Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Web site is up and running!

Alright bloggers, it is offical in case you haven't heard. My first website is up and in operation now. I can actually market all of my stuff I have been working on. If there is something you have been wanting, you can now have it. Go check it out,(http://redeartharts.com/) if you see something you think I can improve on then please leave me a message in the comments. I always appreciate comments left by you guys.

Still working toward having Marten with Native American Art web site finish up with my web page there as well. I need to get my wife to take my picture along with some of my prints for that site. If it is good enough I may put it on my web site as well.

Everything is a go with the Art center gallery showing in April. If you haven't made plans as of yet, then mark your calender for my very first gallery showing for the whole month of April at the Ponca City Art center. I will find out the dates on everything and will be posting it here. I know there will be a reception the first day. You will know when that will be.

Once all this excitement passes, I will be working once again on the 7 clans paintings. I still need to do the Beaver, Bear, Pigeon, and Buffalo. Hopefully have those paintings done by the gallery showing.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas wish for everyone!

I pray and hope that you will have a place to go where you can join together with friends and relatives tonight and tomorrow for this time of our Creators birth. Maybe get something to eat. Be careful if you are driving somewhere. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

My wife and I send clothing packages to Lakota Reservations in So. Dakota for children, that they may have something to wear during the cold winter months they have there. I also know it is almost impossible to reach every child there that is in need.
We try though.

Also want to wish you a safe and Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eye of the Eagle

7 Clans Series painting of the Eagle Clan. My thoughts for this painting took me outside the box, for my relatives and friends of the Eagle Clan. I envisioned something completely different than what I actually put down on the mat. My Mother is of the Eagle clan. As a child I would dream sometimes of being able to fly. I would often wonder how the view would be for the Eagle from his point, being so close to Heaven. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Printing partner.. Dave gets early Christmas gift..

My partner that does all my printing for me just received yesterday (Tuesday) a new 24" format printer from Canon.. So now we can do even larger prints.. The art show in April will be an exciting time for us. We will be able to offer larger prints than what we had before.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Everything is a go for the Art Gallery!

I didn't want to post anything until I had confirmation from the Director of the galleries at the local Art center. Today he told me that I have been accepted for my own gallery. He mentioned that it would be in April. We will need to meet and work out some details. Otherwise I will get some frame work done for my prints I have up to this point, and will continue creating more art work.

I believe there will be a reception on the first day of the gallery, so everyone can come join me as I celebrate life with my art!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lifetime waiting for this moment..

When you find great emotion that drives you to want to paint, and keep on improving from where you began, and never looking back, then after awhile you all of a sudden find yourself in a place, that now people want to see what you have been doing. My friend Dave that prints my work for me, went to the local Art Center, and mentioned me to the Art Directors. Now they are wanting to meet with me this Sunday. I will take my portfolio in and see where this is going to lead me. This will give me an opportunity to ask them some questions as well. Like having my work appraised!

Hopefully this will lead to my own gallery show. If this happens, then I will be acting like a kid going to Disney Land. Not really knowing how to act! It's good to have friends and relatives. In case you can't tell, I am excited!!!

Edit: The meeting went very well today. The chairman of the galleries said he will present my paintings to the board for their approval. This will be decided on Monday. So I will know something by Tuesday.

Monday, December 1, 2008

7 clans Owl painting..

Ron Jones a professional photographer, took the picture of the owl sitting in the tree. He granted me permission to use his photo as a source picture to paint from. The overall painting turned out pretty nice. I am pleased with it. It is actually my 3rd Owl painting thus far. Now off to see my partner Dave, for some print work. Thanks for looking.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Finishing a portrait of Great Grandfather..

Been hard at it again as usual. It's been a few weeks since I started it, and about to finish it at last. I want to get a few printed so I can hand them out to my siblings at Xmas. Hopefully they will enjoy the addition to their homes.

I also found another Owl photo from a fellow NAPP member, who gave me permission to paint it. I have started that painting and will add it along with the Elk toward the 7 clan series paintings.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

When the shadows are long

It is like a God given emotion the way a painting unfolds. When I start a painting sometimes things don't come to me all at once, but as it takes on a life of it's own I can see how I want it to finish.

This is a first of a seven painting set I have started, with the 7 clans of the Otoe Missioura.

The Elk Clan is a large clan in our tribe, and has large families. When I think about Elk or the Deer family, I think about when they move. It is only when the shadows are long. Like early morning or late evening just before dark, they will move out into clearings to graze. Usually Deer hunters will be up in their stands before the sun comes out to try and catch a big buck moving. One of their best defenses is a fog, with long shadows, making them very hard to see. This is what I felt when painting this. Hope you like it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Good friend of mine lost his wife..

Recently a good friend of mine I work with lost his wife after a lengthly sickness, that people are still puzzling over. Her blood pressure had fallen way off to where her finger tips began to turn black from lack of circulation. She had kidney failure too and was put on dialysis. It sounds pretty much typical in a lot of respects, but she was only 29 years old. My friend Luis is only 30. It makes you wonder why? But then again it is not our place to ask why, just pray for understanding. There always is something good that comes from something bad. We may not see it right away, but we will.
My friend asked me if I would do a portrait of her. I said of course I will. I just finished it after one of my fellow NAPP members was kind enough to make some wooden frames for it. I think the end result turned out very nice. I think my friend will be happy to have it hanging in his home. Thanks for looking..

Sunday, August 17, 2008

My friend, I have known all of my life.. I finally got a chance to capture him in a photo and was able to paint him. Actually I did a watercolor brush stroke. I think it turned out pretty good..

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spirit Messenger

When you start a painting, and take a few steps forward, and realize it isn't what you had expected, you go back and start over. This is how it has been for me, take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back!
It was getting old and frustrating, but now it is starting to take on a life of it's own. It has been about 3 months in the making of this painting.

I went into NAPP and asked the membership for their critique for anything that I may have overlooked, or just didn't see, and this is the end result. I am very happy with this.
Let me talk about the painting just a little bit to shed some light on everything, for those of you that may be wondering. Among some Native American tribes, the "Hoot Owl" is respected and left alone, because of it's spiritual powers. I learned my lessons growing up on the Otoe rez here in Oklahoma. My Grandmother was Owl clan, also a shaman or healer. She knew Mother Nature like a giant pharmacy. She always knew what to use and how to prepare it. She was very gifted.
People would come from everywhere to see her. She never took money as payment, she only took 4 different material things as payment. She only followed the "old way". So when I paint a "Hoot Owl" painting I have to always remember my Grandmother. Thanks for looking..

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Cancun is awesome!

This is Sunday, and we arrived last night around 11 pm from our ride home from the airport. Our flight was delayed for a couple of hours putting us home later than we were hoping for. All in all it was well worth it though.

My wife and I had never been to Cancun before, so we really didn't know what to expect. We flew down there last Wednesday, and was at our Hotel the Riu Cancun around 1pm. After a brief settling time, we went down to talk to one of the tour guides, and decided to go see the Mayan Ruins Chichen Itza. The ancient pyramids and in a nut shell, "It's well worth the trip"! We left our Hotel at 720am on a bus. Rode to a meeting place, where we changed buses to get on the one that drove us to Chichen Itza. It was about a 2 hour bus ride. We had a continental breakfast on the bus. Before getting to Chichen Itza, we stopped at a place where a big hole in the gound was. The tour guide said we could go swimming there if we wanted too, but my wife and I decided not too. Instead we opted for just taking pictures.

The Yucatan peninsula has no rivers or running water on the surface. Everything is underground. I guess when the Mayan found the big holes where the water was, it was like finding Gold. They stayed there, and built their cities. After the brief time there, we went on to a restaurant, for some lunch which was included in our package on the tour. The local Mayan descendants entertained us with some music and dance. I was able to get in few pictures while they were performing.

When we finally arrived at Chichen Itza, and after our brief tour with the guide which was very educational in learning how these ancient people lived, fought, sacrificed, and then their downfall. The pictures we took are just totally amazing! This trip did exceed our expectations.

The Hotel we stayed at the Riu Cancun I would recommend to anyone wanting to travel there sometime. The food is included in your package. So we went to the buffet everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All you can eat all the time can be rough on a person if your not careful! ;)

The swimming beach is magnificent, the sand if very soft, the air was nice, and the sound of the waves at night from our balcony was hypnotic to the sound. Making sleep very restful. The color of the ocean was turquoise blue.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Portrait of my Sister n Law

Another happy Friday night.

I just finished another portrait. This
time it's one of my sister in law, who lives in Germany. She is a very attractive lady, who makes for a good model to paint.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Feb 27th

I just finished another contest picture for Worth, but I will wait til the contest starts before I will post it. I want a fair playing ground! ;) and here it is! Lot's of fun making this one.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

"Spirit Horse"

"Spirit Horse"
Great emotion in making this painting.
It's pretty good to put something down that I actually learned from the late master.. Dr. Richard West, my art instructor..

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hand painted Portrait

Over the Christmas holidays I was able to get in a few good photo shoots, and came up with some pretty good photos. I was thinking about starting a thread in NAPP to show a step by step tutorial on how I painted this picture, but opted to post them here.

I will post the step by step process that shows each step in how I painted it. The end result I think turned out pretty good. Please write your comments and let me know what you think. Thanks Sid

The first one is the original that I painted from!

The second one is a rough sketch with some painting in the eyes.

You can see how I added to each step.

It took me about a week to complete this portrait. Since I do things the old fashioned way. See something and paint it! Hope you like it..