Archive for March, 2009

Now I’m Ready to Paint

March 31, 2009
From Napkin to Canvas

From Napkin to Canvas

Now on canvas  the work is to begin...

Now on canvas the work is to begin...

Details… I am not one for details, but when I want to bring something to life often I have to add a bit of the details. Rhett’s boat Scarlett seen here on the right will be a painting that needs a bit of detail.

Now my idea of detail and yours are different so don’t expect much.

What I did do was to sketch out a line drawing of the two boats for a guide. Now when I add the paint those lines will be gone, because many of you know I tend to slap paint rather than use clean strokes.

I hope you get the theroy. Will update tonight or in the morning.

At this point I feel good the lines are in place. Now the trick is to turn on my freedom button and forget the lines are there.

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NOT SO CALM

March 30, 2009
Winds steady ou tof the southwest at 20 knots with gusts to 30 made for an exciting day of sailing

Winds steady out of the southwest at 20 knots with gusts to 30 made for an exciting day of sailing

First time sailing Stephanie shouts to her friends ... R U sure we are safe!?

First time sailing Stephanie shouts to her friends ... R U sure we are safe!?

Although there was chill in the air in the morning temperatures did rise a bit… so off sailing with friends.

What a day as you can tell “Southern Start” performed as though she was in the gulf or headed to the Bahama’s
What an outstanding day for sailing.

BTW, Updates on Rhett’s Sailing painting are on the way…. in the next 24 hrs.

Calm Cool and Collected

March 29, 2009

I am listening to Cd’s from Joyce Meyer regarding becoming calm and collected. I feel my painting is improving because of my own calming and focus on my attitude.  It is all connecting and I feel good about how the stress has dropped to a level I never realized possible. Im at a point I felt only through medical drugs to treat anxiety  many years ago, and now I feel it without drugs! I stopped taking my drugs two months ago because my mind is in control I am calm.    Wow,  I feel good.  I thought I could never  get away from the drugs but God has led me in a way I never thought possible. I know God is real and I know that Christ is real.  Christ is the way.  

A friend said the other evening isnt this new feeling because of a conicidence and I said no…  I told her,  I said, “I told God I can’t do it I tried”… I turned it to him.  The seventeen years before of me doing it omn my own never worked.  He led me to tell Annette (former wife) once again that I forgiver her.  This time it worked.  When I called  Annette to forgiver for our divorce some 17 years ago it was God that moved me to say I forgive you.  Since that moment the stress has lifted.  The stress weight is gone! 12,000 lbs have lifted off of each shoulder.  the stress is gone.  Thanks Be To God! 

I believe God has a plan and I am not big enough to figure it out… but I know I’m in training and I will follow.   Well, I am rambling … I’m not a writer, but I’m an artist.  Bottom line I could not forgive Annette without God’s effort. I turned it to him and said it is in your hands show me the way.

The decoration flags on Southern Star mean the  stress is lifted!  The new feeling is:   Calm Cool and collected.       Enjoy!

Southern star has her Decoration Flags flying

Southern star has her Decoration Flags flying

Decoration flags on Southern star send message: Calm Cool & Collected

Decoration flags on Southern star send message: Calm Cool & Collected

I must calm myself and enjoy the time I have.... not worry about what I can not control.

I must calm myself and enjoy the time I have.... not worry about what I can not control.

Scarlett Challenged

March 29, 2009
Rhett's scarlet is now on the drawing board

Rhett's scarlet is now on the drawing board

In and around the storms and sailing this weekend I have started Rhett’s painting. An old friend and the designer of my web-page Rhett owned Scarlett a Catlaina 25 on lake Guntersville. Rhett requested that I do a painting of his boat passing another in I believe the Guntersville Cup.

The next few days I will work on “Scarlett” check back often to see the updates.

Here is a drawing I did on computer paper to get the idea of hat I want to do….

Im not saying bye to my western diamondbacks but new boot (the Caiman from Dan Post) added to the collection

March 25, 2009
The caiman is alive!

The caiman is alive!

New boots (thanks Mark) but do not think the western diamondbacks are dead…. but I love these boots. They Rock! Not sure I can paint in them. But they will get me in the mood.

“The Tide”

March 24, 2009
I believe when this painting was named... there was crimson in on the mind

I believe when this painting was named... there was crimson in on the mind

One of my favorite abstracts, “The Tide” is currently in Anya’s  office at the Chef’s Table. I’m sure if many an Alabama fan knew the name of this painting it would be sold immediately. I know Clemson people will buy anything. So maybe the Bama people should storm Anya’s office door for the painting.   It is listed at $1,000.  A bargain.

I have been very busy with my other jobs and noticed the people count of frequent viewers was down so I needed to update my blog.

I love this exciting and bright painting. The movement and excitement in this work thrills me to no end. I hope you can enjoy this work. Just let the colors run wild. Please don’t look for the little animals because they are not there. Well it is OK if you want to Lock for animals go ahead. Some more of my therapy training. Relax and let other people enjoy my work the way they see it. It is OK and besides my paintings are for fun.

I love the drama created by the black and red … all I can say is Oh, Wow! I started with the red background and then quickly added the black and other colors mixing them right on the canvas. I like to work that way because it helps me to be even faster. Being fast is the key because it is so important to get the paint right on the canvas.

OK Enjoy! This weekend I will start on Rhett Farrior’s sailboat painting and the sailboat painting for Danny Quirk. Much to do!

Nadia takes the Helm of Southern Star

March 23, 2009
Nadia at the helm of Southern Star

Nadia at the helm of Southern Star

Nadia and Grand Dad hanging out at Grand Dad's favorite spot on the boat

Nadia and Grand Dad hanging out at Grand Dad's favorite spot on the boat

Enjoying family and thinking about paintings that need to be done.

Rhett’s sailboat
Nick’s sailboat
Danny’s sailboat for the Citadel auction
Danny’s Charleston scene painting
painting for Extreme Mustang Makeover
painting for Cowgirl Chics

So I have my work cut out for me…

Some Cowboy Fun

March 20, 2009
Cowboy 1

Cowboy 1

Cowboy 2

Cowboy 2

Cowboy 3

Cowboy 3

These are some paintings I did a few years ago for fun. Thought I would dust them off and bring them out for your viewing while I have fun with Nadia.

I really love these colorful paintings and enjoy the idea of the rodeo. Just have fun with them too and see if you actually see the horse and rider moving in the painting.
Note the proportions are not important to me, but as always the color is what should drive the painting.

Take some time to study these painting. Enjoy!

Nadia and Echo riding in the pasture!

March 19, 2009
Goodlooking cowgirl and great quarterhorse

Good looking cowgirl and great quarter horse

"The Kiss"  Nadia and Grand Daddy  We love Echo

"The Kiss" Nadia and Grand Daddy We love Echo

Riding lesson down by the stream... Echo is great and Nadia loves him.

Riding lesson down by the stream... Echo is great and Nadia loves him.

Great day! I want to be painting but this is time well spent. I listen to John Lyons about patience and it works! Thanks! John.

So many commissions but they are put on hold….

March 19, 2009
Uncle John gives Nadia a hug at Chef's Table

Uncle John gives Nadia a hug at Chef's Table

Amanda, Josh, and Nadia are here to visit so my painting is put on hold. I’m so excited my daughter son and grandbaby are here.

John and Sharon Olshefski’ and Mark Germonprez joined us for a welcome dinner at the Chef’s Table.

 

One Big hug from Big O

One Big hug from Big O

Good eats with your name on the plate

Good eats with your name on the plate