Wednesday, November 2, 2016

News from the Studio 11/3/16

Hello my friends,
In typical Ryan fashion, I have once again been slacking on the updates.  And there are quite a few of them.  I'm actually not sure where I left off with you all, but I'll try and fill you in the best I can.

1.  I have finished two pieces out of my new series Light Up The Darkness.  I am currently working out ideas for the third one, but I'm almost ready to get it going.  And it's going to be a tough one.  I'm still working out ideas for composition, and honestly just how far I want to take it thematically.  But here are the first two:

The Awakening
oil on canvas
30x40 inches

Scarred For Life
oil on linen
40x24 inches

2.  I don't think I even mentioned it, but my painting The Blood of the Martyrs was the Best of Show winner at the Raytown Artists' Association show (WAY back in August), making it my first two-time Best of Show winner, with the first being Blue Springs earlier this year.  I never thought that painting would become so important to me.  I did it with persecuted Christians in mind, and also because I just had to paint that face.  But the one thing I never know when I paint something is what God is going to do with it.  This painting's journey has been amazing, and I'm sure there is more to come.

3.  Speaking of which, you can see The Blood of the Martyrs at my current exhibition at Lee's Summit City Hall in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  The show is called Past † Present and is on display right now until January 12, 2017 during City Hall's regular hours, 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  It is something of a "favorites" exhibition for me of the past 6 years.  It has some award-winners, some overall good memories, and a couple of new pieces that I have not shown before that you will love.

4.  Yes, I am still showing at Jones Gallery in Crossroads KC, and I currently have 14 of my 15 paintings of God Breathed hanging at the gallery.  The other one is showing at Lee's Summit City Hall right now.  The next First Friday show is this week, November 4th.  As usual, I will be at Jones Gallery hanging out, and I hope to see you there if you are in the area.  I say it often - I am thankful for you all for the response to this series.  And I certainly hope Light Up The Darkness does the same, and I cannot wait to get this new series out there for you all.

That is all for now.  More to come later...