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I’m trying to refocus my attention back to my work after the last few days of the auction.  Currently, I am working on a group of very small paintings for an annual show called Little Gems at the West End Gallery in Corning.

This show has always had special significance for me in that it was the first show that I ever publicly displayed my work, back in 1995.  I wasn’t sure where the road would lead at that point and surprisingly, it has surpassed my hopes of that time.  Without that first step, at that first show fifteen years ago, I might very well have a very, very different life now.  So you see how I put some weight towards this exhibit of small paintings.

I also like this show for the format which forces me to work small.  It’s a great opportunity to work out new things on a small basis,such as amping up different colors and blocking in new compositions.  Or in the case of this small piece shown above, revisit a composition with a different feel and color.  Small pieces enable me to work on dynamism on a small scale, finding what elements work and might translate to larger work in the future.

Important rehearsal time.

From a collecting standpoint, small works have always been important to me.  Many of my longtime collectors obtained a small painting of mine as their first piece of art.  I try to make the small pieces every bit the same as the larger, more expensive paintings in all aspects except for the price.  I like the idea of making original work available in price to most people, opening the sometimes overbearing world of art to a wider range of the public.  There is something exciting about having new eyes and new energy in the galleries and both often come from people who may have been intimidated by the idea of even being in an art gallery in the past.

And like my first foray into the world of art fifteen years back, that can be an important first step.

Little Gems opens  February 5, with a reception from 5-7:30 PM,  and runs through March 12 at the West End Gallery in Corning, NY.

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Well,  the auction to raise some funds for the relief effort in Haiti has ended and $5000 was raised, which will be dispersed in the next day or so.  In relative terms, it’s a small amount but it was the result of the donations of a handful of regular people, not Wall Street financiers .  If this is happening all over the country, all over the world, it becomes a massive amount.  An amount that can bring a suffering nation back to its feet.  I think  the thing that can be taken from this is that when small actions are tied together, great things can be achieved.  It’s about creating an atmosphere of optimistic effort.

I wanted to write about how we could use this as a starting point to battle our natural tendencies towards cynicism, selfish greed and so many other negative traits that hinder us as a people.  Intolerance.  Schadenfreude.  The negative region of our identity that is the playground for perennial negativists like Limbaugh and his ilk, whose incredible wealth is supported by keeping the masses apart.  The last thing people like that want is any type of unity of spirit.

Their pessimism is an easy tonic to sell.  Unfortunately.  And all too many of us are ready to take a swig of this terrible tonic.

But I ‘ve already deleted two paragraphs.  It’s too easy when examining such a subject to be sucked into the vortex of negativity these people espouse.   All I will say is that nothing great has ever been achieved by such negative thinkers throughout history.  Every great achievement has been accomplished despite these pessimists by people with vision and optimism, people who focused on broadening human possibility.

Hallelujah.

That being said, here’s one of my favorite versions of Leonard Cohen‘s wonderful composition, Hallelujah.  It’s from the late Jeff Buckley.  Powerful tonic…

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THE AUCTION HAS ENDED!

Many thanks to everyone who participated over the last few days and congratulations to the three high bidders.  Hopefully, their generosity will make a difference in Haiti and help the people of that country back on their feet after suffering such a devastating blow.

This money will help but so will every small donation.  This is going to be an effort that will take a great deal of time and money to get the survivors to a point where they are once again leading somewhat normal lives.  Thank you so much for everyone who understands this and realizes that a real difference can be made if we act together.

The Results are:

“Proclamation” –    $1500   Eliza S.

“Archaeology: The New Phoenix”  – $1000  Denny S.

“New Day of Hope”  – $500  G. Edwards

That comes to a nice neat sum of $3000.  On top of that is an additional $1000 from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous, bringing the sum to $4000.  As promised, I am adding 25% to the bids as well as the anonymous gift which comes out to an additional $ 1000.

THE FINAL TOTAL IS AN EVEN $5000 !

After confirming the bids and the chosen organizations with the winning bidders, I will disclose where this money has been donated.

Again, thank you to everyone who contributed and try to keep this spirit of generosity alive throughout the year.



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Well, the deadline for bids, 12 noon EST today, in this auction of three of my paintings is nearing.  All proceeds will go to the relief organization of the high bidder’s choice , as described below.

Thus far, the results have surpassed my original hope for this effort. Bids to this point total almost $3000 and a very generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous has contributed $1000.  With the addition of the 25% that I pledged, this puts the total at nearly $5000. With the ability of these relief organizations to multiply the effect of monetary donations, this money may have a significant effect on a number of earthquake victims.

Here’s how it goes:  If you wish to participate, you can bid on any of the paintings shown by bidding in the Comments section below or by e-mailing me at info@gcmyers.com . Bidding closes today, Tuesday January 19th, at 12 noon EST.

Please make bids at least $25 above the current high bid.

The winning bidder receives:

*   Their choice of what organization receives the donation. For every $1.00 bid, a donation of $1.25 will be made — your donation provides 125% of effective support. Confirmation of donation to the organization of your choice will be provided.

*    The painting they have bid on, shipped and insured without cost to them.  The painting will be dedicated on its back to the winning bidder.

*    A signed copy of my book.

*    The satisfaction of knowing they have tried to make a difference.

So, if you wish to participate, please bid, and if you can’t, pass this along to someone you  know who may be interested.

AUCTION UPDATE

“Proclamation”

12″ by 16″  on canvas/ Value $1400

Current High Bid——- $ 1500

Current High Bidder– Eliza Schissel

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“Archaeology: The New Phoenix

8″ by 16″ on canvas/ Value $1450

Current High Bid——— $ 1000

Current High Bidder–  Denny Springmann

______________________________________________________________

“New Day of Hope”

6″ by 10″ image on paper/ 16″ by 20″ frame/ Value $ 1000

Current High Bid———$ 500

Current High Bidder-   G. Edwards

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Maximum Bid  To Be Accepted-  $10,000.00

Thank You!  Good Luck!


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As noted in the posts of the past few days, an auction of three paintings to raise funds to go to the  Haitian relief organization of the winning bidder’s choice has been put in action.  I suggest you read the prior posts for more detail but this is a general outline and update of the auction.

Here’s how it goes:  If you wish to participate, you can bid on any of the paintings shown by bidding in the Comments section below or by e-mailing me at info@gcmyers.com .  Bidding closes Tuesday January 19th, at 12 noon EST.

Please make bids at least $25 above the current high bid.

The winning bidder receives:

*   Their choice of what organization receives the donation. For every $1.00 bid, a donation of $1.25 will be made — your donation provides 125% of effective support. Confirmation of donation to the organization of your choice will be provided.

*    The painting they have bid on, shipped and insured without cost to them.  The painting will be dedicated on its back to the winning bidder.

*    A signed copy of my book.

*    The satisfaction of knowing they have tried to make a difference.

So, if you wish to participate, please bid, and if you can’t, pass this along to someone you  know who may be interested.

AUCTION UPDATE


“Proclamation”

12″ by 16″  on canvas/ Value $1400

Current High Bid——- $ 1500

Current High Bidder– Eliza Schissel

_____________________________________________________________

“Archaeology: The New Phoenix

8″ by 16″ on canvas/ Value $1450

Current High Bid——— $ 1000

Current High Bidder–  Denny Springmann

______________________________________________________________

New Day of Hope”

6″ by 10″ image on paper/ 16″ by 20″ frame/ Value $ 1000

Current High Bid———$ 500

Current High Bidder-   G. Edwards

______________________________________________________________________

Maximum Bid  To Be Accepted-  $10,000.00

Thank You!  Good Luck!


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When news of the earthquake first hits the airwaves this past week, I, like many others , gave a quick look up from my own concerns and tried to put it behind me as being out of my realm.

Other people’s problems, you know?  You’ve got problems. I’ve got problems.  We all have problems of our own so why should I put myself out to help people I will likely never meet in a country I will likely never visit?

To my shame, that self-serving part of me took over for the first days of this tragedy.  I tried to avoid the coverage as if by not seeing it, it didn’t exist in my little world.  But the scope of the tragedy made it unavoidable and as I watched and saw the suffering written in those faces, I realized that the worst day in my life would be a moment of relief for these folks.

I have been down to the last penny I had in this world.  I have walked the streets of strange cities in desperation.  I have been near the end of my rope.

But seeing a stunned mother sitting in front of a pile of rubble where her home once stood, with her four children dead underneath and no one there to help her get to them so she might see them once more and bury them, made me realize that my problems were insignificant by comparison.  I had not known true need.  I had not known true desperation.  My rope was nowhere near its end.

The Haitian people are in true need and know all too well the meaning of desperation and loss.  Too many are near the end of their ropes.

So what could I do that would be of some help to these people?  At first, I gave cash to Americares, a relief organization that I have donated to in the past.  They have had a long relationship, over 26 years,  with Haiti and the local agencies there and less than 1% of my donation goes to administration and fundraising.

But it didn’t seem like enough.  Cheri suggested I auction off a painting which at first, I resisted.  There was a cynical part of me that felt that there was something self-serving in this, as though it would be perceived as promoting myself rather than a sincere effort to do what was best.  But Cheri pointed out that this was a genuine way to raise more needed money using the only tools at my disposal, my paintings.  Perhaps by rewarding the donor with an article of value they would bid higher and more money would be raised and in some small way we, the bidder and I, could be of more help together than separately.

So this auction started.

Here’s how it goes:  If you wish to participate, you can bid on any of the paintings shown by bidding in the Comments section below or by e-mailing me at info@gcmyers.com .  Bidding closes Tuesday January 19th, at 12 noon EST.

The winning bidder receives:

*   Their choice of what organization receives the donation. For every $1.00 bid, a donation of $1.25 will be made.

*    The painting they have bid on, shipped and insured without cost to them.  The painting will be dedicated on its back to the winning bidder.

*    A signed copy of my book.

*    The satisfaction of knowing they have tried to make a difference.

So, if you wish to participate, please bid, and if you can’t, pass this along to someone you  know who may be interested.

AUCTION UPDATE

“Proclamation”

12″ by 16″  on canvas/ Value $1400

Current High Bid——- $ 1500

Current High Bidder– Eliza Schissel

_____________________________________________________________

“Archaeology: The New Phoenix

8″ by 16″ on canvas/ Value $1450

Current High Bid——— $ 1000

Current High Bidder–  Denny Springmann

*

______________________________________________________________

“New Day of Hope”

6″ by 10″ image on paper/ 16″ by 20″ frame/ Value $ 1000

Current High Bid———$ 500

*

Current High Bidder-  G. Edwards

______________________________________________________________________

Thank You!

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In an effort to raise money to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti this week, I started an auction yesterday on this site.  I offered a painting of mine,Proclamation, a 12″ by 16″ framed piece valued at $1400, to the highest bidder, with the bidding to end at 12 noon EST, Tuesday, January 19.  The high bidder will receive free shipping and insurance for the painting, a dedication honoring them on the back of the piece, a signed copy of my book and, most importantly, 125% ( 100% of their bid plus an additional 25% from me) of their winning bid to go to the relief effort of their choice.

That means that for every $1.00  you bid,  $1.25  will be donated. This way, you can increase the effectiveness of your charitable donation and receive a painting.

I have put forth several options to choose from, including Americares, Red Cross International Relief, Yele ( a Haitian based relief organization) and Habitat For Humanity, which has a long history of aid to Haiti.  There are other organizations as well, if you so choose, including Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Unicef and Doctors Without Borders.  The important thing is to get support to these organizations and have them well stocked as they hit the ground in Haiti.  This is a dire situation for these people and anything we can do is vital to their survival in the near future.

Bidding can be done through the comments section below or if anonymity is desired, by e-mailing me at info@gcmyers.com .

The Current High Bid For Proclamation (shown above) is $ 1500.00

Because of the initial success of this auction and a desire to raise as much money for this effort as possible, I am offering two more paintings with the same offer as listed above with bidding to also end at 12 noon, Tuesday the 19th.

The first is a painting title Archaeology: The New Phoenix (shown to the left) and is an 8″ by 16″ framed canvas with a value of $1450. At first I was hesitant to offer this piece as it might be construed as insensitive as it depicts the remains of a past civilization buried under layers of earth.  But the thought behind this piece is actually about survival and rebirth from the earth, concepts that will be crucial to the rebirth of Haiti.  It is actually anything but insensitive.

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The Current High Bid for Archaeology:The New Phoenix is $1000

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The final painting to be up for bid to aid Haiti is from my Red Roof series and is titled, fittingly, New Day of Hope.  It is a 6″ by 10″ painting on paper, matted and framed under glass in a 16″x 20″ frame.  It has a value of $1000.

The Current High Bid

for New Day of Hope is $500.00


I think this piece , as well as both of the other paintings above, speaks directly to the concerns and hopes that many hold for the suffering people of Haiti. They will have much to overcome in the coming days and if we, as a generous people, can offer them a glimmer hope, we should do so.

So, if you wish to help, please bid and I will be honored to have my painting live with you for your generosity.  If you wish to help but don’t want to bid, donate what you can to one of the organizations that I spoke of that are hitting the ground in Haiti with desperately needed immediate  relief.

It’s the right thing to do…

Note: Please specify which painting on which you wish your bid to be applied.

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In an earlier post today, I started an auction to raise money that would go to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.  Here are the details:

Besides my cash donation, I would like to offer this painting up for an online auction in which all proceeds will go to one of your choice of the three organizations listed above, or another of your choice.  Actually, I will go one better– I will donate 125% of the winning bid, 100% of the bid and an additional 25% from my own pocket. So your winning bid will provide $1.25 of aid for every dollar bid. I will pay for shipping and insurance for the piece. Bids will be accepted through the comments section or, if you prefer anonymity, at my website’s email address, info@gcmyers.com .

This painting is titled Proclamation and is a 12″ by 16″ painting on canvas, framed in my normal floating frame. It is a piece that would normally be priced in the $1400 range in galleries. I will ship it with a dedication to you on the back in honor of your donation as well as a signed copy of my book.

The bidding starts at $300 and runs until Tuesday, January 19, at 12 noon EST.

So, if you’d like to help in a small way the people of Haiti you can bid on this piece with my gratitude in knowing my work would be of some help to these people. If you can’t or don’t want to bid on this, try to give something to an organization set up to help these folks, such as the ones listed above. If you know someone who might be interested in this painting and in giving aid to the Haitian people, pass this post on to them.

Whatever the case, try to help…

BIDDING UPDATE

A short while ago, I received an e-mail from Eliza Schissel, the Resource Development Manager for Habitat For Humanity East Bay in Oakland, CA which read:

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and I think it’s a wonderful and generous thing to offer one of your pieces to support recovery efforts in Haiti.

I would like to bid $1,500. If my bid wins, may I allocate the donation towards Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts? HFH has built 2,000 homes in Haiti, and of the Habitat families who survived, many are left homeless. An HFH assessment team lead by our Director of Field Operations for Disaster Recovery should already be on the ground – they were expected to arrive yesterday afternoon from the Dominican Republic, but it was unclear when they departed if the road conditions would allow passage and if the border would be open. In countries that have experienced disasters of this magnitude, many first responder organizations are able to provide temporary shelter, but families are left in squalid temporary refugee shelters until Habitat for Humanity is able to build permanent housing with them. Habitat is a critical partner in long-term, permanent recovery solutions.

The answer, of course, is yes.  Habitat For Humanity has had a long partnership with the people of Haiti and it will take enormous sums of money to rehouse the survivors.  I would be honored to donate to this wonderful organization.  For more information on their efforts and history in Haiti, visit their site by clicking on the logo shown here.

So the current high bid stands at $1500.

Many thanks to Eliza for the great and generous bid!

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Yesterday, I sent out a donation to a relief organization to aid in the effort to help the citizens of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.  When you see the images of those people, wandering aimlessly through streets strewn with corpses and the rubble of what was their life before the quake, how can someone turn their back on these people?  I know we all have our own problems and worries in our own lives to bear but do they really compare to what these folks are experiencing?

Try to imagine the feelings that must be racing through these people’s minds.  Despair and loss.  The feeling of utter hopelessness.  In all too many cases, the grief of losing family.  These are people who have struggled through the bleakest of times only to have everything they have stripped away in a few moments.

Do your problems really compare?

If you can, please give, but choose wisely.  Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous skunks out there willing to profit from this type of tragedy.  I have always supported Americares because of the efficiency of their organization.  Over 99% of their donations go directly to rescue and aid efforts all over the world as well as here in the US.  Another is the Red Cross , always at the forefront of providing disaster assistance.  Then there is Yele which is the Haitian relief organization set up by Wyclef Jean in 2005 to help lead his native land in  recovery from their many past woes.  There are many others who are trying to provide great assistance to the people of Haiti.  Just know what the organization really is to which you are donating.

ANOTHER SMALL WAY TO HELP


Besides my cash donation, I would like to offer this painting up for an online auction in which all proceeds will go to one of your choice of the three organizations listed above. Actually, I will go one better– I will donate 125% of the winning bid, 100% of the bid and an additional 25% from my own pocket.  So your winning bid will provide $1.25 of aid for every dollar bid. I will pay for shipping and insurance for the piece.  Bids will be accepted through the comments section or, if you prefer anonymity, at my website’s email address, info@gcmyers.com .

This painting is titled Proclamation and is a 12″ by 16″ painting on canvas, framed in my normal floating frame.  It is a piece that would normally be priced in the $1400 range in galleries.  I will ship it with a dedication to you on the back in honor of your donation as well as a signed copy of my book.

The bidding starts at $300 and runs until Tuesday, January 19, at 12 noon EST.

So, if you’d like to help in a small way the people of Haiti you can bid on this piece with my gratitude in knowing my work would be of some help to these people. If you can’t or don’t want to bid on this, try to give something to an organization set up to help these folks, such as the ones listed above.  If you know someone who might be interested in this painting and in giving aid to the Haitian people, pass this post on to them.

Whatever the case, try to help…

The Current High Bid as of 2:57 PM Friday is——$ 1500.00


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I’ve been scanning some slides of old work, putting them into a more accessible digital form.  It’s been interesting, seeing a lot of the older work, much I haven’t seen in many years.  It’s enlightening to see the changes in the work and inspiring when I come across pieces where I remember what I was going for in the painting, the concept behind the work.  Sometimes it’s an idea that I’ve put aside at that time, to be used later but end up completely forgetting.  Seeing them anew brings that idea back to life but years later with a different base of knowledge to work with it.

Other times I come across pieces that I remember so well for the feeling they produced while painting them and the feeling of the final product.  This is one such piece, called Neighbors, that is from about 14 years back.  It’s a painting that I remember painting so well.  It was at a time when I was still forming a lot of the technique that became staples of my work and this piece seemed to come together so well.  There was something very delicate in the way I painted this, a lighter touch with the brush.  I don’t know if it’s visible but I feel it and remember it.

There’s also a certain nostalgic feel to this piece that I remember very well.  The location of this scene is not representative of any place I’ve known but strikes a very reactive chord within me as though it is an icon that is representative of something important within me but is there without my knowledge, laying dormant.

It’s an unusual, more complex reaction to a simple, straightforward painting than I would expect.  It makes me wonder what it is that makes me react this way and if this is the same emotional trigger that makes certain pieces raise similar reactions in other people.  What is this intangible?

I’ll have to think on that for a while…

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