The Journey of William Gollings through the World of Western Art

The Journey of William Gollings through the World of Western Art

William Gollings was an American artist who has earned a great deal of fame for his western artwork. Unlike many other artists whose western artwork was based on their observations of the lifestyle and people of America’s west, William Gollings made paintings based on his own experience as a cowboy. Gollings was born in 1878 in Idaho, USA. His parents sent him to Michigan for the purpose of receiving his education. Following his interest in arts, William Gollings enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago where he spent two years polishing his artistic skills. He began his career as a professional artist in the early twentieth century. The cowboy was inspired by another fellow American painter of the twentieth century, Fredrick Remington. Both artists shared the passion for painting America’s western culture. Initially, however, William Gollings used to sell his original paintings to a mid-western publishing company in order to generate finances for affording his art school education. The publishing company used his artwork in calendars and post cards and also created lithographs. Today, the old calendars, lithographs and post cards bearing Gollings’ impressive early work are extremely valuable, with art museums ready to pay a large sum to purchase them. William Gollings gave up his life as a cowboy in 1909 when he decided to stay permanently in Wyoming. He built a studio in order to paint in a proper environment. He combined his inborn skills with his art education to create paintings of cowboys, American Indians and the western lifestyle of America. He used oil paints as well as watercolors for his paintings. Moreover, Gollings also created several sketches. Gollings also learned from another distinguished artist, Joseph Henry Sharp, an American painter who has made priceless contributions to western art. Both the artists were on friendly terms with each other. William Gollings received valuable tips regarding the use of colors from his skillful friend. Sharp also advised William Gollings about imparting an impressionistic character to his paintings. Gollings had the honor of meeting various acclaimed artists of his time, including Charles Marion Russell, Will James, Edward Borein and several others, all famous for their extraordinary western art. William Gollings collected tips and pieces of advice from the artists he held in high esteem. By 1912, he had become an accomplished painter himself, creating countless masterpieces. William Gollings passed away in 1932 in Sheridan Wyoming, the same place where he began his professional career. Within fifty-four years of his life, Gollings had achieved enough to be deemed as one of the most remarkable artists of the history of America’s west. He has left behind a legacy of exceptional western artwork, most of which is now exhibited in several art organizations, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Wyoming. Among some of his most famous cowboy depictions are, “Montana Cowboy”, “The Trail Boss”, “Range Riders” and “Turkey in the Straw”. Many of his paintings also depict the Native American Indians. “The Hunter”, “The Revenge” and “When the Geese Fly North” are some of the most famous paintings of American Indians made by William Gollings. Image Source: http://www.cottoneauctions.com A quick note about our guest author: James Vasanth writes a blog on ScottsDale Art Auction, about William Gollings and connecting the dots between online and offline. Visit...

Who says community service has to be boring?

Who says community service has to be boring?

Whatever you love to do for fun can benefit your community. If your passion is in the kitchen: • Have a cooking party with your friends and save calories by donating the bounty to your local soup kitchen. • Organize a neighborhood block party and invite everyone to bring traditional cultural dish or secret family recipe. • Hold a tea party for elderly neighbors to reminisce about the good old days. If your not afraid to let your geek flag fly: • Hook your elderly neighbors up with email so they can stay in touch with friends and family. • Bring your gaming system and hold a rock band party at a community center. • Have a board game night at a half-way house and bring snacks! • Collect vintage records and organize a music/dance night at a local retirement home. If you love the great outdoors: • Plan a clean up and grave stone rubbing event at a local cemetery. • Hold a spring cleaning party for a disabled or elderly person in your community. • Hold a scavenger hunt for bottles and cans. Turn them in for the deposit and donate the money to your favorite local charity. • Organize a themed benefit walk and according to the season have ghouls, elves or leprechauns follow participants to the pot of gold at the finish line. If you consider yourself crafty: • Host a variety show at a retirement home. • Knit hats and gloves for a homeless shelter. • Inspire local businesses to donate prizes and sponsor a book report contest at your local library to promote literacy • Match up a local business with an animal rescue league for a day long pet adoption event. • Cruise the neighborhood on trash day to find unloved furniture. After some creative refurbishing donate the pieces to a local charity. • Have Christmas in July! Recruit an army of Secret Santa elves and hold a party complete with wrapped gifts at your local women’s shelter. • Organize a neighborhood phone tree to chat up home-bound neighbors several times a week. • Chaperon a field trip for students from a cosmetology school to a women’s shelter for a day of beauty. Everyone has passion and skills. Register yours with your local library and offer to hold classes or donate tutoring. Or, be a community coordinator. Investigate your neighbors’ talents and needs to facilitate connections in the community or do something like donate your car. What else do you think is fun and who can you share it with? Whatever you love to do, there is someone in your community that needs more fun in their life and would love to do it with...

Adding Beautiful Art to your Home

Adding Beautiful Art to your Home

Your home is the one place where you are supposed to feel comfortable. This is where you recede back to after a day of hard work and stressful routines. As such, you need to make it look appealing. Plain walls are boring to look at. However, by hanging photo pop art, portraits, framed photos and murals you are able to bring life to your living room. Images of sceneries like oceans, beaches and other aspects of nature also make for ideal art decorations for your home. Read on for more ideas on using beautiful pieces of art to decorate your home. Oil paintings on canvas These are available from art galleries and other shops that deal with interior decorations. Such paintings are of different sizes. An oil painting can be in abstract or real form. Abstract paintings are those where the artist has used color, line and form in order to come up with an image that has no relation to real things. Determine the size and number of pieces you will need. Oil paintings can also be bought online. Scenic images Like it has been mentioned at the onset of this article, scenic images are those photos taken from places like beaches, gardens, mountains and so on. With these you can create different moods in your house. Oceanic sceneries are particularly good for bringing out a feeling of calmness. If you are wondering where to start looking for such photos, rummage through some old calendars and you might just find one that has them. The internet is also another source. Browse through the categories you want and print them. Collectible pieces of art There are some art pieces that will make any room look elegant. Good examples include carved wild animals, wooden eggs, baseball bats and helmets, designer rugs and sports jerseys. There is so much to choose from. Your taste and the kind of theme you would like to create come into play here. Map out the different places where each of these objects will be placed. Tips on adding the pieces of art In order to accessorize your home systematically, make sure you buy items in sets of odd numbers. When hanging paintings or other framed art pieces, pay attention to their proportions. For example, you should hang a long picture frame next to a short or medium sized one. Use a spirit level to keep them perpendicular to the floor and level with the ceiling. Select a desirable height where one does not have to strain in order to take in the view. Keep items that are made from the same material together. For instance glass should be combined with glass. Same case applies for metallic and ceramic...

Finding Great Artwork

Finding Great Artwork

Looking for great art for your office or your home is about knowing your own style, finding items that fit with the décor you currently have, and finding something that feels uplifting and even inspiring.  Great artwork comes in many different styles and can is defined by your own personal taste.  Some of the best art is done by new artists, and is often recognized as art only by someone who feels the movement or emotion the piece evokes.  When choosing great art consider new local talent as well as artists from around the world such as Haitian artwork for sale.  Here are some other important factors to consider when choosing art pieces: Consider your audience.  One of the most important considerations you’ll make when choosing artwork is determining where it will be displayed and who your audience is.  Artwork that you will display in your home only needs to meet your requirements and be something you would enjoy looking at.  When choosing artwork for the office or as a gift you need to consider the audience more closely.  What type of environment will this artwork help to create?  Will the recipient enjoy it?  Knowing the feel you are looking for or the personal interest of recipients will help you look at art through a different perspective to find the right piece. Know the size and type of piece you are looking for.  When choosing artwork you want to make sure that it will fit your space.  If you have a smaller room a large art piece will look out of place.  The same can be said for small pieces in larger spaces.  Look for artwork that will complete a space and be properly proportioned. Determine the medium you are interested in.  Whether you’re looking for oil on canvas or photography can make a difference in what type of artwork you are choosing.  It may not make a difference to you what the art medium is if the size is more important, but if you are looking for a specific style keep this in mind during your search. Understand the value.  When choosing artwork it can be a substantial investment.  Depending on your purpose for the art you may choose pieces that have greater value and are purchased in part for their investment potential.  Your art choice may depend on your budget as much as your taste. As you look at a variety of different art pieces, you are sure to find those that you instantly like and those that take time to appreciate.  Consider the specifics of the placement for the art you are choosing as a guideline for the criteria to use in the selection process.  If you are choosing an art piece for a customer waiting area in your office you will choose more conservative and universally appreciated pieces than you might choose for your own home.  Art of any is used as the finishing element of a space.  Whether framed photographs, sculpture, or one of a kind oil on canvas paintings; with the addition of artwork to a space it will feel more welcoming and...