Friday, April 20, 2012

Fine Wines by commission....

Fine Wines.....24 x 30 .......Oil on Canvas.....Commission

This is a commission for a nice couple up in Tennessee.  They visited me at the Double Decker festival last year and then the wife contacted me later to do this painting for her husband as a surprise for his birthday.  She took photos of their favorite wines and sent them to me.  Then I combined them into this one composition and painted them for her.

What a sweet wife and what a great surprise!  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Workshop is in the "Success" column....

 Here is a photo of me with "my kids" as Carol Marine calls them.  These are the luscious ladies that took on the challenge to "let loose and let go" at my pallet knife workshop in Fairhope, AL.  The Eastern Shore Art Center was a wonderful place to have a workshop and the participants were awesome!  We had a great time and they tell me they learned a lot. 

We definitely learned more about getting "bold, loose, funky, chunky!"  And  they even got to meet my new grandbaby!  (Did I mention that I have a new grandbaby?)

This is the timed demo I did to illustrate the benefits of setting a timer to make you hurry up and make spontaneous decisions in order to loosen up.  Thank goodness this one was a success, because I sort of crashed and burned on the crab demo.

I want to thank all of the ladies that were so willing to do whatever came up and who made my first workshop a personal success.  I also want to thank those in my past that I drew inspriation from...Claudia Swager (my junior high art teacher),  Bob Tompkins, Carol Marine, and mostly Julie McCartney.  It was amazing, when I thought back to the tips and tricks that I use every day, to think back to the source of that information.  Thanks to all!  I will live to teach again, I hope!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Back from the hiatus....

Drennan Reed Malone

I know excuses are bad, but as excuses go, I think this one is pretty darn cute!  My newest grandchild was born in Feb. and he, as well as a thousand other things, are the reason I have not posted in a while.  But he is the cutest(and most important), so that's why his picture got featured.  Life is good!

I have been painting...commissions and work for my galleries and for the (quickly) upcoming spring outdoor shows.  Plus I taught a workshop in Fairhope, AL.  So over the next few days I hope to get caught up with the news and show some of the new stuff....some of it I just LOVE!!!!!

But for today, let's just realize that that little miracle you see if such a gift from God and should not have to share his post with any old paintings!