For the month of September, I’ll be working on Leslie Saeta’s Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge. It’s a busy month and I’m not a fast painter, so we’ll see how long I last. This is my first installment, and for now, I’ll just call it #22. NFS – yet.
Finally, after months of work, this one is titled, signed, and off the easel! This is the first big panel I’ve done in awhile, and I loved working large again. It feels good to paint with my whole arm instead of just my fingers. Plus. I like how impressive the carousel horses look when they’re […]
This one is from a painting demo I did at the State Fair, during the open house for the Speed Barns. Painting and talking at the same time is a challenge for me, so I painted on autopilot, and wasn’t displeased with the results. Got to meet some really nice people, too. A […]
When I visit a racetrack with a long and rich history, like the Indiana State Fair track, I can almost hear the hoofbeats of the racing legends of the past. It gives me goosebumps. It’s like they’re still there, reliving their finest moments for anyone who cares to watch and listen. Recently I was asked […]
The three-armed eggbeater ride of my childhood was called The Scrambler. It has evolved into today’s sleeker, curvier Sizzler. The cosmetics have changed, but the experience remains the same. It’ll still make you want to hurl, and (if you don’t hurl) it’s a great first date ride. That’s because centrifugal force smashes the riders together, […]
One of my favorite health books is Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis. In it, he discusses why he feels that modern hybridized wheat can be ruining the health of those who consume it. One of the symptoms of high wheat consumption is a protruding belly. When I saw this large man at the State […]
The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. With all those stripes, I thought it would be a good piece for Carol Marine’s Stripe Challenge over on Daily Paintworks. I’m enjoying painting on these cheerful yellow backgrounds. In this case, my reference photo was taken near […]
I didn’t know these kids, but as soon as they saw my camera, they started mugging for it. That happens a lot. Kids these days love being in front of cameras. It’s like life is their reality show, and they all want to be stars. They’d probably be thrilled to know I painted them, but […]
These two little friends are enjoying the Bumble Bee Bop, my favorite carnival ride. Here’s how I paint yellow in acrylics: Most acrylic yellows are semi-transparent and don’t cover other colors well, but they have a nice sunny glow if applied thinly over pure white. So if I have a painting with a lot of […]
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