo of ‘The Castle’ from John Scherer from an article in the Daily Gazettte by Bill Buel