Here's a sneak peak at my newest A&C painting in progress. I'm very inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's words on nature, and his "Tree of Life" stained glass from the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo, NY. A branch of Ponderosa pine will be featured in the middle.
Modern Bungalow has chosen me to be their featured artist for October and November. Thank you Modern Bungalow! If you live in the Denver area and like my artwork, chances are really good you'll LOVE this amazing Arts & Crafts home furnishing store. Ed and Kate Sultan have recently sold their business to two dear friends of mine, Matt Hubbard & Danielle Sandusky. It's been an amazing journey to see these four lovely people share in a love for the Arts & Crafts Movement and it's revival. Through this process, they've also grown to be life-long friends. Stop in Modern Bungalow this month to say farewell and hello to these amazing individuals, and to see 7 of my original paintings and art prints for sale. https://modernbungalow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ModernBungalow/
You and your friends are invited to tour Julie Leidel's Evergreen art studio Sept. 16-17, 10:00 - 5:00pm
The Bungalow Craft will open it's doors to the public! Come visit Julie Leidel and see her home and art studio, current artwork in progress, and experience her inspiration in the Arts & Crafts Movement (1880-1920) and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Walk our mountain foot trail, and enjoy the neighboring elk and deer.
Julie will also have LOADS of artwork for sale: Original paintings, art canvas prints, matted prints, magents, and notecards. There will even be an overstock and bargan bin with some great end-of-season deals. Commission work is also available.
I've been chosen as the featured artist for this year's 5th annual Cheesman Park Arts Festival - July 29 & 30th. There are 18 billboards up around Denver that have my artwork featured on them for the show.
To celebrate, I’m holding a PHOTO CONTEST! Post a picture of one of my billboards on your Instagram or Facebook timeline by Friday, July 28th, mention Julie Leidel and add a link to my website www.thebungalowcraft.com. Stop by my booth (E6 & E7) July 29 or 30th at the Cheesman Park art show and show me your post, and I'll give you one 8x10 print for $55 (Retails for $75.)
THERE WILL BE ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR BEST PHOTO! By the end of the show, I'll have picked a winner from the photos that are brought to me in person. The most creative photographer will win a FREE 20x24 Art Canvas Print of my artwork - you pick your favorite painting! (Retails for $350)
BILLBOARD LOCATIONS AROUND DENVER: E. Colfax & Park Ave West, 4221 Steele, 5225 Leetsdale, 2063 Larimer, 3550 Brighton, 4635 E. Colfax, 2223 E. Colfax, 2401 W. Evans, 3800 Kalamath, 3636 Brighton, 3620 Downing, 3659 Marion, 2261 California, 50 W. 12th, 2050 W. 2nd, 3654 E. 50th 1180 W. Custer, and 290 Federal.
I just walked down to the mailbox to find my favorite letter of the year waiting for me. I've been accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan for a second year! This warms my heart, and gives me a real sense of belonging within the Roycrofters-At-Large Association. I'll be heading out to New York this June for Summerfest, and I'm over-the-moon excited to spend some quality time on campus in the days before the show.
Inspiration comes both from the past and present for me. The beautiful dance through time that Edward Curtis and Paul Unks have is an amazing thing to behold. I'm so honored to have Edward Curtis's Incense over a Medicine Bundle in my art studio. This artisan giclee print brings mindfulness everyday through the grounded spirit of the Hidatsa People (plains tribe from modern-day North Dakota.) The pipe you see from this photo taken in 1908 is actually over 2,000 year old and still used in ceremony today. I can almost smell the single smoke line of sage burning as I gaze into this quite moment in time.
Paul Unks of Mountain Hawk Fine Art http://www.curtisprints.net is unmatched is his authentic and painstaking detail to recreate Curtis's work as he would have done over 100 years ago. I'm grateful for your friendship Paul, and if only we had a time machine to go back and meet Curtis and the Native American friends he made, I think we'd do just that.
To learn more, please read my article (written for the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society, see the file below these two images) on how much love goes into Paul's photogravures, & goldtones. Everyone should know the name Edward Curtis. The historical work he did in preserving the heritage and history of over 80 Native American tribes through story and photography still lives on today. My admiration for both the Shadow Catcher, and The Brother of the Shadows runs deep.
I've been creating some Arts & Crafts pattern designs and having a ball doing it. These are so much fun to make, I had to tell myself to get back to other paintings. Hopefully in a few months, you'll see one or two of these poppy or pine designs in textile. Fingers crossed...more to come...
I was very honored to be interviewed for the Roycrofters-At-Large Association Chronicle in Feburary of 2017. Becoming a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan in 2016 has meant the world to me. I'm humbled to be counted among so many talented artists from around the country. To learn more about RALA, and the Roycroft Master and Renaissance Artisans, please visit http://www.ralaweb.com/
I've been asked to participate in the 14th annual Painted Violin Fundraiser for Denver Young Artists Orchestra. The title is The Song of the Dogwood & Dragonfly. My inspiration? Art Nouveau all the way.