Friday, October 15, 2010

A Landscape Painting To Love

I am delighted to report that David and I just purchased our first "serious" landscape painting. The cheque is in the mail, and I can't wait for it to arrive. I love the piece because it reminds me of the rural, heavily forested area of eastern Canada where I grew up.

The scene feels familiar to me. It feels like home. I also love that it is a traditional landscape, which I admire just as much as I do the more abstract, modern art I've always coveted.
The painting is a small landscape, in oil, by a well-regarded east coast American artist named Al Barker. Although Al specializes in miniatures (e.g. 4x11), the piece we bought is fairly large at 8x16.

According to the gallery, Al has won over fifty major awards at premier art competitions throughout the United States and is listed in "Who's Who in American Art." Al is a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club of New York.

If you recall, in May I purchased two of Al's miniature seascapes (which I posted about here) for a fantastic price:
I later learned (through a dealer who knows Al) that these (numbered) paintings were done in the 1970's and were originally sold at auction at the Salmagundi Club. They are some of his early works.

This summer, Al painted us a third seascape for our collection, at our request:
I have neglected to post about it, but will do another post soon as it is much lovelier in person and arrived beautifully framed. The seascape trio make quite a striking set.

(Interestingly, if you look at the last post, you will see this little painting reflected in the mirror above my sideboard!)

In the meantime, I can't wait to bring home our new landscape painting. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a lifelong collection...


  1. Anonymous6:59 am

    How exciting! I love the seascapes and your new one yet to arrive is very beautiful. I admire your restraint in choosing carefully, rather than impulsively, like some of us (ahem).

  2. Oh, Terri, your new painting is absolutely beautiful. What a feeling it must be to purchase such significant pieces. Beautiful things you will always treasure. And what a wondrrful thing it is to have one specially painted for you.

    congratulations on your pieces. when other trendy decor pieces come and go, your art will stand the test of time.

  3. That is one very beautiful landscape.

  4. His work is beautiful! Congratulations on the purchase!

  5. I love them all. Being from "down the shore" the seascapes really speak to me.

  6. Congratulations, Terri! It's a beautiful painting and it will look beautiful in your home.

  7. How very nice and it must be exciting for you to have found an artist with whom you so clearly connect. The mists in the painting you first showed is wonderful and so calming.

  8. The thrill of buying an original painting is something very special, how lovely that you are familiar with the artist's other work too.
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  10. Hi Terri!

    What a lovely painting! I like the way it is calm and so beautiful! I also like the one with the water! So much emotion and feeling in that painting :) I am sure that they will be lovely in your beautiful home!

    I hope that all is well and have a great weekend!

    Hugs, Susanne

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