The Hermit ~by Greg Alper
Prints available directly from the artist, a multi-talented musician, music teacher and photographer. Contact info upon request.
Recently, we realized that our flagship website: smartartmarket.com, was long overdue for an update. So we decided to repoint all the traffic for that site to this blogsite while we reconstruct a new page, and learned some new software tricks…(ugh!).
One thing became immediately obvious. Some of the artwork on the main website has never really gotten the exposure that we feel it deserves. The traffic to the blogsite has always been greater than the traffic to the webpage. That may be partly the result of a narrower focus of things discussed on the blog. So please bear with us while we work out the details, and we hope you will appreciate our sharing some of our favorite things from the original website with you here.
For starters, take a look at this intriguing watercolor by Alice Buckner.
Alice moved to western Massachusetts a couple of years ago, but we are still occasionally in touch with her. If you would like to see more of her work, let us know, and we will put you in touch with her.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for more exciting news and shared artwork. Let us know what you’re thinking, or what you’d like to see. Our goal is not just to rewrite the main webpage, but also to make the blog more interactive. Your participation is welcome.
We got a call for a collector in Rhode Island who had a painting similar to some he had seen on our website. It was a painting of a vase of flowers. He was fairly certain it was by Jim Mickelson. Last Friday he dropped it off for us to evaluate. It is unmistakably Jim’s work. It would appear to be from his Rockport days, although there is no date or other clue on the canvas or stretcher frame. It is in excellent condition.
Available in our gallery firstname.lastname@example.org (for serious inquiries only)
Two paintings by Jim Mickelson were recently brought into our gallery. Both date to the early 1980s and were painted by Jim while he was living in Newburyport, MA. The sailboat painting is very clean, but does show some minor craquelure. The beach scene could probably benefit from a very light cleaning. Both are excellent examples of his work and may be seen in our gallery.
oil on canvas, 18×24, unframed
oil on canvas, 10×14, unframed