| Come See The New Work
New Paintings and West Coast Shows
A very busy summer here at the Studio. I visited the east coast for a great show at DZian Gallery in Massachusetts. And upon retuning I've been working on a number of paintings for Chloe Fine Art and Borsini-Burr Gallery to exhibit in their upcoming shows - a few of them are shown below. All of the finished paintings are on the website in the Animal Gallery - see them here. I hope to see some of you at CFA and Borsini-Burr.
| Rabbits, Bears, Wolves and Fishes
Some New Works and Their Stories
As a youngster I was always concerned that decisions were being made for me without my involvement. Any sensitive, yet proud, rabbit knows these decisions could mean the
difference between darkness and light. Either way, until the decision was
made there was trepidation about what was going on amongst the elders. In
this painting the youngster might be headed for the storm, but we're not
certain that he hasn't been called back to go in the opposite direction.
The idea of standing under a gentle waterfall on a hot
summer day is a simple pleasure we have all enjoyed at some point in our
lives. For this bear it is the same.
Hunters of the Woods
Some years ago
I spent ten days in Northern Minnesota dog-sledding and camping in -30 degree
weather. Although we never saw any wolves, we would hear them at night
and find traces of them every morning. They remained a mystery to us
humans. The sled dogs paid little attention to the wolves' calls and
scent. We were definitely the outsiders.
Bear and salmon feature prominently in many Northwestern
Native American legends as powerful beings that provide life force to all
people. This is well illustrated every spring when bears fish for salmon by
standing in the rivers and near waterfalls to catch them as they jump
upstream. Less well known is that they occasionally go underwater to find
weak or dead salmon (the healthy fish can swim away faster than the
bear). It occurred to me that the bear might find herself in a world of
mystery and wonder immersed in the water on a sunny spring day, much as we are
when we go diving into this different world.
| Other Things to Share
New Kids Puzzle from Pomegranate, Facebook Fan Page and Up-Coming Website Changes
The very popular Kiss print went out of print in 2009. So we're very excited to announce a new item has been added to Pomegranate Communications Bissell collection - The Kiss Kids
Jigsaw Puzzle. You can find it here.
The 2010 Bears By Bear Calendar has sold out. But for those of you rabbit fans who've been asking - there will be a 2011 Rabbits By Bissell Calendar available from Pomegranate. We'll make sure to let you know when it's available.
In other news, we've created a Facebook Fan Page - it works a little differently than a Friend page. If you haven't done so already, click on the link above and become a fan.
And we're making some changes to the website to make navigation a little easier. And be on the lookout for a new way to see available originals towards the end of July.
My very best regards,
Magic Realism Group Show: Bissell, Merriam, Bruvel, & Rote
San Francisco, CA
July 17 - August 5, 2010
July 17, 2010 | 5:30-8:30pm
August 7, 2010 | 5-8pm
Hunters of the Woods
The KingdomThe Lazy River
The Dancing Wolves
OTHER PUBLISHED WORKS
2010 Bears by Bissell Calendar SOLD OUT