Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Western Art Collector, Nov.Online Gallery, Vonnie Kohn, western artist

 November Online Gallery for the Western Art Collector magazine: http://www.galleryshowsonline.com/show/dutchpulse1110 

"Where Texas Finds Its Color" represents the Artists of Texas and is showing at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas Nov. 2-Dec. 31, '10. The Opening Reception is Nov. 6th..1:00-5:00 pm. For Further information please contact: http://www.dutchartusa.com/ . There are over 30 artists with some wonderful paintings of landscapes, figurative works, western, and still-life, all representing the many styles of Texas artists. These would make wonderful gifts for family or special friends during this holiday season.

Above: "Echo Canyon"...18 x 24, oil on canvas
Middle: "Teamwork".......12 x 16, oil on canvas
Lower:  "Sweet Dreams"..24 x 30, oil on linen
Prices on original artworks available at http://www.dutchartusa.com/

Prints and Note Cards available from the artist. I accept PayPal or personal check.

Please contact me at:  vkohnartist@aol.com

Thank you for visiting us, hope you enjoy!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pink Rose by Vonnie Kohn, small works, floral

Have you ever wanted to receive a dozen roses from an admirer? Roses are my favorite floral subject..also the most challenge for me to paint. I participated in a plein air event at the Dallas Arboretum last Spring and chose to wander into the Rose Garden. I was absolutely enthralled with the many varieties of roses. I didn't know there were so many! This small oil was a result of the many studies I was able to accomplish before leaving. The small gallery wrapped canvas was a perfect surface to work quickly because of the changing light.

Original oil on gallery wrap canvas (needs no frame)...5 x 5"   $100

If interested, please contact me at: http://www.vonniekohn.com/

I accept Paypal or personal check

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Gov. S.W.T. Lanham of Tx, Confederate soldier, portrait by Vonnie Kohn

This is a posthumous commission that I have been working on for some time. Mr. S.W.T. Lanham was a governor of Texas during the late 1800's. His 2-story mansion which sits on an entire city block is located in Weatherford, Texas. He was involved in many legislative areas in the state, including the organizing of the University of Texas. As a former Confederate soldier, he was highly esteemed by the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Weatherford. This painting will be presented to the Chapter this week at their monthly meeting. The second image is a close-up of his face. ....oil on canvas/ 24 x 30...Sold

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Morning Shave" ..chuckwagon series I..western

It's been my privilege to attend a unique competition in the Western culture lately...Chuckwagon cookouts. One of my students is a Grand Champion in this area. I visited his wagon last Saturday & came up with some very interesting photos. This set-up is one of the aspects of judging his wagon outfit. Period clothing is also important, as well as camp site layout for the wagon & the equipment. I chose to paint this in watercolor to reflect the vibrant colors of the wagon.

4 x 6" ..framed...$ 50...if interested, please contact me @ http://www.vonniekohn.com/
Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"You First"

Have you ever had a bad day? I went to a ranch recently to do some plein air studies for a studio painting with a Western theme. I happened to run across this young longhorn steer who really wasn't impressed with visitors. I managed to do a quick study, but didn't get too close to this one! I could tell his mood was challenging to anyone that crossed his path. Notice his tail swishing..the next thing would be the ears laid back. That is the time to "run for it."    
 $ 100....8 x 10" ..double matted (gray w/ red liner), framed with barn wood.   Please contact me if interested at  http://www.vonniekohn.com/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"The Real Doll"-portrait of French, German dolls with "the real doll"

I have been painting furiously for an upcoming fine art show at the Dutch Art Gallery in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas. The dates are Nov 1st-Dec 31st. I would like to invite all to come and enjoy. Note that one of my paintings (right) will be in the show. This painting had it's moments! The trick was to paint the eyes of the dolls to look like glass, while the "real doll" had human eyes. A couple of times I had to paint out the eyes & start over...not an easy feat, considering that the colors in gouache are not easily duplicated! Also, I could only paint one doll a day...so this was not one of those "painting-a-day" moments...

Gouache, 14 x 18, custom framed to 24 x 30 (If interested in glicees or note cards, http://www.vonniekohn.com/)

On another note, did you notice a new website listed in the upper right corner.. http://www.contemporaryfineartinternational.com/ ? This is a 'sister' website to the Artists of Texas. I am fortunate to be listed among this wonderful group. Please check them out.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Buffalo Spirit"

This is the 2nd in series of Small Works. Graphite on Bristol Smooth paper, mounted on Black Gallery Wrap Canvas, eliminates need for framing.

Image size: 5 x 5", gallery wrapped canvas 6 x 6"
Price: $ 39.50 Paypal or check

Please contact me through my website if interested...


"Rocky Mountain High"

I have begun a series of small graphite drawings on mounted on black gessoed canvas. This canvas is gallery wrapped, eliminating the need for framing. This a tribute to our many trips to the Rocky Mountains...a white-tailed deer. Image is 5 x 5", gallery wrap is 6 x 6".
$ 39.50 + shipping
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I LOVE horses. I've been riding them & painting them since I was a child. I happened to pass by these two beauties while at a local community outdoor festival. I had been watching them for awhile & finally walked up to the owner to ask permission to photograph them. They have been "partners" for several years now. It takes time and patience to train the right animals to work together in perfect sync. These two fit the role they have been asked to perform.

12 x 16 Original oil on canvas..please contact me if you are interested in purchasing. My website is: www.vonniekohn.com

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Dream Catcher Series I-Sweet Dreams"

I have an Apache cradleboard that was a gift many years ago. I've wanted to include this wonderful gift in a painting to commemorate the daily life of Native Americans. As a result I have decided to start a new series entitled "Dream Catcher Series." This is the first painting in that series which is the still-life portrait of an infant boy. The colors of the cradleboard are typical of the Apache tribe; the beadwork is for a boy. Included are his first moccasins, his medicine bag, and the gourd rattle used in the Naming Ceremony for his name. The Dream Catcher is usually hung over the cradleboard to encourage good dreams. In this case, the symbols in the background typify his first hunt. Red is usually the color of war, but can also signify a hunting party. Native American children are encouraged from an early age to practice their skills as a hunter in order to take a place of responsibility as a provider for the tribe. If you are interested in this painting, please contact me either here or on my website: http://www.vonniekohn.com/

24 x 30 Oil on Linen canvas

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Musings of a work-in-progress

It has been awhile since my last posting, however, I have been busy with a posthumous portrait commission of Gov. S.W.T. Lanham, a Confederate general during the civil war. He was also one of the governors of Texas who was one of the founding fathers of the University of Texas, and a long list of other contributions to our great state. I will post a work-in-progress soon. It is a larger work..24 x 30..and being painted in oil on triple primed canvas. I normally paint the negative space first, but started this as a demonstration for one of my art classes to instruct in the process of value painting of flesh tones. Now I have the challenge of adding the background & adjusting the flesh tones that are influenced by their surroundings...arghhhh!

On another note, I have also become a member of a fine organization called "The Artists of Texas". You will find them at http://artistsoftexas.org Please visit this site and enjoy the works of other great artists too.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Autumn Crossing"

Texas has been spectacular with the changing of Fall foliage this year. Here is a commissioned painting I have completed for the holidays. A Vaquero (Spanish cowboy) & his compadre are attempting to cross the Paluxy River. While his friend is still finding a path in the swift current, the Vaquero is pausing to take in the beauty of his surroundings.
Original (sold)
Canvas Transfer (18 x 24- $350)..note cards available (4 /$10)
If interested, contact me at www.vonniekohn.com