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.
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!
While my other two oil paintings dry a while before I finish them, I started an acrylic painting of a ship. Here I’m about half way done. There is allot if rigging and stays (ropes) on a 4 mast boat/ship!
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
My last one recently done is a sunset scene during winter. “Winter Sunset” Acrylic 20″ T x 24″ W $175.00
Man, I have been busy as a beaver! I was a little disappointed in my old on line gallery so I found a new one at https://www.saatchiart.com/fledglingartist. I have several new paintings as well. I do about four or five before I varnish them and I don’t want to post pictures until they are varnished, hence the time span between posts. Make sure and visit my site and order a painting or a print. If you are in northern Alabama on the 20th – 22nd of September I will be at the NEACA show in booth B13.
Been a busy couple of weeks. Have 6 new paintings and working on two others. (When I get hung up, I start another painting of a different type (landscape, Portrait, Wildlife/Pet or still life) to get my mind thinking in different directions.
I started a painting of the Jaguar Temple in Belize that my son took a while back and had problems maintaining straight lines across a 40″ canvas. I could have used tape but I prefer not to whenever possible, plus I was concerned about messing up wet areas or recently dried areas.
I came up with the idea of using a straight edge they use in sawing wood! So now I can finish my sons painting. He has been so patient. (Even though he claims half of my paintings for himself, and my wife several so that doesn’t leave me much for shows or selling!)
One of my favorites the past couple weeks is a fantasy painting, I haven’t tried one of these for a very long time. I call it “I’m Home”. Make sure and visit my gallery – you can buy paintings, prints and even frames!