Sunday, January 29, 2017

Easel This and That

I realized this early morning that I had not posted since Christmas and surely my easel has not been empty.  I'm trying to stay away from negative "THOUGHTS" with all that is going on so I will bury myself here...

An upcoming show at the Broken Arrow Museum had me putting my thinking cap on.  The theme was "What about Broken Arrow" and since that is my home town I had lots of info in my brain and on my bookshelf.  I knew that last year the high school and football field were demolished but not my memories or my father's, who played many a football game on that field.  A fellow school mate had been instrumental in trying to save an iconic tree that lived in the end zone for many, many years, planted by his father but it's days were numbered.  He was able to save the trunk of the ash tree with lots of contributions and had a tiger statue carved.  Well, my thought was to paint the tree with a ghost figure of a tiger appearing and this is what I came up with for the BA Museum show in February.  This one was painted with so much love and memory.
End Zone Tree

Thoughts are definitely streaming to spring and summer with the thoughts of fresh produce so tomatoes found their way to a canvas.
A Colander of Tomatoes

Then there was the Christopher Westfall workshop and my foray into acrylics and abstract.  Fun stuff but doesn't drive me as much. 
Bird of Paridise
Memories of Italy and the desire to produce at least one painting from our epic 14 day trip to Rome and then cruise brought about this little gem.
Boats in Cassis

The love of family led to a some Christmas presents to appear on my easel in December.
Buddy

Gloria's Flowers

Pasture of Horses

Julia's Roses

Persimmons, Garlic and Onions

Splash

I've also been busy with yet another workshop with the most talented Mr. Gil Adams.  What a nice guy and excellent teacher and we, my art buddies,  plan on continuing taking classes from him for a bit.  Ever expanding my knowledge in front of the easel.