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“Love A Bull 2”
New Art Mixed Media Painting
For the career online artist, each day brings it’s share of bull. All we really want to do is create. There is an energy and freedom in the creative process that feeds our souls. Everything else is outside of our comfort zone. We list and promote, but we’ve gotten used to that. It’s the other stuff like Chinese sweat shops stealing our work including our names, so that when our collectors search they find us there. Regular folks that take our work and put them on socks, t-shirts and mugs for their schools, business, etc. The businesses that want to pay us pennies for our hard work. Companies stealing patterns from your work for brush tools. And the list goes on…
One could choose to focus on all of that crap and become depressed. Or the choice can be to choose to love your job no matter what. I have to make that choice every single day. Still choosing L.O.V.E..
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As promised, I am sharing more of my work from my art school days. I did not do much painting back then. My degree slants toward the commercial side, so I used pencils, pens, and markers as my primary mediums. One of the good things about schooling is that often you are challenged to try techniques that you would not have chosen otherwise. My “Proud Lion” above is creating using what is called “stippling” and is referred to as pointillism in art terminology.
This was created nearly 25 years ago. There was no computer help. The entire piece was done by hand using an ink pen on white cardboard. Many countless dots over and over again (including what looks like solid black) make up his shapes and shadows. I had to “draw” him in my mind and couldn’t rely on printing out something I could dot over. Nope. It’s all handmade. In the close up, you can see the irregularities in the dots which is a dead giveaway that no computer was involved.
I am not knocking computer work. I use it all of the time now! I am simply remembering the cramped hands and cross eyes of yesteryear. 😉 I also appreciate the fact that nowadays you can make mistakes and quickly fix them. Back then there were a lot of “do overs”.
Times have changed, but true art remains……timeless.
More to come from my old portfolio soon!
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Actually they live in Florida, but that doesn’t rhyme. 😉 I have been to Texas a few times during the Winter months. I thought I might find love there, but It was just cold and brown. While I am working on some maps, I decided that this one should definitely be colorful! I’ve been seeing a lot of map wall art lately. People love them because they are traditional and add a touch of sophistication to any room. Abstract art on the other hand can be a bit scary for a lot of people. I’ve combined the traditional with the modern to create a map that anyone can hang and enjoy. 🙂
Here are some interesting facts about this big state:
- Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
- The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state’s most popular historic site.
- The lightning whelk is the official state shell.
- Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
- Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present
- The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
- During the period of July 24-26, 1979, the Tropical Storm Claudette brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, contributing to more than $600 million in damages. Claudette produced the United States 24 hour rainfall record of 43 inches.
- More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.
- Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.
- Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.
- The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
- Texas boasts the nation’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
- A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.
- Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.
- Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
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Growing up in Florida we had a few things to keep us entertained. The biggest being football. Yes, I am a Buccaneer fan even when they suck. I was a Buc fan when they weren’t cool with their orange jersey’s with the wimpy little pirate. But there is nothing like college football! The crowds have a different feel….they are electric with energy. Cars are decorated to the hilt and entire outfits reflect teams all the way to the face paint. Gainesville Florida is only a skip away and I have always been a Gator fan. My Dad used to take me to games (neither of my brothers liked football…go figure). I always remember the rush of the kick off and the frenzy of touchdowns. The smell of popped corn and hotdogs. These are great memories for me and I still hold a torch for my favorite team! “Swampy” is my tribute to the BEST teams in College Football! And I know I am not alone because Mr. Swampy is well on his way to becoming my BEST SELLER! Go Gators!
Check “Swampy” out here: