Thursday, November 28, 2013

Imagine there's a person who you do absolutely everything in the world for. I mean ... everything. If they need help with bills, food, clothes, etc., you're that guy they turn to; but in the end, they use every excuse in the world not to be with you. At what point do you finally turn and walk away? This individual who may think there's some good in you, only has you around to use you, nothing more.

Somebody once said, "There comes a point when you have to realize that you'll never be good enough for some people. The question is, is that your problem, or theirs?"

This statement is something that, as an artist, I've come to realize in both my personal and professional life. If I were to jump through hoops to devote my time, energy, and emotions to someone who, no matter what, refuses to accept me into their life, is it my problem or theirs? For me to find the answers, I have to do a real, thorough, unbiased self eval. I have to stare at myself in the mirror and wonder if what I'm doing is the right thing for me.

I only bring this up because of a recent professional incident with my art. Every artist ... I repeat, EVERY artist desires acceptance. It's why we create. It's why we do what we do. We put a drawing, painting, or digital art piece on canvas for a reason - we want people to like/enjoy it. Art is a struggle. It's almost a cutthroat business, and unless the passion to create is there, it's a hobby ... nothing more.

Very recently, I did some work for a clothing company out of Texas. I helped structure their logo, clothing designs, etc. The concept was to do the work and as the business took off, more work and employment opportunities would come my way. For the record, I absolutely LOVE freelance work. It's a great way to turn a fast buck and add to your portfolio. But every so often, an individual comes along and will use you to their advantage. This generally happens early in an artist's career, but less and less as he or she progresses. None of the work I did was ever good enough for their production, and yet, I kept getting asked for more work, only to be told that it was rejected. I found out not too long ago that the work I'd completed was being turned over to another designer on their staff who would change enough of the image to make it different specifically for their brand. I realize now that nothing I will ever do for that company will be good enough. The question remains - is that my problem or theirs?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Great Smokey Mountains

This was the view from my hotel room. The sun was just peeking over the mountains, casting a beam of light that was just too beautiful not to capture. This oil painting is 16x20.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Great Smokey Mountains in progress

Almost there. The fog and sun was shining over the mountains. The fall colors were just brilliant.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Great Smokey Mountains

Charcoal sketch of the Great Smokey Mountains.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Later on this week, I will be posting maybe an image or two of some of the drawings or paintings I did in Gatlinsburg at the Great Smokey Mountains. It was such a pleasant, almost intoxicating feeling to be in that environment, away from ... well ... life.

After I post the paintings, much of my artwork will seem to shift in nature. This is something I've been struggling/wrestling with for so long. Just this week, I've gotten maybe 20-30 emails asking when I'm going to be posting more oil portraits. The answer to that is simply - I don't know. I've kind of strayed from oil portraits, and have moved into the more creative realm of painting. So very soon, maybe around the end of the year, this will be shown in my artwork. My realistic portraits and landscapes - though I'll continue to do them - will take a back seat to some of the newer work that I've been inspired to create.

I hope you enjoy ... I sure have.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Great Smokey Mountains II

This ... was ... heaven ...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Great Smokey Mountains, Gatlinsburg, TN

Imagine waking up to this in the morning. You're in the very top floor of the hotel and your room overlooks the Great Smokey Mountains ... the sun is just beginning to rise, and the fog begins to roll in over the mountains. This place is very nice. And I shall post some more photos either tomorrow, or Saturday. I was given the opportunity to head up into the mountains and do some amazing artwork. Most of it was charcoal sketches and pastel, but there were also some nice oil paintings of the mountains that I completed as well.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Annual Christmas Cards - 2013

Well, here we are again, another year has gone by, and we're offering our limited edition Christmas Cards. The card is based off of a painting I did earlier this year. Each year, I begin a painting in January, and by June/July, the painting is generally finished. The painting is then scanned and put on cards. There are only 100 cards this year.

Most of the time when I do a Christmas Card, it can be opened and either photos can be placed inside, or written on. This year, I decided to do something slightly different. This is a post-card style card, meaning that it does not open and close. So on the back of what you see above, with the exception of my logo, it is completely blank. The cards do come with an envelope and can either be ordered with a personalized greeting, or left blank. The personalized greeting will be hand-lettered in calligraphy at no additional charge.

Because these are not traditional, and are the post card-style cards, instead of $3, the cards are $2. If you order a set of 6, the price will be $10 for the 6 cards. Payment can be made via paypal or check.
Go ahead and place your order today!!

If anyone is interested in purchasing some of the cards from last year, there are a few remaining. Below is the image from last year's cards. The cost for those is $4.

Fireweed Forest

See what I mean? I should've stopped on the second painting. I just had to keep going. This is one of those paintings where I wish I didn't have to look at every day, but then again, maybe I'm being way too critical. Those beautiful mountains off in the distance that I really, really love ... you can barely see them now.
Anyway, the painting is 18x24, oil, and will be framed in six months, once it is varnished.
Email for purchasing information.

Monday, November 4, 2013

In Progress Painting - Fireweed Forest

This is a perfect example of a good painting gone bad. I absolutely love mountains. My time in Alaska, Tennessee, Washington State, I loved the mountains. This painting should've stopped right here ... but noooo ... not me. There's an old saying we used to have in the Army, "If it's not broke, fix it till it is." This painting ... this painting is a perfect example of that, which you will see in the upcoming days. Again, I should've stopped here, but I didn't.

Sunday, November 3, 2013