Did you catch the size of the painting above? A whopping 79″ x 59″! The Pastel Journal interviewed curator Emily Beeny, who states it is “Pieced together from over a dozen sheets of paper”. Wouldn’t you just love to see this one in person?!
The other exhibition is a celebration of one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. It includes his photography, drawings, paintings, even iPad drawings spanning 65 years.
I finally got around to touching up the murals I painted in the hallways at our church, Grace Chapel Leipers Fork in Franklin, TN. I initially set about touching up the newer mural painted in 2014. This is the most traveled area so there were numerous little dings and chips in the paint. The photos below are after the finishing touches.
I then moved to the opposite end of the hallway to the mural painted in 2003. This was painted while the building was still under construction, as in no water or lights (thank you Mike Poole for letting us use your floodlights!) and working around contractors trying to finish the place up. This was the second mural I had painted, and a large project, so I recruited Donna and Jodie (the two ladies that got me into this project) to help and it took about a week and a half to paint.
This mural had fewer issues, as this area is not used to the degree the other end is. I started thinking and it dawned on me that I had never touched up this mural! It was in great condition for its age. I proceeded to touch it up and the final result is pictured below.
Back in February I was contacted by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Development and Safety) to see if I might be interested in helping with a fundraiser they are having in June. The help they were wanting was to paint a pig. As in a little ceramic piggy bank. Since the organization supports horses and a couple of other farm animals, and most equestrians love farm animals, they decided on the piggy banks for artists around the country to get creative. The only requirement was that they had to have them by the end of March.
The fundraiser is an online auction that is from June 1 to June 15, 2017. For tickets (if you plan on being in the area) or more info, please visit their website by clicking here.
I usually don’t do too many fundraisers, not that I am not wanting to give, but I am usually busy or already have my giving lined up for the year. I gave it some thought and immediately had a couple of ideas come to mind: a Jump Hog (for the English riders) and a Trail Hog (for the Western riders). I asked for two and immediately set to work. Below is a record of the process and the end result. Would love to know your thoughts on these!
I wanted to mold saddles on the banks, and leave the coin slot opening intact. I started applying blobs of drywall paste to start forming the saddles. This had to be done in small applications as the blobs of paste would start sagging down the sides and flattening out. So, that meant a number of apply/dry sessions to get the desired forms.
Next, it was time to shave with an artist’s knife and sand for a clean, smooth finish to prep for painting.
I then began painting with latex house paint, added a couple of layers of satin acrylic varnish, and finally added a few adornments for reins and bling!
This was a really fun project, and I hope they bring a good price for the fundraiser. Hope you all have a blessed week!
Once again a client in Bavaria asked if I could paint on a couple of buckets for her to give this Christmas as gifts for their children. I said of course, and the hunt began for a couple of older buckets that were in decent shape. Some of the old buckets are in bad shape and actually need to be reshaped, but these were pretty good. They sent me some photos for reference, and I set to work prepping, painting and sealing. I finished them in time to ship out (international shipping takes a very long time during the month of December, so when the post office says to get your item in the mail by December 1, they mean it!) and received notification that they had arrived in Germany.
The insides of thebuckets are painted to have an antique metal appearance. They are both coated in spar urethane. I thoroughly enjoyed working on these pieces, and I just love the dress of the children and the flowers in their horse’s manes. As always I was happy to hear they arrived and everyone loved them. Thank you for looking and have a blessed day!
Earlier this year the familiar little guitar strum (that’s what it sounds like to me) on my phone went off notifying me of activity on my Etsy account. It was a message from a lady interested in commissioning me to paint a bucket for her. As we messaged back and forth regarding details, I discovered she lived in Bavaria, as in Bavaria, Germany! I am always amazed at how we can connect with people from all over the world, and am so honored when they appreciate my art.
She wanted the images to be of her and her husband driving her horse and carriage. The tricky part was she wanted the bucket in a particular size range, and, she wanted it to be oval. I said I would do some checking and get back with her, and I really didn’t think it would be too difficult to find something that would work as there are a lot of oval metal buckets out there.
I got online and started looking, perused numerous antique, junktique, and thrift stores and anything else that might have something that would work. My cell phone was starting to load up with numerous pictures of buckets, but none of them were the correct size. Finally, one popped up and it met all the necessary parameters. Thank you Jesus! I immediately sent my client photos and a description and everything was a go. As it turns out, I believe it is a vintage galvanized mop bucket, similar to the one the janitor used in our elementary school. The bracket underneath sat on a dolly or coaster of wheels and had a wringer mechanism on the top for the mop and the janitor would just roll it from room to room. Fortunately it was in good condition, so I immediately set to work cleaning and prepping it for paint.
Upon completion, I boxed it up and sent it on it’s way, praying for a safe and timely arrival. About a week later I received a notification that it had passed customs and arrived at her door. However, she stated she wanted to wait to open it until her birthday in a couple of weeks and would notify me then. My anticipation of her seeing it and letting me know how she liked it grew, and I was grateful when she replied that it was absolutely wonderful. I said I was honored to paint it for her, as I am with all of my clients. Below are a few photos of the Bavarian Carriage Tour Bucket.
Happy 4th of July, or, Independence Day, whichever you prefer! In honor of this wonderful holiday, I thought I would share with you the milk can that I painted late last summer titled ‘Freedom Can’. This full sized milk can features Old Glory as the background, with an eagle on one side and a horse on the other, then is topped off with 7 stars. It is painted with latex house paint (even the antiqued effect on the top rim, handles, upper band and bottom) then protected with two coats of spar urethane. I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed 4th of July!
One of my longtime clients brought me a handful of photos of two of her cats that had passed away to see if I could use them to paint her a portrait of them. We reviewed them and decided to use one of them as kittens sitting on her bed. They also happened to be sitting on an afghan that her mother had made for her. Below are some progress pictures showing the original photo with the drawing, all the way to the finished piece.
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