Winter 2019 Vol. 9

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Seasons Greetings! 2020 is looking to be a busy year with family, teaching, and painting for several upcoming shows. In addition, I've been working hard on the release of my upcoming art book "The Spirit and the Brush, Painting Devotionals by Thomas Kegler". Please watch for my soon to be announced kickstarter campaign.


"The Spirit and the Brush: Painting Devotionals by Thomas Kegler"

I am excited to announce the release of my first art book. "The Spirit and the Brush: Painting Devotionals by Thomas Kegler" is an art book containing a collection of over 120 of my paintings, along with several drawings, created over the past decade. It is arranged to guide the reader through a year of contemplation: Spring’s renewal; Summer’s celebration; Autumn’s bounty; and Winter’s rest. The book is presented as a 365 daily devotional. Each image pairs with three biblical passages (one per calendar day, leap year excluded). It is an invitation to meditate daily on the world’s natural beauty and truth through the lenses of the arts and spirituality. 

This 9x12 hard cover book is a tribute to my late wife, Kimberly.

Please consider supporting my Kickstarter campaign

I have initiated a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the high costs of printing as I am self-publishing this project. To express gratitude for your support, contributors can receive (depending on the sponsorship level) the signed book, the limited edition collector's run, original artwork, or attendance to one of my hands-on workshops.

The book will be available for purchase through my website after the Kickstarter campaign ends in January/February 2020.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Kickstarter campaign in a few weeks!



The book is anticipated to begin shipping early 2020.


Giving Back

10% of the proceeds will be donated to cancer research, Hospice, environmental organizations, and other charitable foundations to support their efforts and all the good they do.


"Sky Fire, John 16:22" 9x12 Oil, sll 2019 
I am honored to have been included in several shows in 2020 including:
- Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY - "Luminous Landscapes"
        Thursday January 30 - March 19. Join me at the opening on Thursday, January 30, from 6-8pm.
- Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY - Solo Exhibition and Sale
        Friday, May 1, 2020 - Saturday, May 30, 2020
If you travels find you near any of these locations, please stop by and take a look.


My only plein air landscape painting workshop of 2020 will be this July. The 3 day event will take place in the beautiful Letchworth State Park. More information and registration will be released in early 2020.


"First Snow, Proverbs 22:4" 9x12 Oil, sll 2019 

This studio painting is an attempt to capture a brief sunburst through some dark clouds after a recent snow squall.


In an attempt to encourage other artists to endeavor in the landscape tradition, I have produced two videos for sale. These are much more comprehensive than my workshops and have there added benefit of being able to play them back and pause them as desired.
To find out more or purchase them, follow these links:
Painting Niagara  - methods in studio painting
Painting en Plein Air - methods in painting on-site outdoors
The more you learn about painting - the harder it becomes since you become more critical.
Remember: drawing pats you on the back with immediate satisfaction, while painting is a humbling experience.. often not revealing the beauty of your efforts until the last few brushstrokes.
90% of the time, a painting is in the "awkward looking state", while a drawing looks "good" as you progress. Keep your mind on the final outcome and press on.

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