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A small Coastal town called Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
Hi, my name is Ronnie. I am an American Contemporary Folk Artist. I conjure up images, then paint them on canvas. This makes me happy. Nice to meet you.

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Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings. - George Tooker

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Painting in stages! First of a Series I'm working on.

This is the first of a series of painting I have in the works. This is my working sketch done on tracing paper. Later, I transferred my drawing to a 18"x 24" base coated canvas.
Here's the basecoat! Using Golden acrylics, Chrom Oxide Green. The big head in the chair is a hint of things to come. Yes, that is Sandy Mastroni's clock hanging under the Big Biddy. Click on the clock and it will take you to her very cool stuff.
Here, I've transferred my drawing and painted a few letters...Toronto, maybe?
Nope, TOMATO! More letters and a basecoat for my tomatoes...
More basecoats for hat, shirt and face....
A lot of work done at this point. Hat and tomatoes are complete and THERE'S THAT FACE! A bit more lettering and stripes to do and...
I added a tad of age and rust for that old tin sign look and it's finished!!! Still on the easel. This is my clearest photo, so click the picture for the Zoom look.
Dang! I forgot to sign it! Just couldn't wait to hang it up and get it on the blog for you to see.
I have several more ideas percolating for this series, which are due to fall out of the brain later this week. So, stay tuned for more!!
Have a good day, everybody.


aliceinparis said...

It is great! What a lot of work! Love the rust/aging effect.I have no idea how to transfer a sketch from tracing paper onto a canvas. It sure would make things easier.
Cheers, Shelagh

Ronnie said...

I am honored that you asked this question, oh Queen Artist of the North.
When I'm happy with my design, I make my final drawings on tracing paper. You can get tracing paper up to 18x24. Then I turn the paper over and on the backside I redraw the design in either chalk or white pencil or sometimes just big stubby graphite pencil (depending on what will show up on the background color I've chosen.
Then you can easily center/place your design (because it's transparent) on the canvas. Tape it securely and then redraw again over your original lines using a stylus or old ballpoint. Like magic your design is transferred!

Renee said...

Ronnie it is fantastic and I love is little face. Great job.

Love Renee

Ms Dragonfly said...

ryc: wow! what a shocking thing to say! i am flattered. thank you so much. that would be awesome if me being here, sharing my life, being open and honest really touched people some how and bring positive vids in thier lives! thanks again!

btw, how did you find me, just curiouse :D i would love to have more supportive people like you in my net life :)

Anonymous said...

love this artwork, the way you captured the child in an old folksy piece. thanks for stopping by my blog. love your work too!! LG

PJ's talking2.... said...

I love this painting! He is so sweet. I'm hooked on the steps of seeing how other artists work. I shall be back... skinner... ~PJ

Sam I Am said...

Hi Ronnie!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :) :) :)

Your painting is AMAZING!!!! WOWZERS!! You are AWESOME Girl!!! :)
Can't wait to keep checking back in to see what other goodies you are creating!

PJ's talking2.... said...

Oh, thank you for having a link to Cedric's art. I saw his at Folk Fest several years ago. Got to look at more of your's. ~PJ

Michelle said...

Hi Ronnie,

Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog. I love this piece, its amazing. I have a brother in Woodstock, GA that I visit quite a bit. Love GA!


windlewood said...

Happy to meet you, Ronnie! and your blog is fantastic! I LOVE all your color! I will also be back! I'll add you to my links so I can find you easier1
PS...I'm jealous! Georgia...we are about to get sub zero...yuk!


Ronnie, your paintings are so AWESOME!
How did you develope this style?

Ronnie said...

Junk J,
Lots of screwing around with paints. The whole self taught story. My style changes on a dime.
The last couple I've done are inspired by old signs. Look at artists Rodney White (Atlanta) and Cedric Smith (Savannah). This tomato boy was an experiment that worked out okay.
Cedric does old vintage photos of black people on his. He was my inspiration. Check out his very interesting blog on my link list.

Ronnie said...

Thanks for the feedback you guys. Really really nice!

Anonymous said...

This is outstanding, love it, your a star!

Benedetta said...

Wow! Ronnie, you are so talented!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comments.

vintagepaletteart said...

WOW!!! I love your painting and the rusty tin sign style!

The toga party was just too much fun! What a fun family you have! =o)

=o) *Lori

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Ronnie, you amaze me! And I love seeing your work come to life with posts like this!

Sandy Mastroni said...

I love tomato boy !
It's a great sign , a really GOOD painting !!!!
and thank you Ronnie , it's fun to see where you put the clock!

JaxPop said...

Whoa!!! I stopped by to tease about my lack of understanding with Southern foods & see THIS! You might think about exhibiting some of your work in my haunted hometown. It's like a painter's paradise. Lots of galleries - not house painters.

Now picture my standing ovation (with a pot of boiled peanuts in the background). GREAT WORK. What a talent. DE

Ronnie said...

Awwwhh, thank you Dave (Jaxpop). I can see you! I can see you!
I'm in one gallery here, but I gotta get out more. You're right.
I am anxiously awaiting your book! Come on mail lady!

Buskitten said...

Ronette! Hello!
My laptop blew up, so I've been fumbling around in Fluffville. Wowsers! You are totally amazing! Tomato Boy is absolutely brilliant; what a stunning painting! I can't paint for the life of me, and I loved seeing all the stages this painting went through. More, more, more!

JaxPop said...

Hey Ronnie - I showed Deb you're painting - she freaked out, thought it was awesome (she loves to tour the galleries down here)
Check out my friend Russ Kramer's paintings - all nautical - you Coast Guard types might like them. Visit


Ronnie said...

Will do, Dave. Thanks for the tip.
Tell Deb HI!

Julie Beck said...

i love love love this series