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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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weekend Art Creation and an Arts Clayton Gallery Visit

Arts Clayton Gallery made a Call For Art! This is Courtney. She's busy hanging art for the upcoming show - Champion Spirit!
I couldn't resist contributing, so I stayed home to create a picture before heading off to Saint Marys.
I grabbed a 24" x 24" gallery wrapped canvas .
Then, spent a few hours planning my design, choosing colors and creating letters/text, putting it all on a big piece of vellum to use as my pattern.
People ask why I make a pattern. Answer: I can recreate the painting so much easier next time.
Two strips of blue tape keep sharp edges between color blocks of burnt umber and yellow.Then randomly brushed on some white and a creamy khaki color. Burnt umber is nearly gone!
A wash of white on the top portion and burnt umber on the lower half. Also glued a small rectangle of fiberboard to the white part for depth. Then, randomly added burnt umber and red blobs. Some scratching with an exacto to give it that old abused look.
Ripped off the tape and added the black! Scraped on some red and white with the palette knife.
Letters are painted on! Also cut a star from heavy watercolor paper, painted and glued it on....
A bit more final fiddling, adding some aging and shading here and there and it's DONE! I had a great time doing this one!
Once the paint dried I threw it in the back of the car and sped off to the gallery.
Karen (here) and Courtney are preparing for the new show opening next week. A lot of new art waiting to be displayed....
A printmaking class next week. I hope I'll be back in time.
Brick walls make art look so much fancier!
Does this couple look familiar?
I could look at this one for hours. Click the pic for amazing details!
Handcarved angels with tin wings by Richard...
Courtney still hanging pictures!
Have a great week, folks.
Spring cleaning awaits!


aliceinparis said...

Fantastic! It looks great against that wall. Will you go to the "opening"? Fun. I love the eclectic nature of that art show.

B said...

Your picture looks amazing hanging up on that wall, maybe the brick makes it pop, but it would look good on any wall I think.

Kaili (Billy and Button) said...

Oh I just love it Ronnie! Looks amazing, and how exciting to have your work in a gallery :D I loved looking at the process again, I really appreciate that part. How did you do the letters?

JaxPop said...

Your work is incredible. I was gonna buy a canvas & paints the other day, just to see what I could do. Think I'll spend my money on cooking lessons instead. I admit it - I'm intimidated.

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Hi Ronnie, your work looks great! I wanted to let you know that you are the winner on my blog giveaway and have won from Susan Faye. I will let Susan know to get in touch with you!

Lauren said...

Hi Ronnie! Love Love Love the painting! Can't wait to see all your work up close and in person at the Hatch Market. Look forward to seeing you!

Sandy Mastroni said...

Your painting looks fantastic !
You do such a great job !!!!!!!!!

Mercy said...

oooh i was just thinking that about the brick wall.
i think the word is authentic? thats an over used one but woot woot pretty art.

Leslie said...

I really like it. Thanks for sharing how you painted it too-good to know for later.

Happy weekend!

Buskitten said...

Wow! You always amaze me with your brilliant paintings, Ronnie! Yeah, the brick wall is very cool, I agree (but your stuff would look fab anywhere!)
It was freezing in Italy! Honestly, I have never been so cold! To take a shower, we had to walk over to the shower block, then the water was only luke-warm and just trickled out! It was sooooo cold!! But we had to laugh - we had to keep going on train rides, just to be out of the cold!

Anne said...

Hi, Ronnie! I adore your piece that you made for this show. It looks like it was meant to hang there against that brick. Totally fabulous! :-)

twolefthands said...

It's wonderful Ronnie, I love the brick wall too! Congratulations on showing your work in a gallery!

Anne said...

Hi, Ronnie! I've nominated you for an award on my blog. Just click through my name to see it! :-)

StudioCherie said...

I made this art, threw it in the car and drove to the gallery. You make it sound virtually effortless. I love it!

Mar said...

you contribution is AWESOME!

i am glad to meet you from anne gaal's blog
but i WILL be back!

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

Lovvve that painting! You are so good it scares me. What a great gallery, you lucky thing! xo PJ

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