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Friday, March 21, 2008


"Jason" SOLD

Ah, Jason. Well he modeled for us on a Monday night and as you can see, he works out at the gym. I did 25 years ago and now have begun again on his inspiration.

I thought, "Am I a mouse or a man." So now I have been working out again since October. Slow but steady progress. :) Feels good. A little less fat and a little more muscle and general feeling of well being. Wish me luck in continuing.

This little painting measures 8 1/8" x 10 3/8" and can easily be cropped to 8 x 10 for a standard frame. Painted oil on canvas and also signed and dated upper right.

"Blood City", by Gordon van Vliet
coyright November 2005 all rights reserved
This piece was displayed in an art show during the spring of 2006. It is signed, dated and titled at the bottom. The work measures 5"w x 14"H inches oil on 1/4" hardboard. Available framed as shown with my own hand crafted solid mahogany frame.

$129.00 + $8.00 shipping to the USA. Foreign Buyers contact us for shipping and payment options.

Thank you for looking. Artist retains all copyrights of the artwork.

Blood is a metaphor of life flowing through our veins. Likewise, the life blood of the city are the individuals who inhabit it and are the city's motive force. First works are for survival, when secured, time and energy are spent on larger , more complex ideas. These ideas are represented as buildings and towers, finally a pinnacle soaring upward. As the towers are illuminated in the sun so too may an Individual reach great heights. All people are benefited from the such success.

Also represent here is the idea of the city as the center or natural result of separate individuals need of fellowship, society. This is a mix from those just surviving to those able to achieve further goals. I have always viewed the tower as an inspiration of what can be accomplished through productive thought and work.

SOLD "Wisdom of the Northwest"

This is a painting of a mask used in tribal ceremonies of the Indians along the upper Pacific coast of North America. This particular mask was once worn by a "medicine man" or "man of wisdom". In the old legends the bird was a symbol of hidden knowledge and mystery. The image is set against a dark background made with Raw Sienna, Black, and Ultramarine Blue.

Painted sold is on 16"w x 20"H triple primed canvas with 3/4" hardwood stretchers. The edges are stapled but painted like the background. It could be hung the way it is. I have also shown the framed example to give you an idea of how it could appear in a frame. I think a gold or dark gold "plein-air" type frame would suit it best.

I am considering additional works with this motif. Perhaps a triple canvas with multiple bird images that intersect for a nice 48" x 20" image or mounted separately as 3 distinct 16" x 20" images. Also a background with an abstract but geographically appropriate imagery.

Now Showing:
"Angelina" oil on canvas 16"W x 20"H. At the show.

This painting is available for $400.00. Contact me.

I will be at the opening reception of the Student Art Show at:
Steve Carpenter's Studio
176 Anderson Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

on Friday, March 28, 7 to 10 p.m.
The show runs March 28 – April 4, 2008 Gallery Hours: 1- 4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays)
There will be works by over 60 artists will be displayed.

Gallery directions on mapquest.

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At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your picture of Jason sure is a picture of a rugged man. They say "Anderson from Toccoa, Ga. was the strongest man in the world." They are now bulding an ANDERSON MEMORIAL here in Toccoa. A bronze statue of him raising weights has been made and will be located on the site with memorial stones etc. Vic and Louise in GA.

At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love art. period..... your piece is very different,to me. everyone wears
different masks. thanks,jeff.


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