Monday, November 10, 2014

Black Friday Sale on

Settlers West Galleries Presents The Great American West

Wyatt Earp in Hollywood

Coming November 22, 2014, Andy Thomas's original oil painting, "Wyatt Earp in Hollywood" will be featured at Settlers West Galleries, The Great American West Auction in Tucson, AZ.

Click here to view the catalog for the Auction. The reception is at 5:30pm, with the purchase drawing at 7pm.

Here is the story on this piece:

Wyatt Earp lived in Los Angeles in his later years and spent some time on the movie sets in Hollywood. He became good friends with William S. Hart and Tom Mix, early cowboy stars. The great director John Ford remembered Earp describing a gun fight to him and even drawing a diagram of the action. Ford used that description to film the fight in My Darling Clementine. The fight is now known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral. The painting depicts Earp describing the scene as Ford, Hart and Mix listen. The movie front in the background is actually Fremont Street in Tombstone, as the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, walk down to confront the cowboys. Also listening is a young prop hand who, in his own film career, used Earp's mannerisms for his own portrayals of tough western characters.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feature Friday on Facebook
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Feature Friday

We are now offering you a chance to win some wonderful Andy Thomas items, or receive an item at 50% off in our Feature Friday hosted on Facebook!

We will host a bi-weekly giveaway of an Andy Thomas item on Facebook.
The Friday's in between, we will offer a featured item at 50% off!

Here's how it works:

'Like' Andy Thomas on Facebook.
Look for the Feature Friday Post, which will happen every Friday morning.
For Giveaways: Like & Comment for your chance to win.
For 50% off: Follow the link posted on FB to receive your item at 50% off.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Saturday morning!

23 Years of this Journey

Wow, it is almost 23 years to the day that Andy and I began building his art career full-time. We both knew that one day we would both end up not working 'jobs' and together, we would attempt this venture, it just happened a little bit earlier than we thought.

So, at that time, we took the leap with the thought that we could always go back to 'jobs' if we fell flat on our faces. Or, if we had dry times we both agreed we would go and flip burgers for awhile. It is so hard to believe 23 years have passed. There have been bumps in our professional road, some good, some not. But with every bump, we have learned a thing or two about art and business.

I am ready to see where this road brings us during the next years. With Andy always learning how to be a better artist and myself learning to be better on the business side, it should be quite interesting.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Why Andy Paints in Oils

Dusty Bronc

Andy Thomas is an immensely talented oil painter. His paintings capture the viewers eye and release their imagination. If you own an Andy Thomas piece, then you know exactly what I mean. A story lies in every image, sometimes Andy provides us with a story and other times it's completely up to the viewer, but either way, there is always a story to be told. Andy manages to surprise his audience every time with his action packed oil paintings.

Ever wonder why Andy paints with oils rather than other mediums? I conducted a short interview with Andy to find out why... Here it is!

1. Why do you paint in oils vs other mediums, such as watercolors or acrylics?

"I originally started painting in oils because they are so challenging. I wanted to learn to master the medium. I like all mediums but I primarily stick with oil now because:

1. They allow me to paint the narrative, storytelling paintings I want to paint.
2. They dry slow so I can blend and create the buttery, sculpted forms I like.
3. My favorite paints and artists all use oil.
4. Frankly, oil paintings, as a rule, can demand higher prices."

2. What type of oil paints do you use?

"I use Gamblin Brand. The various brands confused me so I settled on Gamblin after Robert Gamblin, when he owned the company, personally answered an inquiry I sent. Any brand that is color-fast is good."

3. How often do you paint with acrylics or watercolors?

"I almost never use acrylic, except to help kids with school projects or around the house. Acrylics dry too fast for me. I like to paint wet-in-wet. Also, with my forgetful nature, I'd ruin dozens of brushes every month by letting paint dry in the bristles. I really enjoy watercolors, especially loose wet-in-wet techniques. I rarely paint in watercolors for paintings to sell. I use them for gifts to family members or special note cards."

4. Will we ever see a large piece painted in something other than oil? Would it be hard for you to create a large western painting in something other than oil?

"No, any large piece I paint will be in oil. Painting large areas would be hit-or-miss for me in any medium except oil."

5. Do you feel there is a difference in quality with oil paints vs. other mediums? How does painting in oils benefit your paintings?

"Yes, I think there is a difference. I think oils allow me the flexibility to paint thick and thin and control the color hue and intensity. Also, oils can be magnificently painted with translucence, though I rarely use them that way. That being said, I see great works painted by other artists in all manner of media."

6. Do you feel oils provide more color and depth for your paintings?

"Yes, color and depth are better for me with oil."

7. What medium do you think is hardest for a beginner to paint with? What would you recommend?

"Oil and watercolor both need some practice of techniques to master their great qualities. Personally, I thought watercolor techniques (wet-in-wet, deep color washes, dry-brush  etc), were easier to learn. It might be different with other people. The great seductive quality about acrylics is the ease of which a beginner can paint. You can paint something and, if you don't like it, wait five minutes and repaint on a dry surface. In my painting experience, acrylic can't do the fluid washes of watercolor or the impasto brush strokes of oil."

8. Are oils better for blending as opposed to acrylics?

"Oils blend better than acrylics, in my experience. Or maybe I just don't work fast enough for acrylic."

9. What's your favorite part about working with oils?

"Oils dry slowly and I learned to enjoy painting wet-in-wet. Sometimes I will lay down a brush stroke and modify it (scrape it, blend an edge, drag a dry brush over it) an hour or two later. I usually do fast under painting, very direct and impasto, and then spend some time changing the edges, mostly obscuring them so I can put in the edges I want in the finished painting."

"This has been all about painting, but I would like to mention my affinity for drawing. Pencil, charcoal and pen-and-ink are great mediums. Drawing is the basis of all good painting."

If you have any questions for Andy, leave them in the comments below. Maybe I'll be able to get Andy to do an interview based on your questions!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quest for the West Art Show

The 7th annual Quest for the West Art Show hosted by Eiteljorg Museum is right around the corner. The Quest will showcase Western art by 50 of the most talented artists in America. All pieces will be original works of art! It will be held September 6-7, 2013 by a "luck of the draw" sale, which will leave a mystery as to who will take each piece home.

Last year, Andy's painting, George Catlin Painting Four Bears, a 40"x30" oil featured an Indian tribe admiring the Mandan Chief, Four Bears, whose attire is covered in beautiful feathers, posing, while artist George Catlin paints him. This year Andy's painting will include Pursued 20"x16 oil and Trouble Ahead 24"x36" oil, which are two suspense filled western paintings.

George Catlin Painting Four Bears

Pursued shows a brave mother and very scared child on an all white horse galloping away from the approaching danger behind them. In the background, you can vaguely see men on horses trying to pursue this woman. She has her whip in hand and her child is tightly grasping on. She's making a run for it. I wonder what she must of done.... I wonder if she'll get away...?


With Trouble Ahead,  the story of what lies ahead may be different from viewer to viewer. One thing's for sure, trouble is lurking in the distance. In this painting, we can see two cowboys on their horses preparing for the unknown. A child is pointing ahead to warn of danger. A band of wagons as far as the eye can see parades along side single filed. We don't know exactly what's ahead, but we can only imagine it isn't good.

The story of Trouble Ahead goes as follows: As a wagon train of pioneers crawls slowly across the plains, potential danger lies ahead. A party of mounted men is approaching and the wagon train's guide rides out to assess danger. The wagon master turns his attention to his wagons. They must be brought into a tight formation in case of trouble.

Trouble Ahead

Some other artists that will be in attendance at the Quest include, Doug Hyde, sculptor, who will reveal his exhibit, Shaped by Stone: The sculpture of Doug Hyde, opening night; he was also the 2011 Quest Artist of Distinction. John Coleman, who won the 2012 Quest Artist of Distinction and Howard Post, who holds the title of Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for Best Body of Work in the show in 2012. Andy and these 3 artists are among 46 others, so there will be a wide variety of art sure to suit many tastes. To view art from previous shows, click here. To view the rest of the 2013 artists of the Quest, click here.

Registration for couples is $400 for the weekend per couple if you are a member and $450 if you are a non-member. If you plan on attending solo, registration is $250 for members and $350 for non. If you can't make it to the Eiteljorg Museum for this spectacular show, but still want a chance at owning one the great pieces that will be offered, you can register as an absentee buyer for $150. To register, you can contact Kay Hinds via phone, 317- 275- 1341 or email, You may also visit to register.

Please note how this "luck of the draw" sale will operate- You will have an opportunity to place ballots in a box correspondent to the painting of your choice. If your name is chosen first, you can either accept or pass. If 2 passes happen, then the 3rd person will be responsible for buying the painting. It is a fixed price sale. Absentee buyers will be notified by phone or email of their winnings.

Come join the fun, meet talented artists and have your chance of winning a wonderful piece of your liking.

Click here to view a video on Quest for the West.