Art - Art on the Main
Back history on me and
the artist in me~
I took art my last two years of
high school. I painted two 16x20
paintings and thought I was really
I married, and there was not time
or money to put into painting
things. However later in my life
I started messing with crafts, nothing
really new there since as a teen I did
needle point, embroidery, rug hooking
and macrame. Over the years my crafting
has evolved into trying so many things
but never settling on one. Hence the reason
my craftroom grew from a shelving unit
to a whole and moving into the hall.
But when it came to paints, I owned
acrylic craft paints that I messed with
from time to time for little decorative
One day, I decided to invest in a very basic
set of color pencils....
And I started to draw just to past time.
I gave my mom a couple of those drawings.
Mom then started in on me! haha
Why don't you call around and find
a paint class to take.
"Okay mom, I will".
Never did even after being asked
One day while visiting over at my brothers
home she noticed that down the street a few
doors and across women were going in a house
carrying CANVAS. So knowing my mom this
did not come as a surprise, she be bopped down
there to find out what was going on.
I was then presented with a phone number
of the woman that lived in that house,
she taught painting, oils, at JoAnnes,
and places like Michaels, as well as
during the day at her home. But on Thursday
night she held her one and only
night class at her home.
I was 42.
I bought paints.
And I started a new journey
in my life.
I learned I could paint.
On Thursday nights there were about
10 regular folks, some came and went
others were there every Thursday night.
We had wine, we had treats, we
had friendship and a way to
do something you loved and be out
with others that enjoyed doing what
you were doing.
With all that long intro....
I painted a man named David.
He was an amazing artist.
Since then, since 2004. he has moved
on and with the encouragement
from Shirley, our teacher, he became
a teacher. He sold his car sales
company, rented a building and
opened an art studio for folks to
come and paint.
Yesterday was there yearly
"showing". I went. Not seen David
since him and I had paintings hung
in a gallery together, before 2004.
This years theme, was all about
blooms. Everyone had to have a flower
pic but then they could do anything
else they wanted.
Yep....thinking I will need to make
a paint pallet thingy for my yard like
I was so impressed my the students
work and David as a teacher.
Shirley, who left this world a few
years ago would be so proud of him.
Some of the work I saw.
This next amazing piece was done by
a student at the Artist on the Main
It was painted by Karen Hartley.
Karen painted with David and I
all those years ago. She is amazing.
Is this not so beautiful?
Another great piece by Karen.
And I really love this piece done by her
This beautiful piece below
was done by David.
We used to make fun of the fact
that David enjoyed painting women the
most and he very good at it.
The pic below is a piece of his.
Here are some more amazing
paints from David's teachings.
Upon my visit David encouraged me to
start coming to paint there with his
group. Would love too....being around
people like that would be great again.
But....alas, fixed income, can't go that
price. But something for me to maybe
work on and think about. I could
do day classes being retired or I could
do a night class.
Thanks David for introducing me around
and for throwing each time that I was
a good artist.
Hope that you enjoyed this amazing
place and all the great art work.