Gods Day Sunday March 3, 2012

 

In 1991 I traveled to India for the second time in my life. I traveled to the ashram of Bhavagan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, located in a little village called Puttapharti, (Approximately 100 miles North of Bangalore). During my five week stay I was put to work with an international collaboration of artists, writers, and poets to create an installation for the soon to open Sai Museum.

One of the artists I worked with on a daily basis was a Yugoslavian named Radhe Terzic. He gave me this greeting card with an image on it. The story goes as follows...

Radhe was sitting alone in his studio when he fell into a trance. He was consciously aware he was in the trance, when he observed his hand move to pick up one of his paint brushes and then move to his palette. Over the next 30 minutes the brush he was holding moved from palette to canvas a number of times, mixing and blending with colors unknown. In amazement his hand never moved to clean the brush.  It just kept moving back and forth, up and down, back and forth...

In the end, this was the image that was produced on the canvas.

The Abstract Expressionists, Surrealists, of the Late 19Th, early 20Th Century (Matisse, Klee, Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Dali), dabbled in what today is termed "Automatic Painting".  Where they would place themselves in a trance in front of their canvas and watch they channeled the 4Th Dimension move through their body and limbs. This extraordinary approach to creating something that was unusual, and unique served to open the minds and arts of contemporary society and continues to serve as a conduit for heightened creativity of 21 Century artists, writers, and poets.

In what seems an end, the veil is thinning, and opens our minds to a new beginning.

View From Above Feb. 24, 2013

A few years ago I flew SIC (Second in Command) of Aerial Photographer/Artist William B. Dewey in is Cessna 182. Bill was commissioned to get some photos from the air, of some land for sale, in Santa Barbara. On this journey we flew up above and around my studio, (It's skylight has black plastic in the shape of an inverted "V").  These were the sheds for Santa Barbara's original Dairy, "The International Dairy", est. in the 1870's

 

Island Treasures: Museum of Ventura County December 10, 2012

Ten plus years ago I painted my first Plein air Nocturne in watercolors, out on Santa Rosa Island. It has been in the collection of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation ever since. My painting, "A Ghostly Night at the Ranch", is now on exhibit, hanging with paintings of Richard Diebenkorn, Carl Oscar Borg, and Meredith Abbott Brooks,  at the Museum of Ventura County. The show is titled, "Island Treasures": Artworks from the Santa Cruz Island Foundations. It runs from Dec. 2, 2012 to March 3, 2013.

An artist never knows the journey his creations will experience once they've been unleashed upon the world.

Show Opening Dec. 8, 2012

 


 

I Had a good turnout, and sold the show piece!

A full page Ad in the Montecito Journal, and the Montecito Journal Glossy is bringing in the curious and collectors. Now it's time to hustle the paintings. Time for James to work his magic!

All my paintings were hung around the gallery at eye level. Above my paintings were master works by Dead Artists such as Cotton, Payne, and Parshall. I am lucky to be the third living artist to show at James Main over the last eighteen years. John Comer, and the late Joseph Areno were there before.

I know some day, my paintings may move up to that higher level on the wall, but hopefully not too soon.

James Main Fine Art Gallery

Moon Rise, Carpinteria Marsh December 2, 2012


Moonrise, Carpinteria Marsh

9x14  oil  2012 

Solo Exhibition featuring recent paintings by Thomas Van Stein
Compositional Elements influenced by the artwork of Late 19th, Early 20th Century Japanese Masters

December 6, 2012 through January 13, 2012

Artist's Reception: First Thursday Art Walk, December 6, 2012  5-8pm

James Main Fine Art and Antiques
27 E. De La Guerra Street Street
Santa Barbara, California  93101

805.962.8347

www.jamesmainfineart.com

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Flower Fields December 1, 2012

 Flower Fields, Carpinteria
10x8  oil  2012 

Solo Exhibition featuring recent paintings by Thomas Van Stein
Compositional Elements influenced by the artwork of Late 19th, Early 20th Century Japanese Masters

December 6, 2012 through January 13, 2012

Artist's Reception: First Thursday Art Walk, December 6, 2012  5-8pm

James Main Fine Art and Antiques
27 E. De La Guerra Street Street
Santa Barbara, California  93101
805.962.8347 

 

 

Setting Moon, Carpinteria Beach November 29, 2012

Setting Moon, Carpinteria Beach
9x15  oil/board   2012 

Solo Exhibition featuring recent paintings by Thomas Van Stein
Compositional Elements influenced by the artwork of Late 19th, Early 20th Century Japanese Masters

December 6, 2012 through January 13, 2012

Artist's Reception: First Thursday Art Walk, December 6, 2012  5-8pm

James Main Fine Art and Antiques
27 E. De La Guerra Street Street
Santa Barbara, California  93101
805.962.8347 

Last Light, Carpinteria Bluffs

Last Light, Carpinteria Bluffs
9x12  oil/board   2012 

Solo Exhibition featuring recent paintings by Thomas Van Stein
Compositional Elements influenced by the artwork of Late 19th, Early 20th Century Japanese Masters

December 6, 2012 through January 13, 2012

Artist's Reception: First Thursday Art Walk, December 6, 2012  5-8pm

James Main Fine Art and Antiques
27 E. De La Guerra Street Street
Santa Barbara, California  93101
805.962.8347 

www.thomasvanstein.net