I painted this for the upcoming Wayland Academy Alumni show. I am delivering it this Friday and plan to stop in to see Bev Dohmann (my old art teacher). She is the one to blame who started me off on this art adventure, so long ago.
My dad died over 20 years ago and I've had an old steamer trunk of his. In the trunk was a bag full of old matches he had collected. Matches from Chicago, Aspen, Playboy clubs around the country, and these matches and ash tray from Vegas. It just brought back a lot of memories of my dad. Even though I called this "Vegas Memories", it's really about him.
I really should have called this "Bella's Iron". My youngest daughter picked this out for me to paint, when we were at the local consignment store. That was 4 years ago. She kept asking me when I was going to paint the iron. I think she gave up on me. But, here it is. I knew I'd get around to it.
The last 6 months have been very enlightening for me. Since I have been painting full time, I have been able to really explore who I am as an artist. What I like to paint, what medium I enjoy working with. You know, all that art stuff. I have played with plein air, realism, acrylic, oil, back to acrylic, then finally landing on oil. I have found I am a studio realist artist. I do really love the freedom of plein air but will only continue to paint outside as an exercise to help me in the studio.
Another thing, I have been studying the works of artist Neil Hollingsworth and David Gray. Both fantastic artist. I unintentionally painted this piece that closely resembles Neil Hollingsworth's work. Oh well, I guess I've been looking at his work to closely. But, I assure you that this is 100% my work, this is not a copy.
Anyway, you can expect more work from me along the line of this one.
Not sure what to say about this. Except I had a blast painting this one. After 3 attempts I finally completed this piece. The first 2 attempts I used oil paint, then decided I can get the same look using acrylic and it will dry faster. And I was right, go figure.
Ahhh, spring is here. The snow has melted. It was a beautiful day when this house caught my eye. Everything was blue, the sky, the house and the car. My wife came up with the name. I was thinking "Feelin the Blues" But, she is so much smarter than me.