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 […]
I don’t know why I love the Bumble Bee Bop so much. I guess part of the reason is because these guys are always cheerful, and just so darn cute. Then there’s pure artistic admiration. The designers managed to create believable personalities from basic shapes that remind me of a giant billiard ball stacked on […]
He’s not really blind, just blinded by blinders. Trainers put all sorts of interesting contraptions on these harness race horses so they won’t get distracted by things – real or imagined – during a race. Some setups look like they were cobbled together with baling wire. This one is posted in the Daily Paintworks Up […]
I’d never seen a steam-powered car fired up until I saw this one. It was in the daily parade at the Indiana State Fair, it’s shiny red paint gleaming in the sun. When I looked up Stanley Steamer Motor Carriage Company on Wikipedia, I found a photo of this car in the article. Not just […]
Percherons in Four Notes In other news, Liquitex added more of my acrylic paintings to their Inspire site: Bumble Bee Bop, Rivalry, Portrait of the Chicken as a Young Cockerel, and Little Big Dog. Liquitex Inspire is a beautifully designed site featuring the work of a variety of artists who use Liquitex acrylics.
This painting proves that just about any subject can be found at the State Fair if you look around enough. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a beautiful display of fish at the Indiana State Fair. Outdoor ponds and indoor aquariums showcase native and introduced species. There’s even a catch and release fishing pond […]
Chickens scare me a little. I’m glad this one was locked safely behind bars at the State Fair. Though, if looks could kill… Any chicken experts out there know what breed this is? When I took the photos, I thought it was a Salmon Faverolle, but when I checked my photos against images on the […]
The sign actually said, “Please hold hand flat when feeding,” but the goat’s eyes said, “Please feed me.” The key to photographing petting zoo animals is to carry a few pellets in your hand and wave them around every so often. Otherwise, you’ll be ignored. These animals have no patience for anyone not bearing a […]
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