Once again my post is prompted by my friend BetMe who is great at encouraging others. It must be because she is so talented that she has the self-confidence to motivate others without feeling at all threatened.
So with that said, I am posting some pictures of my artwork for you all to look at and hopefuly you’ll be honest but kind.
This is one of my pet portaits. He’s a long-haired Jack Russell Terrier. He is a happy guy.
Ammi Phillips was a seventeenth century artist who was never formally trained but who gained a reputation as a primitive portrait painter. I have been a huge fan of his work since I first laid eyes on his work. I have copied a few of his portraits but this is my favorite called Girl in a Red Dress. I have copied it several times. This is one of them. (Sorry for the lousy photo.)
This is a painting I did three summers ago. This bullfrog lives in my little fish pond in the back yard!
Just an image I had seen in a magazine some time ago. I wanted to try my hand at painting the ocean and rocks ,etc. Not my best work but I am OK with the learning experience of every painting I do.
I will post more at a later time. I think this gives a fair overview of what I’ve been doing the past couple of years. I really don’t paint with other people’s expectations in mind except when doing commissions and even then I insist on autonomy with regards to style and form.
My kids mostly all inherited my love of art.
My baby girl is over at Birdpress (see blogroll). She is an amazingly talented woman. She not only writes like a dream but she can paint, draw, craft, the whole shebang. She is currently a Pet Stylist (aka Dog Groomer) so she channels a lot of her talent into her first love, animals. They love her , too!
My son Chris is likewise talented. He also is a brilliant writer who says everything with a wonderful self-deprecating humor.( Check him out on my blogroll at Postulates & Pasttimes). His gardens are a thing of beauty, too!
My oldest daughter doesn’t acknlowledge her talents and has never really pursued them but whenever called upon she comes through with amazing talent. Last year she and I signed up to do face-painting at her church fundraiser and she blew me away with her freehand designs. But if you ask her if she is an artist she just laughs!
My oldest son is another full-fledged artist. He can draw anything. He specializes in Fantasy Art and his work makes my shudder it’s so good!
So it’s really cool to see my children stepping into their own individual areas of talent. Each is unique and wonderful and no, I’m not prejudiced!