NATURE & NUANCE: The Art of Clyde Aspevig

“Surely the true path is to dive deep into Nature.”   ~ Vincent Van Gogh   

Clyde Aspevig’s landmark exhibition, Nature & Nuance, at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, beautifully reflects Van Gogh’s wisdom above. The opening reception, on March 12th, included a gallery walk with Clyde describing 30 of his works, followed by his sold-out evening lecture.* Nature & Nuance is on view until May 10, 2015.

Artists and collectors from 20 different states in America and Canada traveled to the Booth to learn from Aspevig, who is regarded as one of the finest landscape painters of our time. Many more were not fortunate enough to get a ticket to his live 2 ½ hour painting demonstration. During the demo, Clyde shared his approach to plein air painting and encouraged artists to go out into nature to paint field studies and then create studio works inspired by nature’s colors. He also urged them to use their memories and imagination. “I aim to create believable scenes that convey emotion. Digital photography is remarkable,” he continued, “but artists are painters, not photographers. It’s all about interpretation.” I would like to add the importance and power of keen observation, and curiosity, too!

“Planetary Alignment & What the Beaver Knows,” a 30” x 36” oil, is the result of what Clyde refers to as “one of my creative adventures.” Of it, he says:

Around the 12th of September the crescent moon and the planet Mercury appear in the horizon at dusk. This particular evening I walked down to the beaver dam in front of our house to watch the activity of a family of beavers.  As soon as I arrived, the parents slapped their tails to warn the youngsters.  The kits dove away from the perceived danger.  I then made a gentle splash with my hand, making ripples on the water, which moved across the pond.  The male beaver, sensing this disruption, surfaced to challenge the intruder.  He circled the pond making sure his domain and family were safe.  Between the moon, the planet and the beavers, I considered the immensity of the moment.

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“Planetary Alignment” Oil 30″ x 36″ © Clyde Aspevig

Clyde also spoke at length on the part that musicality plays in creating dynamic paintings. “I infuse my paintings with texture, design, colors, patterns and rhythms, and interesting layers of paint to create a visually exiting representational piece. One would not use the same musical note while composing a melody. It would be really boring.”

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” Prairie Jazz” Oil  24″ X 30″ © Clyde Aspevig

 Clyde grew up on a farm on the prairies of northern Montana and learned at an early age that he had to use his imagination if he wanted to satisfy his curiosity.  Hours spent on a tractor taught him to study nature. “Without all that time on a tractor, I don’t think I’d relate to the canopy of the sky in quite the same way.

Beauty stands all around us if we would just build the habit of looking for it,” he added. “I want to use my skills as an artist to awaken our senses to observe the natural world that surrounds us every day.” True to his intention, his woodland scene, November Junipers, contains what Clyde terms, “layers of discoveries.”

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 “November Junipers” Oil 24″ X 30″ © Clyde Aspevig

Clyde also contends that art is about problem solving. “In a world that becomes more and more complex, we need the humanities more than ever to find the patterns and rhythms to guide us forward.

A solution near and dear to him and his wife, artist Carol Guzman, is “Land Snorkeling,” a name they coined to describe the art of simply being in nature. “The idea is to go outside to wander and wonder and to look at nature from different perspectives – to take a closer look and experience the simple elegance of a cloud.” Clyde also hopes that viewers of his art are motivated to help preserve the undeveloped areas of the West.

Although Aspevig has been painting since he was 12 years old, he possesses a keen desire to learn and continually grow as an artist. He reveres the great European and Russian masters such as Claude Monet, Isaac Levitan, and Danish-born artist Emil Carlsen. Like Carlsen, Aspevig’s use of layered under-painting gives his work a sense of pattern – like a naturalistic tapestry.

Clyde also holds the art of picture framing in high regard. William Adair of Gold Leaf Studios in Washington, DC, framed many paintings in Nature & Nuance. Gold Leaf Studios is an internationally recognized authority on frame fabrication, conservation, and gilding, including large-scale architectural gilding. The firm maintains museum standards of conservation, mounting, and matting to protect and enhance fine artworks.

The sheer atmospheric beauty of Beginning of Spring, Oil 30” x 40” is stunning. The texture and patina of Adair’s frame are a perfect complement to Clyde’s oil and create a masterful and harmonious unity between painting and frame.

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“Beginning of Spring- From my studio window, Montana Oil  30″ x 40”

© Clyde Aspevig 2014, Private Collection

 frame detail of aspevigs form my studio window

We call this frame The Stanford White Soft Grill. It is based on an earlier design of Stanford White’s, where the grill pattern is much crisper. The design is based on a New York artist from the 1920s and I think it is perfect for Clyde Aspevig’s landscape.” – William Adair

In addition to hosting Clyde’s solo show, the Booth Museum of Western Art is home to one of the most extensive Western art collections in the US. An added delight is the presence of one of Carol Guzman’s oils, “Painted Buffalo Skull.”

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Painted Buffalo Skull 36” x 36” Oil on linen ©Carol Guzman

Permanent collection, The Booth Western Art Museum

Of this painting, Carol says:

My friend and great artist, the late Hollis Williford owned this buffalo skull. I would admire it each time I visited his studio.  I asked if I could borrow it to use in a still life painting and he was kind enough to lend it to me.  Painting it from life in my studio was an experience I will always remember.  Its magnificent power and painted abstractness stands alone.”  – Carol Guzman

For those of you who want to take a closer look at Clyde’s remarkable oil, Planetary Alignment, you’ll be pleased to know that it has been acquired by the KT Wiedemann Foundation and will be on view at The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS, along with another of his masterworks.

Clyde Aspevig next to his painting

Photo ©Kristen Thies 2015

It seems fitting to conclude this post with an inspiring quote by the great naturalist and writer, John Muir:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may head and give strength to body and soul. – John Muir

To view Clyde’s impressive digital lecture, is available on this YouTube video:

Check out www.landsnorkle.com for more discussions on land conservation and the importance of our inter-connectedness with nature.

For more information on the Booth Western Art Museum, please visit http://www.boothmuseum.org.

To contact William Adair please click on his name.

Please contact me, Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com for more information on the art of Clyde Aspevig and Carol Guzman.

                                                                  

Greetings from COLORADO: Late Winter 2015

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I’m happy to announce I’ve moved back west to Colorado – especially since Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts have experienced such record amounts of snowfall!

Speaking of records, in case you’re not aware, Richard Schmid’s painting, “Yellow Roses” oil 20” x 30” sold for $187,200, setting a world record at the 2014 Jackson Hole Art Auction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last autumn.

If you’re like me, I can’t wait for spring to reappear in earnest and with it comes the desire to re-hang my paintings in the new home I’m building in Colorado Springs. I miss seeing my collection of oils by Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Clyde Aspevig, Carol Guzman, Judy Stach and paintings by my late husband, Timothy R Thies as well as works by George Carlson!

Many of you have asked to be included on the waiting list whenever one of Richard Schmid’s paintings becomes available. So, I’m writing to let you know about a few artworks I’ve consigned to my gallery. I also have a couple wonderful oils by Nancy Guzik and one small gem by Daniel J. Keys. And, I know I’ll be receiving other new oils this spring! To view the paintings, please log onto 

http://www.WestWindFineart.com and click on the artists pages.

I’m also writing to let you know Richard celebrated his 80th Birthday in October 2014. His wife Nancy sent out a global birthday card request and consequently, he received over 5000 letters and cards from collectors, artists, and fans from thirty-seven countries around the world!  Richard is doing quite well, he is working on two new projects and will be returning to his easel in the coming months.

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“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I myself am in the process of writing a new volume celebrating Richard’s Art and many accomplishments. No doubt he is one of the world’s foremost living artists, educators, and philanthropists, and according to Steve Doherty, one of the most influential artists of our time. But, I‘m also compelled to share the untold story and photos of my remarkable friendship with he and his wife Nancy Guzik over the past 17 years.

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“Yellow Roses” oil 20″ x 30″ ©Richard Schmid

I’ve also included a few photos from our highly successful show in Boston.

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West Wind Fine Art’s Show at the historic St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA 2014

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Nancy Guzik, Richard Schmid with Kathy Anderson and her oil painting, at our autumn show at the St. Botolph Club.

Late winter is a perfect time to celebrate the joys of life and the beauty of Fine Art. Please give me a call if you wish to add a new special piece to your collection.

Next month, I’ll feature Clyde Aspevig’s solo show, Nature & Nuance at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, GA. For more info. visit http://www.boothmuseum.org.

And, we’ll also show some highlights from the 2nd annual Au Coeur Academy Workshops being held by my friends, Sheryll and Douglas Reichwein near Charleston, SC. For more info. visit http://www.aucoeuracademy.com

All my best, Kristen Thies

Owner/ CEO West Wind Fine Art, LLC Boulder, CO 80304

508-566-9463 | Kristen@WestWindFineArt.com

West Wind Fine Art’s 15th Anniversary

April 5, 2013

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Painting (Above): Cape Cod Flowers © Richard Schmid 2012 Oil 18″ X 24″

Dear Friends,
Today I’m excited to announce our 15th Anniversary Show June 21-23, 2013.
It also marks a turning point–a time to reflect on my life with my late husband Timothy who passed away three years ago. But 2013 also marks the beginning of springtime with the promise of a new, wonder-filled year which is filling up with many exciting adventures.

But just in case you’re not aware, my Irish Terrier Lilly and I moved to a beautiful new home on Morse’s Pond in Wellesley, MA in 2012. And, this new Blog site has had more than 10,000 views. Plus the short documentary film I produced titled, “Richard Schmid’s Journey to Abbotsford- the home of Sir Walter Scott.” for West Wind Fine Art’s YouTube Channel, has been seen by more than 5000 people world wide!

To watch my first video, please go over to the Photos and Films link on my blog and click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vcesu4K50&feature=youtube

I also assisted Nancy Guzik in producing her adorable video, “Where Fairy Tales Come Alive.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq4Jw6Xiy_E   It is the first of many films that will give artists and non artists an exclusive behind the scenes look of Nancy painting children directly from life.

I was recently asked for a quote about our 15th Anniversary Show… All I can think of is this: It’s a privilege and my joy to promote excellence in Fine Art. As much as I miss Timothy, I know he is in a wondrous place. And, I also know he would be proud that I’m carrying on the adventure we began together in 1998.

Here are the details on the other events scheduled for the weekend of June 21-23,
Please join us in Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

Summer Show | June 21-23, 2013
Honoring RICHARD SCHMID
Curated by KRISTEN THIES
at The Carney Gallery

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Painting (Above): Grace and Speckles © Nancy Guzik 2012 Oil 16″ X 20″

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Painting (Above):Lilly and Nasturiums © Richard Schmid 2012  Oil 12″ X 20″

REGIS COLLEGE FINE ARTS CENTER
235 Wellesley Street | Weston, MA 02493

Featuring paintings by:
Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Nancy Guzik, Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Daniel J. Keys,
Judy Stach, and Timothy R. Thies, with bronze sculpture by George Carlson and Douglas Reichwein

Preview: Friday, June 21 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Opening & Artists Reception: Friday, June 21st | 6:00 to 9:00 pm
(Open to the public)
Gallery Hours: Saturday June 22 | 10 am- to 5 pm
and Sunday, June 23rd | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Two more exciting events:
Artists Paint Out in the Tower Garden Sat. June 22nd | 8 am to Noon
with Buffet Lunch, Saturday, June 22nd in the gallery | Noon – 1:30
$12 per ticket –
and
Painting the Still Life Demo. by Daniel J. Keys Regis College Center Foyer
Sunday June 23rd | 9 am to 1:00 pm
$25 per ticket –

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Painting (above): Pale Roses © Daniel J Keys 2013 Oil 14″ X 20″

To register for the Artist’s Paint Out and buffet lunch with Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Daniel Keys, Judy Stach and our other artist friends, and Painting The Still Life with Daniel J. Keys Demo please click on: http://www.westwindfineart.com/news/news.htm

All the best,
Kristen

Painting (Below) : Hollyhocks © Timothy R Thies 2005, Oil 30″ X 40″

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All images are strictly copyrighted by the artists and may not be reproduced without their express written permission. 

Kristen Thies | West Wind Fine Art | PO Box 812038 | Wellesley, MA 02482 | contactus@westwindfineart.com

A Photo Journal – Summer 2012

The summer of 2012 was ideal! I can not recall a season that was more fun, informative, and filled with creative camaraderie!

The Schmid/Keys Painting Demo. – photo © Kristen Thies 2012

In June, my company West Wind Fine Art, LLC sponsored a painting demonstration by Richard Schmid and Daniel J. Keys at the West Falmouth Library on Cape Cod.

Then Daniel did two back to back painting workshops sponsored by my colleague Sheryll Reichwein and her artist husband, Douglas, at the Beach Rose Inn.  Both events sold out in a matter of a week and were extremely well received by artists in the New England area. Consequently, more events are definitely being planned for next year.

Artists and friends – Daniel Keys workshop at the Beach Rose Inn with Lilly, my Irish Terrier.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

Richard & Nancy showing off lots of red dot sales with paintings (from left to right) by Judy Stach, Timothy R. Thies and Nancy Guzik.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012

July 6th to 8th were even more special!

I was so fortunate to host an amazing Fine Art show – A Return to Understated Elegance at The J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center owned by the National Academy of Sciences. And, on the evening of the 8th, Richard Schmid gave an inspiring digital presentation to a packed audience. Collectors traveled to attend Richard’s program and view the paintings and sculpture in the show from all around America. So, I’m really pleased to state that my mission to spread joy through Fine Art is definitely on a roll.

A few of the paintings in the show by (from left to right) Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Clyde Aspevig and Daniel J Keys.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012 

 Daniel Keys with a few of his paintings in the show.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

On a personal note, I want to express my gratitude to the managers of the Jonsson Center, Joanne Doherty, Donnie Elichalt and their assistant Ruane for their professional expertise in helping to make everyone feel so welcomed to one of the most beautiful and historic places on the Cape.

The Clark Carriage House circa 1894 – our show venue.  Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

Daniel Keys and Douglas Reichwein painting on the JC grounds facing Quissett Harbor. Photo © Kristen Thies 2012.

 This blog brought to you by www.WestWindFineArt.com,curating Fine Art Collections since 1998. 

Please Join Us for our Summer 2012 Show!

Samantha in White  14 X 11  ©Nancy Guzik 

Arpeggio 15 X 22  ©Richard Schmid

 A RETURN TO UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE
July 6-8 on Cape Cod
A Fine Art Show and Sale– Curated by KRISTEN THIES at The Clark Carriage House at the J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center for the National Academy of Sciences, 314 Quissett Avenue, WoodsHoleCape Cod, MA

Works by Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, George Carlson, Nancy Guzik, Carol Guzman-Aspevig, Daniel J. Keys, Judy Stach, Timothy R. Thies, and sculpture by Douglas Reichwein

To view the paintings please go to: www.WestWindFineArt.com

Preview: Friday, July 6th | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Opening & Artists Reception: Friday, July 6th  5:30 to 8:30 pm

Presentation by Richard Schmid Saturday, July 7th  7:00 to 9:00 pm . To purchase tickets go to the News/Exhibition’s link on www.WestWindFineArt.com

Tickets are $30 and seating is limited.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, July 7 & 8th | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

A Message from Kristen –
Much has been written about Cape Cod’s views and light, but with this gathering of artists and art I wish to share something subtler that goes beyond these visual qualities. To me there lies within this place an enduring connection to the land, sea, and sky – and inspiration from the elements of life itself.

So, I invite you to join us this coming July, to take in the wonder of the landscape along with the paintings and sculpture by the exceptional artists in our show. In their own unique way, each artist captures and expresses their observations of Nature’s “Understated Elegance.”
Kind regards, KT

FalmouthPerfection  12 X 24 © Judy Stach

 

Moonrise over Vineyard 24 X 30 ©Clyde Aspevig

 Summer Swans 12 X 12 ©Carol Guzman-Aspevig

May 2012

Morning walks on the Cape continually provide me with a sense of wonder. Eastern sunlight filters through towering tree branches that are home to a multitude of songbirds in spring. Rhododendrons are just about ready to bloom and life is a joy especially on the days I receive new art -work by the artists I represent. All of these paintings will be on view in our Summer 2012: A Return to Understated Elegance show, on view July 6 – 8 at the J.Erik Jonsson Center adjacent to Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole,Cape Cod.

There’s nothing like seeing the true colors of an original oil painting in person and I sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us–but just in case, here are a few images I’d like to share.

Nancy Guzik holding her famous cat Zorro with her painting, “Tangerine Scarf” oil 16” x 12”  Photo ©Richard Schmid 2012

Carol Guzman-Aspevig has a passion for songbirds and goes to great lengths to capture their delicate beauty in oil paint. She sits silently and patiently waits for the perfect chance to photograph these special creatures in their own habitat–camouflaged in something called a “bird- blind.” This oil will be exhibited in our show.

Summer Swans ” oil 12” x 12”  ©Carol Guzman-Aspevig

Carol is married to Clyde Aspevig one of America’s most respected and accomplished landscape artists. The couple is based in Montana, but travel extensively to all parts of the world to paint nature’s magnificence from life.

As instructors, they headlined the recent Plein Air Painters Conference in Nevada sponsored by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air magazine.

Photo courtesy of Plein Air Magazine     Eric Rhoads, Carol and Clyde

This July, artists and art lovers will have the opportunity to experience both of the Aspevig’s paintings from one of their trips to Naushon Island- home to the Forbes family for several centuries.

“It’s like stepping back in time,” said Clyde, “beauty stands all around us if we just build the habit of looking for it. As an artist, that’s what I want to help people do.”

Because the Aspevig’s are so committed to this ideal, Carol founded http://www.Landsnorkel.com a web site advocating the importance of going out side and spending time just being in nature– like many of us did as children.

Says Carol, “Land snorkeling is taking the time to savor aspects of nature we ordinarily don’t see or pay attention to. Land Snorkelers wander through nature with no intention of hiking to a destination. 
Each blade of grass, rock, or creature has some connection to us.”

“An artist’s job is to create a piece that changes a person’s normal perceptions of something,” says Clyde, “to try to get you to think about things in a different way, to start looking at them as having more content, more meaning, more relevance to other things in life.”

“That’s what I’m aiming at in the painting, Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound. Said Clyde thoughtfully,Obviously I’m exploring the aesthetic beauty of the moonrise, bathed in warm light by the setting sun, which is very much a part of the painting, though it’s presence is implied not stated.”

Moonrise Over Vineyard Sound” Oil 24” x 30”  ©Clyde Aspevig

Please join me next time as I bring you new works by artists Daniel J. Keys and Judy Stach, mentored by Richard Schmid and Timothy R. Thies respectively.

For more details and to view more paintings please go to http://www.WestWindFineArt.com

And to lean more about Landsnorkeling, visit http://www.Landsnorkel.com