New Online Gallery

I have created a new online gallery with fineartamerica.com. I think I am going to like this site. My site is https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-charles-francis/shop

You can buy any of my artwork in any style of print, tapestry or other items even an iPhone case. Here is an example:

Here you can see types of print material for a wall hanging, posters etc. Anything you want framed there are literally thousands of types, widths, colors etc and it is fast to choose.

Farther down you can see you can order greeting cards and specify what you want on the inside., I-Phone cases and yes, you can specify the type., Pillows, bed throws, shower curtains, coffee mugs, tote bags etc. If there is something you wish that isn’t there contact me and I will try and have them get it!

Even more, Do you have something special you want painted, and then I can do that and have prints made as well.

Let me know what you think!

New Paintings

Well, since we finally got all settled and I have my Art “Closet” studio set up, I am able to get back to work “Bringing Life to canvas, paint and brush strokes” (I like my quote, how about you!)

I just finished varnishing 4 new paintings, as usual my wife stole one!

The first is my wife’s – a 36″wide x 24″ tall acrylic landscape of a fall scene with all of God’s beautiful colors and a tremendous snowcapped mountain scene “It’s Fall”.

“It’s Fall”

Next is a theme I am really getting into lately – Trains. This one is titled “Train Through the Clouds. It is acrylic, 20″ wide x 16” tall. This one is for sale on my Etsy site for $185.00. It was fun learning how to get the chrome/stainless appearance as well as getting the rolling clouds correct around the train.

“Train Through the clouds”

Next is everyones favorite – Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle… I call this one “Santa’s Pose” it is 20″ Tall x 16″ wide acrylic. It is for sale on my Etsy site $185.00

“Santa’s Pose”

Last but definitely not least is another favorite theme of mine BIRDS. This is a lone Cardinal perched on branches during winter. It is 10″ wide x 8″ tall acrylic. This is for sale as well on my Etsy site for $95.00.

Don’t forget, Christmas is not that far off, all orders on my Etsy site are free shipping and I do custom work as well.

Two Paintings Auctioned

I just auctioned two paintings for the Officer Carlos Taylor Benefit here in Montgomery, Alabama. Wish we could have done more but we helped – that is what matters!

I auctioned off Winter Gathering and Dualing Arabians.

“Winter Gathering

“Dualing Arabians”

David Sykes of the Alabama Wounded Blue Inc. stopped by and gave a a Alabama Wounded Blue Challenge Coin! – Thank You Very Much, it was an honor assisting your organization! Here are pictures of the coin:

It was an honor to be able to support our Men In Blue, especially in these trying times. Good Luck Officer Carlos Taylor, may God Bless You and help you in your future therapies.

All Settled in, A Police Officer Needs Help

Well we have finally all settled in. My family believes strongly in helping those in need, especially those that defend and protect us.

This is a post from a local social media site “Next Door” here in Montgomery.

Montgomery Police Officer Carlos Taylor was critically injured in the line of duty protecting us. The critical injuries left Carlos paralyzed and wheelchair bound. His family is in dire need of a special van with lift gate so Carlos can be transported. Between now and the end of Labor Day weekend we are going to meet and surpass our goal of 25K. Knowing my Facebook and NextDoor friends and how you always step up, I believe we will raise the entire 60K! Please join me in giving to Wounded Blue through the site below. No gift is too small and all are 100% tax deductible. We need business owners as well as individuals to all give something regardless of the amount. Please respond on my Facebook page or NextDoor when you give so I can personally thank you. Back the Blue on Labor Day weekend, 2020!!

We have offered to donate several paintings for auction to help this family in need, we need your help in getting as much as possible for these, 100% of the money raised goes to the family in need.

Please visit my EBAY store https://www.ebay.com/sch/moncheriescafe/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= to bid on these items, please remember I will get nothing, all proceeds go to help this family.

A. “BIRDS ON A TREE” – ACRYLIC 20″w x 16″t x 5/8″ deep.

“BIRDS ON A TREE”

B. “Blue Sky Over River” – ACRYLIC 20″w x 16″t x 5/8″ deep.

“BLUE SKY OVER RIVER”

C. “Compassion” Acrylic 14″t x 11″w x 5/8″ Deep

“COMPASSION”

D. “Crashing Waves” Acrylic 24″ w x 18″t x 5/8″ Deep

“CRASHING WAVES

E. “Dancing Dolphins” Acrylic 14″w x 11″t x 5/8″ Deep

“DANCING DOLPHINS

F. “Dueling Arabians” Acrylic 20″t x 16″ w x 5/8″ Deep

“DUELING ARABIANS

G. “Placencia” Acrylic 20″w x 16″t x 5/8″ Deep

“PLACENCIA”

H. “Saxy Soul” Acrylic 24″w x 20″ t x 3/4″ Deep

“SAXY SOUL”

I. “Winter Gathering” Acrylic 20″w x 16″t x 5/8″ Deep

“WINTER GATHERING”

What kind of Funk is it?

I have been having allot of funk trying to paint. The problem is I am not sure what – is it Simon and GarFUNKel?, FUNK and Wagners dictionary?, down in the FUNK?, FUNKy President?, FUNKy Winkerbean, or ole FUNKy Town?. I am not sure beat either one I need to kick it to the curb!

Sore hands or not I must get the Groove back! Speaking of GROOVE I still have some Jazz Paintings available, they would look great in the Man Cave, Game Room, Music Room or Band Room!:

Beat of the Drums! 16″w x 12″ T Acrylic $225.00
GROOVIN’ 12″ W X 16″ T ACRYLIC $195.00
“LOUIE” 12″ W X 16″ T Acrylic $195.00
SAXY SOUL 24″w x 20″ T Acrylic $315.00

We Moved!

Well we made the big move, and we did allot of it ourselves (NEVER AGAIN) I know now why the movers get the big bucks! Between a 26′ U haul truck, their big trailer, our van and three trips between Huntsville and Montgomery we are moved.

We hired helpers thru Movinghelp.com on hauls site and that was a huge help but my wife and I are not the shape we used to be (especially me :o(

My studio is smaller, which will really help me keep myself more organized and I won’t be able to do as much oil paint, I use the water based oils which are supposed to be much less odor but my gorgeous wife’s fume finder says otherwise!

I did try a what is it what will it become and we had a winner but unfortunately my hands are hurting so bad I couldn’t do the painting justice. It was a painting of Mount Fuji in Japan. I offered her to look through my portfolio and have her pick one, I hope she does.

Well, nw that we have moved and we are mostly unpacked I hope I can keep this up better.

Till Next Time

Chuck

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!

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.

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