Everyone’s a critic

Leaves after Braque banner and Gerret

Foggy spring morning. No bourbon at the moment but opinionated dogs and art for sure.

Kaleidoscopic Leaf Place Mats R Us

kaleidoscope leaf placemats

New indoor/outdoor vinyl place mats for the 2014 eating/drinking/present-giving season!

After my two-month retreat at the Carlos Castaneda School of Folk Art and Business Branding for Seniors I have been inspired to take some of my leaf images, deconstruct their narrative context and reconstruct them as kaleidoscopic indoor/outdoor vinyl place mats suitable for picnics, camping and fine dining. I’m telling you they’re awesome, gluten-free, unbreakable and cheap to mail if you’ve got a sibling that lives on the other side of the country and you’re looking for a can’t-find-this-sucker-on-Amazon type gift.

If you’re in the neighborhood you can come on by and stock up, or you can order them here on this website, or here on durland.com, or here on Facebook. Below are your six choices. Sold in sets of four. Click on images to enlarge:

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s what others are saying:

“Casually chic place mats can transform your dining space instantly.” —Crate & Barrel

“Place mats are an integral part of setting a dinner table: they look decorative and are useful for protecting your table from scrapes and spillages.” —IKEA

“Both decorative and practical, place mats are used to avoid ruining & staining tabletops and tablecloths. Place mats can also be used to accommodate place settings.” —Bed, Bath and Beyond

“Vinyl place mats can be an excellent way to enhance or alter your kitchen decor quickly.” —Walmart


Art at River Landing


A banner hanging outside the River Landing Inn in Saxapahaw. It’ll be there for the Second Sunday event this Sunday (July 13, 2014) from 1 to 4 p.m. Actually, the banner will be there longer than that, but the event is only from 1 to 4. Music, wine, food, and some of your favorite people. For more details, directions, etc. click here.

A new banner on the way


Leaves after DegasThis will be the newest addition to the Woodland Banners installation. It’s currently at the printer, and will premiere at the Saxapahaw Holiday Market on December 7&8, but is destined to reside in the woods with the rest of the banners. I call it “Leaves after Degas.” You might ask, “why?” I think it was this that convinced me.

Some banners in fall

Leaves after Olezsko in fall

I love looking at the banners in fall when the woods adds so much color. Art just doesn’t work like that when you hang it over the sofa.

Open Studio this weekend


“dragon,” 28.5 x 14, digital images on canvas, raw beeswax, re-purposed wood

This weekend (October 12-13, 2013) I am hosting an open studio here at Bourbon, Dogs and Art where all you noble folk are invited to drop by and enjoy a fall day in the woods wandering around looking at the Woodland Banners installation, hanging out in the yurt studio/gallery where you can enjoy indoor art of the kind that would look great on your walls at home and visit the Bourbon, Dogs and Art Outlet Store to get a head start on the masses interested in the new chicken and eggs throw pillows and indoor/outdoor placemats as the gift-giving season approaches. A nice rain early in the week will clear any dust and the forecast is perfect for doing all of the above.

three different eggs

“three different eggs,” 28 x 12, digital images on canvas, raw beeswax, re-purposed wood

I will be open from 10-5 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday and will share the weekend with 48 other artists as part of the Alamance Studio Tour.

leaves after oleszko

“Leaves after Oleszko,” 48 x 66, part of Woodland Banners installation (click to enbiggen)

Leaves after van Gogh

“Leaves after van Gogh,” 48 x 66, part of Woodland Banners installation (click to enbiggen)

For people who want to know more about my work here’s an artist statement:

By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, I investigate the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

My conceptual artworks establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I want to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.

I would like thank Jasper Rigole who has created the internet’s absolute best artist statement generator and who deserves significant credit for the previous profundity.

a dozen eggs

“a dozen eggs,” 18 x 31, digital image on canvas, raw beeswax, re-purposed wood

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