Thursday, December 03, 2009

2nd and Blair Sale

The 2nd and Blair Artists are having their holiday sale and open house this weekend. Since I moved my studio last spring to my home I won't be participating. If you are looking for my work, you can buy my work through my etsy store or reproductions from my collection at Fine Art America. My work is still on display at Ratatouille Restaurant in Eugene. I will be having a solo show of new work at the David Joyce Gallery at Lane community College in January.
2nd and Blair Holiday Sale and Open House
Friday, December 4th 5-9pm Opening Gala!
Saturday, December 5th 11-5pm
Sunday, December 6th 11-4pm

Friday, November 06, 2009

Essential Tools Sale

I will be doing a painting demonstration at Oregon Art Supply's Essential Tools Sale Saturday November 7th from 12-5. I have switched to a solvent free technique. I mainly use M.Graham oils and their representative will be will be there too. I will be doing a simple still life and be available if you want to pick my brain about painting techniques.
Oregon Art Supply
1020 Pearl Street, Eugene, Oregon 97401
Phone 1-866-683-2787 or local 541-683-2787

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Shrines and Reliquaries

This is a picture of the piece I did for the Shrines and Reliquaries show at the Arts Center in Corvallis. This piece has a stump sculpted from polymer and painted then mounted on a base that uses techniques common in architectural or scale-railroad models. I used metal leaf gilding on the frame of the painting. There is a topo map lining the inside of the box. There are sewn cloth banners on the doors. I made the box from fir and it has a handle made of nylon rope and stitched leather.

I titled it Logger Priest's Portable Shrine. The idea comes from having heard of loggers who believe and feel that trees have a living spirit as we do ourselves. Each time a tree is cut the spirit is honored for its sacrifice. My contribution to the Shrines and Reliquaries show honors the spiritual connection of loggers to the forest. Borrowing the visual language of shrines in Christian art combined with the utilitarian tools of the logger I have created my own vision of a shrine that focuses the spirit of reverence for the forest. I am very sensitive to the environmental movement and feel a strain in the natural polarization of opinion on the subject. I see the concept of the tree harvester as priest a powerful Utopian notion. The weight of the sacrifice is carried by the one performing the sacrifice. And so entrusted by society to the sacred duty of providing wood while protecting the forest.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Journey Begins

I released a new print available through Fine Art America. This painting is called The Journey Begins. It is a fantasy style picture which is a new thing for me. I am curious to hear what people think. I have lots more ideas like this. There are lots of little details to suggest a story. I have my own story but people often are inspired to invent their own.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I am offering reproductions of my paintings now. Through Fine Art America you can get high quality prints, posters and cards. Check out my shop.

I have resisted for years getting into reproductions. I thought my prices for originals were pretty affordable. Why not buy an original? Now my prices are creeping up. Some pieces are very large and the prices are prohibitive for some. The first piece I am offering is Hosoi Vans. I have had a lot interest in this piece. I love the 80's nostalgia in this piece and now you can choose the size you want if you love it too.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Last Art Walk for Opus6ix

I am sure a lot of people don't know that Opus6ix is closing. They will be open through the end of June. This will be their last First Friday Art Walk. I am planning on being there tonight with Michelle and Henry. I have really enjoyed being part of Opus6ix. I am sad to see them close.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Mina Dresden Gallery

I will have a block print in a show of the Artists of Zyzzyva at Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco. The show is to honor Howard Junker who will be celebrating 25 years as editor. I wish I could go to the opening but I won't be able to be there. If any readers get to visit, I would love to hear about it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Broadley Vinyards Art Show

This is my first show like this. I will have a selection of paintings and some original prints.

WHAT: Broadley Vineyards Tasting and Art Show Event

WHERE: Broadley Winery - 265 S. 5th Street (HWY 99W), Monroe, OR 97456

WHEN: Sat., May 23 and Sun. May 24, 11 am - 5 pm

On Saturday & Sunday; May 23rd and 24th from 11-5pm the Broadley Winery will be open to the public for this tasting and art show event. The tasting will consist of wines available from the 2007 vintage. While at the Open House, meet and enjoy the work of featured artists:

Suma Elan, Nonie Fish, Jenny Gray, John Holdway and Jerry Ross. Entry is free, but there will be a $10 tasting fee.

Broadley Winery - 265 S. 5th Street (HWY 99W), Monroe, OR 97456

Phone: 541-847-5934

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Bella Perla to Brian Marki

My solo show at Bella Perla is over. Since the owner of Bella Perla, Julie Martin, is going to sell the gallery as soon as she finds a buyer, I decided to look for another gallery. I am happy to announce that I found a new home in Portland. I contacted Brian Marki to tell him about my impending transition to a new gallery and see if he was interested in my work for his gallery. He is! I already dropped off a couple pieces. There is a group show planned for May.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Upcoming class

Basic Drawing taught by John Holdway
At Maude Kerns Art Center
Class ID #1575
Embark on a journey of drawing discovery! In this Basic Drawing class, you will learn and review drawing skills in a series of lessons and exercises designed to introduce you to the concepts of line, shading, perspective, and composition. Each week, you will build upon the techniques you’ve learned to create sketches and finished drawings. With practice, patience, and a positive attitude, your efforts will be rewarded as you watch your drawings improve from week to week. Be sure to sign up early for this popular class.
Thursdays, April 9-June 4, 6:00pm-8:00pm*
*There will be no class Thursday, May 7th.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bella Perla Gallery

I will be having a show at the Bella Perla Gallery in Portland, Oregon in March. There will be an artist reception Thursday March 5, 7-8:30.

Last Friday Art Walk

Its time for Last Friday Art Walk again. Teague and I will be open. Come by the studio 6-9.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Other People's Shoes

This painting of Garth Marriott's Hosoi Vans is part of a series of other peoples shoes. In a way I started this project over 22 years ago.

When I was a freshman at MICA in Jim Hennessey's Foundation Drawing class in 1986, we were to chose a series to work through in our homework. For some reason I chose shoes. I was board with the idea pretty quick so I started borrowing other peoples shoes. Since I started a new series of shoes. I started thinking about those old drawings. My mother found a pack of the drawings in her barn and sent them to me. Not a moment too soon. Some had been gnawed by mice to make bedding. Here are a couple that I liked.

I borrowed Council Nedd's Creepers. He had quite a few pairs of nice and very cool shoes. I was already friends with Council when I got to MICA because he was the only other freshman from my high school. Council left MICA but went on to become a Bishop in the Anglican Church.

Spoon Popkin used to wear those shoes that you could buy at the Chinese grocery for $3. They were black cloth with a hard red plastic sole. I borrowed a pair of her old beat up shoes for this drawing. I used heavy rough watercolor paper and painted a lot of it in my bathtub with ink and water.

Actually Jim Hennessey talked me out of quite a few of my drawings from that class. I wonder what became of them.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Andrew Wyeth Dies

I just read that Andrew Wyeth died. I went with my father to see Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings at the National Gallery in 1987. As I look back that experience was formative. The quiet mood and visible dedicated work ethic apparent in the images has always stirred me. When I started art school in the fall of '86, realism wasn't hot. MICA always put an emphasis on the "foundation." At the time I think that it was thought that it was important for artists to follow a period of development such as masters of Modernism. Picasso developed strong observational working skills before developing his mature styles. The photographers complained that they we required to take life drawing. I loved then and love still the "foundation". I came to base my work on what what was called fundamental.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Upcoming Classes

I have a few classes starting next week.

At Amazon Community Center:
Drawing Dynamics Ages 16 & up
Mondays 6-7:30
Are you a 'wannabe' artist but afraid of the blank page? Here is your chance to become a confident artist. This class will help train your eyes and hand to work together. You will look at line and mark making, tone, gesture & object drawing, space, drawing portraits, and more. The real thing!

Explore Your Inner Art Ages 16 & up
Tuesdays 6-8
Through simple exercises, this class will help you will explore your unconscious, opening up your ability to create. Beginners and experienced artists can use this technical knowledge of image making to help strengthen and push their work as far as it can go. Have fun creating and discovering in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

At Maude Kerns Art Center:

Drawing in Color
Wednesdays, start day postponed, 6:00pm-8:00pm
John Holdway
Class ID #1553

Beat those winter blues and discover what color can do for your drawings! With the help and guidance of instructor John Holdway, you will learn the importance of color in your artwork. Experimenting with both charcoal and pastels, you will review techniques to make colors “pop” as well as methods to control color and tone in your drawings. Whether a beginning or experienced artist, this class is a wonderful opportunity to have some fun, learn new skills, and bring a burst of color to your art. 8 Sessions.

Skill Builder in Drawing & Painting
Thursdays, Start Day Postponed, 6:00pm-8:30pm
John Holdway
Class ID #1552

Take advantage of this unique classroom setting to build your skills in drawing and painting. Open to community members and Northwest Christian University students, this class offers a more academic approach to drawing and painting. Each week, you will complete exercises to help develop your drawing techniques and explore the art of watercolor painting. You will review concepts of composition, line, color, and perspective, and benefit from both in-class demonstrations and individual instruction. A great way to develop and strengthen your skills in two fundamental art forms! 8 Sessions.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Count Down to Jacobs

I just got finished dropping off my paintings at the Jacobs Gallery for my upcoming show Consuming Vison.
Jacobs Gallery Office
Hult Center for Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, OR 97401
The opening reception is this Friday January 9,2009 and starts at 5:30 and goes until around 9:30. I and the other artists will be giving an artist inside talk from 3:30-4:30. I hope to see you there.

Here you can see a large four foot square painting that I finished just a week ago. It is called Three Oranges. Besides being the largest piece in the show it has a little different point of view than the other pieces. This one is a view from above looking down. There is not a backdrop just the surface the oranges are sitting on. Most of the other paintings have a horizontal line separating the two which is a strong compositional element that I use often.