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November 2019 

Do you enjoy November? Growing up in Alaska, November generally brought deep blue skies, layers of warm clothes, wood stove fires, icing streams, moose in our front yard, and, like everywhere else in the country, promises of a big Thanksgiving feast.

Here in Santa Barbara, it has been a particularly beautiful fall, with beautiful views of the Santa Ynez mountains, yellow leaves, cool nights, and azure ocean waves. It has inspired my paintings, together with my memories of autumns past. How has your fall season been?

I have always felt especially thankful in November, and this November, I have a lot to be thankful about, including -- 

The Flame Within
Between Shores

Current Shows in AK and CA and Awards

I was honored that my piece, Dreamscape, won an Honorable Mention in the wonderful juried art show Fascinations.  Tomorrow (November 2) is the last day to see the show at the State Gallery, located at 1219 State Street. The Abstract Art Collective collaborated with Youth Interactive to present Fascinations at the State Gallery, which prides itself on showcasing "the best in professional artists and creators."

This month, thanks to Rebecca Rogers, three of my pieces, The Flame Within (above), Between Shores (above) and Dare will be shown in Anchorage at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, located at 427 D St. Tonight (November 1) there will be a First Friday Reception at the Gallery. For my wonderful friends and collectors in Alaska, I hope you can come!

Every artist has so many people and organizations who make showing, sharing and creating his or her art possible. During this month of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to Rebecca Rogers, a very special collector and supporter of my art in Alaska; my mother, father and step-father; the Abstract Art Collective and Santa Barbara Art Association; and you! 

Upstream
Deep Impressions

New Work and Quote of the Month

As Alaskan streams and rivers near freezing, they become dark blue, complex and viscous. When the slanting sun shines on them, they sparkle, sometimes with embedded ice crystals. This is what inspired Deep Impressions (above). I have also been thinking about the deep impressions we make on others almost every day. 

Like many people, when I come to a stream or river, I want to walk upstream to see what is there. Do you, too? I felt this desire to explore when I painted Upstream (above).

Now for my quote of the month: "The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." Williams Blake. 

Thank you for reading my newsletter and for supporting original contemporary abstract art. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Warm regards,
Andrew

Andrew Roy
www.andrewroyart.com  
Member, Abstract Art Association
Member, Santa Barbara Art Association

 

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