Paintings reduced for sale!

Send me an email at edobermeyer@cox.net if you are interested in any of these beautiful paintings.  I have to make room in the studio and it's getting tight in here. Fantastic deals can be had. Just contact me.

New World Arts Festival and Solo Exhibition

Wow! August is just going to be amazing! I have a solo exhibition at the Dare County Arts Council and am the featured artist for the New World Arts Festival in that same town. The best part is we got accommodations at a lovely B & B that is "Pet Friendly" so Rusty and Raven will be with us.

http://www.darearts.org/single-post/2017/07/17/Waterfront-Art-Show-Returns-To-Manteo-for-36th-Year

http://www.darearts.org/single-post/2017/07/17/Waterfront-Art-Show-Returns-To-Manteo-for-36th-Year

My first solo exhibition at the Dare County Arts Council

My first solo exhibition at the Dare County Arts Council

We also had Rusty and Raven photographed professionally by Erin Bonilla!  

We also had Rusty and Raven photographed professionally by Erin Bonilla!

 

Where to get your work photographed and printed

Many of you have asked me where I get my prints made and who shoots my work.  The very best local source for that is my good friend Jeff Diener, 757-635-7136.  You can find him via his phone number or look him up on Facebook.  He will sit down with you after shooting your work using the very latest Pantone Color matching system and edit your work in Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.  Once he runs a proof, he can print you as many or as few as you like at a cost per square inch which is amazingly affordable!  Jeff can also be found at his studio at d'Art Center in Norfolk.

And this huge wave of success continues to swell!

Attached is the new ECSC T Shirt which is based on my original painting purchased by D. Nachnani at Coastal Edge this year. My original painting was inspired by the photography of Brad Styron and I transformed it into my own version of Bogue Inlet. I gave D. permission to transform my painting to include the channel marker and jetty on the horizon to suit the needs of the ECSC design and gave him full rights to alter the colors as well. As you can see they are both very different yet very successful designs and I am very proud to have collaborated with Brad, coastal edge, and so many others to have my work put on their posters, media and T Shirts this year. I have and always will be about collaboration, since it opens the doors to new opportunities and experiences and helps you grow in ways you could not do alone.

My connection to the ECSC goes back pretty far when I was working with the ESA as a judging coordinator with Paul West and Harry Purkey back in the early 80's. I also broke my ankle in the finals of the surf contest back then and it turned my entire life around and made me focus on my art work very seriously since I could not surf for an entire year. The docs said I would never surf again but they were wrong and one year later I went to Puerto Escondido with Tony Lighthart and friends and surfed some of the craziest waves of my life!

I can actually say that the ECSC has helped shaped what I am today and am very proud to be a part of it. Thanks! They did a video shoot this week on my story which will be aired soon. Once I get the link to that I will post it for ya.

https://www.facebook.com/deepak.nachnani.7?fref=ts

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRZNqAQ4QsU&feature=youtu.be

 

My original painting of Bogue Inlet, NC inspired by Brad Styron

My original painting of Bogue Inlet, NC inspired by Brad Styron

The official ECSC T Shirt for 2016!  As you can see, the colors were dramatically altered and the jetty and No. 4 channel marker were added very subtly to the horizon. It turned out well!

The official ECSC T Shirt for 2016!  As you can see, the colors were dramatically altered and the jetty and No. 4 channel marker were added very subtly to the horizon. It turned out well!

Spring and early summer show results

What an amazing spring and early summer I have had! The shows are like roller coasters with highs and lows and there were certainly a lot of "highs" this time around.  After having participated in the MOCA Va. Boardwalk Art Show on and off since 1978 and never having won any prices or selected for judging I was finally chosen.  Much to my surprise, at the awards ceremony I was casually talking with friends after most of the awards were called out.  When they got to the last top three awards I stopped paying attention because clearly, I would not be winning any of those!  Amazingly I received the Thomas A. Felton Jr. Award Of Distinction for Fine Art!  I am so humbled and thankful for that recognition after all these years of effort.

 

The featured artist sign.  All of T Shirts and Posters with my painting on it sold out for the first time in years according to MOCA.  

The featured artist sign.  All of T Shirts and Posters with my painting on it sold out for the first time in years according to MOCA.

 

Sandbridge Scorcher inspired by the photography of Eddie Compo at the Tar Roof Gallery won the award of distinction for fine art.  

Sandbridge Scorcher inspired by the photography of Eddie Compo at the Tar Roof Gallery won the award of distinction for fine art.

 

The back wall of my booth with the artwork featured on all the posters and T Shirts.  

The back wall of my booth with the artwork featured on all the posters and T Shirts.

 

Kris and I sporting some of the T's.

Kris and I sporting some of the T's.

The official poster.  

The official poster.

 

The very next day after the boardwalk art show we did the "Under the Oaks" show at Whalehead in Corolla, NC.  I was able to get some terrific shots for future paintings at the Inn At Corolla Light and of course, our dogs were able to stay in the comfy AC while I worked the show.  The day after that show we did the Knotts Island Peach festival and had a great time with the great folks down there and a lot of my fellow artists joined us.  I saw plenty of former and new clients at that one and am looking forward to the month of July to regroup, surf, and relax.

As I reflect on this years shows so far, I have learned a lot.  As always, if sales are slow, don't blame others, the promoter, the weather, fellow artists, etc.  It all falls on you in the end and so often it is just pure luck in regards to encountering that very special person who connects to your work.  I had many shows this year that were just like that and the boardwalk was the exception.  That was one for the record books!  It all comes down to simple math.  You have to do a lot of shows to make income and be realistic because at many of them you just won't have the sales to match the investment in time.  Try to remember the good times you are having meeting other artists and sharing ideas and developing relationships with new and returning clients.

I also figured out how to keep those pesky horizontal bars on my showoff canopy from sliding off their positions.  I used a simple zip tie to hold them in place.

These bars inside the canvas loops kept coming off. Zip ties worked great to hold em in place!  

These bars inside the canvas loops kept coming off. Zip ties worked great to hold em in place!

 

Also earlier this spring at the Gosport Arts Festival I won the Award of Distinction for Fine Art Painting which was a very pleasant surprise!  I support EDMARC hospice for children so much and that award was very special to me. It was not so much for specific piece of work, rather, it was for the body of work.

Amazing year is shaping up for 2016!

In spite of the usual spring slump in sales between Jan. thru March, I am so thankful for being accepted to so many shows and of course, being waitlisted and not invited to so many others was another story all together. I am cutting my show circuit down somewhat from last years art show marathon and looking forward to so many new ones too! It was a pleasant surprise to win best in show at the CBAA members show at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center!

The biggest surprise this year was winning the 2016 Boardwalk Art Show Poster contest and becoming their featured artist for the event. I have tried so hard for so many years to achieve this personal goal and for most of us, it will never happen.  It's like one of those goals made of "unobtainium", the ethereal substance that one never achieves but strives for.  I am humbled beyond words and very grateful.  Thanks to all of you who supported me during the process and voted for my work!  Dreams can come true after all.

http://virginiamoca.org/boardwalk-art-show-2016-featured-artist

Foam Finger Series No. 6, 36" X 60"

Foam Finger Series No. 6, 36" X 60"

Kris and I journeyed to Panama in March and I did four paintings in some of the most grueling weather ever.  Think extreme heat, wind, and truly intense conditions and you can get the idea.  My new lightweight aluminum Plein Air easel worked awesome as did my little Pochade box made of wood.  It sure was nice having a lightweight option to take on the plane!

Our cabin at Playa Venao Hotel and Resort in Los Santos, Panama  

Our cabin at Playa Venao Hotel and Resort in Los Santos, Panama

 

The easel has a hook in the center to hang your pack so that it helps weigh down the tripod.  That helps a lot when the winds are 30-40mph!

The easel has a hook in the center to hang your pack so that it helps weigh down the tripod.  That helps a lot when the winds are 30-40mph!

Yes, the old surf dog still has some left at age 65!

Yes, the old surf dog still has some left at age 65!

One of those tasty Playa Venao barrels  

One of those tasty Playa Venao barrels

 

One just never gets enough of these

One just never gets enough of these

April will be very busy with the Sensational Spring Festival in Norfolk, the Plein air Escape on East Beach in Norfolk, The Atmospheric Impressions show at the Artists Gallery, The Art Speaks on the Bay show at Bay School Community arts and a host of other events!

May will fire up with the Gosport Arts show with proceeds going to the EDMARC foundation.  I have been wait listed for Stockley so I will have to see how that pans out but I will be doing the Surf Art Expo the end of May.  I would say I am off to a great start for 2016!  Look for me at 30th street at the boardwalk art show just north of the King Neptune Statue at the VIP Tent.

Ready for Artisgras in Palm Beach County!

While I sit here wondering what I may have forgotten to load up in the van and trailer, this post comes to mind by a friend and it is well worth the read.  Can't wait to get on the road again and get the show scene rolling!  The excitement and adrenaline rush of doing outdoor shows is just incredible!  In the meantime, give this one a look over. It's a great article by a great artist and really hits close to home of the professional artist.

http://theyearoflivingfabulously.com/2013/07/05/how-to-talk-to-artists-at-art-festivals-the-dos-and-donts-warning-youve-probably-been-guilty-of-at-least-one-of-the-donts/

 

New and improved hanging system from http://www.propanels.com/hanging-systems/

I have been struggling with hanging my art work at shows for years and my thick canvas walls are very difficult to put the drapery hooks into to secure my paintings to the walls.  After several years of pinching and stabbing myself with them, I finally took the plunge and got an amazing new hanging system of cables and grips from propanels.com that is phenomenal, easy to use and store, and looks very professional.

The fully opened cable caddy that keeps the grips and cables neat.

The fully opened cable caddy that keeps the grips and cables neat.

Detail of the grips (hooks) that slide up and down the cables with the push of the button on top.

Detail of the grips (hooks) that slide up and down the cables with the push of the button on top.

The rubbermaid hook that goes over my 1 1/2" diameter pipe on the showoff canopy system.

The rubbermaid hook that goes over my 1 1/2" diameter pipe on the showoff canopy system.

If you already have pro panels you won't need these hooks from Rubbermaid but I do since the 1" hooks won't go over the top of the canvas wrapped in 1 1/2" pipe. There is a perfect hole to put the hooks into and the part that goes over the canvas is padded in black so the canvas won't get damaged from the hook.

Side view of the hooks that can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.

Side view of the hooks that can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.

What's really amazing is that the cable caddy rolls up into a neat roll that takes up very minimal space, yet stores those very long cables for you when needed later without having them turn into a birds nest from some fishing rod nightmare where the line just blows up on a cast on the reel. This system is not for everyone but its right for me.  You can get the cables and grips from: http://www.propanels.com/hanging-systems/.  The cables cost around $16.00 each and it takes at least six cables per booth side to hold your work.  It's not for the faint of wallet but it sure does make your display look professional and speeds up the hanging process.