Well, I had a 3 vessel bypass performed at UAB in Birmingham on 2 August, as the V.A. at Birmingham didn’t want to mess with me:o(. Originally everything went fine and I was progressing great in rehab. A couple of weeks ago I felt like my chest was ripping apart and to make a long story short it was back to UAB and back home again here.
The pain was like nothing I have ever experienced. Finally, the staff at the Montgomery V.A. E.R and Cardiology department got me fixed, with the correct meds.and I am back on the road to recovery.
Well, more great news. One of my paintings was selected for the 55th Annual Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition! The piece chosen was “Eagle Pose”
Opening reception for the Art Exhibition will be September 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Regions Bank 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, Al. A total of 63 artists submitted pieces to be juried for the show. Hope to see you there!
Well, since my last post, I was admitted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham and had a heart bypass. I am well on my way to a full recovery and wish to give Dr. James Davies and all the rest of the staff (as I know there were many) a huge thank you. This reminds me of a painting I did for one of my Cardiologists in Huntsville I called Heart Failure.
Well I have submitted four pieces of art to the 55th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition. The exhibition will be judged by William downs ( https://williamedowns.com/home.html ). I will find out by August 18th if any of my pieces are selected. Opening reception for the exhibition is Tuesday September 14th at 5:30 and the exhibition continues until October 6th.
Here are my pieces I submitted:
Eagle Pose 16″ wide x 20″ tall oil painting $425.00. I painted this last year in the middle of the COVID outbreak. I was going to have the Eagle crying, but I thought against it. My thoughts were that with our nations Mighty National Bird standing Proud as if he is watching over us it would help people feel better about themselves and knowing our country will help see us through these trying times.
Groovin’ 12″ wide x 16″ Tall acrylic $225.00 – My son Joshua loves Jazz and was at New Orleans a couple of years ago and took several pictures of the music scene. This is one he had taken of a gentleman grooving out on his sax (Don’t tell Dr. Joshua I told you so but he used to be quite the tenor sax player himself!) I thought I would try painting some abstract paintings from some of his photos. The white stars on here are painted with iridescent white which helps it “pop” when you see it in person.
Old Sycamore 11″ wide x 14″ tall Oil and acrylic $350.00. My wife Cherie and our son Joshua love trees. At our home in Northwest Ohio we had over three hundred trees. All of the maples and oaks around the house Cherie had named. At our friends house in southern Alabama they have an old sycamore tree, I loved the appearance of it when the sun hit it just right in the fall and tried several times to get the look just right. I think I got a decent look!
Well after surgery on my left hand and 6 weeks of therapy I am to the point I am ready to start painting again. As you can see I updated my blog and restarted my ETSY page since I will start having more added to it. Here is one of my recent paintings just finished before surgery and I recently put my final coat of varnish on since it is an oil painting.
This painting I call Bald Eagle Pose. it is an Oil Painting 20″ wide x 16″ tall. I was planning on keeping it for myself, however my wife keeps stealing many of my other paintings so I decided to list this one, especially in light of everything happening in our country currently. I am selling this painting for $250.00, it took me almost a week to complete. When I look at it I see strength, hope, power and majesty. All of these virtues are keeping me in hopes of our country solving all of her issues soon.
My, oh my, 2020 was a year to be remembered for a long time to come. Hopefully, 2021 will soon see this COVID kicked to the curb and things will slowly return the U.S. to an economic powerhouse!
One of the worst parts of 2020 saw the cancellation of so many art and craft shows, museum shows etc. I even attempted to have a show and sale at my home. I sold a few paintings and figurines, more than covered the advertisements etc but I now have such a huge supply of paintings and figurines. Online sales have gone down because so many others are taking to selling online now, and then there is also the advent of “Digital Painting”, where photographs are taken, edited and printed on canvas. So a two or three week landscape oil painting that I would do takes a few hours and sells for much less. What is a man to do? Oh well, just keep painting and striving to improve, I have taken several online courses/classes to help with my techniques etc. We will see, and I Pray that we get this COVID under control so festivals and shows return!
Enough babbling, Here are some my latest paintings: Remember, all of my paintings are varnished with a UV protecting varnish.
I have also finished several more ceramic pieces and have sold quite a few lately. I will list a few of my favorite pieces here but I have so many…
And there are many many more Santa’s, rabbits, wildlife… just visit my ETSY store!
Don’t forget to visit my fine art store where you can get any of my paintings imprinted and dozens of different items or order a print.
I was fortunate enough to find more crushed pecan resin figurines, when I was stationed at Fort Bragg I enjoyed painting these and had developed a following through the company I painted for on my slack time (Fort Bragg – Slack Time – HAHAHAHAH, but I did!)
You can find these on my ETSY site, here are some of the pictures: