Summer of Fun

Well, the summer in Studio 210 at the Wyoming Technology Business Center was productive. I have been working on pieces for a November showing of all the work I have completed in Studio 210. To this date, 9/24/15, I have eight or nine paintings ready to frame and exhibit.

The hours, days, weeks and months I was in my studio working last summer, were some the best times I have had in years. People would come by and say hello, I taught an art lesson or two, and invited friends up to see my new work. Happy times!

Thanks to Fred, Rod, Dennis, Christine, Robert and Karen and other people at W.T.B.C. for taking an interest in my pursuits.

I forgot to mention, I’m painting marbles. It’s a series I cannot seem to finish. At around 12: 50 to 1:15 pm, the Sun light illuminates these seemingly glass spheres giving them the essence of real glass…I cannot see them as anything but marbles.

If you find yourself in Laramie around 1:00 pm on a Saturday or Sunday, and would like to see the illusion I mentioned, email or call me for an appointment.

All the best,

Ron McIntosh

Innovative Work

I’m in my new studio; as Michael Shay deftly wrote to me…enjoy your new home. The Wyoming Technology Business Center, room 210, has become the only place I will be producing art. To date, I’ve created three pieces here. More work has been started, and by the end of summer 2015 a body of work will go on display at the WTBC building. Fred Schmechel, my former student and a Business Counselor at the WTBC who is working to build the arts incubation program, will curate my show.

Art is beginning to stir things up in the world of technology businesses. The people I have met in the WTBC have been warm and receptive to me as the artist in residence. Like Fred said, ”I like to come to work and help people. It’s good to be around geniuses.” Fred is right, the people I have met here are exceptional and dedicated to their pursuits in technology businesses…their dedication is inspirational!

I have three large oil paintings hanging in the second floor hallway and one piece made its way to an office. My work is a radical presence on the walls; large abstract, colorful paintings of an alley outside my studio window recording different seasons of the year. I have received nothing but compliments on my paintings from my WBTC neighbors. Other paintings in the WTBC building are by Bob Seabeck , a realist artist depicting regional images, antelope, buffalo, sunsets and prairies, and another artist from Montana who specialized in western imagery as well. My stuff is quite a departure from the other paintings, but in an innovative culture like a technology incubator it is common to take chances on new ideas, and work hard for a high resolve.

If you would like to visit my new home/studio, please give me a call and we will arrange a time for a visit.

All the best,

Ron McIntosh

It's All About the Drawing...

I wonder how many pastel and mixed media drawings I have created since August 2014 till today, April tenth 2015… around 25 to 30 sounds about right.

These drawings consist of images seen in our daily lives, pencils, notebook paper, sticky notes, manila envelopes, scotch tape and portraits. I make art almost every day: taking a non-descript common object and giving it a presence of its own. These subjects are important to us, but taken for granted. I like to raise them up a little and make them into art.  Reminds me of people who go through life without much personal creativity, they may consider making a drawing or sculpture or even themselves into living art ….

Making paintings and drawings gives me a different point of view from my family and friends. I will be walking down the sidewalk with a buddy of mine and say” hey stop, look at that crack in the concrete, it looks like a painting by Franz Kline, or a truck, davenport or my old man. ”My friend will usually say, “Oh, I can’t see any of that, it just looks like a crack in the sidewalk.” A common sight to see for both of us, but to me it’s a piece of art made by the environment it exists in…really cool that the elements created it. It’s the moment that I see something in a wall or a tree…stuff of our lives, that my spirit is raised a half- a-step.

I see from the objects I paint, I raise my spirit too and it is enhanced by the reactions I observe from people looking at my work; it brings them a smile and a sense of wonderment. Many people insist on touching it, sometimes I let them…increasing their fascination. It only lasts a moment, but its enough to go on with and downright fun for me!

Tomorrow I begin snapping pictures of the August to April art, and will trade out some paintings on my site for some of these pastels.

You can see the new work next week. I will show you the best of them and look forward to your reactions.

All the best!

The new space

Welcome to my Blog! History in the making! I am the first artist working in the Wyoming Technology Business Center, a technology business incubation program, whose offices are mostly occupied with technical business startups and WTBC staff…I like being the new guy, the artist. My support is the same as the tech businesses, everyone treated as individuals, typifying their needs. 

March is the month I have moved into my office/studio on the campus of the University of Wyoming. My individual studio needs: one desk removed one kept, a chair and bookcase purchased…bookcase is my easel, the carpet was taken up; wooden strips installed near the ceiling where the wall and ceiling meet. The strips will be used to hang plastic sheets to cover the walls, making my studio ready to drip and splash paint on the walls or the floor. I will exhibit finished pieces to hang from the strips too, and invite collectors of my drawings and paintings to the studio to purchase art. I am an atypical addition to a traditional office environment.  
The first piece I have worked on at the WBTC studio is a graphite and pastel drawing. It will be photographed for the blog and website in my studio and will hang as the first finished work of my ongoing WBTC studio exhibit. People seeing my work online, are invited to call me at 307-703-1234 whether you are living in Laramie or passing through, my studio is open by appointment to fit the schedule of my visitors. 

I would like to thank Jon Benson and Fred Schmechel for the opportunity to set up an art studio in the Wyoming Technology Business Center. The WTBC seems to be the first university based art incubation program in the nation that isn’t geared specifically for college students, and I am the inaugural artist in residence. I bring my art to the table, they bring new strategies to sell my work. Together it should be quite the feast! 

I invite you, the readers of this blog, to stop by and visit my studio to see the where a little bit of history is taking place.     

All the best,
Ron McIntosh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Thanks for sharing!

Welcome to my blog!

Recently I was asked to post images of my work on Facebook.  The challenge came from a Laramie artist and friend Wendy B. She asked me to post three of my paintings or drawings, every day for five consecutive days…I agreed. People responded with compliments, “very nice,” “wow,” “I love your work,” “that’s cool,” “great,” and “noir revisited!” I was gratified to hear from these folks. Many people were kind enough to like and even share the work on their own timelines too.

What has transpired is a number of artists from Wyoming and Colorado posted their art on FB in the last couple of weeks. I have seen pieces from old friends I lost touch with, artists in Laramie with new work, and now my brother Mike is going to take up the challenge. I don’t know who dreamed up this scheme, but it has been a success! Simply, Facebook has become a cyberspace-gallery for people to enjoy. Individuals I never thought would comment on my art have written me glowing remarks.

It is day four of my five-day posting period. I wonder what I’m going to show for the next couple of days. I will ask my son Ross to choose paintings he likes and post them tonight. Thursday posts will be my last contributions to end a five day FB cyberspace gallery experience. It’s been fun to share my art with an audience of hundreds of people. Wow, Facebookers (I just made that term up) have been the best!  I’m encouraged by the success of this project and I want to thank Wendy for the invite, and the person or persons who imagined using FB in this way.  I’m looking forward to the next challenge!

All the best,

Ron McIntosh

Where I begin

At age 17 I was astonished to see a painting that looked like the real object, it was a painting on raw brown canvas of water drops. Each drop of water had its own liquid quality, painted with delicacy, a technical wizardry of gray and white paint. I was fascinated that someone thought to paint a common object…water on raw canvas, and to such a degree it fooled me. I liked this kind of painting immediately. The sign at the Denver Art Museum called this work, Reality of Illusion or trompe l’oeil.

I would see illusion painting again while studying art history; murals portraying a hole in the ceiling with angel faces, peering down at spectators, looking up at a heavenly scene of blue skies, white clouds and seemingly angels on protruding ledges casting shadows on the wall, was my second example of trompe l’ oeil painting. Somewhere I saw a piece of paper painted to look real, it was at this time I thought I could paint paper to look real. As an undergraduate student in 1979 – 80, in my senior year, I gave it a try. My attempt to paint a piece of brown paper, looked like a painting of the paper…I needed to practice.

During my graduate work at the University of Wyoming (UW), I was very interested in fool the eye painting. I found a book on trompe l’oeil artists. Paul Sarkisian had an image in this book, newspapers cut into circles with a hole cut out of the middle, like a doughnut. These images floated, casting shadows of the paper on the canvas in a doughnut shape. This was 1985, since then I have been pursuing a painting career founded on trompe l’oeil imagery.                                                                                         

In the spring semester of 1985 at U W, I entered a painting, illustrating found objects I picked up off the floor and counters in the classroom I was working in. I called it “Winter Sampler.” It was an oil painting of used tea bags, chips of wood, string, pencils and paper. This painting won best of show in the oil painting category at the Colorado State University Art Symposium.   I knew when I painted it, I liked what I saw. Wow, to win first in a good competition…I felt I was on to something.

I love this kind of painting; it sets me free to paint mundane objects, like notebook paper, pencils, paint brushes and string with other common materials, forming a display looking like a collage. When people try to grab the paper or tape and pull it from the canvas…I have succeeded on one level. It’s not the plain, almost valueless entities people see, but the irony of painting items like these to have a visual value.

30 years later, I am still at it, painting and drawing reality of illusion imagery. It is still fun and challenging. Like any discipline, my work has evolved and grown into my own style of painting. Today I have posted a couple of pieces for you. Let me know what you think about my first blog!  

All the best,

Ron McIntosh