In this week’s post, Mountain Made gallery is happy to share with you the unique ideas and artistic viewpoints of one of Asheville’s most eclectic artists, Tebbe Davis.
As part of as part of our continuing series “Inside the Artist’s Studio” , Tebbe has answered some of the most frequently asked questions people have about him and his artwork.
Tebbe says, “My background as a Photographer and Poet give me a perspective other than the literal; creativity frees us from the bounds of comfort and allow us to delve into personal and intimate understanding of the world around us.”
“We have all been placed in this life to explore and discover our Purpose; our voice, a vision and meaning to life. It’s as if the purpose of life is to discover the purpose of life. Its just that easy. The path to the end, which is NOW! (so far) is one of endless folly and experiment.”
“We are all Artists! You should want to place your signature on every day and then go get it framed. I would like to think that I pay attention with an ‘awake’ awareness and unique perspective that gives me the ability to tell stories with my Artwork.”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso
Inside the Artist’s Studio with Tebbe Davis
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
To be happy.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
At age five I was sketching the scenes of rooms in our house.
How long does it take you to create one of your pieces?
It depends. Sometimes I can complete a piece in a few hours, other times it can take months because I will sometimes paint over a particular canvas – until I get the painting to look the way I want it to.
What is your schedule like when you are working?
I go out with my dogs at sunrise then paint in the mornings and in the afternoons I do business. After dinner I will sometimes paint again.
What would you say is your interesting quirk while working?
When painting outdoors I smoke cigars and when I’m inside I always have music playing in the background.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your artwork?
I am inspired by observations and emotions.
What do you like to do when you are not working on your art?
Work on crossword puzzles, and read history novels. I also like to hike and stroll.
What was one the most surprising things you learned while creating your art?
I found out that I love the smell of turpentine.
How many pieces do you think you have created?
150 to 200 individual pieces. This doesn’t include the pieces I have painted over and started again.
Which pieces are your favorites?
The ones that sell!
How do you decide on which ideas to develop?
Whatever works and keeps me interested. I love scenes of great depth
Do you hear from your fans? What kinds of things do they say?
I have a small group (12 -15) of people, from all across the country who have bought many of my paintings. And they have become close friends over the years.
What do you think makes good art?
Placement, perspective, the right color and strong geometry.
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Artist Patricia Van West is best known here at Mountain Made for her unique, “firecracker” wall vases. She creates these one-of-a-kind ceramic vessels by molding clay around a live firecracker to get that explosive effects.
But recently she has turned her attention to creating these festive fall tabletop candleholder in her trademark style.
Check out them out below…click the images to enlarge.(more…)
Comments Off on The Year 2020: A Public Art Project Update II – More News About the Book
Just a short post to let you know that we have finalized submissions for our YEAR 2020 book project. We are in the process of scanning, editing and proofreading all the public ‘graffiti” art and your written submissions. Our ETA for publishing is sometime during the first week of November 2020.
Watch this channel for more updates!
And if you want to come see the finished canvases for yourself then we invite you come by the gallery soon! Some visitors are buying them and the proceeds will donated to a local charity.
Comments Off on Last Chance… End of our Year 2020 Art Project AND American Craft Week
Last Chance for YOU…
To submit your contribution to our Year 2020 Project
As you might have already know by now that here at Mountain Made (directions), we have been hosting a very ambitious public art project called the YEAR 2020. This is a two prong interactive project where have invited YOU, the public to paint and/or write out your thoughts, feelings and insights you have about this past year.
The first prong – our Graffiti Painting(s) have been extremely popular. We thought we would only have a couple of canvases but folks like you have created XX paintings.
The one on display this weekend of American Craft Week (Sunday 11, 2020) will be the LAST ONE. So if you have not come down yet, we invite to come by, contribute and let your voice be heard.
And we still have space for you to submit your thoughts in writing – as an essay, poem, haiku or a personal wish.
We will compile and publish your work in our Year 2020 book the rest of this month and have it available for sale before November 1, 2020. (All sales donated to local food bank.)
A Shout-Out to Quilter, Bonnie Lucas for American Craft Week
FROM FACEBOOK… “AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK CONTEST FINALIST – (Submitted by Chancer Reese of Mountain Made an Asheville Art Gallery) This is Bonnie Lucas doing a live demonstration of her plant or leaf pounding. She picks out fresh plants (flowers and leaves) and then colors/dyes her cloth by literally pounding the actual plant sap into the material using a small hammer.”
We got the word last week that Bonnie was one of the lucky artist whose work was recognized as being one of the finalist for American Craft Week’s “Capture the Magic” contest. Congratulations Bonnie!
Click images below to see some of Bonnie’s work up close…
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