This is my second installment of oil paintings that I am sharing on my blog. To me they capture a variety of subjects and approaches to oil painting that delate to my development as a painter so far. The southwest paintings are from a workshop I attended a few years ago at the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. The horizontal sunset was painted from one of the photos I took and the simplified one was painted on location “plein air”. You will also see a plein air painting of the Platte River that was in a show at the the Student Art League of Denver. Lastly, the small still life paintings of the different fruits were done in my studio.
One of my fondest memories of childhood was playing with my father’s toy soldiers on the oriental rugs in our living room. These soldier’s were my father’s when he was a boy and the main part of the collection are World War I American soldiers made in Germany by Elastolin. They are very unusual because they are made out of paper-mache molded around a wire armature. As the years went on he continued to add to the collection mostly purchasing sets of Britains which are lead molded and acquired from the store Toymaker of Williamsburg, Virginia. When my father passed away, I became the caretaker of the soldiers. Included in the photos are World War I American charging cavalry, WWI American charging infantry, French Foreign Legion and Napoleonic era Grenadiers of the Guard. Interesting that in today’s world events that American and French soldiers are allies fighting together in Libya, North Africa.
When I started my design business, Ema Design Inc. in 1982, I was looking for opportunities to design posters. Since most of my clients were corporations, opportunities to design posters were hard to come by. One field of opportunity that did exist were cultural and professional design organizations. I have been a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) since 1984 serving as the Colorado chapter’s first Vice President. I was also the program chair for the Art Directors Club of Denver. The posters included are for a design conference at the Ice House called “Futures”. The red poster announces a lecture for Swiss designer, Fritz Gottschalk and the third announces a lecture by Michael Bierut when he was working for Massimo Vignelli.