Archives for Fine Art

Walter

Years ago, I took this great picture of Walter playing pool. I was just starting to really learn about photography and somehow – quite accidentally – got this great shot of him. I still have a copy of it hanging in my office and he has a copy hanging in his game room. Since I did the painting of his wife Tammie, I decided I would update his pool portrait. We setup the shot in his game room and tried to create a very moody feel. Here is what I came up with: Although it is pretty obscured, the original black and white photograph is hanging behind him on the wall. I love how the light coming in from the window creates such dramatic shadows in the image. We gallery-wrapped the canvas and came up with a perfect addition to their game room wall!
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Tammie

While visiting friends in Kansas City this summer, I decided to paint a portrait of Tammie to try out a new style. I wanted it to be a very simple, elegant portrait – but not overly formal. Here is what we came up with… We printed the painting on watercolor paper and matted it for a very fine art feel. I was thrilled with the final piece. Next up, I wanted to do a portrait of her husband Walter. Stay tuned for that one…
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People Really Win!

At last week’s show, we had a door prize for anyone who came by to visit and signed up for our newsletter. The winner was Greg Renick of Dallas. Greg chose one of the images from my Caddo Lake series to hang in his home. Thanks for stopping by Greg!
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Week 20 – Halfway There

Hard to believe I am halfway through with the 4040 Project. Turning 40 has never been so much work!!! Last week I displayed some of my work at a show in Dallas. Over the weekend, I managed to unload the paintings out of the car and moved them to the studio temporarily. When I went into the studio today to do my portrait, the paintings were in my way – all over the studio. I figured I might as well put that to use and incorporate them into this week’s portrait. Its kind of an artist’s “family portrait” … sitting in the studio, surrounded by a few of my babies. The difficult part was figuring out where each piece needed to be – since I couldn’t look through the camera while I was sitting there. I would take a test shot, move a painting a bit and reshoot. Once I got them arranged properly, I had to decide what kind of expression to use, how much of my face to show, etc. I ended up going with just the eyes…. to me it just made more sense. The funny thing is – all those different colors don’t look too bad
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I.O.Metro Show

Participated in a show at I. O. Metro last night. It’s a very cool furniture store near the Galleria in Dallas. If you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out. Had a great time meeting people and even had a few friends drop by… It was kind of a last minute deal… so I didn’t do a good job of getting the word out. As soon as I have another exhibit planned, I’ll be sure to let you know well in advance!!!
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The Audition

Last month, I created a very unusual piece titled “The Audition” Two of my favorite models, Guis and Sami, were helping with the Westwood play and we decided to capitalize on the cool location and create something. After running through a couple of ideas, we finally settled on this puppeteer concept with Gusi standing on a piano bench to control Sami the puppet. We added a mysterious stranger in the audience to provide some balance – then I painted the entire image. The final piece came out quite cool. I entered the print in a state-wide photography competition and won several awards, including Best Overall Illustration, Best Illustrative By A Master, Best CPP Image and a Judges Choice Ribbon. Quite a showing!!
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Weekend in Virginia

I just got back from a wonderful weekend in Virginia.  I spent all day Saturday judging their print competition, then put on a 3 hour program for the members that night.  It was a very long day.  Everyone there was so friendly and welcoming.  I’m trying desperately to find some pics from Saturday to post – but nothing so far.   I was hoping to update my blog while I was there, but free time and internet access kept eluding me.  Even worse, I was stuck inside all day and when I did have a few minutes of free time, it was raining outside.  After a four hour layover in Philly, thanks to mechanical issues – I reached the hotel at 11:30 Friday night.  Since it was so dark out and I was exhausted from travelling all day – I didn’t notice any of my surroundings.  When I got up the next morning and looked out my window, this is what I saw: All I had with me was Heather’s point-and-shoot… and photographing through a hotel window is tough – however, I did manage to take this one image, which was fun: Luckily, the travel home when MUCH more smoothly .
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Grand Opening

Last night was the opening reception for my exhibit at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.  It is such a spectacular venue!It was quite a thrill to see so much of my work on the walls in one place.  They layout also allowed us to group the work into similar pieces – giving it a nice flow.  For me, the highlight of the night was unveiling everyone’s new portraits and getting to see their expressions.  If you missed the reception, I hope you will find the time to swing by the exhibit over the next few months.  The work will hang through April at the Courtyard Theater in historic downtown Plano.    
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Hanging Out

I spent the morning hanging paintings at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.  We are in the process of getting everything ready for the exhibit opening in February.  I had no idea it would be so much work! Luckily, I had a couple of people helping – but it still took us over 2 hours. Making sure everything is spaced properly can really drive you crazy. I’m very excited about how everything is going to look.  It is such a spectacular venue – with walls that complement the black and white photography, as well as the paintings.  Hope to see you there on February 9th!
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