Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Latest Art Projects...

(the above painting is on display at Sage Restaurant in Monroe, LA)

Life gets so busy with little kids and trying to keep all of our plates spinning. It has been awhile since I updated my art blog so I thought I'd do that while I had a chance. My mom and I drove up to Ark for my cousins wedding and I got a few uninterrupted minutes.
This is a pic from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Ark.
  I "do" art all the time-daily, weekly. But a lot of the time, it's drawings for our clothing line,Mr P's Tees. (or little logo paintings for our retailers)
My extra time to do commissions or create art for myself for pleasure is very limited. Since Jan, I have had time to fit in a few things for people. The first, was a sign for the great folks at River and Rail Cantina (www.riverandrailcantina.com) Always like working with Merion Sanderson and her husband Matt. As many of you know, you can't be the view and atmosphere of this place.
  They needed a new outdoor sign and wanted to cool with different textures but also to last in our weather. They got me a piece of sheet metal to paint their logo on. I first cleaned it with alcohol,
and then rubbed it with a sander to roughen it up a little so the paint would stick.
Special exterior DTM paint was then applied for the logo.
It was tough laying this out to fit the space. Then, to further protect it, I was told to get this really strong car paint sealer from Dupont Car Center.
A spray gun was borrowed from my neighbor Roye Leshe (thanks again!)
and I went to spraying. (I don't think my protective covering would be OSHA approved...). It was STRONG!!! yes- that is one of my kids baby blankets....
 After this, they mounted it on some corrugated tin.
This initially was going to be the final product,
 but it needed some spice~ some fun~ some POP!! So, we added a big cut out lizard

and jazzed up the frame so it would "pop" against the brick. Voila~
  Funny, about the same time, I was asked by Ashley and Friday Ellis to paint some lettering for their new business Governors Cigar & Pipe (www.governorscigar.com). It's over there in Monroe beside Trios.
(before the sign was up)
They brought me this huge wooden board with all of these cool metal letters they had made.
My job was easy, just adding a white line,
the wording and a small fleur de lis. The sign was then hung.
I wish them the best of luck. Great family and love anything local.
  I also created a large painting for The Gates Family that was inspired by Act 1:8 and their mission trips around the world. Love love love them and was lucky enough to travel with them to Wales a few years ago. This painting went through a few different turns before we landed on the right look for them and for their home.
(quick video of the process of this painting)
The biblical verse is subtle and reads just enough but not so much that it takes over on the piece of work.
Def a great conversation piece. ;). I'll never forget dropping it off and the excite we had when we killed a big snake in their back yard. It was a Big ACTS painting and a Big ASS snake!!

  The next commission was for The Bishops in Monroe.
They had a huge wall opposite their kitchen that was screaming for a big painting. We decided on a large square piece that was 5' x 5'. I worked hard to work with her existing color scheme and also have a painting that showed my style. Lots of charcoal mixed in under the different layers of oil paint. Titled "The Calm Before the Storm ".
I really enjoyed my visits with Mrs Dixie and Mr Bing while creating this for them.
   A drawing was also created for my friend Amy Kiefenheim. Her dad was retiring from teaching and coaching at WMHS and she wanted something special for all his friends and former students to sign.She brought me a few of his state championship rings for inspiration
  And a couple of funny mixed media Armadillo paintings were created for the Masur Museum Off the Wall Party/ Fundraiser.
They make me smile! 
 Love these quotes I see on Pinterest.....
Amen to that!

Thanks for reading~

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