From France to Florida, David McEwen Offers Classes

When we first walked into Forms Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, The Rickie Report was mesmerized by the paintings of David McEwen.  We had missed his short visit to Florida and followed him via email to his home in France.  His blog entries are captivating enough – but now you have the chance to meet him and take a lesson while he is back in our area!

The King, David

The King, David

David shares, “People keep telling me that I paint too many different things, that my work is too eclectic, that I should specialise. Er…….why……? I paint the things that give me a buzz, things that I love, things that I want to CELEBRATE. Each of these works are, in some sense, a speciality…I specialise in Colour and Light.”

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Eric Lamaze and Hickstead

Born in England, David first studied Fine Art under Victor Passmore at age 13.  McEwen tells us, “He made me draw for a year and then mix colours and learn my craft for another year. I returned to Art School in the 70’s when Lecturers just didn’t care what you did so that I can honestly claim since my first day there I’m self taught!”

Mia

Mia


There are many influences on his work including other painters whose works he loves, the Masters and Remington.  He has the highest regard for Norman Rockwell. 

Pascal's Breakfast

Pascal’s Breakfast


“There is one painter who influenced my work throughout my life, whose encouragement has helped me more than anybody … my brother, Christopher. He’s a painter with imagination and real talent.”


David’s sense of humor is easy to appreciate and understand, as he tells us how he met Sally: ” For the next twenty years or so I rambled from job to job until, in the early 90’s, I met somebody who found enough in my work to really encourage me to paint, paint and paint some more……and, Dear Reader, she married me.”  We love his blog entries!

Dressage

Dressage


Between 1992 and 1997 David worked on over 700 commissions. In 1993, he “became a full-time painter (not an Artist, they wander, looking pale and interesting, until struck by the ‘ Muse ‘ ) and have only one regret; that I didn’t do it sooner !,” he says.

 

Pointing the Way

Pointing the Way

In 1997 , he and Sally moved to Southern France and set up a Painting Holiday Centre. David tells The Rickie Report that since then, “we’ve met people who have arranged painting and teaching trips to The Falkland Islands, teaching and exhibiting trips to San Diego and Delray Beach, painting trips to Venice, Barcelona, Jerez, Paris and, well………. basically, all over Europe.  So apart from saying I love Sal to bits; am seriously proud of my grandchildren, I think that painting is the best job in the world…”.

Polo

Polo


In 2012 David was elected to be an Associate Member of The Society of Equestrian Painters. He is represented by Jaynie Spector of The Dog and Horse Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina and by Dan and Carol Lynne at Forms, Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida.His work has been included in several magazines and The International Artist named him as a “master painter of the world”.  In 2003 he was a runner-up in S.A.A.’s “Painter of the Year”.

 

David will be giving courses at Jean Hutchisons house in Delray Beach.  Places are limited. 

Thursday 31st Jan and Friday 1st Feb – 10am – 1pm
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th Feb same times
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th Feb same times.

Please call  561. 278. 4479 to inquire about classes and books your space.

David will also be demonstrating pastels at Hands Art Shop, Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach on Wednesday 6th February 1pm to 3pm. 

For more information:  http://www.paintfrance.com/   or email Sally Mcewen at sally.mcewen@wanadoo.fr  Forms Gallery is located at 415 E. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, Florida.  The gallery is open 7 days a week.  Give yourself a treat and discover the exciting cultures of the contemporary Southwest as expressed by the best of today’s artists. For more information call Forms toll free at (888) 274-3676 or (561) 274-FORM or www.formsgallery.com

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

How the Right Frame and Matting Enhance Artwork

The Rickie Report is a big fan of making sure each piece of artwork is framed and matted in a way that enhances the artwork we fell in love with in the first place.  In fact, before moving to FL, there were times that you would find me in a local frame shop behind the counter, changing out mats and frame corners as if I were in my own little world.  Maggie Milstead, in Delray Beach is a master framer who takes the same care as I would.  Check out her selection and her SALE!!

 

Now is a good time to check the pieces of artwork you have already had framed.  Make sure the matting has not yellowed or dropped within the frame itself.  Use acid free matting to protect the longevity of your favorite picture or curio. Remember that three dimensional items can be framed to make an exquisite statement and be protected from the elements at the same time.  And if you have been meaning to change the frame that you never really liked, this is a good time to do it!

Frame corner samples

Maggie has worked in the Boca Raton area since 1980. ” I had a frame shop / gallery in downtown Boca from 1980-1992, then converted my garage & moved shop home while raising twin girls. I worked with So. Florida Art Services through the 90’s who did all the framing for The Gallery Center, The Boca Museum of Art, and Flagler Museum in Palm Beach,” Maggie tells us. “Since 2001 I’ve been the framer for Cacace Fine Art. Sometimes people like to meet there to choose framing, which is fine, however my shop in Boca is even better since I keep all materials there”.

She comes highly recommended from artists themselves.  While Maggie has been framing primarily for artists Vincent Cacace, James Kerr, Valerie Vescovi, Jean Hutchinson, Genia Howard, Pati Maguire, Melissa Pope-Scott, Jerry Glickman and Pat Boldizar. And just as we would want to be cared for by a diploma certified physician, all consumers should be aware that the Professional Picture Framers Association certifies qualifications in that field.  Maggie is a CPF (certified picture framer).

Dramatically framed painting in Cacace Gallery

 

 

The Rickie Report would like to note that too often, artists are thrifty when it comes to investing in framing their pieces.  If a client likes their artwork but not the frame, issues can arise.  While it is easier to leave the frame choice to the client after the piece has been sold, art looks finished and is given a more polished presentation when it is framed.

 

 

 

We love to have choices, don’t we?  For us it is a matter of not only seeing a frame corner or a mat sample. We urge you to try several combinations of different mats and frames before choosing.  In the accompanying photo, you can see that Maggie does the same thing. What does a double mat vs. a single mat do for the picture?  Does the mat color draw your eye into the picture or do you only notice the frame? While you may have thought this particular piece might hang well in a hallway, if you change your mind ( and we hope you move your art pieces around much like any museum or gallery does), you no longer want to have matting that “matches” that wallpaper.  Because there are so many little decisions , it is reassuring to have a professional to rely on for suggestions.

 

Notice the number of choices Maggie is testing as she measures for the matting

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s standard discount to artists of 25% of 1-3 pieces; 30% off 4-6 pieces; 35% off 7-9 pieces and 40% off 10 or more pieces framed with the same materials.  She even allows you to combine with friends so you can get the best deal!  Maggie also picks up and delivers and offers hanging and consultation services.  You can call or email her with questions and she will gladly give you an estimate for your framing needs.  Maggie Walker Milstead, CPF can be reached at:  561-716-7709 or magframer@aol.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291