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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Commission work

This is a commissioned painting that I am in the process of doing. The photo is a very old pic of a lady's original homestead. She wants to give this to her daughter for her birthday. I had to improvise on the landscape since it is a bad photo and I have never seen the house. Lets say I embellished the background some to reflect a Florida landscape. I am almost done with it. I have to correct some lines and make improvements on the house. I think I may even make the house longer and a little more true to life. I chose to leave out the side building since you cannot see it and it doesn't seem to hold any significance. It really helps to look at the original photo and the photo of the painting to see where it needs work.

As I mentioned earlier. Gift giving for the holidays can come up faster than you think so if you are needing a special gift and want to commission a painting now is the time to do that. Paintings take time to get them right. A painting is that rare and one of kind gift that lasts a lifetime. It becomes an heirloom to be handed down to future generations. Remember I do Pet Portraits too and you can give a gift that helps someone capture a part of that beloved pet they lost. I have Layaway, and credit through Paypal. Paypal will offer you convenience and security in all your online transactions. I also offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. I paint with quality oil paints on wood backed canvases and mail anywhere the USPS or UPS deliver too.
I haven't talked about the dogs for awhile and I feel bad. They haven't received much of my attention or time and they are bored and frustrated. It has been so hot I haven't even taken them on any outings either. Next weekend there is a Great Dane Meetup meeting at an ice cream parlor in Ocala I will probably attend with Bullwinkle and maybe Scooby if I can handle it. I may try to walk them both this week together to see how they behave.

At the Art at City Hall reception I met a great guy, Albert Isaac, who is the Editor for the local magazines, The Senior Times and Our Town Magazine, After talking with him and getting to know each other through email, he discovered a picture he took of Bullwinkle, his son, Trevor and me. I think it was taken at the Dog show this year. I think it was pretty cool, check it out.

He is doing a story for Our Town Magazine about the Art in City Hall. I look forward to when it comes out. It is a great little book that gives lots of great information about our local area. It tells of all the festivals in Alachua County, along with great and interesting places to go and things to do during all times of the year. It also gives you great updates on all the local schools for those of us who have kids in school. It is a wonderful resource for us, it goes out to all the households, I know because I distribute them at the Post Office and the carriers deliver them.

Next time I will post the finished painting of the homestead and the finished painting of "On the road home" Now I have to go work on Heather and Scott's Italy pic. They are coming up to visit in two weeks so I would like to show them some progress!

Art at City Hall, High Springs Florida

I am so excited to share the news I recently had my first "press release" and shared an art exhibition at city hall in High Springs with 5 other local artist. It was this past Tues. night and a great success. Lots of local people showed up and the finger food was delicious served by the lovely Bed and Breakfast in High Springs, The Grady House. Sandi Richmond, who works at City Hall, did a great job in organizing it. The coolest thing is they featured my latest painting, "Hayfield in Winter" on the flyer. It was a great honor for me. This pic was taken a short distance from my house, in High Springs. A beautiful field just off 1-75 on Cty. Rd 236. I admire it everyday when I drive home from the Post office. It is just a sprawling field and they keep it well maintained. In the winter hay bales decorate it's landscape.

I may even have a sale from the show! I really want to give a shout out to the City of High Springs for trying to find ways to incorporate the arts into our town. It would be great if this is a start to getting our town on the map, not only known for it's quaint shops and beautiful springs but also as a forefront for the arts. I entered four paintings all of local areas. Two of Devil's Millhopper,(Forest Serenity and Dream Path), Hayfield in Winter, and Blue Springs II. You can view all of them on my website,

Some of the comments at the exhibition were quite flattering, One art admirer said my work was very romantic. Another said my stuff was old fashioned like the old masters. WOW that was super. I always go to museums and admire old masters. I get very close to the paintings and look at them to see how the artist's painted them. My daughter has a very valuable painting hanging in her home, a gift from her husband's grandmother to him, and I stare at it the entire time I am in her house. To even think that my work can have that look is a fabulous compliment.

This is the latest painting of local landscapes, I am working on and it is almost done. Just a little more tweaking and it is finished. I said before that I may put in a deer but I think I like it the way it is. My friend Susan said it would take away from it. She said it tells a story. It makes you dream of the what is at the end of the road. So I think I will leave it like this. I think I will call it, "On the Road Home."

This weekend I will talk about my latest commission. I will show you how I go from the photo to the finished product. Christmas is just around the corner. If anyone is interested in a commissioning a painting they need to now so I have the time to complete it. My day job, USPS, keeps me pretty busy as we get close to the holidays. I will give 10% off to any blog followers. It is free to sign up!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vacation is over with lots to share

This my first blog entry in quite sometime and I apologize for the long absence. I have been on vacation for two weeks now and it has been great. I love going places, painting when I want and visiting with friends and family. Working for the US Postal Service has served it's time and after 30 years of service this Nov., I am tired and bored with it. I retire in 4 years and can not wait. The first week we spent in New Jersey and New York. My husband Jay's first trip to NY, he has resisted this visit for over 25 years that I have known him. It rained the entire time as you can see by my dark pics. I am excited because I managed to get several great shots for potential painting material. The above pic is one taken of West Point Military Academy overlooking the Hudson River. It is a spectacular spot where George Washington halted the British from taking over the river and controlling the Revolutionary War. Just to the right of this opening he and his men managed to string a huge chain across the river and stopped the British Ships! I would have to work on the lighting of this pic when it becomes a painting because of the gloomy weather.
Another great spot is this historic church and graveyard that sits miraculously across the street from Ground Zero where the Twin Towers used to be. Construction is now taking place on that hallowed ground and this church was not supposed to survive the destruction but it did. Inside you see pics and items related to the people who escaped and sought haven in God' s house. It gives you chills and you cannot help feeling intense emotion as you walk there.
We also toured the Fire Museum. I found was great art there of the history of fire fighting in NYC and a room just dedicated to 911 and all the fallen heroes. It was very moving. The last time I was in NYC was in July, 2001. Two months before the disaster and a block away from the Twin Towers. So it was emotional to say the least.
The third pic I thought would make a great painting is my favorite. One of the most picturesque places on earth, even though it is man made, it is a master piece. Central Park. The bridges and walk ways are lovely even in the rain. I am really proud of this shot that I took with Dillon's tiny Canon, my camera is being repaired. Check back in the future for the paintings that will evolve from these pics!