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2016

RANDOM RIPPLINGS —The Broad Ripple Gazette, December 16 - January 5, 2017

Douglas David Fine Art, 7172 Keystone Avenue, held its annual Holiday Party on December 2nd.
Above right: Douglas showing his line of donut paintings to Nancy Beck.

ARTS COUNCIL —Holland Sentinel, April 2, 2016

Join the oil painting workshop - with Douglas David

Staff report

This spring, artist Douglas David will lead a three-day oil painting workshop at the Holland Area Arts Council. The event will take place Apri1 29-May 1.

David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty of the things he loves - country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, his favorite beaches, a pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or slice of watermelon on a checkered tablecloth. He strives to produce paintings that reflect comfort, warmth and simplicity. A recipient of many regional and national awards and honors, David teaches to share his journey.

Students aged 18 and older will spend the weekend practicing their craft alongside this professional artist. This workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting as students paint florals and still life fruits and vegetables.

David will lead discussions on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, and depending on your style, knowing when a work is finished. Students will work in their own style, but David will overview his palette and the concepts his work entails. He delivers sound principles of painting that are an essential foundation for any painting practice, beginning or seasoned.

A resident of Indianapolis, David has been painting full time for more than 20 years, studying the palette of the late Frank Vincent DuMond under Frank Mason of The Art Students League of New York. For more information about David, visit his website www.douglasdavid.com.

This is the third workshop Douglas David has hosted at the Holland Area Arts Council. Each class has approached a different subject matter and allows artists to work in their own style while learning from an encouraging instructor.

Students will meet at the Holland Area Arts Council at 150 E. Eighth Street in Downtown Holland. Call (616) 396-3278 or go online to www.hollandarts.org for more information and to register.

2015

RANDOM RIPPLINGS —The Broad Ripple Gazette, December 18, 2015

Douglas David showing one of his paintings at the annual holiday party at Douglas David Fine Art, 7172 N. Keystone Avenue.

LOCAL ARTISTS PRESENT WORK AT ART IN THE VILLAGE
Gail Zipporah-Saunders, The Winnetka Current, July 6, 2015

It’s the way they view the world, abstractly in colors of red and blue, or pastoral scenes and paintings of cows and sheep.
That and hand-made jewelry and clothes were some of the work the artists displayed at the North Shore Art League’s Art in the Village show held Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, at the Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka.

Artist Douglas David (left) receives an honorable mention from Winnetka’s Linda Nelson, the executive director of North Shore Art League, at Art in the Village Saturday, June 27, in Winnetka. Photos by Jill Dunbar/22nd Century Media - See more at: www.winnetkacurrent.com/local-artists-present-work-art-village#sthash.2kfrxfjr.jStv1MOa.dpuf.

SUMMER SOLOS ART SHOW WILL SPAN NATIONS
Andrew McKeever, Manchester Journal, June 19, 2015

MANCHESTER — Boys on horseback, girls marching in coronas of feathers - native peoples of Honduras will move with quiet pride on the walls of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, alongside landscapes of summer pastures.

Among the artists in a group show of Summer Solos, Tom Remp will exhibit photographs from his series, “Veterans of the Football War” (what Americans would call soccer,) a conflict between Honduras and El Salvador 40 years ago.

He went to Honduras for the commemoration of the 40th anniversary, he said, and found himself the only international journalist there to witness the celebrations of culture and memories of conflict.

“The U.S. doesn’t often think of veterans from other wars,” he said.

Remp came to SVAC as an artist and now serves as director of marketing and pubic relations. His work will appear in SVAC’s summer show - opening Saturday, June 20 - along with regional and national artists including Margret Carde and Richard Weinstein, Barrack Evans, Lesley Heathcote, Keith Hoffman, Caryn King, Robert Lafond, John Olson and Mark Tougias.

Twelve artists, two photographers and the rest painters, will show work in the Southern Vermont Art Center’s Yester House galleries, along with two sculptors outside, said Sarah Hall Weaver, SVAC’s director of galleries and development.

The show will blend different styles and schools, with a smattering of Vermont-ish imagery, but the exhibit will offer a range of styles and themes, she said.

Some are member artists, and others will become members when they join in a solo exhibit.

“I like to work with our membership and bring new people in,” she said. “I just started to look around and it all happened very organically. There’s always new people; we always want to see new art work. At the same time we have an array of artists in our ‘long-term pot.’”

One artist familiar to many locals, Barrack Evans, will show photographic studies of Vermont as he gets underway with running Battenkill Sports, a bicycling shop in Manchester.

Indiana artist Douglas David, making his debut here, has a long and distinguished body of work to point to. He describes his work as “representational, but looser, or an impression of a scene or subject, more of a free spirit.”

He paints exclusively in oils - landscapes, seascapes, floral and still lifes, exploring scenes in different times of year.

“I’m kind of going through the seasons but not so literally,” he said. “I‘m able to put together things that balance and juxtapose with each other.”

David came to the attention of the arts center, and vice versa, through a student he had taught in Florida who had a home in the Manchester area and thought he should show here. He will also teach a class on floral painting at the beginning of the show, and one on landscapes toward the conclusion of the exhibition, he said.

“It’s nice when I teach a class at an exhibit - I can take students into it to see it and say ‘here’s what I’m talking about,’” he said.

While this will be his first exhibit at SVAC, it’s not his first time through Vermont. One of his images, a landscape of sheep in a pasture he spotted on a previous trip just south of Manchester where a farmer was working in a garden.

Another artist marking her first show at SVAC following a long career, watercolorist Sabina Alcorn, comes from nearby Cambridge, N.Y., by way of Italy and New York City, where she worked in textile design. When she moved to Cambridge about 30 years ago she developed an interest in gardening, which led on to enlarging her interest in painting flowers.

“I had always painted flowers one way or another but (upon moving to Cambridge) it seemed like a natural progression to start painting them more in a traditional watercolor style,” she said.

She makes an effort to capture the transient fragility of her subject matter in the way she goes about painting them, she added in an email.

“I rarely work from photographs, and given the short life span of a cut flower I rely heavily on my ability to work from memory - and on my imagination,” she said. “This may appear something of a paradox, considering the high degree of realism of my work, but in fact makes perfect sense if you consider that the flowers I paint invariably wilt long before I get around to putting the finishing touches on the actual painting.”

She applies her colors in glazes over a period of weeks, she said, watching as the final image appears on her paper while the subject flower slowly wilts in its vase. She sees the process as a way of giving permanence to something inherently fleeting and ephemeral.

The solo show will highlight the diversity and national reach of the arts center and the global community it increasingly operates in where the dividing lines are falling by the wayside, Hall Weaver said.

“Solo shows highlight singular artists,” she said. “It gives you a big idea of who they are and how they’re working.”

MY VIEW FROM THE CORNER —The Broad Ripple Gazette, May 15 - May 28, 2015

Douglas David shares his thoughts as an artist selling his wares for
two decades at the Broad Ripple Art Fair.

By Deborah Coons

The 1970s band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, wrote the song lyrics... ‘Down on the corner, out in the street. People come from all around, just to watch the magic’.

Perfect words to describe the Broad Ripple Art Fair. I am proud to say I have been part of this showcase of art for twenty years. The fair, with its root set deep in Indiana‘s art culture, is celebrating its 45th year and it has been bringing excellent art and crafts to local, regional and national visitors since 1970.

1970, the year of important movement in Vietnam, the year ‘The Me’ generation began, the year the Beatles broke up, the year IBM introduced the floppy disc and of course, the year Monday Night Football debuted. A lot has happened in the world since that year.

And here in Indiana, the Broad Ripple Art Fair has weathered through... literally. Through a tornado, blistering heat, and unseasonably cold weather, it has been here, every spring, letting people know the dull days of winter are over and it is time to come together to see great art.

This art fair has evolved into one of the premier arenas where artists like myself can transition from local to regional to national players. It provides unique opportunities for us to come together and introduce our best stuff to dealers, collectors, interior designers, etc. There are other options to be sure, but the face-to-face interaction is tough to top. When it comes to visual art, hardly anything beats firsthand viewings and chat-ups with the artists and craftsmen themselves. This fair, attracting over 15,000 visitors, offers exhibitors easy access to potential clients over a two-day period. Fairs as large as this one are indispensable for artist who aspires to play the game.

When I began my relationship with the Broad Ripple Art Fair two decades ago, my family was very much involved. My mother and my grandmother agreed to come and help me sell my stuff. Over the years, visitors recognized the two girls in my booth and felt very comfortable asking them questions about my art and about my journey to becoming a painter. And they loved hearing my grandmother’s colorful stories about her flying days during World War II.

Having success at this fair is considerably more complicated than decorating my booth with art and waiting for something to happen. It demands endurance, attitude and advance planning. I can’t just set up and sit here with my art and leave the rest to the promoters. Fairgoers tend to gravitate toward those of us who are thrilled to be here, and who demonstrate passion about what we’re doing. No art sells itself; someone has to step up and sell it, and be entertaining in the process. Visitors can sense if we would rather be somewhere else. My patrons appreciate warm welcomes and affable banter. It’s simple and no more complicated.

It took three years of exhibiting here to get a footing and attract significant numbers of buyers. People are reluctant to spend big bucks with artists they don’t know or have never heard of, so each successful appearance makes the probability of sales that much greater.

Another primary reason to be present here is to observe and interact with other artists and network with fellow professionals. Knowing what my colleagues are up to not only contributes to my knowledge base, but it cultivates lasting relationships that can lead to joint shows, sales, cross-promoting and much more. Art fair participation has become an integral part of my marketing plan and budget. Over the past twenty years, I have exhibited in major cities along both coasts of Florida, Michigan, Kansas City and most metropolitan areas along the northeast coastline.

And I have realistic expectations. I don’t bank on huge profits every year at every show, but rather on strengthening relationships and meeting lots of interesting people, including potential buyers who may take weeks or even months to decide whether or not to buy my paintings.

Well that’s my view from “down on the corner, out on the street” at the Broad Ripple Art Fair. I have looked forward to exhibiting here for twenty years. I’ll be here for the next twenty. Come by my corner and visit.

—Douglas David
www.douglasdavid.com

BIG ARTS CELEBRATES A WEEK ON CAPTIVA —Island Sun, March 6, 2015

For five days, BIG ARTS members and participants took to the streets and beaches of Captiva in the inaugural program, A Week On Captiva. They took a walking tour of historic Captiva, a tour of the Rauschenberg Estate, and participated in a three-day plein air workshop. Temperatures were cool, but the sun was bright, and the events were a hit.

BIG ARTS extends its thanks to committee chair Meri Kulina for creating and organizing the program, and to the program sponsors: The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, David and Judy Baum, Barbara and Tom Dunham, Susan and George Heisler, Meri and Tom Kulina, and Penny Wilkinson.

2014

RANDOM RIPPLINGS —The Broad Ripple Gazette, December 19, 2014

Douglas David displays one of his paintings at the annual Holiday Show at Douglas David Fine Art, 7172 Keystone Avenue.

STELLAR WEEKEND OF ART AND EVENTS —Frank Espich, Indianapolis Star, 11/16/14

The past weekend in Indy was exceptional for many reasons. First and foremost, Nov. 7 brought three local art icons to the surface for First Friday. Douglas David, known for his fine art and designing the Indiana state license plate, exhibited 24 new works within the City Gallery/Harrison Center. Kyle Ragsdale filled the main gallery with fresh works that were inspired from his recent retreat to the prestigious Vermont Studio Center.

At iMOCA’s Fountain Square gallery, the sometimes elusive artist Paul Harris showed a 3D assemblage titled “Wanderlust.” His first show in nine years is one not to miss.

With the evening still young, we skated over to the Indiana Roof Ballroom where the annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser was underway. Congratulations to Michelle Study-Campbell, who was named the new CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. The event raised more than $160,000.

On Nov. 8, the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Central Region) held its Indiana District Auditions at the Hilbert Circle Theater. On hand was Grammy winner and Indiana University senior lecturer Sylvia McNair.

A QUIET TIME —JCC Update, Fall 2014

“Using an impressionistic palette with a harmonious combination of colors, I use a fresh, loose style to capture the timeless, simple beauty of the things I love: peonies, lilacs, landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes,” says David. Natural beauty, warmth and depth ... these are reflections of an artist who is enjoying his journey.

A graduate of Indiana University’s Herron School of Art, Douglas’ career has evolved from working in the field of advertising as a corporate creative director, to owning his own advertising and design firm, to where he is and wants to be today, painting full time.

His painting too, has evolved over the past 10 years, with his study of the classic approach to impressionistic painting with New York’s Frank Mason/New York Art Students League and his study of the principles of classic painting of the late artist Frank Vincent DuMond.

MORE LOCAL ARTIGRAS ON TAP —By David Johnson, The Harbor Country News, 06/27/14

NEW BUFFALO - The third New Buffalo ARTigras will feature the works of local and regional artists along with live music along portions of Merchant and Thompson treets in downtown New Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.

An adjacent stretch of Mechanic Street, closed for the 2013 event, will remain open this year, providing access to the downtown and beach areas.

This year’s ARTigras almost didn’t happen, but a group of New Buffalo Business Association volunteers led by Cathi Rogers wouldn’t take “no ARTigras” for an answer.

Rogers, recently named president of the New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA), also is a board member for the Harbor Country Public Initiative who oversees that organization’s annual wintertime Bird House Auction and serves as Marketing Director for the Michiana Humane Society. She also has organized large events and conferences for her two companies, Blackbook Connections and WCGuru.com.

“I talked to some of the (NBBA) board members who knew me and knew that I’d put on events before for the Humane Society and other non-profits in Indiana and Illinois... by sitting on the board for the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative I clearly know a lot of artists,” she said. “So I said, Yeah, I’ll be more than happy to take this over.”

The previous year’s ARTigras had brought in more than 100 artists, mostly from out of the area. Rogers said the goal for the 2014 edition was to stay closer to home in several ways. “I really wanted to stay local and regional. I appreciate what we had done (the first two years), but that was from an outside production company (Amdur Productions)... so I wanted to make sure we really focused on the flavor of the Harbor Country area,” she said.

Amdur was originally set to organize this year’s ARTigras with the NBBA as its co-sponsor, but another ARTigras show scheduled for the same weekend in the Chicago area made it difficult to fill the New Buffalo with the desired number of artists.

The New Buffalo Business Association had co-sponsored the first two events. Taking over sole control of the re-tooled 2014 ARTigras, Rogers said the goal was to enlist about 40 artists over three months - an expectation has ended up being exceeded. “We have 61 artists,” she noted. “All of them are within about a 20- to 30-mile radius.”

In addition to people from close-by communities like New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Harbert and Bridgman, Rogers said artists from locales such as Stevensville, Buchanan, La Porte, Michigan City and Chesterton. Traveling the furthest will be participants from Wisconsin and Indianapolis.

Among the artists and establishments scheduled to have booths at the New Buffalo ARTigras are: Susan Henshaw, Fritz Olsen and Martha Cares, Ronald Stec, Lisa Hermann, Covert Family Photography, “Sand Pirate” Janet Schrader, Vida Svabas, Brian Kissman, Julie Nitz, Hook Pottery Paper, Millie’s Antiques, Brenda McKnight, Sweet Pea Studio, Sue Rosengard, Leah Sherman, Dorothy Hughes, Heather Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Cathy Brown Designs, Hailee Hansen, Robert Williams, Brett Maniscalco, Airika and Max Kolenda, Harold Rutenberg, Don Brown, George Hermelink, James Andert, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter, Phyllis Norris and Justin Troisi.

A Chalk Art demonstration by New Buffalo High School art students also is planned.

Rogers said a committee composed of Roger Harvey, Kim Pruitt and Tim Rogers reviewed artists applying to participate in the event. She said first, second and third prizes will be awarded for ARTigras, with the judges being Bob Tibble, Pruitt and Tim Rogers. “Bringing it in-house has been an opportunity for us to make sure that the marketing is localized. We’re talking to the businesses, instead of bringing outside food vendors in, we’re working with the restaurants that are on the strip on Whittaker Street (including David’s Deli, Casey’s New Buffalo, Bewster’s Italian Cafe, The Stray Dog Bar & Grill, Nancy’s, Michigan Thyme Cafe and Villa Nova Pizzeria). We’re making sure this is a city event as opposed to just blocking off a couple streets and saying no one else is really involved in it,” Rogers said.

Live music will be presented on both days in the New Buffalo Savings Bank Parking Lot along Mechanic Street Those scheduled to perform include Cleve “Hurricane” Jean Jacques, Josh McCormack and Don Savoie.

Another new feature is a gallery and artisan tour map that will be available throughout the area and on the ARTigras grounds. Rogers said it gives directions to 32 Harbor Country galleries, custom furniture makers, jewelry shops and other art-related entities that are within both walking and driving distance so festival-goers can explore even more of what the local art scene has to offer. The Artisan Tour map covers the communities of New Buffalo, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer and Three Oaks.

“It’s a nice tour,” she said. “It gives you a whole weekend of art.”

Rogers said NBBA members who helped her get things organized include Rose Strother (the organization’s immediate past president), Dee Dee Duhn, Migs Murray, Julie Westergren and her husband, Tim Rogers. Volunteers from the New Buffalo Area Schools wrestling program are slated to help set up and tear down the booths and other equipment. Volunteers from HCPAI, the New Buffalo Arts Council also are in line to assist.

Rogers noted that the Michiana Humane Society is sponsoring a “Meet and Greet” event featuring adoptable pets from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Keller-Williams Real Estate office near the ARTigras grounds along Mechanic Street (next to the Subway Restaurant).

For more on the 2014 New Buffalo ARTigras, go to newbuffalo.org/event/view/artigras1.

NEW FEATURE, BANNER ARTIST OF THE ISSUE —Broad Ripple Gazette, 05/14

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Broad Ripple Gazette in May 2014 we are featuring a year of local artists by allowing them to interpret our banner, while incorporating the words “The Broad Ripple Gazette.” Contact us at info@broadripplegazette.com to inquire if any open issues remain. Still looking for cartoonist, tattoo artist, pen and ink, etc.

Douglas David – Kessler Bridge over Canal
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves – tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth, meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him – his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas will be exhibiting for his 19th consecutive year at Broad Ripple Art Fair on May 17 and 18, 2014. Stop and see his work and meet him, or for more information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

LEARN DYNAMIC SEASCAPES IN OIL —Staff Report, Boca Beacon, 02/07/14

Learn dynamic seascapes in oil
Douglas David to come to Art Alliance
STAFF REPORT

He has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the places he loves. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas David teaches painting in Michigan, Indiana and Florida, and enjoys sharing his journey with his students. His sessions at the Boca Grande Art Alliance will be called “Dynamic Seascapes in Oil,” and will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 through Wednesday, Feb. 12. This class will cover oil painting principles using the seascape as subject. Students will work outdoors after the introduction of basic concepts and methods, and will be free to use their own styles and techniques. Emphasis will be on quickly and concisely capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements along the coast. The same beach will be studied for all three days. Visit douglasdavid.com for more info. Register online at www.bocagrandeartalliance.org or call 964-1700.

2013

PEONIES BLOOM AT SEIBERLING —Linda Ferries, Footprints,
A publication of the Howard County Historical Society, 08/13

The latest addition to the Howard County Historical Society’s art collection – the glorious and grand “Peonies” oil painting by county native Douglas David – is now wowing visitors as their tour of the Seiberling Mansion takes them into the first-floor library.

The library, with its large windows and pastel walls, is a perfect location for the artwork unveiled June 14 at “garden pARTy,” the first activity in a series of mid-June events celebrating history, the arts and gardening.

The lovely late spring evening event honored Hoosier artist David, a Taylor High School graduate and award-winning painter with a studio in Indianapolis and exhibitions around the nation.

With the museum festooned with historic artwork from the HCHS collections, David unveiled his donation and greeted guests who enjoyed a buffet of appetizers and a selection of beverages. Over the course of the evening, guests gathered around his easel on the Seiberling’s front porch as he applied color to canvas to create a small painting of a vase of peonies. Joining him were his parents – father Herb and mother Bertie, long a celebrated artist in Kokomo herself.

For David, the donation of his work was a way to give back to his hometown.

“I was back in Kokomo visiting family last year and decided to stop by the Seiberling,” David said. “It had been awhile since I’d visited. I was moved the day I saw the museum. I have been there through the years, but something was different that day. I felt grown up. I remembered when the restoration was started.

I remembered being there through the years. That day was different. Maybe I was different. I was so proud and so very happy with what I found and learned. I was impressed in many ways and the idea of donating came to mind right then.”

After working with the historical society’s events committee to create the evening, David hopes it is the first of many such activities to celebrate Howard County artists and support the museum.

“I really wanted the evening to be bigger than my painting donation and the volunteers responded so enthusiastically,” David continued. “My hopes were to have them create a fundraising event and focus on the permanent art collection and keep it general enough to grow and evolve over the years. There is talk of bringing someone in each year who is significant in some way that relates to the arts – dance, theatre, sculpture, literature, food and wine... And the rest is, well, HISTORY. They succeeded beyond my expectations.”

Continuing his gift, David is making available high-quality giclee prints of the painting with a portion of the proceeds going to support the work of the historical society. The prints, at $150 each, may be ordered through the historical society by calling 765-452-4514 or through the on-line “gift shop” at the HCHS website: www.howardcountymuseum.org. All orders will be available for pick-up or delivery (additional charge for postage) about two weeks after ordering.

You can read more about David’s thoughts on the evening, and the importance of giving back, on the HCHS website under “connect.”

PAINT, SHOW AND TELL —Mark Wedel for mlive.com, The Grand Rapids Press, 08/22/13


Plein air painter Douglas David stands on the shore of Lake Michigan near Frankfort. David will be demonstrating his techniques at the 6th Annual Art Walk at Wau-Ke-Na on the William Erby Smith Preserve, in Fennville.

PLEIN ART ARTISTS TO FEATURE WORK AT WAU-KE-NA ART WALK

GLENN – On a recent trip to Lake Michigan, I took a photo of the lake. I was hoping to capture the beauty, the grandeur of a Great Lake on a summer’s day. What I got was a photo of the lake, and that’s about it.

Indianapolis painter Douglas David knows the problem. “The man I studied with for 11 years up in New England, Frank Mason... he always used to call the camera ‘the one-eyed liar,’ because, he’d say, it misses it, it edits it out. What it does is, it flattens out everything, and you don’t get that atmosphere, that haze, the space between,” he said.

David is a plein air artist, a painter who works out in nature to capture not just the scenery, but the spirit of what he sees, he said. He’ll be the special guest painter of the 6th Annual Art Walk at Wau-Ke-Na on Saturday at the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s William Erby Smith Preserve in Fennville.

Plein Air Artists of West Michigan will be on site to paint, show and sell their work. David will be joining them. He hopes to paint on the Lake Michigan shore, but the Wau-Ke-Na also offers ponds, streams, forests, wetlands and prairie scenes to capture.

When taking his easel and palette out, David’s goal is to “grab the atmosphere, grab the distance, grab the colors. The colors of all that water – it’s just so beautiful up there,” he said.

“When I’m painting out there, I’m trying to grab the spirit of it.”

David studied graphic design and worked in design and advertising for 15 years. Then, 20 years ago, he began “my second career” as a painter.

In his impressionistic paintings, David tries for the “fresh and spontaneous. I don’t like paintings that are overworked,” he said.

But then, in on-the-spot painting of outdoor scenes, one can’t spend time on details. A plein air painter has “only a couple (of) hours. After that, the light has changed,” he said.

CAPTURING A LANDSCAPE’S SPIRIT
—Mark Wedel for mlive.com, Kalamazoo Gazette, 08/22/13


Plein air painter Douglas David captures the shore of Lake Michigan near Frankfort. David will demonstrate his techniques at the sixth annual Art Walk on Saturday at Wau-Ke-Na on the William Erby Smith Preserve, in Fennville.

PLEIN AIR ARTIST DOUGLAS DAVID TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT WAU-KE-NA ART WALK

GLENN – On a recent trip to Lake Michigan, I took a photo of the lake. I was hoping to capture the beauty, the grandeur of a Great Lake on a summer’s day. What I got was a photo of the lake, and that’s about it.

Indianapolis painter Douglas David knows the problem. “The man I studied with for 11 years up in New England, Frank Mason... he always used to call the camera ‘the one-eyed liar,’ because, he’d say, it misses it, it edits it out. What it does is, it flattens out everything and you don’t get that atmosphere, that haze, the space between,” he said.

David is a plein air artist, a painter who works out in nature to capture not just the scenery, but the spirit of what he sees, he said. He’ll be the special guest painter of the sixth annual Wau-Ke-Na Art Walk on Saturday at the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s William Erby Smith Preserve in Fennville.

Plein Air Artists of West Michigan will be on site to paint, show and sell their work. David will be joining them. He hopes to paint on the Lake Michigan shore, but the Wau-Ke-Na also offers ponds, streams, forests, wetlands and prairie scenes to capture.

When taking his easel and palette out, David’s goal is to “grab the atmosphere, grab the distance, grab the colors. The colors of all that water – it’s just so beautiful up there,” he said.

“When I’m painting out there, I’m trying to grab the spirit of it.”

David studied graphic design and worked in design and advertising for 15 years. Then, 20 years ago, he began “my second career” as a painter.

In his impressionistic paintings, David tries for the “fresh and spontaneous. I don’t like paintings that are overworked,” he said. But then, in on-the-spot painting of outdoor scenes, one can’t spend time on details. A plein air painter has “only a couple (of) hours. After that, the light has changed,” he said.

He’s out in the elements – David has done winter paintings as well as summer.

He enjoys the challenge of plein air. His job is to capture “the heart and soul of the place” in a couple of hours.

David’s favorite scenes radiate “tranquility and calm. Maybe that’s why I like Lake Michigan.”

WELCOME ABOARD —Daniel S. Comiskey, Indianapolis Monthly, Escape to our Great Lakes, 07/13


NAUTICAL BY NATURE
Clockwise from top left: The Vera Bradley room; old glass doorknobs repurposed as curtain filials; the neon sign of the bar; a stained-glass window salvaged from the old house; five of the nine beds in the dorm room; an antique bell, also from the former house; a painting of the Henke home by Douglas David above the fireplace; a little numbered sailboat outside of a bedroom; one of the many places in the house to sit and admire the lake (center).

GARDEN PARTY TO UNVEIL MORE THAN PAINTINGS
—Lindsay Eckert, Kokomo Tribune, 06/12/13

The Seiberling Mansion is home to more than history. It’s the home to beauty. The magnificent mansion is filled with historical art that adorns the walls. So, the newest summertime event at the Seiberling is a perfect fit for its artistry.

The inaugural Garden pARTy will play host to paint, canvas and hometown charm as local artist Douglas David will reveal a painting he donated to the Howard County Historical Society during the event.

The grand unveiling is part of a bigger picture, one that aims to raise money for the Howard County Historical Society to help rehab and restore historical art for the community to enjoy.

Peggy Hobson, special events committee chairperson, said the Seiberling Mansion is the perfect spot to hang art rich in meaning and tradition. The Garden pARTy will showcase just that as it kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday with wine and cheese, the serenade of a harpist and an atmosphere of elegance.

However, Hobson said, the spirit of the event is the history that lives in the paintings and architecture of the Seiberling, and that’s something everyone can enjoy.

“Whether you’re interested in art or just history, the Seiberling Mansion is our art history – it’s art history for us,” Hobson said. “In school, kids are exposed to politics, business and disaster history. All along, no matter what was going on, there’s been creativity and art that’s told our history. It’s that art that’s important to keep alive in small towns because it keeps our history alive. Art is an artifact, something of history we need to keep.”

Although sipping pinot to help repair paintings is tantalizing for the tongue, the weekend festivities will also provide plenty of entertainment for eyes and ears.

“Douglas David will be hosting a demonstrative painting session that night and people will be able to look around at paintings that are 75 years old displayed throughout the mansion,” Hobson said.

As the artsy weekend continues, guests can try their hand at painting on canvas at the front steps of the Seiberling Saturday afternoon while sampling wine and cheese for Paint at the Seiberling from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Dave Broman, Howard County Historical Society executive director, said inviting people into the mansion to experience and engage in the arts world is something crucial for Kokomo.

“Educating and teaching people to be creative and learn about art is something we’re happy to host at the Seiberling; what better place to showcase a piece of art than in a piece of art itself, which is the Seiberling,” Broman said about the architecturally ornate building.

Broman said whether guests stroll through the former home’s halls, listen to the event’s harpist or pick up a brush to create something all their own, it’s a community event that focuses on the beauty of art.

“We’re always happy to introduce the Seiberling and its history to new people, then to give them the opportunity to see artwork. It’s an exciting way to encourage people to come back and enjoy the beauty of the Seiberling or see it for the first time,” he said. “It’s a place that has a remarkable history and we’ll have art to showcase with similar histories.”

DOUGLAS DAVID ON STYLE —Indianapolis Art&Antiques, 03/13

Style surrounds us. Fashion, architecture, literature, music and art – they all carry their distinctive version of style. People have it too, in what they wear, their manners, even a presence or how they carry themselves.

Your home is an extension of your personal style. It’s a mirror that reflects what’s comfortable for you. Whether it’s a period style, a catalog style, an eclectic style or a style an interior designer gave you or helped you develop, your home projects a way of living you’re comfortable with.

Just as we use different elements, such as hair, clothing and attitude, to develop our overall personal styles, many elements play a role in developing your home’s style.

Current trends and popular lifestyles during a given time period all show up in our homes.

Popular, trendy colors and fabrics, furniture styles such as classic traditional or contemporary modern, realistic, abstract or impressionistic artwork – they’re all elements you bring in to play to showcase your style. They’re snapshots of your taste.

It’s the combination of these individual styles – and how you assemble all the elements – that makes up your overall style. It’s an opportunity to tell your story and leave guests with a sense of who you are. That’s why your home should include things that make you comfortable, that stir warm thoughts and memories... things that you love.

In dance, smooth and flowing tends to be more enjoyable than forced and staged. It’s no different with your home. This usually shows through when you allow yourself to choose the things you’re naturally drawn to.

If you connect with it, it will work in your home. Whether it’s a quirky chair, a great antique or a painting that spoke to you, following your heart allows you to discover and hopefully embrace, your style.

Douglas David knows all about following his heart and discovering his style. It’s led to a following of patrons from across the U.S. who have embraced the loose, fluid style of his work. He paints what he loves, using his signature palette of a harmonious blend of blues and violets, to showcase his subjects’ simple, natural beauty.

“Following my heart has given me the chance to connect with people. Every connection is a confirmation I’m doing exactly what I should be. Who could ask for more?”

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