The 2018 Froggwell Biennale is About to Begin!

Many apologies for not doing my usual run up to the show, but I’ve been so busy making some new work and doing all the show stuff to get ready, that at the end of the day, all I wanted to do was come home, get into my jammies and watch panda videos!


But here I am now, to remind you that the show starts TODAY! Here are a few preview photos of what the show looks like this year…


New work by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and Diane Tompkinson.


Paintings by Brian Mahieu and sculpture by Sue Taves


Two new mono prints and a painting by yours truly and woodblocks and painting by Linnane Armstrong.


Sculptures in the garden, of course. These are by Sue Taves, who is joined this year by Jan Hoy and Al Tennant.

I hope we’ll see you there!


The show starts today at 10 AM and runs till 5 PM August 3, 4, & 5 at the legendary Froggwell Garden; 5508 Double Bluff Road; Freeland WA on Whidbey Island

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More previews!

I’m running out of words this weekend, but not out of pictures, so for the next couple of days, I’ll be posting more preview pictures of work that will be in the Forgeries at Froggwell show!

Here’s some work from artist Alicia Elliott, who has been in the show before, and also from David Maclean, who has not.

Alicia Elliott after Marie Laurencin

Alicia Elliott after Corot

David Maclean Portrait of Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet oil

David Maclean portrait of Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet /oil

David Maclean /the Fisherman by Paul Eustace Zigler oil

Less than a week till show time!

5508 Double Bluff Road
Freeland WA on Whidbey Island
Friday-Sunday August 4-5-6 2017
10 AM till 5 PM all days

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A forgery in progress…

Art forger Karen Bolstad shared some work-in-progress photos of the panting she’s bringing to the show, so I’m sharing them here with you!

UPDATE: You may remember the post of several days ago, as another art forger in the show did a painting by this same artist (and clearly is the same model). Here’s what Karen Trimble said about this coincidence:

So I’m not the only de Lempicka! I’m sorry I won’t get to meet her and find out how she came to know of and admire her. She fell out of favor after the war but was re discovered in the 60’swith theArt Deco revival.
~Karen Trimble

Here’s her painting, so you can compare them.

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Karen Trimble /oil on canvas

Tamara de Lempicka painting, “Femme a la colombe”, 1928-1930, Private collection, Oil on wood  14 X 11.





Karen Bolstad after Tamara de Lempicka painting, “Femme a la colombe”, 1928-1930, Private collection, Oil on wood  14 X 11.

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More Forgeries@Froggwell: One week to Go!

Yes, in less than a week all of the artists will start bringing their work to Froggwell, some chaos will ensue, and finally, a few days later, a show will appear, as if by magic!

But while you’re waiting, there are still a few days left to catch the show at Bayview corner Front Room gallery, featuring Buffy Cribbs, Bruce Morrow, and Briony Morrow-Cribbs. Here are a couple of the works you’ll see from Buffy and Briony:

Peregrine Falcons by Briony Morrow-Cribbs //all rights reserved

B iffy Cribbs/ Rumors of War/reverse acrylic

Buffy Cribbs/ Risky Behavior/ reverse acrylic

Buffy and Bruce also sent along these images of work they have made for the Forgery Show

Bruce Morrow after Francis Bacon self portrait

Buffy Cribbs after Maria Merian

I’ll be posting a bit more often for the next week, as I share the images of work in the show, as well as a few installation shots once the show is up.

Hope to see you there!

Forgeries@Froggwell August 4-5-6 2017 at Froggwell Garden!

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More Forgery Previews!

More of our talented group of artists have sent in photos of the work they are doing for the show, but before we get to that, I wanted to let you know that there is a show right now at The Bayview Cash Store Front Room gallery, featuring three of our artists. Bruce Morrow, Buffy Cribbs and Briony Morrow-Cribbs are showing some on their work, including some etchings that they did this winter at a workshop in Mexico.

Bruce Morrow Los Golendrenas etching

Bruce Morrow Contrary Rider oil on canvas

The show will continue through July 28th, so if you are in the Bayview neighborhood, (Just off HWY 525 at the traffic light) do stop in and see the show.

Meanwhile, back at the forgery ranch…

Karen Trimble, my good friend from way longer ago than either one of us will admit to, sends work from Baltimore…

Karen Trimble /oil on canvas after Girl at the window detail
 E. Murillo

Karen Trimble /oil on canvas after Italian Girl with Fan

Karen Trimble /oil on canvas after Girl from Seville
Robert Henri

Karen Trimble /oil on canvas  Fume d’Ambergris after John Singer Sargent

Karen Trimble /oil on canvas after Young Girl with Gloves
Tamara de Lempicka

I’ll have more art to share with you on Sunday!

Till then, remember to save the dates!

Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th 2017
Froggwell Garden 5508 Double Bluff Road; Freeland WA
On Beautiful Whidbey Island!

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A Study in Forgery

In which we find things on our London Expotition…

Last fall, I had an amazing opportunity. Tipped off by a blog post on Books Around the Table, I learned that it was possible to make an appointment at the Prints and Drawing Study Room of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In an article on the blog, Margaret Chodos-Irvine spoke of going to the V & A study rooms, and seeing some of the original sketches Ernest H. Shepard made for his iconic illustrations for The House at Pooh Corner.

Eeyore explains “learning” to Piglet. Pencil on paper; A belov after EH Shepard

If I could point to one book from my childhood, and say, “that’s the book that made me want to be an artist, and to illustrate books for children“, it would be Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Okay, that’s two books, but you get my point. The illustrations in Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, were the first time I ever thought, “I wish I’d done that.”

And these were not the finished illustrations that appear in the book.

Tigger notices that something is sneaking up on him; pencil on paper; A Belov after EH Shepard

These were the studies for those illustrations. Complete with visible erasure marks, multiple searching lines, notes, revisions, and smudges, all hanging out there for all, well, for anyone who knew they were there, to see.

Eeyore shows Christopher Robin, Piglet, and Pooh a well built house; pencil on paper; A Belov after EH Shepard

When you walk into a gallery or museum, and look on the wall and see work of incredible complexity, it is hard not to think that the artist knew just where to put each brushstroke, mixed each color absolutely perfectly the first time and that they must be absolute geniuses who never made a mistake.


And even though I, as an artist with more than 4 decades of putting paint on paper and canvas, know, for a fact that this is not true, it was so completely inspiring and disarming to realize that one of my heroes made messes, erased, and tried again, until the drawings and characters came to life. That he had to start someplace, and that he kept trying until he got it right.

Winnie the Pooh, being the bear; pencil on paper; A Belov after EH Shepard

So it is with complete humility and reverence, that I decided that my forgeries this year, would not be to copy a masterpiece that was already finished to perfection, but to copy these quiet, uncertain studies, by that amazing artist, Ernest H. Shepard.

I hope you enjoy them, and that they bring you happy memories of childhood reading.

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A colorful collection is in store for you.

Rebecca Collins is not resting on her laurels of her current show at the Rob Schouten Gallery. She is now painting a plethora of forgeries for the upcoming Forgeries@Froggwell exhibition, including several paintings by Emily Carr and Paul Gauguin.

The Great Eagle by R. Collins, after Emily Carr

The White Horse; by R Collins after Paul Gauguin

Two Tahitian Women by R Collins; after Paul Gauguin

The Forest; by R Collins after Emily Carr

Stay tuned! More art coming your way on Sunday!

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