Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beach Girl

7.5"x12" oil on panel
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog. I really enjoyed painting this one. It got me thinking about one of my favorite artists, Edward Potthast, and his wonderful beach scenes.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Veggie Sushi

6"x6" oil on canvas
Another contribution to Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thank You, James!

Yesterday I discovered that my artist buddy in Costa Rica, James Parker, had presented me along with another wonderful artist and outstanding person, Sheila Tajima, a "keepsake" he had created to show his appreciation. I am deeply honored and very appreciative of what he had written about me. Thank you, James, you are a gifted artist and a super person who posses a wonderful sense of humor. I always get a big smile or a good laugh whenever I read your blog - thank you for that. I wish I could present the keepsake to you, you are very deserving of it.
Here is the poem James wrote to accompany the keepsake
I had some folks come visit, my humble little blog
And leave a thoughtful comment, 'bout the painting I had
I don't know how to tell them, or even where to start,
Of the wondrous gift they gave me, bringing joy to my heart
Some days are dark and lonely...I feel that life's a bore
But those simple words of kindness, have brought sunshine
to my door.
As a recipient I need to pass this keepsake on to two other bloggers (a very difficult task).
This gives me a great opportunity to return a very kind gesture that Dean gave me when he presented me with an Art Blog Award. Dean is not only a wonderful artist who is constantly striving express who he is in his art, but he is also a kind and spiritual man who really appreciates and derives joy from the the simple things that life has to offer. I hope to meet him one day.
This is a man on a mission - constantly sketching in his sketchbooks anyplace at anytime. Now THAT'S dedication and a real love of the process of creating art. Something I greatly admire about the man. But not only is he a wonderful and prolific artist, he is a deeply spiritual and very loving family man who absolutely adores his little boy, Josh - you can plainly see by just looking at his sensitive portraits of his little man. He allows himself to be open to the world and to take in all it has to offer. He is another person I would very much like to meet one day.