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The End…

Is there a better way to spend the month of February? I think not. What a joy to spend the entire month painting, sharing my art, and meeting new people through their art. All the while knowing, the end of the 29Faces Challenge means Spring is almost here. Dang people, it’s March. YAY!

 

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October Bliss

 

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October Bliss

October Bliss

The Jack O' Lantern

The Jack O’ Lantern

Night Flight

Night Flight

Who doesn’t enjoy October? It is a month of frightening, delightful, fantasy.

It is a time to scare and be scared. It is a time to let imagination run wild…

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

Murder on All Hallows' Eve

Murder on All Hallows’ Eve

BOO!

September is County Fair Time!

Dang…  It has been a while since my last blog. I guess I have had more to do than to say. Where in tarnation does time go? I look up and Summer is over…

Now Autumn is upon us. September is Brown County Fair month. EVERYTHING in September revolves around The Little State Fair!  I spend the first half of the month preparing for the last half of the month. Wrap up the gardening chores. Straighten the barn up. Get the goat hooves trimmed. Paint a few little things for eBay. I did have the foresight to spend some time during the Dog Days of August making and painting new ‘Welcome’ sidewalk signs for the buildings where I work. They were really fun to paint with a retro carnival feel.

Pre registering our Exhibitors starts in earnest after Labor Day, by phone, by mail, and at the fairgrounds. Oh, how I love when my phone finally stops ringing. That’s when I know Fair Eve is upon us!

Welcome to Floral HallVisit NE BldgWelcome to NE BldgVisit to the FH

I am indeed lucky to be a part of this fair. It is a huge event in our rural county and has been for one hundred sixty three years. I spend my time in the historic Floral Hall, and the Northeast Building. These two buildings house all the cool stuff, mostly entered by adults, though we do have classes for young people too. When I say cool stuff, I mean art, photography, quilts, knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, tatting (yes, people still tat), scrapbooking, wood carving, all kinds of crafts, floral arranging, canning, baking (yummy), wine making, farm and garden products, and the list goes on… It is a Mecca for creative people and it is simply awesome to spend a week looking at everything and talking to our exhibitors.

So, as you can tell, no time for 29 Faces, no time for Nibblefest ‘Furry Friends’, just time for the Brown County Fair. I have tried in past years to work the Fair and continue to paint, way too stressful. So, I shall return in October, brush in hand, palette full of color. Who knows what I’ll paint, but I’ll be ready to dive in none the less… 🙂

 

“Quirky Animals”

 

Someone said to me the other day, “I love your animal paintings. They are so cute and quirky.” Funny, this is not the first time I have heard my animals described as quirky. I have often thought it myself. I am not really sure what gives them that quality. Is it the eyes, the poses, the proportions, the palette? Is it because I paint these critters from my head, with very little help (if any) from reference photos? Truth be told, probably all of those reasons. I’ll never know for sure, but they sure are fun to paint.  🙂     ps-You think my animals are quirky, wait until you see my people…

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“Cairo”

The Thieves of Tangiers

Undetected

“Undetected”

Pippa's Pony

“Pippa’s Pony”

Rainbow Trout at Rocky Fork

Rainbow Trout at Rocky Fork

This tiny ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic Raccoon Painting is currently listed on eBay.

Dabbling in Real People!

Twenty One

Twenty One

I don’t usually paint real people. Dogs, on occasion, but people, no. Then, something happened last month. A big event. No, wait. I need to get this right. A HUGE event. My beautiful niece was turning Twenty One! What to get her? That was the question. Hm… I decided to try my hand at a portrait. I felt compelled to capture, in paint, this pivotal moment in her life. I figured, geez, if I can paint a dog portrait, how hard could a person be? I found out in a hurry… HARD. I was happy though, when it turned out to be a pretty good likeness of her. A few quirks, but she loved it! I felt encouraged…

Brandon with Cigar

Brandon with Cigar

So, the next thing I know, a photo of my nephew pops up on Facebook. Oh my gosh! How perfect this photo. From the color of his shirt, to the brick wall, to the look on his face, a really fine photograph. With a few background tweaks, clutter removal, so to speak, I could dabble in people portraits yet again. Yeh… I had had HAD to paint it and I did. Oh, it has its quirks too, or maybe they are Tammyisms, but not bad! I am learning as I go.

I was going to mail it to him as a surprise, but I changed my mind and had a little fun on Facebook. I posted the painting and said, “If this painting resembles you, you may want to check your mail in a few days!” Of course, he was tickled, as was I…

"Far Away Gaze" Portrait of Artist  Frida Kahlo

“Far Away Gaze”
Portrait of Artist
Frida Kahlo

Now, for my current portrait. A little game, you could say. I double dog dared myself to try someone famous, recognizable, revered by many in the art world. I decided on Frida Kahlo. Let me say, I am not a big fan of ‘celebrity’ paintings (I use the term loosely). Really, who wants a painting of Rick (don’t know his actual name) from the Walking Dead hanging on their wall? I guess there are some.  Frida is different somehow. She herself might have appreciated my attempt, as she painted over fifty self portraits. So, I found a wonderful black and white photograph of her, flowers in her hair, cigarette in her hand. It was the inspiration for my painting titled “Far Away Gaze”. A few days of paints flying, hair pulling, hubby’s critical eye, monkey tweaking, and viola! Pulled it off! Surprised myself… 🙂

Now for the big wrap up, my conclusion on painting real people (notice I don’t call it painting realism, obviously not even close). It really is quite a challenge. I enjoy painting from fabulous photos. There has to be something about the photo that speaks to me, colors, a look, the pose. I prefer painting people over animals, though I prefer the company of animals over most people. Don’t ask me to paint Brian Cranston. Ain’t happening. And I really don’t want to paint your mom either. I’m one of those that only want to paint what I want to paint when I want to paint it. Seems like lately it’s been a couple special kids and Frida Kahlo! Go figure…

Grandma’s Watch

 

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Grandma’s Watch

I see the field of daisies in the morning light, the old button jar, her favorite blue teacup and her precious watch, the back engraved, “To J with all my love P / 9.28.1931”. Their memory perhaps, frozen in time…

 

A Rude Awakening

 

Napping Bear Photo Provided by Sue Taylor Perez

Napping Bear Photo
Provided by Sue Taylor Perez

Seems like I am always bringing up Facebook, but some of the groups I belong to are simply the best! No group is more fun than the one called, ‘Art Card Editions and Originals on eBay’. The name says it all. We are a group of Artists selling our special little 2.5″x3.5″ gems to folks shopping eBay. We  are constantly entertaining ourselves with Art related chats (which for some reason always go awry) and crazy fun challenges. This group is a wonderful resource for anyone thinking about trying their hand with ACEO on eBay, but careful, DO NOT post any other size art or Leola and Cheryl may come to your house and break your legs! Just Kidding… really…KIDDING (not)! 🙂

So, May’s Photo Challenge is in full swing, hosted by Sue Taylor Perez. Every month the new host supplies us with a photo they have chosen. Sue gave us “Napping Bear” to interpret, a great photo with such possibilities for my slightly warped humor!

For some reason, when I think bears, I think camping. When I think camping, I think of the old Coleman Cooler filled with ice cold beer, and lots of it (for medicinal reasons only, of course). Doctor Bud Lite has given you a prescription to prepare yourself for the hard ground, and that dang rock jabbing you in the back all night. Down one or two or twelve as needed, then cuddle up with your “grizzly bear”. One of you might as well be comfy…

A Rude Awakening

Side Effects- Be prepared for “A Rude Awakening”!

ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card

Kentucky Dreamin’

Kentucky Dreamin'

Kentucky Dreamin’

The Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses, is Saturday! What an incredible spectacle. Ladies dressed in their finery, wearing huge hats that threaten to swallow them whole. Polished men with lavish dreams.  Flashy horses in shiny coats and fire in their eyes. The smell of bourbon and mint. The smell of money and sweat. The fear and excitement palpable, so much to win or lose. “And they’re off!”

ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card