Not only is this blog the best inspiration I’ve seen in a while, I also learned I had no idea how to actually spell “prairie”! Take some time to wander through her blog and hope, like me, that some of her style and photographic skills rub off.
I took the plunge recently and ordered some giclees of my favorite paintings. Giclees are high quality digital prints on canvas. If the artist goes back with a heavy gloss gel, and repaints the brush strokes, the giclees are difficult to distinguish from the original. This is the giclee of my painting of my friend Sharon’s Dog Tully. The original is huge, but this Giclee is 9×10 on a stretched canvas and is perfect for a wall or a tabletop. Click on the picture for more info.
When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” – Howard Ikemoto
I just spent a wonderful weekend with friends, who looked around our house and commented on the art that Linda and I create. Our home usually evokes comments such as, “I wish I was artistic” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure.”
When friends say these things, I always feel the need to remind them that being an artist is mostly about not being intimidated by the process. I came to a point in my life where my current life was not making me happy, so I tried very hard to remember what made me happy in the past. I knew I loved to sing in college, so I joined a local choir and found my voice again. Then I went even further into my past and remembered with great clarity the great dane dog I drew with my “John Nagy Art Kit”. I was in 4th or 5th grade, and I was so very proud of that picture. I wanted to find out if I could have that wonderful feeling again.
Fortunately, Linda and I lived close to Philadelphia, which has so many resources for budding artists. I signed up for all the free beginning classes at Philadelphia’s Fleischer Institute http://www.fleisher.org/ - a community based art school with amazingly talented faculty from all the local art colleges. This was not your local adult school art class, but functioned as a true art school, and even helped students develop portfolios so they could continue on to other more formal education. I took classes in the evening and weekends in jewelry making at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and attended anatomy demonstrations with Al Yury and watched Nelson Shanks paint a portrait at Studio Incamminati. http://www.studioincamminati.org
They did not teach me to draw, they taught me how to learn to draw. And while I still cannot decide whether to be serious. or silly. I enjoy every day spent in my studio. If you don’t live close to a city like Philly, there is always the library or local book store, and free or low cost online art classes. http://www.free-online-art-classes.com/ or http://www.free-online-art-classes.com/ . Don’t stop playing.
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh
I have been absent from this blog, but not from my studio for the last few months. I may not be able to focus on one media, or even one style, but I do love make art. Here are a few pics of some of my latest.
We spent a wonderful few days at Virginia’s Shenandoah River State Park recently. We chose this park because it did not have a waterslide or mini-golf, or any special activities for children. Not because we dislike children, mind you, but because we dislike children who need “activities” scheduled for them when they are in the middle of Virginia’s rolling hills within 100 feet of the Shenandoah River. This wonderful park was filled with lots of wonderful people who just want to be able to float down a river on the Fourth of July.and build a campfire for kicks.
We arrived, fully prepared for our satellite TV usage to be limited to two channels, one of which — by the way — played back to back episodes of Montel, but I was not quite so prepared to have an unusable Verizon cell phone. Of course two women who manage to pack a weeks worth of food for a weekend might be surprised to find that something so simple as Air Conditioning should probably be double-checked before leaving home too.
Not to worry, when you camp beside a river, you have the best cooling system Mother Nature can provide. We plopped our dogs and backsides into the river and had some very lovely vaca time together. Enjoy a few pics below. There’s not much that can compare to our lovely Redneck Riviera, but this was damn close:
I just love all thing weird. Unfortunately, Delaware is not exactly known for the weird and unusual. You reeeealy have to search to find anything that doesn’t look like a photo spread from “Southern Living Magazine.”
It has taken a while, but I did take some pics that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Delaware, too, can joint the ranks of the weird.
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