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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Small matters


Size matters, especially when small. Our art collection goes from coast to coast, including some others may have overlooked. They're also affordable, but valuable.
    A favorite watercolor of mine, bought in New Mexico is only 5 1/2" by 3  1/2" by an Indian artist named Menchego in New Mexico, with an Indian pot and bear fetish, which is special to me.
    Another watercolor, by Ted Scypinski, is just a 5" by 7, "Sunset shores," that we bought in Savannah last year.  And we have five  pieces by Oklahoma artists that fill niches on our walls, again, each telling stories in our imaginations.
These three 4 1/2 "square canvases are acrylic abstracts from my friend and chess playing partner, John Lawton, and hang in our entry way.  We've also bought a 3/12" by 2 1/2" pastel, Western Oklahoma, by Adelante! Gallery owner Cynthia Wolfe (where my watercolors hang in Paseo), and a 3/12" by 5 1/2" oil from Sue Rogers, also in Paseo, "New Mexico storm." It has to be a special oil for me to consider it, since I grew up watching my dad paint western landscapes. Each of these reek of storytelling and imagination.
Western Oklahoma

New Mexico storm
In addition, my uncle Mike gave me this tiny, about three inches at most, stone sculpture of two seals from Alaska, done many years ago by an Eskimo student of his at the Indian Arts Institute in Santa Fe.
    And since I started this post with a mention of bear fetish, here are two more. I bought the 2 1/2" by 3"  pottery brown bear from Jemez Pueblo Indian J. Tosa when visiting his home at the Jemez  feast day and dances with Uncle Mike several years ago. I bought this 5 " by 4"  pottery bear fetish from Acoma Pueblo Indian C. Ortiz at the Santo Domingo Pueblo feast day and dances when I was there two Augusts ago.

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