Monday, March 28, 2016

New Life for an Old Painting

Resurrected Landscape
by Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
12" x 24"
2016

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This painting is a resurrection of sorts. A little more than a year ago we used to live in Country Village Apartments on Fannett Road just outside Beaumont, TX. The apartments aren't much and they're pretty old, but they are situated on a lot of land which made them ideal for dogs. There are fields and woods and plenty of nice views, but what really stands out about the place is the little horseshoe shaped pond lined with pines. For some unknown reason they call it Cedar Lake. I'd often take walks there in the morning and evening and loved the unique combination of the shape of the pond, the ring of pines along the narrow bank, and the flickering reflections on the water.

I first started this painting while I was still living there. I had already painted a few small panels of Cedar Lake and fleshed out this 12" x 24" canvas pretty quickly one evening. Later I went back at it hoping to add some brushwork and push the color and ended up hating it, so the canvas was relegated to the closet. It somehow stuck around and survived the move to our house but has been out stuck in piles of junk in the garage ever since. A couple of days ago I was going through some boxes looking for guitar parts and I stumbled upon the dusty canvas in the corner. Suddenly I thought I saw a glimmer of life, so I put the canvas on the easel and spent the last couple of days painting it all over again. It's funny. This canvas sat unwanted and hidden from view for more than a year, only to find new life and vibrancy in a couple of days. Sometimes it just takes fresh eyes and a little faith to be resurrected.

This is a 12" x 24" oil painting on 1/2" deep gallery wrapped canvas. It's available and looking for a good home.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Space Between - new daily oil painting of Lake Mineral Wells



The Space Between
Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
6" x 6"
2016

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I'm still dreaming of spring and the lake. This is another recent painting inspired by my memories of vacationing at Lake Mineral Wells with my kids. We stayed in one of the little screened cabins at the waters edge. Across the inlet from us was an outcropping of trees and boulders, and in the distance a small island set against the distant shore. The mornings were bathed in a brilliant bright and warm light. I really need to get back there again soon! This is an 6" x 6" oil painting on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are finished in black and the canvas comes wired and ready to hang.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New daily painting "Daybreak" (morning on the lake)

Daybreak
by Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
6" x 6"
2016

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Finished and looking for a good home! "Daybreak" is a 6" x 6" oil painting on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrapped canvas. It was inspired by my memories of camping at Lake Mineral Wells with my kids several years ago. I had to fight the urge to do to much to this one. I love the freshness and spontaneity and all the texture. These little paintings are listing for $200 - 250 at my gallery, but I'm starting this with a low bid of $40. Here's a great chance to start or add to your collection. I'll be posting several paintings over the next few weeks that just haven't found their place yet so check back for more auctions.

The Dishman Art Museum and my painting "Crystal Head"

Crystal Head
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
2015
Well, in a funny turn of events, looks like I might have my first painting to call a museum home. A while back I gave Lamar baseball Coach Jim Gilligan a painting of a Crystal Head vodka bottle. It was meant as a thank you. Coach and I had talked quite often (at the Tradewinds Tavern) and he often shared stories about world renowned artist John Alexander who he has known for years. John was coming to Lamar for the dedication of a painting studio in his honor and Coach was determined that I needed to meet him. Of course John is somewhat of a legend in the Beaumont art world as a local boy who made it big. Since my conversations with Coach were always at a bar and often included talk of Crystal Head Vodka (John Alexander co-founded the vodka with Dan Aykroyd and designed the bottle) I thought he'd get a kick out of the little still life painting I had been working on. Coach passed it on to John, and now it seems John donated the painting to the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar. Funny how things work sometimes. Every artist dreams of having their work in a museum. Maybe this will be the first of many. If any of you want to donate my work to another museum I'll buy you a drink sometime and say thanks lol!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New gallery representation through Ugallery

Cloudburst
by Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
2015
Available through Ugallery.com

Earlier this week I announced Part 1 of my big news for the week. My friend Donna Davis Kurtz pointed out that she hasn't seen Part 2, so here it is:

I'm thrilled to announce that I've been accepted to exhibit online with Ugallery.com. Ugallery.com is a curated online gallery that promotes work in 45 countries worldwide. Ugallery.com has an impressive sales record and garnered lots of great press, including reviews in the Wall Street Journal and a feature on This Old House. They curate every piece shown on the site and take great care to present professional artwork. They also participate in some art fairs and host exhibitions from time to time. They maintain offices in New York and San Francisco. It's a great opportunity for me to expose my work to a wider audience.

My work went live today. Visit marknesmithart.ugallery.com and let me know what you think. I'm very excited and hopeful about this new venture!

P.S. There's a Part 3 to my big news coming up soon :-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Exhibit at the Texas Artists' Museum and Other Breaking News!

Two Umbrellas
by Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
2015
On display at the Texas Artists' Museum

I believe in creating your own momentum, and sometimes the universe lends a helping hand. Not long ago I contacted the local museums and art spaces about possible exhibition opportunities. This past Saturday I received a call from the Texas Artists Museum. TAM is a non-profit art space in Port Arthur that exhibits and promotes local and regional artists. They usually feature three artists each month, but one of the artists scheduled to show in November wouldn’t be able to participate due to recent health concerns. They had received my email and viewed my work online and were wondering if there was any possibility I could step in and be part of the November exhibit. Ordinarily a couple of days notice wouldn’t be enough time to put a show together, but I’d recently brought back some work from my two-person show at Davis Gallery in Austin and from my summer shows in Galveston at Third Coast Gallery, most of which hasn’t been shown in SE Texas before. Altogether I had more than two dozen pieces I could show, so Monday afternoon we loaded up the cars and trucks and headed off to Port Arthur to hang the show.

I’d like to invite you all to the artists’ reception on the second Thursday of November, 11/12/2015, from 6 – 8 PM. It’ll be a fun filled night with lots of art and refreshments. TAM was hit hard in the last few hurricanes and is coming back strong. Let’s all help support this great institution in Port Arthur.

That was quite a whirlwind start to my week, but I have more breaking news too! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been accepted to exhibit online with Ugallery.com. Ugallery.com is a curated online gallery that promotes work in 45 countries worldwide. Ugallery.com has an impressive sales record and garnered lots of great press, including reviews in the Wall Street Journal and a feature on This Old House. They curate every piece shown on the site and take great care to present professional artwork. They also participate in some art fairs and host exhibitions from time to time. It’s a great opportunity for me to expose my work to a wider audience. My work should be available starting Thursday, November 5, 2015 at marknesmithart.ugallery.com.

A while back I announced that I was negotiating a contract with a large Austin based art publisher interested in producing and selling prints of my paintings. Unfortunately that seems to have fallen through, but as luck would have it I was contacted by a different publisher based out of McKinney, TX. Orisons D├ęcor is a smaller company that sprang to life out of their already successful and long running gallery. They are very artist centered and offered very favorable terms with their contract. They offer reproductions through their online service and also partner with several leading interior design firms. I’ve just completed editing the first batch of graphic files and descriptions we’ll be offering and they should be available through www.orisonsdecor.com soon.  

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my art. You make it all possible!

Mark


P.S. Don’t forget, if you’re anywhere near SE Texas on Thursday, November 12, 2015 stop by the Texas Artists’ Museum in Port Arthur to see my exhibit and say hello!

Monday, November 2, 2015

New 8" x 10" daily oil painting of the 1877 tall ship Elissa at Galveston, TX

"Lady Elissa"
by Mark Nesmith
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10"
2015

 Click here to bid in the Ebay auction for this painting.

This 8" x 10" oil painting on canvas features the figurehead of the 1877 tall ship Elissa from Galveston, Texas. Elissa was built in Aberdeen, Scotland as a merchant vessel in a time when steamships were overtaking sailing ships. She was originally launched on October 27, 1877. According to the descendants of Henry Fowler Watt, Elissa's builder, she was named for the Queen of Carthage, Elissa, Aeneas' tragic lover in the epic poem The Aeneid.

Since painting this last week I've been commissioned to paint a large 28" x 40" version for Tradewinds Tavern at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont, Texas. Sometimes little things turn into big things with a little luck and perseverance.