Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Waiting on the Bull!

Acrylic painting on Canvas

Well, I'm still waiting to have the longhorn delivered. I suppose one of these days I'll find it "grazing" on the front lawn.

I did make good use of my time today. I wrote my newsletter and sent it out to all my subscribers. It took a bit of time to compose but wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Constant Contact has updated it's system so that it's much easier to use now.

I completed Pueblo yesterday. It has a definite southwestern flavor. It reminds me of a woven, indian blanket. It was fun to paint on the heavily textured canvas that I had prepared.
My goal is to paint every day. Sometimes it's hard to make the time but I truly believe that painting is like a muscle that needs to be exercised daily.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

February 2007

I know I promised to post regularly but, as usual, life has gotten in the way. I think I now have things resolved and am able to get myself back into a normal routine.

I recently submitted a design for the Southlake Stampede public art project. Southlake, Texas is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. A "herd" of longhorn replicas have been purchased by the city and local artists have been asked to submit designs. Each of the chosen proposed designs are sponsored by local businesses and the completed longhorns are starting to appear all over the beautiful city. Many of them are currently on display at Southlake Town Square, the lovely upscale centerpiece of the city. Proceeds from the auction of the longhorns will be directed to the public schools in Southlake.

I am proud to announce that my design was chosen by the developers of the new Apex Arts Center. This new center is still in the planning stages but is destined to become one of the finest arts centers in the area.

When I was first asked to come up with an idea for my longhorn, I was a bit reluctant to submit one of my abstract designs because I knew I'd have to tie in a musical and fine art theme into one, unified design. After a lot of thought, I came up with a colorful, free-flowing design that will adorn the longhorn. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a lot different from my usual work. Rather than create the design on the tiny paper pattern that was included in the proposal, I decided to paint a large, full size painting. I'm glad I did too. Once the longhorn is delivered to my garage, I'll have a better reference to use as I paint. I'm expecting to "have a cow" next week. You can be sure that I'll take lots of pictures as I proceed with this unusual project.


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