Yesterday, Sunday the 29th was the reception and awards for the 49th Hopkinsville Art Guild's Pennyroyal Art Exhibition. I was very honored to receive the Carolyn Fuqua Memorial this year. The Exhibition was full of wonderful paintings, drawings, photography and 3d pieces. The refreshments were exceptional and I saw a lot of Artists Friends from Nashville, Clarksville and Hoptown. Lots of familiar faces and a lot of new (young) talented artists. Thanks to the HAG for hosting this beautiful show.
After two restarts, a bad bottle of masking, it is finisheed! Cheryl loved it and so did her family. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be able to paint it for her. It's a watercolor 14"x 20" and I think it turned out very nice if I say so myself. I hope every time they look at it, they love it.
It's late and I'm trying to finish up the last details on some graphic work I've been commissioned to do I earned an Associate Degree in Advertising Art many, many years ago. I worked for the State of TN as a Graphic Artist before going into teaching Art. While I worked at the state I finished my BFA degree in Art Education. I loved working as a Graphic Artist, it was just a lot of fun most of the time and the people were GREAT that I worked with. It was rewarding but nothing like teaching was. Teaching was the hardest job I've ever had and the most rewarding. The worst part about teaching high school was I didn't have the camaraderie with my peers as I did at the State but I got to meet a lot of wonderful and talented young adults. Several of these talented students went on to college and now have careers in Art! They were very impressive even in high school and more so today.
Sadly, this is the only photo I have of me teaching in the classroom. It was about 2000 at Dacula HS in GA.
The commission piece is finally finished after two restarts. I have a pen and ink commission to finish up (I hope next week). But if it goes as crazy as the last one, I might finish by Christmas. I'm still having problems with my eye and I can only work when the lights are right. I have to have day light outside to shine through the window and all the overhead lights on. So it's best to work 1- 5. I can't work at night even with artificial light. I called an eye specialist and asked if there was anything that could be done for the PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment) and they agreed with my doctor, NO! Most people get to where it doesn't bother they but mine is attached right beside the optical nerve. So I still see a black dot most of the day.
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.