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The Artist

by Morgan Weistling

Morgan Weistling is among several of the Greenwich Workshop Family of Artists to be awarded the prestigious Prix De West award. In fact, he (and Howard Terpning®) have won the award twice! Morgan’s first Prix De West award came in 2001 for The Dance and the second in 2008 for Indian Stories. As Morgan relates, the model for The Artist may one day show in The Prix De West as well:

The idea for this painting came very naturally. My daughter, Brittany, is following in her parents footsteps and is quite the artist at 14. (Morgan’s wife, Jo Ann, paints under the name J. Peralta).

She has posed for me many times, notably in The Dance. Here, she is a girl set with kitchen tasks but has set them aside to partake in her first love, painting. Although she should be peeling those potatoes, she would rather set up items from her mother's 1890s country kitchen and paint a still life in watercolor. Behind her on the cabinet, other paintings are pinned. I tried to portray that intensity of young inspiration to be an artist. It's an unstoppable force when given the right encouragement.

MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 15 s/n.
30"w x 40"h (unstretched).
$1250

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 75 s/n.
18"w x 24"h.
$595

 



Country Schoolhouse, 1879

by Morgan Weistling

“The one-room schoolhouse goes back to the founding of our great country,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “It evolved through the decades but the general idea remained the same. I painted the time period that I know and love best, the post Civil War era. I decided to place the teacher as the focal point, a tribute to all the dedicated teachers that help build this nation.

“This is a rural country schoolhouse and I wanted to portray a class that was a little more primitive. They were still using individual chalk boards instead of pen and paper (because of the cost of paper then). No fancy bows and frilly dresses for these kids. I imagined these children as coming from a farming community as well as tradesmen’s homes.

“In my mind, each child has a story. Some are related to each other. There is the girl who gets jealous because another girl is talking to a boy she likes. There is the boy with adoring eyes for his teacher and the girl that has eyes on him. Then there’s the kid who is more interested in his chalk than the lesson and the boy who really is having trouble understanding the lesson. I show a little slice of each of their personalities. Teachers and their classes from this period often appear grim-faced in photographs because of the long exposures required to capture the image. But children are not grim! I used real children as my models to make this room feel alive. I also imagined a background story for the teacher. She is new to her profession, full of enthusiasm yet a little naïve about whom she is entrusted to teach. From crushes to jealousy to apathy to determination, it’s all there in that little one room schoolhouse.”

MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 30 s/n.
45"w x 33"h (unstretched).
$1450



Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 80 s/n.
26"w x 19"h.
$595


Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Print:
limited to 200 s/n.
22"w x 16"h.
$225

 

 

Also by Morgan Wiestling


Kissing the Face of God
by Morgan Weistling
Canvas
| Canvas


The Quilting Bee,
19th Century Americana

by Morgan Weistling
MasterWork™ Canvas | Canvas

Savannah
by Morgan Weistling
SmallWork™ Canvas


A Helping Hand
by Morgan Weistling
MasterWork™ Canvas
| Canvas


Indian Stories
by Morgan Weistling
MasterWork™ Canvas | Canvas

Bowl of Oats
by Morgan Weistling
Canvas
     

 

 

 



 

 

 

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