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Spring 2021 Vol. 11

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Happy Spring! These longer days are most welcome. I pray that you and yours are well. The kids and I have embraced the gift of time and perspective that we have been given. I am looking forward to a productive year in the studio as I explore some new motifs inspired by our travels this past year, as well as my local favorites.

BOOK AVAILABLE!

 

My Signed Art Books are Ready to Ship!

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

The release of my first art book was a highlight for me last year. "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.
For preview videos of the contents, please click here and here.

Delivery

The book is available to ship now. To order your signed copy, please visit: https://thomaskegler.com/book/

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.

HAPPENINGS

"Morning has Broken, Psalm 19:1-6" 15x30 Oil
Art Renewal Center 15th International Salon Exhibition

I am honored to have been recently juried again in the Art Renewal Center's 15th International Salon Competition. Three of my paintings have been included as finalists. "Morning has Broken, Psalm 19:1-6" received an honorable mention in the landscape category and will be featured in the international traveling exhibition.

The ARC Salon Exhibition will first open at Sotheby’s NY in July of 2021 and then travel to the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona Spain from October 8 - December 12, 2021. I am humbled to be included in this amazing show with so many esteemed artists.

Link:
https://www.artrenewal.org/Salon/Finalists

 

WORKSHOPS

My only plein air landscape painting workshop of 2021 will be this August 12th, 13th, and 14th. The 3 day event will take place in the beautiful Letchworth State Park. For more information and to sign up, click here.

ON THE EASEL

"Morning Glory, Isaiah 26:3" 18x24 Oil
Our trip in 2020 to Yellowstone had an impact on me that is hard to put into words.
This is a continuation in my series exploring Yellowstone through a painting essay... a body of work (oil paintings) celebrating the park in all its magnificence. The Canyon area was breathtaking. Here is a humble attempt to capture the grandeur.
I now understand why many of the Hudson River greats would make the journey out West to paint these stunning places.
I anticipate a Western show in a couple years - TBD.
More to come...

VIDEOS

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 the 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
FINAL THOUGHTS
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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Thank you for taking the time to read - your input, thoughts, and suggestions are always welcome -thomaskegler@thomaskegler.com.
For information please visit my web site at
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