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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Once again this year I was part of the design team to create the stage for our church’s Vacation Bible School program. Grace Chapel, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, is known for it’s strong music, drama, and visual arts community. I am very fortunate to be a part of that! This year we had over 600 kids and 220+ volunteers attend the week long program.
So, come along for a short journey in pictures and see our interpretation of ‘Cave Quest’!
We have an area on a landing that is great for unique visuals, so we put together a mock cave entrance in the woods. The theme is ‘Jesus, light of the World’, so we put a cross just inside with colored lighting. All of these styrofoam pieces were reused from last year’s Mt. Everest VBS. With a little tweaking with a hot knife, and a bit of paint, we were ready to roll!
Next, we had to create the check in caves (two 10′ x 10′ canopies with paper over them) and paper the long hallway to resemble a cave.
We also needed to create 65 stanchion formations, 50 that the children would gather around during certain functions, and the rest to set around as decoration. Team member Maria came up with the idea to have ‘crystals’ coming out of the rocks. Sounds good, lets get to work! 6 colors, 65 pieces each, got it…
Now to retool and repaint the stage pieces from last year. This year we were able to get a little more height to the ends of the background pieces, and it really added another dimension to it.
Well, it has been a couple of months since I have posted anything, mainly due to a bad case of bronchitis and being out of town. I am now back in the saddle as they say, so I figured I better get blogging!
I do a fair amount of painting for our church, Grace Chapel in Leiper’s Fork, TN. This past winter, our Youth Pastor, Bill Cannon, asked if I could assist him in painting a stage prop he had built for the annual GC Kids Production, ‘Kids Under Construction’, that took place in March. Pastor Bill is known for his creative engineering talents and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to building something. He showed me his idea of the dump truck, then showed me the parts that needed to be painted. I said I would help and then proceeded to paint the frame and cab at the church as they were rather large. The other parts I carried to my studio to paint there.
The frame was made of wood, the axles and exhaust pipes were made of PVC pipe, the gas tanks were large rectangular plastic jugs with silver insulation wrapped around them, then the tires, box, and cab were made out of styrofoam.
The studio was rather cramped for space and I did a bit of rotation as the pieces were painted and set to dry.
Once we assembled the truck, I added red glitter letters to the sides, and there was also yellow chains to finish off the box, but for some reason I do not have a photo of that.
It all came together nicely, and during the show the 10 foot long dump truck even had smoke coming out of the exhaust pipes, thanks to a smoke machine Pastor Bill had hidden in the box of the truck! I hope you enjoy the pictures, and would love to hear your thoughts! Have you created something out of styrofoam?
My most recent pastel pet portrait is of Leon, a beautiful Australian Shepherd. The portrait was a wedding gift from my client and her sister to their niece and her husband. When my client and I met, she brought along photographs and the one we decided on was of Leon sitting between his owners, which also happened to be the wedding invitation. She said if I needed any more for reference, I could visit the website for their wedding. Most of the photos on the site were of Leon, so I knew he had a very special place in their hearts! Below you will see the progress of the painting from the original charcoal drawing I start with all the way to the finished piece. The painting is done on 14″ x 11″ tan Ampersand Pastelbord. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
At this point, my client and I agreed to tone the background down a bit more.
Thanks for viewing the progress of Leon, have a blessed day and would love to hear from you!
I love painting portraits of pets, and animals in general, and I am always honored when someone commissions me to do one of a beloved pet that has passed on, waiting to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Such is the case with Peanut Patton, a beautiful little dog that meant the world to his owner Jim.
While I do many pet portraits, I have a tendency to get rather focused on the painting itself and forget to take photos showing the progress from start to finish. Below you will see the photos of Peanut’s portrait starting with the reference photo and ending with the matted and framed painting.
I started working on Peanut, beginning primarily with the areas that would have other areas of fur overlapping them.
I thoroughly hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress, and would love to hear your comments! God bless!
It has been a busy fall thus far, with two art festivals in the books and another one this Saturday in Lynnville, TN and a commission for a pet portrait as well. My booth at these shows not only has examples of my pet portraits, but also greeting cards featuring my artwork and photography, fine art giclee prints of my work, and some of the metal items I have painted on. I also revamped my Etsy site with these items for purchase as well, and you can visit it by clicking here. One of the items I have enjoyed as of late is painting on old metal spoons that I pick up at flea markets and yard sales. They make a wonderful ornament and/or gift.
The spoons are usually silver plate or stainless, often times having a dent or some mark or defect and are not in complete sets. I do a vinegar wash on them to break surface tension and remove oils, then apply a bonding primer then paint with latex house paint and seal with spar urethane.
I hope you are doing well and would love to hear from you. Also, please keep Paris and the world in your prayers. God bless!