By Armand Cabrera
The Washington, VA garden tour auction was a success with all of the paintings selling for the artists involved. I started at 10 am and finished by 3 pm and did two 9x 12 paintings on Saturday. Even though the weather was in the low 90’s that day, turnout for the tour was high. I talked to quite a few people and everyone was happy there were artists involved in the tour this year and the paintings were being sold.
people while I was painting.
William Bliss Baker was born in New York City in 1859. At 17 he began studying at the National Academy of Design with Albert Bierstadt and Mauritz De Haas. Baker showed ability from the beginning of his studies and quickly became known to art critics. Baker won the Elliott prize during his first exhibit in 1879 at the academy and in 1885 Baker won the Julius Hallgarten Prize at the Academy for his painting Woodland Brook.
Baker built a studio named ‘The Castle’ in Clifton Park on Ballston Lake and also maintained a studio in the Knickerbocker building in New York City. Baker was just beginning his career when he died from complications following a skating accident. In his short time working he completed just over 130 paintings before his death in 1886 at the age of 27.
Bakers work shows a maturity and confidence for someone so young. His vision is fully formed and his statements carry authenticity and reverence for his subjects.
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Credit: Historic photo of ‘The Castle’ from John Scherer from an article in the Daily Gazettte by Bill Buel
I was interviewed for Southwest Art Magazine about my paintings for a 3 man show with Brent Jensen and Xu Gang at Tirage Fine Art Gallery in September. The show preview will feature all three of us and should be in the September issue of the magazine. I will have 12 to 18 pieces in the show depending on space. The show runs from September 9 – October 6 and the reception will be Saturday, September 9.
The watercolor workshop at the Bascom is full. We’ve started a waiting list and if there is enough interest for another class we will make it happen. Looking forward to being back there and teaching it should be a fun class.
Illuxcon the Imaginative Realist show is October 18-22. This will be my 6th year attending and my 5th year as a main show artist. I hope if you are in the area you will come out and support the show. It’s really the only show of its kind in the US. The main show is limited to traditional paintings and sculptures no digital work at all.
The 2017 eclipse did not disappoint. Even though we were not in the path of totality it was still a great experience. I took about fifty pictures from my front porch here in Northern Virginia. This was my best shot. Right after the peak, which was 82% here, it clouded up and started to rain. During the height of it, the temp dropped ten degrees and the light was like being in a car with tinted windows.