Richeson Small Works 2015

Catnip Madness    Oil on Linen, 12 x 12 inches

I was recently honored to win the ‘Best in Show’ award in Richeson’s 2015 Small Works competition.  Every couple years I do a series of cat paintings, and this is from the most recent.  Years ago I had a black cat named Murphy, who got that wide-eyed crazed look from her new toys and was the inspiration for this work.


If you want to see what the exhibit looked like, here’s the link:   Richeson75 Art Competitions

6 thoughts on “Richeson Small Works 2015

  1. Yvonne Harris

    Joe, as you know I follow your work, and I value your opinion, I would like to pose this question to you….I come across many pieces that are lithographs, serigraphs, prints, giclee, etching, etc, and of course the original work of art, what factors should one consider when choosing a piece that is not the original? Or is their never a good reason to purchase these mediums? Ideally, how should one begin to collect respectable level of artwork when most of us are, unfortunately, on a budget?

    As to Murphy, he must have been a character. Congrats for best in show.



    1. jsundwall Post author

      There’s really only one answer to your question, Yvonne, whether you’re on a budget or not, but I’ll say this first: there are reputable galleries and art consultants who can point you in any number of ‘right’ directions if your goal is to assemble a collection which may appreciate in value over time. Buying art is like buying anything, really: you get what you pay for. A saavy sales agent would most likely encourage you to buy a lesser work by a more talented artist rather than the best work of a middling one.
      But by far the most important consideration is, What pleases you? What touches you? Even this is valid for some: What will harmonize with your living room decor? We’ve all seen how as we move along in our life’s journey our tastes change. What we once couldn’t live without, we can’t bear to look at today. I have a rack full of neckties which haven’t seen the light of day in a decade. Hang on your walls (or your neck) what you love, and replace what you don’t.
      As for the medium of the artwork, none is more legitimate than another, but where you’re thinking of putting a print might be a factor to consider. For instance, you should keep most artwork away from the glare of direct or indirect sunlight, but especially giclees, watercolors, and hand tinted works which fade more rapidly than the others you mention. And you probably wouldn’t want to put any type of print which is behind glass in a room where there is much moisture or wide fluctuations of temperature. I hope that addresses your question.

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