March 24, 2012

"Knowledge - The Beginning of Great Things"

I decided on a title for the shelf sitters... "Knowledge - The Beginning of Great Things".  I have this one in the church exhibit and they request an artist interpretation of each work submitted.  I really enjoy this part of the process because it really makes me think about why I'm painting something.  I thought I'd share it with you... "when I was a child , I quickly realized that reading opened up a new world of places I'd never been,  people who led interesting lives and knowledge of those who accomplished great things.  These new adventures set into place the beginning of my lifetime goals."

I finally got a better photo of the painting and have posted it below.

I'll be starting another large work this next week and will work on it along side the dailies I've been doing.

March 7, 2012

Shelf Sitters

One in the Toy Stories Series... but this one is different.  I ran across these little guys on Ebay.  Hand carved and hand painted.  Out side of that,  the sellers didn't know anything specific (where they were from, etc.).  Sold as primitive (or antique) and they look it!    A little worse for wear (for this painting I corrected some paint loss)  they have a character of their own.  They sat and patiently waited in my still life box for days while I completed another project.  I have a few tweaks I needed to do and will post an updated and signed painting once I get it ready.  I hope you find them as much fun as I do...

Size 14x18 - Oil on Linen Canvas

I haven't been able to find the origin of these little guys so if any of you out there have any ideas... I'd love to know.