Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Small Works for the Holidays





Some of my Original Color Studies, and Pochade Box Paintings will be at the Art Guild of Paducah
over the Holidays. These 5 x 7-inch oil studies and sketches are on 3/8 hardwood panel ready to hang.

Great Holiday gift for the art lover.









A.M. Field, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett





Cloud Dance, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




Fall Sunset Trees, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




Harvest Clouds, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




Just Past Mile Marker 27, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett





November Field, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett





Mile Marker 27, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




Riverview, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




Lovers Lane Sunset, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, Jim Serrett




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Sunday, October 29, 2017

MANYmini Extravartganza !







This is OA Gallery’s third annual small works show highlighting MINIwork from MANYartist from around the region and across the country.
.. I am very honored to have four pieces in the show.

Don't miss this amazing exhibit!
It will be a two-month long exhibit at OA Gallery, starting November 3rd - January 6, 2018!
And if you are in the area, check out this show.
.
Going to be a great event!

Opening reception is Friday, November 3,  6-9pm.
The exhibition runs from November 3, 2017 - January 6, 2018

And thank you, Blick Art Materials for your support of the Manymini show




OA Gallery is the premier St. Louis gallery showcasing exceptional, contemporary, representational artwork by over thirty regionally and nationally recognized and  award winning artists.

OA Gallery is located in beautiful downtown Kirkwood, MO directly across the street from the train station.
​101A W Argonne Dr.  Kirkwood, Mo 63122

Hours:
​Wednesday 12-5
Thursday 12-5
Friday 12-5
Saturday 12-5

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

They Call the Mighty Mississippi the Wall.








From my painting excursions into the Illinois river bottoms along the Mississippi, visits along the Ohio in Paducah, KY and to our recent trip to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I have been told that one who spends his leisure time on or along a river is called a River Rat. I’ve been called worse things.

The name Mississippi is derived from the Native American peoples Ojibwe word "Misi-ziibi," meaning "Great River".

The longest river in North America, it is the third longest river in the world at nearly 2,400 miles. It reaches from the Canadian border and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is an important area of the wet lands with a massive ecosystem and environment that covers ten states, two Canadian provenience's and creates the third largest water shed in the world.

The Mississippi River has been a focal point in American history, from Native American tribes who flourished along its banks, through European explorers, the American Civil War, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

Western settlers and traders called it the “wall” because of the difficulty of crossing her, it being the biggest barrier to western expansion. For decades man has tried to tame her.
Nature always wins.


They Call the Mighty Mississippi the Wall.
Oil on panel, 8x10, © Jim Serrett














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Monday, September 18, 2017

Girl in the Red Kayak





Anyone who follows my work or my blogs knows that most of my landscapes and waterscapes come from our exploration of the local lakes by kayak.  Linda and I paddle the lakes in the Shawnee National Forrest area often and have grown especially fond of Cedar Lake. It has some of the most beautiful, secluded and peaceful areas to paddle.

The Lake has become a muse for my plein air work and it is one of those places you can go a thousand times and never tire of. The lake is large enough to turn into a good vigorous paddle or you can just slowly explore the necks and fingers. Either way you can always find an adventure along its banks.

More important is that it has grown to hold a special place in our hearts.

There is a communion with nature when you are quietly floating on the surface of the lake, and it gives us sustenance. “Fuel for the soul”, as sappy as it sounds is a real thing or it can be. Those moments are real when we stop and just see, and feel and be present.

The lake has given awareness and inspiration, a connection to the spirit of the land that I may never have known if I never stopped to pay attention and experience the moment. 

And when I close my eyes and imagine I see the lake in my mind’s eye, as I have painted it.

The Girl in the Red Kayak

Oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches

"Gratitude is the heart's memory." (French Proverb)





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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Grey Sunset






Grey is never colorless,
color is about comparable chromatic relationships.
Say that three times fast.


Grey Sunset, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, © Jim Serrett






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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July Inspiration: Childe Hassam







"The Avenue in the Rain," by the American painter Childe Hassam. (1859–1935)
oil on canvas, 42 in. x 22.25 in.  1917, Courtesy of The White House Collection.

The Impressionist work depicts Fifth Avenue in New York City in the rain, decorated with US flags.
It is hard to think of the 4th without thinking of a Hassan painting.



To learn more about Childe Hassam click this link.





Happy 4th of July!





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Upcoming Exhibitions - See My Work











See my work at OA Gallery, “SKY'S THE LIMIT!”
St. Louis' Premier Exhibition of the Boundless Landscape
June 2, 2017-July 29, 2017






I also have some work in a few local shows, I thought I would share.













PADUCAH AREA PAINTERS ALLIANCE


Event Dates: 5/2/2017 - 6/2/2017
Location: PAPA Gallery
Address:
124 Broadway
Paducah, Kentucky 42001
United States
















THE HERRINFESTA ART EXHIBITION


Event Dates: 5/13/2017 - 5/29/2017
Location: Herrinfesta Italiana Art Gallery
Address:
3 South Park Avenue
Herrin, Illinois 62948
United States



HARTLEY INVITATIONAL


Event Dates: 5/7/2017 - 6/1/2017
Reception: 5/20/2017 
Location: Hartley Gallery
Address:
100 S. Park Avenue
Herrin, Illinois 62948
United States







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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Long View







This has been a busy spring, lots of art activities going on, exhibitions and shows in several local communities which I am participating in. So it’s been a lot of framing and organizing of work, between that and the turbulent weather we are having here, there has not been much brush time.

Did get this little study done, I like these long views across the plowed fields, very typical Southern Illinois scenery this time of year. It is also a pretty good metaphor for me to keep in mind, when placing your work out there to exhibit you need to see the long view. Like everybody else I get impatient about the goals I want to achieve, I tell myself my skills need to be at this level, my sales at that and so on and on. The reality is that with all of this stuff, - the journey to success is not a sprint, but a marathon.           
To find a good pace and take the long view.


The Long View, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches, © Jim Serrett Studio



“It's not a sprint, it's a marathon.”







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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Quiet Evening - Kinkaid Lake







This is one of those paintings that has been percolating for a while, I have done a couple oil studies and sketches at this location. And even though I have some good references I think the source of this painting or concept has been painted in my head several times. I think anyone that visits this spot and stands where I worked, would recognize the place from the painting. However, this piece is more of a memory painting of several experiences of this scene during the fall. I wanted to paint that crisp air of early fall, the mood of the transitional season and hopefully the essence of the land.


 Quiet Evening, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, © jim_serrett 


There are a lot of videos online about Kinkaid Lake, it's a big sport fishing destination. I found this interesting drone footage video filmed at Kinkaid Lake Paul Ice boat ramps from Eric Ripley. His drone hovers right over my painting spot and gives a great birds eye view of why this lake is so popular.






Eric Ripley - YouTube Channel



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Artist and His Muse - Dutch Ridge, Cedar Lake





I paint what I see as I find it in nature, mostly. I never paint it exactly, I pick and choose elements I like, move a tree here or there, add more interest to the clouds. Do some rearranging and compose some harmony out of all the chaos to make visual sense to me.

What I always strive to do is stay true to the original idea, in it is the source of inspiration.

Without inspiration you are just making marks. No matter what embellishments I may add or take away in a painting, they must support the original concept. What is the painting about, is it the sky? If that is the inspiration, then everything supports that idea. When you know what to emphasize in a scene you understand what elements to manipulate to better communicate the feelings you have about a particular place or time. When its about the mood or feeling of a place then your choices should speak to that connection. That relation is certainly the hardest concept to focus on and express in a painting.




Dutch Ridge, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, ©Jim Serrett

This becomes the artist-muse relationship, that goal to capture something illusive, intuitive, private, visceral or complex. It becomes a creative force of its own having the power of moving the intellect or emotions.

I am not certain how many sketches and paintings from Cedar Lake I have done; I just know I am not finished.

“I'm not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.” Ray Bradbury








Muse; noun: Muse; plural noun: Muses; noun: muse; plural noun: muses
1. (in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.
2. a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

synonyms:
inspiration, creative influence, stimulusformal afflatus "the poet's muse"





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