Do YOU like it?

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?

 

 

Touching Up

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.

Part 1 of mural 2 at Grace Chapel Franklin TN-Denny Martindale

Part 2 of mural 2 at Grace Chapel Franklin TN-Denny Martindale

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.

Part 1 of mural at Grace Chapel Franklin TN-Denny Martindale

Part 2 of mural at Grace Chapel Franklin TN-Denny Martindale

 

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Freedom, Independence, and Happy 4th of July!

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!

Giving New Life to an Old Door

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Old door awaiting paint

One of my clients runs the High Horizons coffee shop at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  It is located in the back at the stadium jumping complex which is a very busy place!  She brought an old door that came from a house that was built in the 1800s and asked if I could paint it a butter yellow with the panels being chalk board paint so they could use it to advertise their specials.  She also asked if I could paint a pot of geraniums with ivy at the bottom on both sides.  I have done flowers in the past, so I said I would give it a try.

 

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Old door with primer

Of course, there is always plenty of priming work to do, such as sanding down the old chalk board paint that was on one side, and removing the hardware which needed cleaning due to not having been removed before, then applying primer.

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Finished door
old door, paint, decorative paint
Detail of geraniums and ivy on old door

I then painted the geraniums and ivy on both sides which completed the door.  Thank you for viewing this rejuvenation project!