Friday, October 7, 2016

Standing Tall
Oil on Canvas
36"x48"


Paintings from the Preserving Appalachia series are now available at Buckland Fine Art !

We are still in the final stages of putting together the book and should have it available later this month!

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The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence. In such moments activity is inevitable, and whether this activity is with brush, pen, chisel, or tongue, its result is but a by-product of the state, a trace, the footprint of the state. (Robert Henri)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Early Autumn Air is Calling

As Early Autumn begins to creep into the landscape, Im charged with a certain familiar creative energy that usually comes to me this time of year. I thinks it's the rush that comes with a crisp breeze blowing through an open window...the calling to leave the dusty confines of the studio and head to the mountains to capture the vibrant energy on canvas!

These two recent landscapes can give you a sense of what I'm talking about probably better than anything I could write. They both depict one of my favorite areas to paint, Whitetop Mountain , Va. Sitting at a little over a mile above sea level, Whitetop boasts sweeping views into VA, NC,  TN and KY. The energy is beautiful up there and you really feel as though youre connecting with something higher than yourself. My aim is to convey that through , essentially, shapes of different color and value. That reminds me of something I'll briefly touch on here and possibly write more about in a future post: the job of the artist.

I feel it is my duty as an artist to reach into the depths of life both inwardly and  outwardly to learn about the emotional response to beauty. My job then becomes learning how to distill this emotion and visually convey it through shapes , color, tone etc...I really could go on and on about the process but I better save it for a later post. In the meantime enjoy these two newest paintings depicting my emotional response to the great Whitetop Mountain! These and other works are available for purchase at my online gallery, Buckland Fine Art . Cheers!


Mountain Clearing

Acrylic on Canvas

10" x20"


Afternoon along the Appalachian Trail

Acrylic on Canvas

9" x 12"


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Preserving Appalachia



Preserving Appalachia : What I set out to do, what I did, and what I learned.

What I set out to do:

About two years ago I had an idea, a plan to travel the southern Appalachian region of 4 different states(Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee), creating over a hundred paintings, speaking with landowners to gather the history of the locations and eventually compiling the paintings and the historic info into a full color book. The plan was to raise $30,000 through online fundraising to fund the travels and expenses for the project. I originally intended to exhibit the paintings in September 2015.


What I did:

I started off with a great few months, raising funds and lining up locations and farms to start painting. I got to work and soon realized that both fundraising and completing all the work might take longer than I originally believed. As my donations for the project slowed, I made a decision to extend the project an additional year to see what I could raise. During this time, I continued to visit locations in Southwestern Virginia, planning on expanding to the other states as my budget allowed. To make a long story short, in two years I raised enough funds to complete 1/4 of the project. Even though this is just a fraction of what i intended, it actually involves 9 different locations in Southwest Virginia and over 30 oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches. Most of the paintings are finished, with just a couple locations still to wrap up. I am in the process of interviewing landowners and laying out the book and will be making the paintings and book available to the public by the end of September. 

Because I wasn't able to raise the full amount I have decided against the costly option of exhibiting the work at a physical location and instead will be hosting the exhibit at my online gallery, www.artpal.com/kylebuckland

I will be getting in touch with donors over the next couple months to fulfill rewards and will also be giving landowners a chance to purchase before the work becomes available to the public. I will be posting dates for the online exhibit and information on how to order the book here and on my facebook page, so be sure to check back often!

What I learned:

I learned that I'm much better at creating artwork than organizing and exhibiting it. I learned that things take longer and cost more than you think. Most importantly I learned that even though you might not always be able to achieve everything you plan, if you set the bar high and give it your all, you will be proud of what you do accomplish! 

Thanks to everyone who helped make all this possible! 



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wishing Well Falls



Wishing Well Falls
Oil on Canvas
24"x36"

The Appalachian Trail, Rhododendron Blooms and a Magical Waterfall.

My wife and I joined some friends on a recent hike along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. The day was nice, sunny and warm making the cool shade of the mountain forest even more inviting. I've always felt like the woods in Summer are a great cathedral rising up to the heavens, creating Mother Nature's very own sacred space for reflection and spiritual growth. As we hike up along a ridge,  I notice a peaceful quietness surrounding us , broken here and there only by the occasional woodland bird call or the soft murmuring of a natural spring. Out of this quietness comes a faint distant roar of water gushing down the mountain. The continuity of life and the abundance of nature can be heard in this roar. As we approach the sound, I become overwhelmed by the sight of a beautiful waterfall with its rich display of rhythmic patterns, colors and tones...the play of soft summer light filtering through the trees and onto the rocks and water below. It is a feast for the senses and I knew then and there that it would end up playing a key role in my next large painting. After studying the falls for a bit and gathering some reference photos, I returned to the studio to set out to recreate this joyous scene on canvas. I was able to snap some progression shots along the way. My newest piece, Wishing Well Falls, is the product of this excursion. This piece, along with many others, are available for purchase at my online gallery, Kyle Buckland Fine Art . So next time you need a little break from the hustle and bustle of life, take a nice walk in the woods and let your soul shine on:) Cheers!-Kyle








Thursday, July 7, 2016

Welcome!





Welcome to the Kyle Buckland Fine Art blog! This will be the place to keep up with me.....what i'm up to, new work, art related travels, shows and even a little bit of random art musings. It only took about 15 years , but I'm finally organizing all my online media and have created a new online gallery where buying original Kyle Buckland paintings has never been easier, To visit the gallery website click here !

Also find me, Kyle Buckland Fine Art, on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! In addition to my online gallery offerings, small studies are available for auction on a regular basis at my Ebay site .

I will be adding new updates to the blog on a regular basis so be sure to come back often! Thanks so much for checking out my work! Have a beautiful day!
Kyle