August 27, 2015

In Art..........Being distressed is a good thing!

Artist Ramona Youngquist takes you to a place of serenity and peace by way of a whirlwind canvas ride of oils. You have heard the saying, “the calm before the storm”.......but with Ramona’s unique approach to painting......”the storm before the calm” more aptly defines her creative technique.

A completed work of art from Ramona isn’t just about application. It is also about removal. Addition and subtraction. Herein lays her passion, as she “storms” the canvas with a myriad of tools to do her bidding, in the act of distressing. After applying oils from her muted and limited palette, softly building from a soft shower, she gathers strength and intensity like a thunderhead cloud billowing above.  Powerful lightning bolts of sand paper, brushes uprooted and used on their pointy ends, to rags, or anything else blowing in her way are snatched at will for her to strike the canvas with. The aftermath of this textural effects storm, in its unconventional applications, leaves the finished painting shining in the dewy light of comforting scenes of traditional form. The calm. The relatable. The recognizable and the wishful. 107599

At a very early age, she was fascinated with values as she observed them in nature.  Value is the relative lightness and darkness of a color. It defines form and creates spatial illusion. Contrast and gradation. Mass and contour. Mood and drama. Whether living in Oklahoma as a youth or an adult in the wine country of Oregon today, Ramona’s subject matter is close to home. She has nurtured appreciation and observancy in regards to her surroundings and allowed nature to be her teacher. Inspired in this way, she encourages you to escape the stresses of daily life and indulge in an impressionistic walk through her work where one experiences peace and inspiration. Rejuvenation.

We are happy to welcome Ramona Youngquist to our group of artist’s here at Lovetts Gallery!




“The Clouds----the only birds that never sleep”........Victor Hugo


Raven Sawyer

July 22, 2015

July art appreciation

Good Morning……all day long!!!

This week I am excited to talk about what art appreciation is. But first, I’d like to define what “appreciation” means. When we recognize and enjoy the good qualities of someone (like you!) or something, we experience appreciation. It is fully understanding a situation; the nature or meaning of something. Appreciation is all about understanding! I loathe brussel sprouts! But, I can appreciate that others feel culinary delight to have a plate of them, as well as receiving the nutrition they provide. Phil, our logistics manager, loves camping. I love NOT camping. I do appreciate the elements of camping and that it provides pleasure and adventure for Phil and his family. We can appreciate the different elements of people, places and things. I’ll have more to say about elements in a moment, in regards to art.

  Art is a tangible entity as in a painting, sculpture, photograph, and etc. Art is uniquely human and tied directly to culture. It is an expressive medium that allows us to experience joy, sorrow, confusion and clarity. It gives a visual voice to ideas and feelings, connects us to the past, reflects the present, and anticipates the future.

But art…….requires an artist. Societies call on artists… to create.

 So obviously, an artist is the first element of art. The other elements, the building blocks, include line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color. Art also requires content, which is idea based. These are intended and /or actual messages and our reactions as individuals to them. Content also includes ways in which a piece of work was influenced; society, politics, religion, personal experiences, history, education and emotions. All these factors, together, make up the content side of art.

By referencing appreciation, am I getting ready to tell you that you should like all art?

Absolutely not!

Do you like every piece of music you hear, every book you read or every food you’ve tasted?

Of course not!

But you can learn to appreciate (to understand) art outside your comfort zone. The benefits are twofold. (1) Understanding the elements an artist implements in order to create is helpful in understanding what their piece of work is about. And (2) Familiarity can bring with it a particular level of relaxation. Learning can certainly have these after-effects!

Often, an appreciation for something only comes with repeated and prolonged exposure.

For almost six decades I have been involved in art in some shape or fashion. Some of my personal tastes in art have changed a few times, but due to learning to “appreciate” art; I’ve since become more eclectic in admiring and collecting!

It really is an enjoyable exercise. As Dee, our Social Media Director, likes to quote her father…..”Have an open mind, but not so wide your brains fall out!”.

 Now let’s work out!!!

Get your art pants on and come to Lovett’s Gallery and do some stretching in Art Appreciation!



June 24, 2015

Dear Art Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Art Diary,

There’s a wonderful spot, I’m told, where it’s never too hot and it’s never too cold;

Where you’re never too young and you’re never too old,

Where you’re never too big or small.

And you’re never, never, never too, too, too, anything at all, Oh!

You’re not too mad and you’re not too sane,

And you don’t compare and you don’t complain,

All you do is sit tight, ‘cause it’s all so, so, so, so down –right, right!

Tra-la-la! Ha-ha-ha and a couple of ho-ho-ho’s,

That’s how we laughed the night away,

At the Lovetts Lollipop Guild Art Show!

Oh, Art Diary, how I love the wonderful world of art! The expression of each artist

was so creative; each a wizard in their own right! All together they worked like a

team…….follow the fellow who follows a dream!

The room was full, with lots of inspectors;

Fond faces of patrons, our cherished collectors!

The refreshments, they flowed, and the lights were aglow,

Thank you for following Lovetts yellow brick road!


The Lollipop Guild Exhibition is in the Gallery for viewing and purchase through

 July 20, 2015. (Note: some sold pieces will remain through this date and others

will go with their new owners at time of sale) This unusual collection of miniature

works are only small in size, but many in numbers and large in talent. Art wasn’t

the only thing hanging, as we had the surprise and pleasure of artists hanging out

as well. Robert Caldwell, Virginia, Sharon Pomales, California, James Johnson,

Texas, Oklahomans, Dr. Wood and Molly Murphy and Brian Slawson from………….


We aren’t sure how Brian got back home to Kansas… balloon? Or

did he click his heels together three times and say “there’s no place like home”?


I will be writing again very soon.

The Birds Show is coming up and there are a lot of preparations here at Lovetts Gallery!

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                                                    Sincerely yours,




A generous “THANK YOU” to everyone for your support and enthusiasm of  The

Lollipop Guild Exhibition and for making the imagination real!



June 10, 2015

Dear Art Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Art Diary,

Oh, so many things to talk about since I wrote you last. In case you haven’t heard, I suppose now would be a good time to tell you. Remember HTTP… we have been together forever. Well, I think that relationship has run its course and he is so on his way out the door. He’s been loyal and faithful and all, but he is kind of stuck in his ways, lives in the past and stubborn to try new things. I was ready to go to the next level and that’s when I met WordPress. He sooo gets me and this new relationship will take us and our clients to a better business web experience.

They sing “breaking up is hard to do”…….But in my case, it’s really just the hassles of making the transitions necessary to be up and running smoothly. For instance, the Wall newsletter will now be accessible on our site so our clients and visitors won’t experience a disconnect in regards to art and artists and other news and information.  You will continue to be able to access all of our social media sites in one place!

I’m so excited about the other new features too, like the Inventory Tab that will be on Lovetts front page. This will allow you to see the entire collection of all artists work at one time. At present, it is by individual artist and that will remain as well.

For all new pieces, you’ll be able to view four separate images of 3Dimensional works! With more options in viewing artwork, quicker and additional information on the artists, press and videos……..It will definitely be love at first “site”!

I also heard through the Gallery grapevine that Phil has a new photo of Jack he’s going to replace for the present one. Jack doesn’t know! I just love you art diary; we can talk and you keep my secrets!

But two things that are never a secret…….is the greatness of the art and artists at Lovetts Gallery and certainly the greatness of our clients.

Oh, Art Diary, I have so much to talk about but will have to wait till my next entry.

So much to do for the upcoming Lollipop Guild Exhibition in a few weeks!


I bid you a sweet goodbye!



April 23, 2015


All we are saying is………..

                                          GIVE PEACE A CHANCE………..


Pablo Picasso has said, that ”Often while reading a book, one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write. One can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and color.”

Artist Shanna Kunz is a woman who has chosen to speak with paintbrushes and oils as her voice!  

First of all, hers is one of sharing by experience. The diversity of her contemporary western American landscapes is rooted in her being planted as a naturalist at a young age. Shanna seeks balance in nature, within herself, and her artwork.  The three applications that are instrumental to Kunz in achieving her goal of connectivity are consciousness, composition and communication. I believe these are evident in her thematic decisions, attention to detail, the deliberate performances of mood, light and color, the contrast of subtleness and complexity and her emotional investments of her encounters of the land, trees and water.


In her piece “Evanescence”, you see nature mirrored in the water, a reflection of itself. Spatial relationship and distance give this painting depth and dimension; from the water, to land, over the tree tops, above the hill, to the mountain top and up to the sky………. yes, the sky revealing the time of day like a watchmaker using shadow and light as hours and minutes. Evanescence is the condition of transition, in time, in the seasons and in life. Now let me transition to another piece of Shanna’s, titled “Liz’s Cattails”.


The foreground of this painting spotlights the cattails by its position up close, the star feature in this show of nature, as they stand in contrast to the landscape behind them in Utah. Enjoy the uncomplicated beauty they add to the landscape, but don’t be fooled….. they are important producers to our environment. Cattails-“Typha” are often among the first wetland plants to colonize areas of newly exposed wet mud, with their abundant wind-dispersed seeds. They are typically eaten by wetland animals, such as the muskrat, which may also use them to construct feeding platforms and dens. Birds like to use the seed hairs as nest lining. Ah! Natural recycling!

Collectors and admirers of Shanna’s work inevitably express a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility when viewing and purchasing her work. I certainly concur! The deft way she applies her oils in layers and “pushes the color and value” in her compositions is also striking in her other new pieces, such as, Azure Afternoon”,


"Sapphire Shadows” ,”Bend in the Stream “and “Autumn Stirs”.  When you come in to see her work, you will see her mission; to continue studying the landscape, bringing her closer to an honest translation-of both soul and land- and to continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection she feels with her environment.  We feel it too! At Lovetts, we are so glad that Shanna shares the sentiment of Picasso and chooses to describe landscapes with brushes and color. Thank you Shanna!





     Raven Sawyer