Sunday, June 26, 2016

Medusa by Tom Curran

This is based on Caravaggio's painting of the beheaded Medusa. It was said one could still be turned to stone by looking directly upon her face. Such a dark theme....well, yes, that the darkness repels and fascinates at the same time is a curious phenomenon.

This piece was a difficult journey into realms I was not comfortable in, testing my skills, pushing myself into unknown lands beyond my experience. I always push myself, tempered by 'always test your ideas on scrap'. With practice, one can enter foreign seas with eyes open, avoiding some pitfalls, increasing your chances of a safe landfall.
Medusa's portrait is sterling silver, raised and chased with punches, and clinched into a bronze shield, which is engraved with a Greek key border.

The pendant is 2 1/4" diameter overall, and hangs about 4" below the neck on a 19" long black leather cord.

The back view shows adders writhing to form the loops for the necklace attachment. Signed and dated 2016.

The clasp is another viper, easily caught by a flat oval loop.

Entirely hand made by me except for the cord.

Copy and photos supplied by Tom Curran.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 CLF Auction Item: "I See It Too" - an Original Oil Painting by Andrew Knez Jr.

Attendees of the CLA's live auctions are regularly treated to a stunning array of arms and accoutrements from some of the longrifle culture's best artisans, but the bidders at the 2016 event will be afforded a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to own an original painting by noted frontier artist Andrew Knez.

The oil-on-canvas masterwork, titled I See It Too, depicts a mounted frontiersman gripping a lon-grifle balanced across the pommel of his saddle; more than that, it's a truly exceptional depiction of the frontier character. Both horse and rider have clearly seen something on the trail that demands their atten-tion - perhaps game, smoke, or Indians – but the artist has lent the painting a bit of edgy mystique. The rifleman and his mount are obviously "intent on something", says the artist, "but it's not life or death yet. I like to leave a little bit of the imagination to the viewer."

The remarkable canvas constitutes one of the showcase offerings for this year's auction and is sure to attract a good bit of appropriate attention from collectors. "We all need to support the CLA in whatev-er way is practical," says Knez. His donation of I See It Too is, observes the artist, "is the most sensible way to raise funds" for a worthy cause: the continued vitality of the Contemporary Longrifle Association. 

Andrew is a member of the American Plains Artists, Artists of the American West and a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society.

An extensive display of Andrew's work may be viewed at We have included just a few photos here.

You may contact Andrew at 724-969-3200.

Copy and photos supplied by CLF with copy written by by Joshua Shepherd.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016