Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your loved ones and friends love the art and/or jewelry you bought as gifts. Knowing that something I have created brings a little pleasure or happiness to other people is a very special gift to me too. Thank you for all your support and purchases. Have a wonderful holiday season with lots of fun and happiness!
I have photographed the barn behind T.F. Rice & Company many, many times and finally got it right.
Prints of this Paris Landing landmark (without the copyright mark) will be available later this week at T.F. Rice & Co. 8" x 10" prints in 11" x 14" white mats will be available for $20.00. 5" x 7" prints on 8" x 10" archival card stock with the title printed beneath the image will be available for $15.00. You can take a closer look at the image here. Contact me or Cindy at T.F. Rice & Co. to reserve your print. Prints can also be ordered from my online gallery in a variety of sizes as fine art paper prints or on canvas or as greeting cards.
I only varnish when I'm as sure as I can be that I am really finished with the painting. Varnish enhances the painting - makes the colors a little brighter and deeper, helps protect it from sun and aging and it makes it easier to dust and keep clean.
These will be going to Merison's and T.F. Rice & Co. next week.
Because September is my favorite month and it's my birthday, I'm having a 30% Off SALEon all my prints, note cards and original art at T.F. Rice & Co. and Merison's. This is for items in-stock only and does not include seasonal art (like for Halloween or Christmas). Sale runs from September 17th through September 30th ... so hurry!
T.F. Rice & Co. is on the lake highway out in my neighborhood at Paris Landing, Tennessee.
11620 Hwy 79 North
Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TFRiceCo
It's not finished yet. It needs more contrast and maybe some yellow at the top. And then of course, I'll need a title for it. This is on a 10" x 30" gallery wrapped canvas, which means you don't have to frame it - woo hoo!
It's September! One of my favorite months because I know before the month is over, it will start to look like Fall in my neighborhood.
I took this photo a few years ago over at Sweetvalley. I love all the Fall colors in it, the leaves scattered across the road ... and the curve in the road that makes me want to see what's around that corner.
One of the things I really like about helping people paint (sometimes I hesitate to use the word "teach") is when they tell me ...
how much fun they had
and how much they learned
and that they want to paint some more.
That's the way it went today. We only had one student for our Saturday morning class. It's Saturday of the Labor Day weekend and most folks around here are out playing in Kentucky Lake. But Debra Zemanek came to paint a sunflower - so it was just the two of us. She told me what colors she wanted in her painting and kind of how she wanted it to look and then .... she told me she had never painted anything, ever before. Nothing. Zero. Nil.
Debra Zemanek with her first ever painting.
I love this sunflower that I helped her paint. No, it's not a Rembrandt, but I love the whimsical, loose style of it and her color choices. And for her first ever painting, I think it's fabulous! But what I really, personally like is that before she left she told me ...
I never dreamed that someday I would be teaching people how to paint. I never dreamed I would teach people how to do anything. Teaching just isn't in my DNA. But apparently I can teach them a little about painting and a lot about having fun at it and experimenting.
And this makes me happy and apparently it makes them happy too - as you can tell from the above photo.
Partnering with Cindy Rice at T.F. Rice & Co. to have 2 hour painting on canvas sessions has turned out to be a challenging and fun creative outlet for me. You may have seen these classes in larger cities. If you haven't, just Google "canvas painting classes." They are everywhere because they really are fun. In these classes the students actually finish a painting on canvas by the end of the 2 hours. We use wrap-around or gallery styled canvases where the painting goes around the sides, so no frame is necessary. It's ready to hang. Cindy provides the space and all the tools and supplies for the classes. I provide the ideas, instructions, how-to's, and get to inspire people to be creative. I get to have all the fun!
Sometimes the finished art all looks pretty much the same from a distance, but if you get in close -
You can see the difference in each painting.
We all had a lot of fun making fluffy white clouds in "Bridgeview."
And on other times - no two paintings look alike. This class was "Still Life on a Black Canvas."
It was all about painting on a black canvas.
Lot's of fun and very individual.
You can find out more about our creative and fun painting classes by clicking on the button
Just a few new items for our painting classes at T.F.Rice & Co. I'll be posting some more in the next week so be sure to check back. To see all the painting classes I offer, please just click on "painting classes" at the top of this page. To schedule a class just contact Cindy Rice at T.F. Rice & Co.
Still Life On Black
We start out by painting our canvas black. Something different and unique.
The weekend after the July 4th weekend has always seemed to me as the time that summer really sets in. Around here it usually gets really hot and sometimes pretty humid. The days are kind of lazy and long. A great time to sit back and enjoy the scenery of life.
In the works in my dining room studio. I gave up a long time ago on having a formal dining room and just turned it into my studio. Unfortunately, folks who don't know me and come to my front door hardly ever get to see my finished art. Instead, they see things like this.
And I know they must wonder about me.
Backing up doesn't help. You just see more stuff "in the works."
Sometimes I hang unfinished work on the wall - to study it and decide what to do next. I forget it's hanging there until I catch a visitor looking at it and wondering if I'm crazy.
This morning it's really deep in here and I need to stop and dig my way out.
Every now and then it looks a little neater.
I have to stop and clean out a spot to take a photo.
Of course this is just the table top where I work. You did notice that I didn't show the rest of my "studio" didn't you?
If you haven't checked out my painting classes and the craft classes at T.F. Rice & Co. - you are really missing out on a lot of fun. The "Margarita" class was a great success.
Last Thursday we played in the "Craft Room" and painted on canvas to make banners.
Kathi made a banner with paint and buttons.
Sharon (a.k.a. Superwoman) mistook the banner as her cape.
Susan painting dragonflies.
The finished "Dragonfly" banner.
Come Play With Us Every Other Thursday.
Next Play Date- Thursday, June 20th.
Our last paint "Paris" class was a major success. Everyone chose these panaromic canvases that are 8" x 24" and got REAL creative in their lettering. I love that each canvas came out different. Lot's of folks are afraid to do artwork with lettering but you would be surprised at how easy (and fun) this project is. Click on "Painting Classes" at the top of the page for our other classes.
I have some new things at Merison's that I wanted to share with you.
There are all about Paris, Tennessee.
I've taken some of my most popular (and personal favorites) from my "Windows On The Square" series and created a 16" x 20" collage. It is printed on archival paper with a matte finish. Ready to frame, no matting necessary. Just pop it into a standard 16x20 poster frame.
The one above is shown in color with a light sepia overlay but it can also be ordered in black and white or full color as shown below.
An entire alphabet created from photographs taken in Paris and Henry County.
A great conversation piece. You and your friends will have fun guessing where the photos were taken. It is 16" x 20" and ready to frame. It may also be ordered with a
black background as shown below.
And the pièce de résistance ...
"Paris" on 12" x 30" gallery wrapped canvas.
I paint these signs myself in acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas (no frame necessary).
No two are alike. The letters are even different on each one as you can see below.
You can order them in whatever colors you like and they don't have to say "Paris." I can paint your last name or your favorite inspiration word like "dream" or "laugh" - whatever you like.
They come in different sizes: large 10" x 30", medium 8"x24", small 6" x 12".