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When You Invest in a Work of Art

August 28, 2012

People often talk about supporting local business, which got me thinking. When an art patron buys something of mine, where does the money go? Here are some of the people we work with that benefit from your patronage:

Four local custom art framers and their families.
Two BYU students, earning their way through college, who help me as studio assistants.
A builder of panels who works days in the coal mine.
Three local piano teachers.
A local guitar teacher, a great talent.
A drum teacher, one of Utah’s finest.
A single mom who helps us with the house.
A local bronze artisan, developing his own business in order to feed his growing family after many years of working for someone else.
A local web-hosting company.
Two locally owned and operated printing companies, each employing over a dozen people.
A local photographer of artwork.
And the list goes on.

I confess, not all my purchases or business dealings are local. The vast majority, however, are indeed. The point of this post, really, is to thank you, art patrons. And to let you know, your investment is not just in me and in my family, but spreads to the larger local art community. Thanks for your support.



The Nativity: Book Launch Event

August 25, 2012

Here’s some quick info about the release of my new Nativity book. If you’re my Facebook friend, you probably were already invited to the Facebook page with this information:

Why I Stopped Blogging

August 24, 2012

Instagram. Yes. I’ve been distracted by Instagram. If you don’t know what Instagram is, it’s a way to take and share photos. But the reason it has distracted me so much lately is the ease with which one can take a photo and group it with other specific photos using a hash tag. What does that translate into for me? Progress shots. It’s a quick way to document the progress of a work of art. Here are a few examples:

Shared Light, in progress, by J. Kirk Richards, as seen on Instagram

You can see the work progresses from lower right to upper left, from the blank panel to an almost finished painting. Each of these three paintings is still in progress. And each is for a show that opens next month at the St. George Museum of Art. The show is a two man show: me and Brian Kershisnik. The opening reception is September 21st, and the artwork will be on display through the end of the year.

Prayer Flags, Nepal, in progress, by J. Kirk Richards, on Instagram

And here’s one last set. This is a monumental piece, as you can see in some of the photographs. There remains a lot of work, but hopefully you’ll see it finished in St George in a month.

Hosanna Shout, in progress, by J. Kirk Richards, on Instagram

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, maybe I’ll be able to calm my Instagram activity and resume blogging again.

There is too much to tell you and too little time. Just click on this image.

July 27, 2012

November Art Workshop–Plan on it!

July 19, 2012

I’m teaching a workshop leading up to the Business of Art seminar in Kanab. The workshop should be a fun getaway, and we’re going to cover a ton of material in three days. And you can stay an extra day to attend the free Business of Art seminar. Open to any skill level. Email me to claim a spot or for more information.

My Trip to Israel

June 29, 2012

I have sorely neglected my blog over the last few weeks. My apologies! Here is an album of photos from my Israel trip. I hope you enjoy them!

New Acquisitions of Christ Images

June 3, 2012

Since it’s Sunday, I thought I’d share a few recent additions to our art collection–specifically Christ images. (By the way, I’m interested in gathering more Christ imagery for our collection. If you have something you think I might be interested in, let me know!)

The first is a hand-crafted pencil box, built by my friend Dallan Wright. He doesn’t usually include the image on the box–he did that especially for me. I love it.

Pencil box with Christ image, by Dallan Wright. All copyrights reserved by the artist.

The next is a painting by Greg Newbold. Greg is known for his stylized illustrations that have graced, among other things, the pages of many beautiful picture books. These days, he’s doing a lot of stunning landscape work as well. I persuaded him to something a little bit different for me. Thanks Greg!

Cristo Redentor, by Greg Newbold. All copyrights reserved by the artist.

This next one is also stepping out of character for the artist. Ben Hammond is known for his detailed bronze sculptures, but he took some time out to paint a sketch of Christ for me. Thank you, Ben!

Christ sketch by Ben Hammond. All copyrights reserved by the artist.

Last, but not least, this Erasmo Fuentes Christus bronze was my birthday present this year. Beautiful work, Erasmo. Thank you!

Christus, by Erasmo Fuentes. All copyrights reserved by the artist.