After the Artisan Market

After the Artisan Market

This past Saturday, we had our Artisan Market event at Artisan Forge Studios. It was a great time, with a steady flow of people visiting.

In addition to all the artists, we had the wood fired pizza guys there as well as Soul Brewed Coffee. I grabbed a nice cup of a dark roast made in an aero press, which they then poured in my mug. Very unique flavor–it kind of grows on you! I’d like to get some more 🙂

During the show, I met some wonderful folks and some people I knew came in and visited as well. The main painting on display is a work in progress called “Smoldering Wick.” I’ll share more about that in-depth later.

On the wall opposite my easel, I displayed a print series of the 4′ x 28′ mural, depicting Biblical history with an emphasis on the gospel message, that my friend Dave Mattison and I completed in 2013 for Bethel Church in Eau Claire.

Prints of the 4' x 28' mural at Bethel Church, Eau Claire, WI

Prints of the 4′ x 28′ mural at Bethel Church, Eau Claire, WI

 

Portrait painter Matt Philleo mixing colors on his palette at Artisan Forge Studios on October 29, 2016

Portrait painter Matt Philleo mixing colors on his palette at Artisan Forge Studios on October 29, 2016

Most of the day, I painted on that canvas live (though mostly I just talked). A lot of people were touched by the message of encouragement, and had really incisive questions on my process in creating art. A few were interested in having custom portraits painted from a photo. At this time of year, getting close to Christmas, I tend to get a lot more of those kinds of commissions, which I am very thankful for.

Artisan Market at Artisan Forge Studios, Eau Claire, WI, October 29, 2016

Artisan Market at Artisan Forge Studios, Eau Claire, WI, October 29, 2016

Partway through, I met a gal that does some excellent photography work. Although an amateur photographer, she takes professional-quality portraits for people that can’t typically afford them–senior photos, wedding, engagement, etc–for free. I think that’s amazing. Here you can see some of her work:  

Photo from Treasuring Memories by Tricia Henchen

Photo from Treasuring Memories by Tricia Henchen

At the Artisan Market, there were people selling jewelry, paintings, sculptures, glass creations, stone carvings, prints and a lot of other great art. It’s exciting to be part of a place where there is so much energy–like a gallery and workshop all in one. I will definitely be looking forward to the next show. Thank you to everyone who were able to make it out there!

 

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"I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands."

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"Inscribed," Pencil on Paper, by Matt Philleo

One day, when I was discouraged I read a verse in the Bible, in Isaiah, 49:15-16, where it says, "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands." This verse brought such encouragement, that I created this original work of art to share the incredible love of God with others, including you!


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