Monday, October 30, 2017

A Quick Detour

North Stonington Farm /10x10

At a Paradise City show in Northampton, MA, I met a couple - Steve and Brenda Jones - who love my paintings.

We got to talking, and they told me about one of Steve's dreams, to start an art workshop for veterans and their family. A year later, he'd done it.

The name of the project is the Warriors Art Room, and you can find it by clicking here.

I told him that if I could manage to be in the area on the day that the group met, I'd be happy to make a painting for them, and demonstrate how to use palette knives.

I was traveling with a painting that I needed to deliver to Rhode Island. I knew I could deliver it on the way home, and then I realized that if I detoured on the right day, I could visit the Warriors Art Room and give my demo.

So I called Steve and Brenda on Wednesday, and said I could be there on Thursday, and off I went. (You'll find more on the event below).

I delivered the painting to Rhode Island, and on my way back north, pulled over to paint the above scene, which I'd seen and wanted to paint more times than I can count. It's on Route 2 between Pawcatuck and the casino.

Warriors Art Room

Above, me about to begin the demo for the Warriors Art Room group. Below, me with Steve Jones, who started the group, found space for it, and has loaded it with supplies. To reach the Warriors Art Room web page, please click here.  To reach the group's Facebook page, please click here. 

Above, members of the group made their own palette-knife paintings after I was done with my demo. Below, hay bales painted by Steve and Brenda's daughter, a senior in high school.  

Above, two art room members show their completed palette knife paintings. The woman is either Steve's mom, or Steve's mom's twin sister. Even Steve gets them confused! 

Above, she comes from Troy, NY, to Westfield, MA, every week to paint. Below, he made a beautiful exciting abstract painting. And he's a Red Sox fan, too! 

Dog of the Day
It's Fred, who lives with Steve and Brenda and family. Fred is a character, indeed. 

A Final Thought

"I loved autumn, the one season of the year
God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.."

  • - Lee Maynard

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