Friday, May 14, 2010

Collection 2 from The Big Easel-Tony Bernard, Kathy Dumesnil, Hope Hebert, Linda Moncla, Roy Pfister, Lue Svendson

On the heels of the wildly successful Big Easel, I decided to do a few blog posts on building a collection from group shows. While making my rounds at The Big Easel, I took photos of my favorite pieces that were on display by the 59 artists from all over Louisiana. From many wonderful pieces, I have culled my favorites to 25 outstanding

For this first grouping I am imagining these six paintings in a traditional living room or library..possibly wood-panelled, shades of neutral, brown, camel, & dashes of red and soft, soft blue..good classic Southern design...

Over the sofa, this landscape by Roy Pfister of Covington, LA, framed in a soft gold antiqued frame would be perfect as the starting point of the collection...

Roy Pfister
Winter Strays
Oil on Canvas
24" x 36"

Groupings of paintings in a room are most successful when different mediums and styles are paired..

On a side wall, Hope Hebert's acrylic on canvas landscape above Linda Moncla's slightly more abstract watercolor framed in a soft gold thin frame would be perfect..

Hope Hebert
Pop's Cabin
Acrylic on Canvas
12" x 12"

Linda Moncla
Morning Colors
Watercolor on Paper
16" x 20" image, framed to 20" x 24"

And for even more juxtaposition, place Lue Svendson's Louisiana Lane landscape above the abstract Myth Series by Kathy Dumesnil...every room, no matter how traditional, needs a touch of contemporary to spice things up a bit while adding interest, depth, & texture..

Lue Svendson
Louisiana Lane
Oil on Canvas
8" x 10" painting
$325.00 framed
available at Rue du Pont Galerie et Studio, Breaux Bridge

Kathy Dumesnil
Myth Series
Acrylic on Paper
15" x 15" image, 27" x 27" framed size

Too often, bookcases are forgotten as a wonderful spot to showcase small pieces of art..I always hang a piece or two on the back of the bookcases..Tony Bernard's small tree piece would be perfect for that location..

Tony Bernard
Louisiana Series-Oak Study 2010
Oil on Canvas
6" x 4"

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Big Easel..I hope you found pieces to begin your collection and will enjoy them for years to come. For guidance placing your art in your home, consider hiring an art consultant...that would be me!

Jeffery McCullough Design & Art Consulting

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Collection Begins-Big Easel Preview-James McDowell, Kathy Dumesnil, Kelli Kaufman, Forrest Montgomery, Erin Chance Fenstermaker, Hope Hebert

As chair of The Big Easel, I have looked at tons of art over the last few months as part of the jurying and selection process with the 60 artists who will be showing their best work this Saturday, May 8th, from 10 am-5 pm in Town Square-River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.

This process and the current very warm weather in Lafayette along with all of the coverage of the potential devastation to the gorgeous Gulf (so very close to Lafayette), has summer plans/escapes to the beach on my mind. It's no secret that blue and green are my favorite colors and it's a little too well known how much I love days on the sand and in the water. In fact, I can easily say that a perfect day for me begins and ends staring at the water, both at sunrise (though it's quite rare for me to be up that early!) and sunset.

As I studied photos that have been sent to me of pieces by Big Easel artists, some remained in my mind. I realized that all of them have a watery and breezy quality and presence and would make the beginning of a very nice collection...imagine a casual seafront condo with these pieces...take me there now, please!

For inspiration and the beginning of the room, consider this fantastic glass piece that would be fabulous on an end table illuminated by the lamp it would share space with:

James McDowell
blown glass object created at Michigan Hot Glass Workshop

then add these (3) pieces that are available at Gallery at City Club Fitness Center...the Hope Hebert large abstract above a fireplace (you need that on a winter night at the beach) and the (2) Kathy Dumesnil's on a small side wall one above the other as shown:

Hope Hebert
Abstract Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 40"

Kathy Dumesnil
Field in Harmony and Field at a Glance
12" x 12"
$275.00 each, framed

For a bit of unexpected energy, an assymetrical grouping of the next 3 pieces above the sofa would be fantastic! Kelli Kaufman's abstract on the left with Forrest Montgomery's photograph above Erin Chance Fenstermaker's abstract landscape on the right..

Kelli Kaufman
Sea Glass
Oil and Plaster on Canvas
24" x 36"
$640.00, framed

Erin Chance Fenstermaker
Abstract Landscape, 2010
Oil on Canvas
22" x 40"
$1,200.00, framed

Forrest Montgomery
OR 1
16" x 20"
$150.00, framed

and VOILA! a room is built around 7 fabulous pieces of art, all by artists showing at the Big Easel this Saturday, May 8th, 10 am-5 pm--Town Square, River Ranch-Lafayette, LA.
A great way to build a collection is to start by attending art shows like the Big Easel where you are able to see the work of 60 diverse artists. It is a great way to hone your style and find artists whose work you love. I look very forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Top 5 Picks-Big Easel Preview Party-Mallory Page Chastant, Kathryn Crosby, Caroline Chunn McCarthy, Camilla Drobish, Ramsey Ayers, & bonus Hope Hebert

I've been asked by a couple of area art collectors what my top 5 picks are of the pieces that will be for sale at the Big Easel Preview Party this Friday night.

The Preview Party is where the 60 artists participating in The Big Easel choose their absolute best piece to be on display and for sale for the area art collectors, patrons, & sponsors of The Big Easel. The party is Friday night at Club 1100 at City Club in Lafayette. Tickets are $50 each and there are still tickets available. Please be in touch with me via my purchase.

SO, going out on a limb here, I (and these are 100% MY personal selections here) think the 5 best pieces that will be in the preview party show are:

Mallory Page Chastant
Sealight-Studies of the Moonlight
on the Ocean
Acrylic on Panel
42'' x 42"

Mallory Page Chastant's Acrylic on Panel paintings are now shown at Mrs Howard/Max & Co. in Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville & Jacksonville Beach, FL, & Charlotte, NC; Perch Home in New Orleans; Gallery at City Club in Lafayette; and 119 Quincy Circle in Seaside, FL.

Kathryn Crosby
Bringing it Back Home
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
$600.00, gallery wrapped canvas

Paintings by Kathryn Crosby have been shown at Cajun Spice and Lafayette Art Association in, both in Lafayette, LA

Caroline Chunn McCarthy
Contemporary Still Life
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
$750.00, framed

Paintings by Caroline Chunn McCarthy are currently shown at Gallery at City Club in Lafayette, LA; Rue du Pont Galerie et Studio in Breaux Bridge, LA; and 119 Quincy Circle in Seaside, FL.

Camilla Drobish
Atchafalaya Sunset
Acrylic on Canvas
20" x 20"
$350.00, gallery wrapped canvas

Camilla Drobish's paintings are currently shown at Gallery 912 in Lafayette, LA and Tallulah's Treasures by the Sea in Orange Beach, AL; Lagniappe Antiques in Breaux Bridge, LA; and Cajun Spice in Lafayette, LA.

Ramsey Ayers
This Hut is Home
Mixed Media Acrylic Collage
16" x 20"
$1,250.00, framed

Ramsey Ayers mixed media works are currently shown at Entre Nous in Lafayette, LA, and Page O'Connor Fine Art in Destin, FL.

and primo is this years poster painting (at top of this post) original acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" painting by Hope Hebert that will be auctioned off Friday night at the Preview Party...50% of proceeds will go to the Acadiana Center for the Arts (ACA) and 50% of proceeds will go to the River Ranch Arts Institute. If you would like to place a bid now for this special painting by a wonderful artist, please contact me via

A wonderful time will be had by all on Friday night...great food, drinks, art..don't miss it!
to purchase tickets at $50 each, please contact me at