It's been quite some time since I ventured into the blogosphere! Feeling a bit rusty about this whole thing.
I am constructing a new series that will include some of my older work as well as newer productions and titled "Small Town America". Included here are some examples of the work.
I love hitting the highway and exploring old towns. In September of 2016 it was a drive up the California Scenic Highway, Route 1. This is considered one of the darlings of vehicle travel. Possibly the most popular in the world. The roads took us through Fillmore, Solvang, Cambria, Santa Cruz, Pacifica, and Gilroy, the Garlic Capitol of California.
I've always admired the old perspectives of Norman Rockwell and the way he would strive to capture a bit of mom, apple pie, and baseball. The traditional American themes as he viewed them. My attempt will be at capturing small town architecture and street scenes that are becoming overshadowed by the raucous and overwhelming work of Urban power. Much of this lifestyle is under attack. Critics of the past, traditional structure, tend to stain it without even considering the 95% good that helped to establish this great place that we are privileged to be in. Here are a couple of opening salvos.
"Santa Cruz Victorian - Small Town America"
"The Lynch House - Small Town America"
"Solvang 2 - Small Town America"
Slow down and smell the roses as you travel down the backroads of this great country. Even in the simplistic world of yesteryear there are nuggets of life that are worthy of our consideration.
"When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life." ~ Norman Rockwell
Almost two weeks now since the San Bernardino area was attacked by a worldwide movement of destruction. That was 36 miles from my front door and an area that I have photographed in over the years. I have yet to see the outcry and memorials for this area that I have witnessed for Paris or Boston. Certainly people's lives don't matter less in San Bernardino than they do in the more editorialized and written about Metropolitan areas of the globe... do they? So i set out to give a bit of a small tribute from some of my photos that I have posted for the past couple of years...
"Kimberly Crest Manor , Vintage View" ~ Kimberly Crest House and Gardens is a French chateau-style Victorian mansion located in Redlands, California, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.
"Lincoln Memorial Shrine Entrance" ~ This amazing memorial to the great President Abraham Lincoln is the only one of it's kind west of the Mississippi. It is tucked away in the small town of Redlands, California. I found it to be exceptionally well presented making me walk away with a greater fondness for the man and his legacy.
"Kimberly Crest - Victorian Splendor" ~ Another view of this wonderful landmark
"Caroline Park Afternoon" ~ A view from the garden of Caroline Park, Redlands, California.
This is one of those hidden little secrets that resides in the hillsides of the beautiful community. The park is surrounded by residential architectural splendor and boasts a 180 degree view to the mountains. The botanical gardens have trails for hiking, tables for picnicking, and benches for relaxation and a touch of romance. It even boasts a small memorial Redwood Grove.
I hope that we will continue to remember those who were victims of this terrible tragedy. I also hope that we will remember that they come from a beautiful and cherished area of the Untied Sates Of America. It's a place full of hard working citizens. A boiling pot of America!
I was pondering a question I ran across on the blogs the other day about "What Art" really defines me. I guess I would have to answer that question legitimately stating that I am open to attempting to work with variety of mediums and styles. I came into this side of the art world after many years of selling and representing other great artists that were nationally known and recognized. I have since come to realize just how great they were at this craft! Becoming a professional is hard work. If you are faint of heart, or have a fear of rejection, this is not the place to practice those feelings of insecurity.
Having room to roam can be hazardous to one's health if they are motivated by the feed back of others. I can think of several pieces that were emotionally critical at the moments that I worked on them... and all were experimental in nature. They are presented differently... and are part of the ongoing process of discovery and change.
Here's one that I produced while in the midst of losing everything. The result speaks for itself. Lots of moments like these that produced feelings I never knew existed. Starting over, while on the other side of the pendulum, is not an easy task.
This was a spontaneous hand drawn work that came about as I finally realized that there are more grains on the fallen side than there were from the starting point. Life is but a drop of water dissolving at a rapid pace. Don't think so? Come back and see me in 30 years.
This digital experiment was a fun diversion. Yes, I am nuts enough to believe that what we see was spoken into existence and order by Intelligent Design! Write me off if you want. Write you off if I am right!
Okay... this is pretty self-indulgent. But it was fun to mix hand drawn work into photographic/digital alteration.
Here is something new from the crib in 2015. Odd and surrealistic... but it tells a story if you dare allow it!
Had a load of fun producing this image through various digital artistry. I have a hard time passing up beautiful old vehicles. I take quite a few photos of them, and work for hours on end to tweak the finishing processes. It's very rare that I have a turn key image. Many images are posted that I just pull out of the line-up in order to reinterpret the original.
I liked the outcome of this particular truck:
Give this gallery a look when you get the chance. http://glenn-mccarthy.artistwebsites.com/art/all/antiques+and+ambiance/all
1324 Explorer Marco Polo Dies at 69
1642 - Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy
1815 - Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
1835 The United States National Debt is "0" for the first and only time.
1877 - Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).
1918 - Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after the Great War
1925 - 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas (Texas... is this right? Wow, and the battle still goes on)
1937 - -50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
1945 - "Youth for Christ" organizes
1954 - Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
1957 - In an article appearing in "LOOK" magazine, Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from baseball.
1958 - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
1962 - Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th
1966 -Beatles' "Rubber Soul," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 6 weeks
1968 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
1968 - MUSIC CHART TOPPERS: 1968
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band
For Loving You - Bill Anderson & Jan Dwight.
1974 - Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
1986 - Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over the 2000 mark for the first time ever.
1992 - George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap
2008 - New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.
2011 - Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords
2013 -U.S. scientists claim 2012 weather as the hottest year ever recorded
2013 - McCarthy Designs releases "Sunrise In Joshua Tree National Park"
Took a walk with this very beautiful young lady a couple of days ago to feed the ducks at a nearby pond. She was full of energy about it. As it turned out the ducks were not too receptive and instead of gathering about for a feeding frenzy, they fled just far enough to tempt us to sit and wait to see if they would come back. That didn't happen and all the breadcrumbs went to waste. Perhaps french sourdough was more to their liking! Spoiled!
On the way back we noticed this garden of roses in full bloom and full of color. Bursting! Stopped to smell them and it took the sting of rejection from the ducks away! We just have to do that more often in the day. Everything is not a crisis when things don't go our way.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." The Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:8
We have Christmas barreling straight at us and I wanted to take a moment to reflect about this holiday that brings so much Joy and Hope to Christians around the world, and plenty of goodies for those who celebrate others without the link to Christianity it self.
This part of the year can be trying for so many. We live in a time when there are those who seem to have it all... and then there are those who are struggling to make ends meet. I want to encourage each one reading this to take a moment and listen to this song that Steven Curtis Chapman penned back in the 80's. ( I also included the lyrics so that you can follow along) I want you to know that there is hope beyond the hand of man. A hope that reaches into our very souls if we will let it.
Today I watched in silence as people passed me by,
And I strained to see if there was something hidden in their eyes;
But they all looked at me as if to say
Life just goes on.
The old familiar story told in different ways,
Make the most of your own journey from the cradle to the grave;
Dream your dreams tomorrow because today
Life must go on.
But there’s more to this life than living and dying,
More than just trying to make it through the day;
More to this life, more than these eyes alone can see,
And there’s more than this life alone can be.
Tonight he lies in silence staring into space,
And looks for ways to make tomorrow better than today,
But in the morning light it looks the same;
Life just goes on.
He takes care of his family, he takes care of his work,
And every Sunday morning he takes his place at the church;
And somehow he still feels a need to search,
But life just goes on.
So where do we start to find every part
Of what makes this life complete;
If we turn our eyes to Jesus we’ll find
Life’s true beginning is there at the cross where He died.
He died to bring us . . . ( and because of it there is more to this life)
I've been busy reworking my Internet Store with new ideas and with a new idea for some of my older art work. So the Glenn McCarthy Fine Art store at Zazzle has been undergoing reconstruction! (The "Click Here For More Information Button" will take you there)
Here is a rotating panel on some of my coffee cup designs. My traditional work has always revolved around a direct inspirational message. I've been branching out into creating designs along with my art. Of course they are one and the same but in design I am considering patterns with greater weight, while experimenting with new ideas for traditional presentation.
Click on any image on the panel and it will give you the details. I think that the cups have a pretty classy quality and approach in their composition. I hope that you agree!
I was going through the communications on my personal website and found that these creations are being featured in some of my groups. Each feature varies in the length of time being posted. I am adding my image and links for you to go and browse what's happening in that particular group. The work goes from 2009 to present day and varies from Hand drawn to Digital... my usual eclectic mix. At the moment I am working in "toned images" and moving on to "restoration images" from family archives. Mostly behind the scenes photos taken by my father just after World War 2 in Germany. I'm looking forward to that challenge.
So here they are, in no particular order: CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW
My first Pen and Ink study, "Psalm One" and Digital "Trinity" are being featured in:
The Christianity Group, http://fineartamerica.com/groups/christianity-.html
The Black And White Art Group, http://fineartamerica.com/groups/black-and-white-art.html
"Watts Towers 2" is being featured in:
USA Artists News, http://fineartamerica.com/groups/usa-artist-news-limit-1-daily.html
Another early Digital Painting Image, "Reaching Toward The Sky" is being featured in:
Artists California , http://fineartamerica.com/groups/artists-california.html
Three Black and Whites, "Wondering About Tomorrow", "The Message", and "Introspectif de Reveur" are being showcased in:
M O U S E Group, http://fineartamerica.com/groups/m-o-u-s-e.html
"Which Way The Wind Blows" is being refocused in:
"Photography And Textures", http://fineartamerica.com/groups/photography-and-textures-make-fine-art.html
"Desert Host Impressions" and *"Twelve Pillars" are being featured in:
"3 A DAY Waiting Room Art", http://fineartamerica.com/groups/3-a-day-waiting-room-art.html
And Finally, a Re-Mastered "Cloud Watchers" is being featured in:
"Faith In Christ" group, http://fineartamerica.com/groups/faith-in-christ-.html
*Note: Twelve Pillars Is also being shown in Artists California feature.
Thanks for taking the time to view these images and your interest. If you have any question or comments please feel free to chime in here. You can also subscribe to my blog here or find me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/glenn-mccarthyfineartamericacom/112830052068502?ref=hl
Don't ask me what I mean by that. It's not that deep. Black and White is just a favorite of mine strictly because it asks the question of "what is the deeper meaning". Instead of filling in all the blanks it challenges me to do it. Color dazzles and puts it all right there, surface in many ways. Black and white pricks the journalistic intuition from our insides. Who lived there? What kind of life did they live? What are they thinking? What events took place there? Questions that cause us to look for deeper meaning.