Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What a boost!

Just when you need a boost someone comes along and makes your day.  I got this email yesterday from the gal who bought Ferdinand at the CenterFest show in Durham last year.  So fun and kind!  She said I could share it…Here's what she wrote:

Hi Sal!

I recently finished doing a housing swap with a woman from New Mexico. 

After her week stay at my house checking out Durham, I thought you would find it fun to know that she left a "thank you" note behind and commented on how much she LOVED my bull artwork.

I had a conversation with her on the phone today just seeing how the exchange went and she mentioned the bull again.  She said she absolutely LOVED the artwork and I should include that in my listing describing my home for future exchangers and people who might be fans of art.  She said she loved how much his face was kind and inviting and not an angry bull.  His eyes were intriguing and the colors were so vibrant and beautiful.  Yep, that's what she said!!!! 

Just wanted to share.  Often when you come in and out of a room daily, things start to become commonplace and your eyes become accustomed to seeing the same things.  She reminded me just how much I fell in love with Ferdinand and renewed my appreciation for such an amazing piece of art THAT I OWN!!!!!!

Ferdinand at home.

I'm looking forward to doing the show again  - its September 20 - 21 in downtown Durham.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sad time...

I'm going through a sad time right now.  Too personal to post... So I tried to get back into a painting regimen today to help take my mind off things, but of course ..the paint knew better...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Soul of a Woman"

Just finished up a painting to enter in the "Soul of a Woman" show in Morehead City.  I decided to paint a portrait of Maya Angelou.  She was from North Carolina and has written many soulful things… I first wrote out the poem "I know why the caged bird sings" - the lines of the poem can be read here.  I followed the contours of her face with the words… then I painted the portrait over the words...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back home and back to work!

After just over a month in the NC mountains to escape storms and heat, I'm finally back home and back in the studio.  Have a couple commissions to finish up and also hope to get a painting entered in the "Soul of a Woman" show, so its busy!  good busy!  I'll post paintings as I progress...

I do take time each day to go out and throw the cast net to see what's in the river.  We've had a lot of rain this July, the river is very tannic brown right now.  No shrimp now but a cast of the net brings up dozens of small shad!  Very interesting.  I kinda feel like I'm taking the pulse of the river each day to see what's going on.