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Fathers, Brothers, Sons

Fathers, Brother, Sons | 16×20 | 2017

This was painted from a 2″ photo taken sometime during WWII and found by a long-time friend in her family’s memorabilia. Place and date unknown. Photographer unknown. I had wanted to paint it when I first saw the photo and when our Tallahassee Senior Center decided to do a tribute to our Military, I jumped at the chance. My brother-in-law scanned it for me and it blew up beautifully, with details unseen in the little 2″ photo. I enjoyed painting this. People have told me it looks like the Black Forest in Germany. I have found photos online that look very similar with the trees and the rocks. From Wikipedia: ‘Artillery fire was fused to detonate as tree bursts. “Tree bursts” is a technique of using air bursts by timing artillery shells set to go off in the treetops. This causes hot metal shrapnel and wood fragments to rain down. Since American soldiers had been trained to react to incoming artillery fire by hitting the ground, the technique proved particularly deadly, until American GIs changed tactics to “hug a tree” during bombardment’.

Autumn Peace

Autumn Peace | 36×48 | 2017

Painted as a commission for my cousin, chosen from a smaller one I had painted earlier and featured in my 2016 Calendar, she realized when it was 99% finished that “it’s wider than it is tall.” So I am in the process of painting something similar for her on a 36×48 canvas, but this time it is turned vertical!

Tallahassee Creative Exhibit

The First Gleam of Dawn

The First Gleam of Dawn

My “First Gleam of Dawn” has been accepted in the Tallahassee Creative Exhibit at City Hall, March 11 thru May 6. There were 160 art pieces submitted from 59 artists; 66 pieces were accepted from 47 artists.

Admiring Banksy

Admiring Banksy

Admiring Banksy

Banksy is an internationally known graffiti artist and is wanted in many countries for illegally painting on public buildings without permission. His identity is a secret. No one knows what he looks like. He made it known that he would be in New York City the month of October 2013. My son, Clay, and his girlfriend, Jenna, met other family members in NYC for Clay’s cousin’s wedding in October. The wedding was Friday night so Saturday was devoted to touring the city. Jenna was always on the watch for possible art work by Banksy that might have popped up overnight. They walked by the art booths at Central Park and she wanted to stop at one that advertised “Original Art For Sale $60”… no artist’s name was notably visible but the paintings were of well-known Banksy graffiti paintings around the world, and Jenna recognized this. They were about 18×24 and larger. Jenna wanted to stop but it was early morning, they were already a good distance from their hotel, and, unknown to Jenna, Clay was nursing a diamond ring in his pocket, wrapped in cardboard, and was planning to propose on top of the Empire State Building that night. He did not want to carry a painting of that size around all day. So, Jenna gave in and they moved on.

Later, Clay proposed on top of the Empire State Building as planned. The next night, on every TV station and all over the internet, was a video of the art booth at Central Park that advertised “Original Art For Sale $60”. The booth was part of Banksy’s New York prank, and was HIS original art. No art was sold until 3:30 that Saturday, and then only $420 sold all total. No one recognized the works as Banksy’s original art. Each painting is worth THOUSANDS!! One painting might have paid for the wedding!
So, this is a painting of one of MY favorite Banksy pieces, but it was not one painted in New York that month. I do not know where these two little boys were painted. I painted the two Banksy boys, and the black graffiti is in the photo of the Banksy boys and I presume that it was part of the entire painting. The colored graffiti is a copy of the Nemo characters my grandson, Brady, likes to draw. He had left a drawing on my desk so I used his drawings as my template for this painting.

Jenna posted photos from the wedding on Facebook, and the young man I’ve painted here is from a photo of her son, Dathan, at the wedding. I drew in the Empire State Building in the bottom right corner, with a diamond ring around the top, where they became engaged, and I wrote the date of their engagement beside it.

With much love and joy, I give you, Clay and Jenna, this special gift to commemorate your engagement!

A BIG Little Girl

 

A BIG Little Girl

A BIG Little Girl l 16×20 l 2013

We have model railroads at our house.  I should say, my HUSBAND has model railroads at our house.  All I can do is paint the buildings and make some trees. I don’t know how to run the trains.  But he’s the hero to the 8 grandchildren we have. This is a painting from a photo I took of my granddaughter looking over the city on the train board. At three, she’s as much into the trains as the boys are, but that may change with time. The photo was not a good photo… I used the wrong lens but since I had the board in the house for a reference and a little imagination, I painted the shot with some of the buildings ‘enhanced’ over what they actually look like.  She wasn’t wearing the hat in the photo, so I hung it over the top of the easel at the angle it would be on her head, and dropped it into the painting.
I painted this over the 4th of July weekend, 2013, and it took me most of the weekend to do it.  It was fun to paint, but then, they’re ALL fun to paint.