I've done a lot of "home places" but this one was a very unique one. The family's castle in Ireland. The left side was bombed out but I think it is still beautiful. Thanks Beverly for letting me do this one for you.
As most of you know, I love trees!! The weather here in Tennessee has been very wet and the buttercups are blooming. So Spring is on my mind! I really enjoyed working on this one the last two days. It's about 10" x 12" and I think I'm going to float it in a white frame. And yes, it's for sale!
These tiny paintings are less than 2" square. I have been painting these tiny birds for two years now and turning them into magnets / ornaments. The set above were actually commissioned by a high school classmate for her daughter who recently finished her Thesis on these little guys.
I've done a few Blue Jays and I'll do a few of those for the next holiday season. I love Finches, so maybe I'll do a few of those and the Carolina Chickadee.
The 2Rivers Society of Painters (Clarksville, Tn) will be displaying their artwork at the Brentwood Library for the month of February. I have the two pieces below in the exhibit.
I'm a goal originated type person and I'm not happy if I'm not trying to achieve a goal of some type. I have one goal at this moment and no motivation. Last year I had a show up and getting ready for another. I also starting teaching a few workshops at the first of 2018.
So this year, no shows are scheduled and only one workshop. I'm not planning to do any workshops in my studio as of yet but I might. I plan on doing commissions, they keep me grounded.
What I want to do in 2019!
Get some new inspirations. I already have something in mind. I need to go out and shoot. I'm looking for the first sunny day.
Practice what I learned at those wonderful workshop I attended last year..
I have to find someone to model for me in the studio.
Plan for a show in 2020 or 21 with all new works, put together a theme show.
I want to take it a little easier in 2019, paint with friends and take time to enjoy life.
Seven Artists gathered in my studio today to discuss our up coming exhibit at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN this coming February. The exhibit will be up for the entire month of February. We also had a short critique and then to Fitz's for lunch and homemade pies. I had a great time, I hope they did too.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours!
Old Danville Grain Elevator located in Houston County, TN
The creation of Kentucky Lake in the 1940s
flooded the Danville community
on the banks of the Tennessee River.
I am proud to have my artwork on the cover of the Clarksville Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Cultural Calendar for 2019. I painted this scene by the Cumberland during the 2017 2Rivers Paint Out, an annual event every October. It placed 3rd in the Competition. The original is hanging at the DAC this month. It's a 9" x 12 oil painting. I was in Liberty Park looking out at the River. We did have beautiful weather that day. Calendars are for sale at the Customs House Museum for $10.
I like to take my pen and ink with me, especially when I have appointments at the doctors and getting my car serviced. I love having it when I want it.
I won the brown case recently at an DAC membership meeting. Before I was using a micro computer case which was great but the padding made it heavy. The case is called "Global Art Genuine Leather Colored Pencil Cases" It has two zippered sides. I use one side to store my sketchbook and one side to carry my sharpies.
My sketch book is a favorite of mine for pen and ink and I can also use it was a watercolor wash. I also draw on location, the hard cover allows me the freedom to actually stand and draw. It's 6" x 9" and fits in the case or small bag. It is made by Holbein and called a Multi Drawing Book. They come in many sizes.
I got an early Christmas present and my drawing kit fits right into the wonderful tote. It's light and has room for photos to draw from. You could put your Ipad or Tablet in there too. The other side has pockets for sharpeners and erasers. There is room to take my color pencils or watercolors too. I think I going to love it.
I delivered the last commission. I came back and got the Christmas Lights out for the Studio. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
From the inside, it looks like everything is on fire through the camera lens.,
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.