Couldn’t help myself

Amidst the boredom of reading, doing yard work, and knocking out the honey-do-list I just kept feeling like I was missing something.

I found it, I had do do a little unpacking from what I packed away to move, and lo and behold I found what I was looking for! My painting supplies!

Fortunately I did an inventory sheet of all the boxes I packed which made it easy, I only needed to open 1 tote! I had my easels piled in a corner and set up a 6 foot table and stated to scratch my itch, fill in the emptiness haunting my subconscious, put my hands to work – well, you get the idea!

Here are two that I just completed this week the first is a 20″w x 16″t acrylic painting of Placencia Beach, Belize, specifically the area around the Barefoot Beach Bar. My son Dr. Josh took allot of pictures when he was there and I picked areas from several different to make this. Title – I don’t know, help me out!!

The second is something my wife has been begging me to do for a while and I was hesitant because I have always felt the animals are such a beautiful beast that I was afraid I would do it injustice. What do you think? It is a 14″W x 11″t acrylic of a white tiger.


Well, that’s it for today. I hope everyone is staying safe and doing they’re social distancing! Until next time!

Crazy World

It is a really crazy world nowadays. We are moving to Montgomery, Alabama in July. I have started to pack u things around the house that are not being used which included much of my art studio because I was having allot of tests to rule out lung cancer and I wasn’t sure if surgery would be in my future.

Thankfully, God answered not only mine and my families prayers but many of your and my friends as well – thank you!

With the onset of this horrible Coronavirus upon us I did not unpack my art supplies. I have been busy making masks for the area hospitals. Being a retired nurse that is unable to return to the nursing profession due to my advanced heart disease I opted to help out (My wife and son as well) by making masks and donating them. Many people offer money but that is not necessary, they have enough on their hands.

I have been, as I pack up items, cleaning up the lawn ornaments and repainting those!

Cement Flower Pot
Fireman Mickey!

There are allot more, but I won’t bore you with those. All of my paintings and ceramics are still available in my Etsy store and will be through our move, please pay a visit!

Prayers to everyone out there including all the healthcare workers and they’re families during these trying times!

New Paintings

Been a busy couple of weeks. In between my oil paintings (having to wait for some drying between layers) I have been doing some acrylics. Here are my latest that I just finished varnishing.

Winter Gathering – “Original by Jerry yarnell
Sunset Over Sailboat – “Original by ColorbyFelix”
Cloudy Day Over Fishing Hole
Triumph Over Salamis

Make sure to visit my Etsy Store if interested.

What Will it Become?

I am really beginning to enjoy the water based oil products, what I always enjoyed about oils, is that you can make changes along the way without you worrying about the paint drying on you to fast.

In honor of that thought – lets see who can guess what this is going to become! I will make posts along the journey.

What Will It Become?

DONATION TO VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

Recently I had the privilege and honor to donate one of my paintings “Secret Serenity” to the Director of the Birmingham Veterans Administration. The Birmingham VA is responsible for the care of most of Alabamas veterans through the area hospitals and clinics.

Here is a portion of the letter I enclosed with the painting at the presentation:

“Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you do for veterans. As a past nursing administrator, I am well aware that many times the only time you hear from patients is when there is a problem. In the past I have been one of those patients.

Let it be known that without the Veterans Administration Healthcare, I would not be here to write this thank you letter today. My experience with the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Huntsville/Birmingham VA’s have been as good as any military or civilian hospital I have worked at over the past 39 years. Are there issues – yes, as is any workplace, healthcare facility, or home, but they have improved over time which is a great goal.

Having returned to my hobby of painting after my retirement, I frequently end up wondering what to do with a painting. Please accept this acrylic landscape of the Tetons titled “Secret Serenity” for the the V.A. It is an acrylic painting covered with a UV protecting varnish. The painting is a 20 inches wide x 16 inches tall and 5/8” inch thick stretched canvas. I have enclosed a certificate of authenticity and seal as well as a brochure on the care of acrylic paintings.

Since I have started to sell some of my artwork, my family has decided to donate a portion of all sales to either the Gary Sinise Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you decide to hang this painting, I hope it will bring happiness and joy into a veteran’s life. Wishing you all the best“

What I say here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yes, our VA is doing a great job when you consider the VA is the 3rd or 4th largest healthcare organization in the country.

I have stage 3 heart failure. If not for the VA I would not be here today. If you know of a VA in your area, send them a thank you – they would appreciate it!

Here is a picture of the presentation.

Lt to Rt 0 Huntsville Director, Dr. Cole Suttlar (My MD), Me, Stacey Vasquez – Birmingham VA Director

Onward with Ceramics

I found an excellent supplier for the ceramic pieces I have been painting. However, she is out west and occasionally extremely fragile pieces get broke (Antlers on large deer etc) She offers to replace them no charge but that would get expensive on her part.

My son also loves ceramics so we have been considering purchasing the needed equipment (Kiln, slip mixer, molds etc) however I decided to wait and see how I do selling them. This would also allow me to have control of the quality i.e. fine detail in fur and grooves etc.

I guess what I am trying to say is spread the word, get my pieces sold!! refs people to my sites!!

My latest pieces:

Lighthouse Santa

Height: 16 Inches; Width: 9 Inches; Depth: 5.5 Inches
This ceramic decoration, cast from an original Gare mold number 3570, is a large Santa holding a Lighthouse and a bag full of nautical toys and shells. This Santa is dressed in a green coat adorned with shells and silver/gold trim. His inner gown is tan.

All items in my store are hand painted by me and Made In America. Cast by a reputable company in the U.S.. Stands approximately 16 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 5.5 inches deep front to back. Item also has a high gloss sealer to give it a little shine while it protects the antique and dry brush painting technique making it a keepsake for future generations to cherish. Makes a great gift or a special treat for yourself. Item may be cleaned by wiping with a lightly dampened cloth. Item is an indoor decoration only. Includes instructions on care.

Snowman with Birdhouses

Height: 18 Inches; Width: 9 Inches; Depth: 6 Inches
This ceramic decoration, cast from an original Creative Paradise Mold # 3120, is a large Snowman beside a stack of 3 birdhouses. The windows have been cut out to allow for a light to be place inside. The snowman, topcoat, scarf and birdhouses ar snow covered as is the pine garland and pine cone.

All items in my store are hand painted by me and Made In America. Cast by a reputable company in the U.S.. Stands approximately 18 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 6 inches deep front to back. Item also has a high gloss sealer to give it a little shine while it protects the antique and dry brush painting technique making it a keepsake for future generations to cherish. Makes a great gift or a special treat for yourself. Item may be cleaned by wiping with a lightly dampened cloth. Item is an indoor decoration only. Includes instructions on care.

Fishing Bald Eagle

Here is everyones favorite National Bird the Bald Eagle. He is swooping in and grabbing a bass from the water splashing himself. He stands 10.5″ Tall, 7.5″ Wide and 7.5″ deep. I attempted to make the detail stand out on his feather, the scales of the bass and the detail in the water. $65.00

8″ Santa Riding Polar Bear

Sometimes Santa needs to get around at the North Pole riding a Polar Bear. Here is is on an 8″ long polar bear carrying a bag go gifts for the animals! $60.00

9″ Santa Riding Polar Bear

This one Santa is on his way the to toy shop to pick up a bag of gifts. The detail and trim on santa is much more in detail. $65.00

Coco Snowman with Skates

6″ Coco Snowman wearing skates. Frosty is sitting down taking a break (or did he fall?!) All snuggled up and warm in a peach colored hat and blue colored scarf. The snow is blessed with shinny white glitter for an extra surprise! $45.00

8.5″ Coco Snowman with Skis

8.5″ Coco Snowman with Skis. All snuggled up and warm in a peach colored hat and blue colored scarf he is standing beside a pine tree waiting his turn for the hill. The snow is blessed with shinny white glitter for an extra surprise! $45.00

Ceramics

Yes, I know, I haven’t been around awhile. I finally have taken the plunge and got back into painting figurines. Right now I am doing old world Santa’s and snowmen. Once those are finished I have ordered several wildlife that I will be painting and selling. Visit my Etsy store for the ceramics, on Saatchi I must price things over $100 or I can’t sell there.

Jingle Bells Santa

Here we have Jingle Bells Santa adorned with gold bells and white fur lined magenta colored coat and gown. Remember, he is “Old World” so th red and green colors aren’t in style yet!

Mistletoe Santa

Say hello to “Mistletoe Santa” Old World style santa covered in and carrying mistletoe!

Celestial Santa

Celestial Santa, how else is Santa going to make his rounds unless he has connections with the stars! He is wearing a dark blue coat, white gown and is carrying many stars and planets!

Woodland Santa, even the animals make Santas naughty and nice list. Here are deer, rabbits, mice, squirrels and raccoons hanging around santa. Santa is carrying a bag of twigs and a bag of feed as he makes his rounds wearing a holly hat adorned with gold ornaments.

Visit my Etsy store for many more ceramics!

Craft Show

Friday was unfortunately quite slow at the craft show, however Saturday ended up being quite busy. We sold Winters First Snow, Jupiter and the Cosmos, Standing Guard, Silent Night, a couple Alabama Elephants, numerous prints and postcards and most importantly made many connections and possible commission works. We are getting ready to go back to Von Braun in Huntsville for the last day from noon to 5pm today. If you are in the area, I would be glad to meet you there. Thanks everyone.