Saturday, May 24, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Last November, I enjoyed being a part of the Dublin Area Art League's Annual Fall Show, and I entered the two pieces I have been working on since the beginning of 2012: Major the Cowboy and Garrison the Knight. They are STILL unfinished, but they were enough finished to enter. I'm glad I did because Major won Best of Show! (HERE is a link to the post on the art league's blog.)
The judge, Jim Glover, said:
This compelling portrait is just riveting! Who hasn't known (or hasn't been!) the rambunctious, pouting cowboy, determined to hold off the "bad guys" (or "mean Mom") with his toy firearm? There is no doubt about the focal point of this painting, as Major's face is in sharp detail, while the rest of the work is soft-edged and becomes "fuzzy" just like the viewer's actual peripheral vision. A pleasant "black and white and red all over" palette perfectly suits the subject. Wonderfully painted!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I painted this one in about three and a half hours. I always love painting outside and chatting with the people walking by. This was the second time that someone stopped to give me the history of the building I was painting. Currently, this is the Dublin Village Tavern, but in the early days of Dublin it was the post office, and the postman lived in the room upstairs. The woman who told me used to have a stained glass gallery there. It's a shame that we don't have any galleries here now!
I won second place in the judging! The work from the Paint-Out will be up in the Dublin Library until the 13th.
And I also made it on the front page of the local paper :)
*Note: I never said anything about living my passion to the photographer. That part was totally made up.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I know this blog has been somewhat of a ghost town lately, so I'll have lots of updates to post when I make the time! For now, I wanted to let you know about a special I'm running for Lilla Rose Hair Accessories. If you order through this link before the end of today, you can take advantage of my Buy-3-Get-1-Free deal.
If you have never heard of Lilla Rose before, they are a very durable and elegant alternative to the "plastic claw" which is normally used for up-dos or half-ups. They make great gifts, and Mother's Day is just a couple weeks away!
You can check out my facebook page, as well as Savannah Attics to find out more and see all the different styles you can create with not only the clips, but also hair sticks, bobby pins, and hairbands.
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
Jesus of Nazareth,