I will have a few of my original Buckeye paintings on display at DiVine Wine tonight, Friday Nov. 3rd in downtown Findlay Ohio. Tonight is the Findlay artwalk and I encourage you to walk the streets of Findlay and enjoy the great art from area artists.
This is a painting of what I considered the greatest Buckeye running backs of the 20th century.
This Friday evening November 3rd is the art walk in downtown Findlay Ohio and I will be set up along with a few other great artists at the DiVine Wine Bar on Main Street starting at 6:00. "3RingsLeft" will be performing live!
I will be displaying my original Buckeye Country Art at this exhibit.
In the early 1980's I completed a pencil illustration of a goldfinch, along with a cardinal and bluebird. I then made a few prints of the pencil illustration and hand colored a few of the prints using acrylic paints. This is the goldfinch which I titled "Morning Gold".
I found this artwork today while sorting through some of my older works.
The artwork is a tale of a young lady who has laid down on a lush carpet of grass to read her favorite stories of spring. As she gets absorbed into the book, the stories she is reading come alive around her.
In addition to the animals of spring I just had to include those delectable morsels of gastronomical delight known as morel mushrooms. This spring was not a very successful year for me as far as quantity of morels gathered, only about 200 but at least I was able to paint those treasured little fellas.
This evening the Freedom Township Men's Club will be hosting the 29th annual Sports Night and the guest speaker will be Jack Morris of Detroit Tiger fame. This is a one of a kind stretched canvas giclee' of a painting that I created this last month.
While wandering in the woods a few years ago I seen an older gentleman wearing a hat with oyster, bolete, pheasant back, sulphur shelf, shaggy mane, honey and hen of the woods mushrooms.There was a chipmunk on his shoulder, a ruffed grouse on the top of his hat and a small owl peeking from inside the tree stump hat. He came running up to me and held in his hands a beautiful group of morel mushrooms. He said that I could have the morels if I respected the forested land and treated it with kindness. As soon as I said yes, he smiled, told me to have fun and quickly disappeared leaving me holding the handful of morels.
To this day I love telling my grandchildren the story of the day I met the "Fun Hatter Guy", as in fungi.
I worked at Artex Hobby Products from 1976-1978 and met some fabulous people while employed there. They moved to South Carolina and my wife and I decided to stay here in Ohio as we were just starting our family.
Artex Hobby Products was a company that sold roll-on hobby embroidery paints. They had a great art dept. that created many illustrations that were printed on fabric like the old paint by number products. The buyers would purchase a design that they liked and use the roll-on paints to finish the picture. I worked in the marketing dept. that created the catalogs. flyers and marketing products for the company. On occasion I was able to submit sketches and ideas to the art dept. for possible inclusion in the Artex seasonal catalogs.
This was my first art related employment and I included this album to give the viewer an idea of where I started.