Looking back through some old slides recently, I found this: An image of the first painting I ever sold! I painted this back when I was in high school. Probably 1975-1976ish. The couple that lived across the street bought it and I was very proud, but sad to lose a good painting. I remember our neighbor coming out to look at it when I was out in the front yard taking a picture of it. He immediately went back to get his wife, and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! I know they were just trying to make me feel good and support my efforts as a young artist just starting out. I forget their names and I’m pretty sure they are both gone now, but I’ll never forget that moment. It’s a memory I’ll always cherish. And I’ll never forget the couple across the street who actually gave me money for my art. Again, I don’t recall their names, but this post is my tribute to their memory.
I have recently started to teach art and craft workshops at the Bravo School of Art here in San Diego. I teach beginning printmaking, paper maché bowls and soda pop earrings. Here are some (hopefully) satisfied students from my printmaking workshop and their work. I am constantly amazed at the quality of work turned out by people who have never made prints before. I must be a good teacher! OK, not all these students were first time printmakers, but some of them were. It’s a very fulfilling experience to see students pull their first ever print off the press. The look of pride and amazement in the faces never gets old. To sign up for any of my workshops, go to the Bravo School website. Just click the link in the menu bar above.
This is Mak! He is a Toy Australian Shepherd that belongs to my niece, Shannah. Cutest dog picture ever? Enjoy!
I love to drink iced tea with lemonade. Some call it an “Arnold Palmer”. Yesterday, I tried a little experiment. I used “Jack Nicklaus” brand lemonade to mix with my iced tea. It was horrible! I guess two great golfers don’t make a great cool drink together. The lemonade just wasn’t very good! All fancy-like with ginseng and honey. Sorry Jack, You were one of the greatest golfers of all time, but I won’t be buying your lemonade again. The printing on the can wasn’t even good enough for me to use on a pair of earrings!