Last summer I received a large commission to paint fox hunting themes on six galvanized tubs to be used for bottled beverages on ice. They all have a spigot, which is not attached in the photos for easy draining of the water from the melted ice. They are to be used for catered private parties by my client, and possibly at the horse show venues at the Kentucky Horse Park. The KHP is closed right now due to the corona virus, but you can still walk around outside and see the amazing sculpture park.
The round tubs are 1′ high by 2′ across, and the oblong tubs are 1′ high by 2′ wide and 4′ long. They are painted with latex house paint and sealed with two coats of spar urethane.
All artwork by Denny Martindale and copyright Denny Martindale.
One of the commissions I did last year for Christmas was to paint a hummingbird on a teaspoon. My Mom had already picked out a nice sugar spoon that she wanted me to paint a bird on, so I painted them together. My client and her recipient as well as my Mom all loved them, and I hope you do too! Let me know in the comments!
Do YOU like it? was first published in July of 2017, and thought I would re-post it as it is always relevant. I hope your New Year is off to a good start!
Make no mistake, but everyone’s tastes are different. Whether it is art, clothing, music, food, you name it and we each have our own individual style. While this is the way God created us, to be unique, it can also ruffle a few feathers, so to speak. Our uniqueness gives the world great variety and color and it would be a truly boring place if we were all the same! Whats more, we all have our own opinions, especially when it comes to art.
People buy art for many reasons, maybe a piece has their favorite color, or it matches the sofa in the living room. Perhaps the subject matter reminds them of a special place, or a particular event or person in their life. Whatever the reason, it is their reason and yes, they have to live with it. I am often asked by friends or family what I think about a piece of art they are contemplating purchasing. I may not care for it for whatever reason, but I try to help them make sure it is quality materials, and asking where they might be displaying it (as a general rule, paintings should not be in direct sunlight). If pressed about whether or not I like it, I explain that it isn’t about what I think but what they think and how they feel about the piece.
Recently, a friend of mine brought over a painting for me to look at that she had purchased at a thrift store for $1. It would look good in the kitchen of her new apartment. She was so excited about her find, but before she showed it to me, she explained that it was of a rooster and when she saw the piece it reminded her of a rooster I painted on a mural a few years ago. She had always loved that rooster, so this painting really touched her. She said that it was ‘not like the way you paint’, and thought possibly a child or a beginning artist had painted it. I told her that was okay, and if she liked it, that was all that mattered. Upon seeing it, I agreed that perhaps a child or beginner could have painted it, and explained that it was a point and time in that artist’s life, style and ability, and the art she chooses for her home doesn’t have to be like what I paint.
I asked her if she liked it and of course, she did. I replied that is what really matters, and truthfully, it is all that really matters, the fact that she liked it. I explained to her that I have seen a lot of art that I didn’t particularly care for, but that doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like it or buy it. Furthermore, if she found something she really liked for a dollar, then more power to her! She phoned me later to tell me she had asked a couple of other people what they thought, and they said the rooster was too skinny, that the painting had a lot of issues. With that, she donated it back to the thrift store and is on the hunt for something else. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
I hope you are surrounded by artwork and things that you love that bring back fond memories. It really doesn’t matter who did it, how much you paid for it, etc. The bottom line is, do YOU like it?
Tomorrow night, Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 10pm Eastern Time/9 pm Central, the new television show “Making It will premiere on NBC in the United States. It is hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman and will be a contest of different makers/artisans/crafters who will be judged on the item they make for the show. Think of The Great British Bake Off, only with a craft theme. You can catch the trailer by clicking on the link below. Would love to hear your thoughts on it!
Another Grace Chapel VBS is in the books! I was the team lead for the Design Team, and I had one of the best group of volunteers I could ever have hoped for! We averaged 3 days a week for about 3 months from start to installation and the set blessed over 500 children! The theme was ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’ and we are still receiving compliments on our work.
Above is the Small Hallway, or what I call the Ad Hall. This vignette goes up about a month or so before VBS begins and it basically advertises that VBS registration is open. As kids register, their names are placed on the net, and they are always thrilled to look through the many names and find theirs.
Each year everyone looks forward to the landing area, where we try to have a scene that fits in with the theme. It is usually something that is a great backdrop for photos, and the kids love having their pictures taken in front of these vignettes. This time however, they wanted to be in the waterfall! We had to reset the Styrofoam rocks after every service!
This hallway we decided to make it feel like the kids were on their way to board the ship, so we created a dock with piers. I loved seeing the toddlers trying to touch the ‘water’, which was blue crepe-like fabric with clear cellophane and blue puck lights underneath!
Another popular place we create is the 10′ x 20′ Check In Station, where the children check in each morning of VBS. We install a week or two ahead of time, and people love to mill around with a coffee and read a book in here.
These are the 10′ and 14′ palm trees assembled on stage. I love the paper bag ‘bark’! Thank you Donna and Linda!
The ship was a 9′ tall large frame with paneling for the sides. I painted the wood grain to complete the look. Here, James, the ship builder, top and right, and Kelly are setting it up on stage. I was amazed at how little time it took him to take it apart and reassemble it. Awesome!
The photo above shows the Shipwrecked stage in the Chapel area, with a forest of little palm trees where the kids break out into groups to participate.
This is the ship complete with mast, sails and ladder. The kids went crazy over this piece!
Donna, myself, Lynley, George, Linda, and Kelly with Jonathon and Daniel. By the way, Kelly also had an acting part in the skits. Awesome job everyone and thank you so much for all of your hard work!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to these past few months, and I would love to hear from you!
Our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming up in June, and I am the team lead this year for construction of the set. Here are a few photos of some of the props we have made so far for the theme, ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’:
I will post more photos as we get things done, and I hope you have a blessed day!
Last weekend I got to go on a drive through central Texas. This area is famous for wildflower displays so I kept a sharp lookout for nice scenes to photograph. As usual, the sky was not being very cooperative, but I tried to make it work anyway. Probably an hour before sunset I caught sight of some horses in a pasture with a lot of wildflowers, so I turned around and went back to the place. I grabbed my camera and had to make my way through some bushes and branches to get a vantage point to photograph the horses through a barbed wire fence.
The image below has a horse with wildflowers in the foreground and background. The trees made a good background and I shot around some areas of dirt and disturbed ground. As you can see, the sky was overcast and gray and I didn’t have any direct…
I have to give a shout out to my brother, Alan, who is one of my best friends (hoping it is reciprocal!). In February, he was able to move into a house, right across the street from us. He has worked for the past 17 years with an insurance company and has always wanted his own house. Thanks to our dad, who purchased the house, Alan is able to make payments on a rent to own basis and he knows the landlord pretty well.
So, for the month of February and most of March, we have been busy painting, especially the doors, windows and trim, plus cleaning the house as well as the apartment he moved out of.
He wears a leg brace from the hip down due to a birth defect, Klippel-Trenauney-Weber syndrome, and a luxating patella, so he just needs a little extra help. It will be nice to have him so close. He truly is an inspiration to others, as the doctors said when he was little that he would never be able to walk very far. However, in Philippians 4:13 the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me”. Amen to that! Alan is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, has white water rafted and earned the Swimmers merit badge by swimming a mile across a lake in Michigan, plus showed horses in 4-H. Way to go bro, indeed!
Alan has lived in apartments for over 16 years, but he loves the peace and quiet of the country. We are in the middle of farmland, with cattle on three sides, and he loves it here. Next door there is a herd of sheep and the man that owns them has asked if he can fence in the back of Alan’s property to extend their pasture. Of course he said yes, (less mowing for us) and he is looking forward to watching them graze as he sits with a coffee or iced tea out back. After all, its the Southern thing to do! Congratulations Alan!
It really is coming, even though the calendar said it had arrived about three weeks ago. I am talking about Spring, and it has had quite a challenge in getting here as Old Man Winter is not giving up without a fight this year.
The azalea above is in front of our house and has been adamant about blooming this year. It started budding about a month ago and once the blooms started opening I covered it up as we were having freeze warnings many nights so far this spring. If the buds hadn’t opened it would be ok, but as you can see, as of March 31st, it was in full bloom!
I also wanted to share with you the wonderful red and green in this photo of some tulips my parents got us at Easter with a geranium blooming behind them. It really brightens up the kitchen on these dreary days. It is raining again here in Middle Tennessee, but like they say,