Sunday, February 7, 2016

Reginald Bronze

Dear Art Lover,
     Flashing back a few years, I want to feature one of my favorite works.  I like the subtlety of movement in it and the exaggerated proportions in the bronze figure. 
     Reginald was a model that I met during an Open Studio in Austin, Texas. Back in 2000, I did not see many black models or even black artists. I asked him if he would pose for me to create a walking man figure. My studio being over a 30-minute drive from town, I went to his flat in central Austin (for he did not have a car and walked anywhere he needed or wanted to be within reason).
     He posed in his small living room, while I sculpted in his even smaller dining room. It was a wonderful experience for both of us and I was very pleased in 2002 when the bronze Reginald was exhibited in the City of Austin's Dougherty Art Gallery. He was also featured in most of the press received for this July event. The show was titled, "From Paper to Bronze: Sculptors who Draw" and I had invited another artist, Marian Waldrip, to exhibit with me in my first (and only, I think) 2-person event. We even did a LIVE life drawing one evening during the exhibition.



     I hope you enjoy the naturalness I tried to capture in Reginald's body.  I have only ONE of these bronze sculptures Reginald left. He is half-life size [34" H x 12" x 13"] and is priced at only $9500, but until 15 February, you may acquire him (even with my NO-finance-charge layaway plan) at $8075.  Let him greet your home visitors!



















    Take advantage of my 15th anniversary Savings until 15 Feb. 2016.. on this or any available artwork. See the special offer from Don Elliott at The Franklin Barry Gallery, as well, here: 
And please share this promotion with anyone you think may be interested in it.

Thank you.

Peace,

Kelly



Friday, January 29, 2016

Divine Beauty Devotional Art

Dear Art Lover,
Bouguereau

I had hoped to write about this art exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, while it was still happening, but I got sidetracked.  I am currently in Austria seeing people that I love, so I have little time at the moment.
The exhibition was titled, Bellezza Divina / Divine Beauty” and included works from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana to my favorites, Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891).  While many of Adolphe Bouguereau’s works seem sappy to some art critics, the enormous painting in this exhibition is absolutely stunning.  I cannot imagine anyone walking away from it without admiring the artist who conceived and painted it. 

Anyway, here are the images.  If you want to know the artist, please leave a comment on my blog page and I will get back to you once I am home again in February.

Thank you … and enjoy the devotional art and divine beauty.  This was a wonderful exhibition!  [More images below.]


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It is January and this month I celebrate 15 years as a full-time artist! Wow.. thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
·         15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture
·         15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.
·         If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
before 15 February 2016,
you will also receive
a $50 framing gift certificate
to use as you like. This is a
Special Offer
from Don Elliott at
The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.


These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!

If you would like to read the full art newsletter for January, including see a new work on the easel still, please visit:

Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist


Ciseri

The Conversion of St. Paul
Detail of painting shown left






Chagall, apparently the Pope's favorite








Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nitram Charcoal Art

Charcoal drawing work-in-progress by artist Kelly Borsheim
Charcoal Work-In-Progress by Kelly Borsheim
Dear Art Lover,
I have always loved black and white images, and am typically pretty impressed when I see a well-done charcoal drawing. I never thought that I would have the patience to even attempt such a thing. But love is love and oh so hard to resist.
Just before Christmas I received a wonderful e-mail from Jerzy Niedojadlo. He is the new owner of the famous Nitram Charcoal company. I was dismayed years ago to find out that the Nitram in France would no longer be producing its quality drawing products. I bought as much Nitram charcoal as I could afford, in fact. Nitram (the founder Martin Gros’ first name spelled backwards) began from humble beginnings after World War II made it difficult to find work. Not actually born as its own company until the late 1960s, it dramatically improved its quality after a large order boosted the business. You may read more about Nitram’s beginnings here:
Jerzy is a working artist and was inspired to go to France with his partner Patricia to learn the techniques from Martin’s son, Daniel. They now own the business and have moved it to Canada. And last year about this time, he sent me a Nitram Baton to try out while I was living in Croatia! Learn more here:

Recently, Jerzy wrote to share with me a new video about Nitram that debuted at the CreativeWorld Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany, last year. I feel honored and excited to have several of my own charcoal drawings included in this production. I hope you enjoy this showcase of charcoal art as presented on youtube.com [my work is seen at 1 minute 4 seconds, 1:04]:



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Charcoal drawing Enough by artist Kelly Borsheim
Enough - Charcoal Drawing
Available
by Kelly Borsheim
It is January and this month I celebrate 15 years as a full-time artist! Wow.. thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
·         15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture
·         15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.
·         If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
before 15 February 2016,
you will also receive
a $50 framing gift certificate
to use as you like. This is a
Special Offer
from Don Elliott at
The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.
These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!
If you would like to read the full art newsletter for January, including see a new work on the easel still, please visit:
Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



Friday, January 15, 2016

Art Collecting the Vogel Way

Dear Art Lover,

I really enjoyed this article about how a man meets a woman and teaches her his new passion.  Together they create something magical.  I posted this in my recent art newsletter (a different subscription:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/contact.htm ), but you may read it here as well.

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Art Collecting: The Vogels

     As an art collector myself, I found this interesting article online written by Jed Lipinski. It is titled, “How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection” and it is the story of art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel in New York City. The full article may be found here:

     Mr. Lipinski has written and engaging article that describes two love affairs really. He tells how Dorothy and Herb met and how he shared his secret passion with her. Their collection really became their life-long creation. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the article [all direct quotes].
    
     They had only a few criteria: The work had to be affordable; it had to fit in their apartment; and it had be transportable via taxi or subway. Not part of the equation? The artist’s reputation. “We bought what we liked,” Dorothy said. “Simple as that.”

     When they spotted something beyond their means, they’d find a way to make the purchase: They’d buy on credit; they’d forgo a vacation; they’d even throw in cat-sitting to sweeten a deal. And the artists loved them for it.
  
     [Artist Lucio] Pozzi offered an alternate explanation. “To ask them to sell a piece of their collection would be like asking me to cut off a square yard of one of my paintings,” he said. “They were artists, and the collection was their work of art.”

After Herb died in 2012, the article quotes:
     “I have no regrets,” Dorothy said. “I’ve had a wonderful life. And I believe Herb and I were made to be together.”


You may read the full newsletter here and it contains the details of my current art sale (which ends 15 February 2016).


Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



Thursday, January 14, 2016

15 years Full-Time Artist

Dear Art Lover,
It is January and this month I celebrate 15 years as a full-time artist! Wow.. thank you for being a part of this adventure. Your support has been invaluable. I would like to celebrate by making it easier to buy some art that moves you. Here goes:
·         15% off on all available sculptures. The pricelist is here:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/pricelist.htm#sculpture
·         15% off on all available 2-D work, from paintings and drawings in any medium to giclée fine art reproductions.
·         If you buy two or more Borsheim Art Works
before 15 February 2016,
you will also receive
a $50 framing gift certificate
to use as you like. This is a
Special Offer
from Don Elliott at
The Frame Shop/Franklin Barry Gallery in Indianapolis.


These offers end February 15, 2016. Prices you see on the Web site are BEFORE the 15% savings offer. Thank you for your interest!
If you would like to read the full art newsletter for January, including see a new work on the easel still, please visit:
Thank you.  Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alcohol and Art

Dear Art Lover,

     Well, yesterday concluded Italy’s version of the winter holiday grouping.  Wise men delivering gifts, and a witch brings things to children here… she is called the Befana.  I actually enjoyed Christmas this year in my new home town and with a dear friend who came to share in it with me.  Although I went out on New Year’s Eve and had a nice time, I still found myself a bit down.  NYE just does not make sense to me and yet, it still reminds me of how fast life is zooming past.  The depression likely stems from my lack of efficiency in the "productivity of art" department.  Then I give myself a kick in the pants, right about the time I have to pay my Texas State Sales Tax!  (20 January)

     I am working on a charcoal drawing I have wanted to do for years now.  And, typical for me, there is always a point in which I fear that I do not have the skills to do what I envision.  It feels like pushing that boulder up the mountain.  Perhaps that is a bit hard on myself, though, because I do not often have a clear vision of the final look.  I have learned that each artwork changes a bit.  It must be some weird collaboration of materials and mind.

     In any event, here is a sneak peek at my latest effort. I have been wondering if the use of alcohol will help get the effect that I seek.  I do not mean the kind that you drink… or as my father likes to quip, “Drink up and make me look good!”

Peace,
Kelly



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Modeling and Shoe Design

Dear Art Lover,

     Over the Christmas holiday, one of my girlfriends and I were reminiscing about our favorite models from our days together in Florence, Italy.  This one young man was intense and often studying during his breaks.  He was a professional cyclist and his figure told a lot.  Another friend of mine had a huge crush on him, so I organized a lunch one day at my nearby home and invited him over while she cooked.  Good times.  It is interesting to see how models lives change.  Some keep up with the work for artists; many move on.  Some do a little of both.

     I had an idea many years ago that my New Year’s Eve post would contain a new intentionally erotic artwork that I had made.  I wanted to bring back the memory of Pompeii and counteract this strange custom in the US (at least) of thinking negative thoughts about the bodies we have been given, as well as the bodies we have developed from what we have been given.  We have the capacity to bring and receive joy.  I believe that when we suppress many natural, but positive, qualities in ourselves, those desires manifest in crude ways.  I think it is better to teach our children healthy outlooks about our bodies and show them how magnificent the overall design!

     In this spirit, I would like to share with you my charcoal drawing of a standing Francesco.  I have not had time to create an intentionally erotic artwork, nor finish current figures in progress.  However, Francesco is a beautiful man, so I hope you can forgive me for sharing this drawing of him today.  I have many sketches of this model I wrote about in the above paragraph, but this one was a long-term study.  I am not sure why the school prefers to put the male models in this rather somber pose, but so be it.  Also, artists in the room got to pick their easel location based on a point system.  Since I was never great about doing homework or concerned about points, I was almost always last to choose.  I told myself that if I could get a good drawing from a position that no one else wanted, I would learn more.  But still, this pose rather fits our somber and often serious thinker, Francesco.

Francesco
27 x 12" charcoal drawing on paper 2008
by Kelly Borsheim
For more information on this artwork, please visit:


     As I was writing this post this morning, a friend shared on Facebook this inspiring video.  I love it!  This is a fantastic story and with a Florence connection, too. Dream, but more importantly, listen (others sometimes see your voice before you do), and ACT. Watch this:  A great way to get inspired for your new year. And, yes, the shoes are cool, too!



     I hope you have fun plans for New Year’s Eve.  I will be dining with local friends and dancing afterwards.  I must say that I am surprised at the social life in these Tuscan mountains and was even more surprised when one of my British friends in Florence asked me if I was feeling isolated and lonely here.  Nope! 

     Joy and love and peace to you.

Ti voglio bene,
Kelly


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