Thursday, June 19

Initial Launch for LeeCarvelArt Web Site

New site has launched! -- alhthough it's not yet completed. We are doing lots of updates to finalize it. I will be working to get partner art stores set up as well and that will take time. In celebration, here's an excerpt from an interview (circa 1983):

Lee Carvel has captured some of the most well-known faces in the world, researching his subject to make the paintings more meaningful. He aims for what he calls "super-realism," making his subjects larger than life. "My competition is the lens," he said. "I hate hearing people say, 'that looks like a photo.” But the artist admitted that this was, in a way, a compliment. "Da Vinci said the greatest accolades should go to the artist that makes a two-dimensional object look three-dimensional."

There's not a great market for one of Quintanar's favorite artistic passions - the nude - in this country, but there is in Europe. "The European market loves art nudes - I'm doing six plates for them," Quintanar said. My favorite subject is girls. I don't see anything obscene in a beautiful woman. In Europe, they treat the woman as the greatest art form." His hope is to be able to do monthly pin-ups for a major magazine, much as artist Alberto Vargas did for Playboy.

Quintanar has turned out figures from the other side of the coin, catering to the fascination monsters hold for people. Quintanar has drawn a good number of creatures and science fiction characters. "We're all fascinated by monsters - there are monsters in our ‘Id’ -- it's a struggle. An artist, to me, is really living out a dream state. He chooses to share that dream."

Here's one for artist Lee Carvel. Thank you for "sharing that dream"... and making us all a part of it.

Saturday, June 14

New Web Site Progress...

I expect the new web site to publish within the next week! With a lot of hard work and sweat over the last few days, I have completed a number of writes and re-writes for pages that will exist on this site.

Most notably I had the pleasure of researching and writing more about Dad for the forthcoming new version of the 'About Lee Carvel' page. Ahh... the miracle of optical scanning which permitted me to scan in newspaper articles and photos about Dad and his artistic views, philosophies, and words. It brought back sweet memories of times together with Dad and being there while he created and polished his artistic masterpieces. You'll have to check out this page when the site goes live. There are included three articles, stories about art, and special tributes in honor of Lee Carvel. I am also including new high quality photos of Dad and a special 'self-portrait' drawing that he did of himself around age 46 yrs old.

Lastly, I have learned a lot about displaying relevant Google Ad's and how to incorporate those and a site-specific Google search box into the web site design. My goal is not to be obtrusive with ad's in the midst of the users' web experience but still permit earnings.

Wednesday, June 11

A New Beginning...

I have begun on a new and exciting path for the Artist Lee Carvel. Lee Carvel was a consummate artist whose works covered a wide spectrum and variety of inclinations. He was also my Dad who passed away at a too early age of 63 yrs.

Now I am in the process of creating a new web site that brings forth examples of the full array of Lee Carvel's artistic talents for online users to appreciate ( With the talented assistance of Lisa Cameron from Whispering Stars Web Works, this new web site will prove to be both a monument to the art of an incredible individual and a viable side-business for myself and the family.

As an interesting side note, be thankful I rejected my first attempt at this Blog: "Deadman's Canvas - The Living Art of Lee Carvel". Although catchy, it did wear on me and I changed it. I must admit though that Dad would have appreciated that macabre sense of humor!