Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Opening of a Show

What could be more wonderful than to have an artist you have not seen for maybe a couple of decades send flowers to your opening reception with grand words of good wishes and then show up at the reception and buy one of your works ! ! !
What could be more wonderful than having a woman who bought a painting from an exhibition come to your show and introduce herself as the person who bought the painting and tell her story of how much she loves the painting to the entire gallery of people and then buy another painting! ! ! ! !

What could be more wonderful than seeing your children walk in with your daughter in laws Mother.  They have driven a long way to be there.

What could be more wonderful than having another artist you hold in high respect buy one of your paintings ! ! !

What could be more wonderful than having old school friends, old horse friends, friends from your Singles class of many years ago, your Sunday School friends that came from a long way, old art friends, old real estate friends come to your show.  My heart is muy heavy with appreciation and love.

This painting is one from the show.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


The Show will actually be at:  (even though it is sponsored by Tarleton University)

Gordon House Gallery    
308 E. Pearl Street
Granbury, Texas, 76048

Time: June 27th - July 22nd, 2015

Reception:  June 27th     5 pm-8 pm
(I will be present)

And, on July 4th, Saturday, I will be demo-ing all that day.

I will have 30 NEW paintings for this show.  Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 1, 2015

How We Spend Our Days is How We Spend Our Lives

If you are waiting for everything to fall in place and all conditions be "ripe" and right to paint, to write, to practice piano or guitar, to clean out a closet, or organize a desk, that time will probably not  come.

My biggest irritation with my fellow man is the idea that one workshop, or one class, or one video will    make them a master of their craft.  I know we have all heard of 10,000 hours to produce a real artisan.  I am thinking that may be a fraction of the time required.  It is all a comparable measurement.  With 2,000,000 artists in California alone, just think of how many people are wanting to become artists.  And, just think how many of them are working and have been working for decades of their lives.  Their production has been consistent.  Their production has taken place with wise decisions and enthusiasm.

So, what I am saying is you had better be able to enjoy the preciousness of the journey.  Who knows when you become the Master of whatever you are trying to achieve, or when you are "successful".

Just had a 2nd cousin ride her motorcycle from the North and spend some days with me.  We talked non-stop.  What a great experience to get to know this cousin and her story.  Hope she came away with the same feeling.  We ALL have a story.  Some are tougher than others.  But, we all have a story.

Just doing a bit of reworking on this painting.  It  will still take some more strokes before I am happy with it.