Within this website I hope to provide the visitor with a sense of what I am attempting to communicate through my paintings and sculpture. For me, art is a journey.
I subscribe to the theory that life is measured not in the number of breaths one takes but in the moments your breath is taken away. I have been fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to encounter, first hand, so many sights that impacted me personally. My art attempts to share those moments and, if they impact you on some emotional level as well… then I have achieved some measure of success.
I work primarily in oil and watercolor but occasionally will do two dimensional work in acrylics. In terms of subject matter, I look for shapes, color and narrative that interest me more than any particular genre'. Tour this web site and you might see urban as well as traditional landscapes, still life and figurative studies. Most of my work is representational but, occasionally, a shape or color will capture my attention and I will manipulate, de-construct and reassemble the image until it only hints at the original. Again, art is a journey.
If you see something you like, double click for a larger view. Double clicking the larger image returns you to the page you left. Feedback is always appreciated (see the Contact page). Keep in mind that the website is only a small sample of my inventory. Contact me directly if you have an interest that the website does not address. Let me know if you would like to be added to my quarterly e.mail update list where I announce upcoming shows and let interested parties know about current projects.
I also have an art blog that tracks current projects from inspiration to completion. You can log in at www.joeblanfordart.wordpress.com or simply click the icon to the left. As each painting is completed, I will move it from the blog to the top of this page.
It has been a busy year with numerous shows and sales. I am happy to report that I have been awarded Signature Staus with both Texas Watercolor Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. This involves having your paintings juried into shows and is indicative of exhibiting a sustained level of quality in your work. for instance, it took me about five years to attain Signature Status with Southwestern Watercolor Society.
Note Sagrada Familia II in the Wet Paint Section above. This project involved revisiting a projert I did in quarter sheet a few years ago. This version is full sheet and allowed me to explore Gaudi's Barcelona masterpiece and apply some of what I have learned over the last few years. Check out my art blog if you would like to learn more concerning the genesis of this project. I also finished Santa Monica Palm which you can find on the Urban Landscapes page. I have several other current projects on the blog, so che, ck out the Art Blog tab to the left. Also check out the Art Links page for other great sites.
Joseph Blanford TWS, SWS
November 25, 2013