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.

Music anyone?

I’ve been in a musical mood lately and hearing jazz! I already posted sexy soul, how about some louie and friends!

Here is “Beat of the Drums” an abstract of a drummer on the streets in New Orleans. You can see the drummer off to the right taking a break and his drums all aglow in front of the French Quarter architecture. 12″W x 16″ T stretched canvas acrylic painting. $225.00 would look great in your music room or band room!

“Beat of the Drums”

Want to do some “Groovin’ to some jazz, soul or funk with a bass sax just a roaring his toons. How about this 12″w x 16” t stretched canvas acrylic painting of just that scene. $195.00

“Groovin”

And now the man that has been in my head this week. I call this painting Louie in honor of Louie Armstrong. Looking at the painting I can see Louie playing his horn and his cheeks just a bulging. 12″ T X 16″ W stretched canvas acrylic painting $195.00

Prints are available for all these above.

Final Countdown

My first show will be at the NEACA (Northeast Alabama Crafters Association) at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama the 20th through the 22nd. I am working hard getting as many paintings done as possible before then. Cherie and Joshua have to remind me to take my time though! I am using fast drying medium on my oil paintings but I don’t think they will be dry in time. Even with Artisan Fast Drying medium it may take a month to dry before I can varnish them.

Here are some of my latest:

This one is “Bridge to Autumn” 16″ W x 12″ T Acrylic. $275.00 I was thinking of Fort Rucker, Alabama and some of the trails I used to run our dog Nakita on. There was a bridge over a creek and in the Autumn/fall the trees were amazing.

Bridge to Autumn

This is “God’s Beauty” a 20″ W x 16″ T Acrylic. $275.00. This is a painting of a valley in Yellowstone Park. You see the mountains in the rear and a ravine below you with a stream and a rainbow.

“God’s Beauty”

This one is “God’s Creation” a 18″ W x 24″ T Acrylic. $300.00 Pretty much self explanatory. I tried my best to recreate the awe inspiring beauty of this first snow fall in late fall. Makes you just want to sit in the bench!

“God’s Creation”

I just love birds – raptors, ducks and geese, finches, hummingbirds, macaws etc. He we have a MacCaw, he is pointing his wing in the direction of the guy that just took his dinner! “He Went That ‘Away!” Acrylic 12″ T x 16″ W $175.00

“He Went That ‘Away!”

I was asked to paint Jupiter and the surrounding space. I then painted my own version called “Jupiter and the Cosmos” I created the design from different pictures on a royalty free website and included a distant nebula. What do you think? I will conduct a drawing from all who reply about this painting and the winner will receive a free painting in a similar fashion of space! I want at least 25 entries, so make sure and share this with every one in your mailbox. “Jupiter and the Cosmos” Acrylic 12″ T x 36″ W $300.00

“Jupiter and the Cosmos”

Well, guess what? What is it I love to paint? Yep – Birds. Here we have “Midnight Wisdom” an Owl sitting in a moss covered tree with the moon behind it lighting the night. Acrylic 12″ w x 16″ T $300.00.

“Midnight Wisdom”

I decided to try my luck at something I haven’t done in over 40 years. An abstract painting. Here is “Saxy Soul” a jazz saxophonist is N’Orlins! Playing his saxophone at sunset on the street. I altered the colors to give it an abstract appearance. Cherie won’t let me give it up, so don’t tell her I listed it for sale! “Saxy Soul” Acrylic 20″T x 24″ W $575.00

“Saxy Soul”

Joshua loves trees, trees of all types. He loves Christmas too! Here is “Simple Tree” an acrylic painting of an evergreen tree all by itself in winter. Acrylic 12″ W x 36″ T $150.00

“Simple Tree”

What reminds you of a wooden wall with garland made of pine, pine cones, twigs and red berries? Christmas! here is an acrylic painting of that scene. 9″T x 12″ W $45.00

“Simply Christmas”

My last one recently done is a sunset scene during winter. “Winter Sunset” Acrylic 20″ T x 24″ W $175.00

“Winter Sunset”

Until next time!