Sometimes it rains…I’m cool with that

 

 

Painting with this jazzy Morphine groove. listening to the rain on the roof…aaahhhh

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Café Table in progress

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New Stuff… The natural progression of things

It’s been a productive week, and a lot of things are falling into place. I like it so much better when you get to the point of happening to stuff, rather than it always happening to you. haha.

Not to mention all the BIG things on the horizon with myself , and the Artist Co-op. My friends from Fargo Strut are working on the next album and working hard to get the music out there. Love what’s happening in that camp!!  BTW, We got the new band shirts in and they ROCK! Go up to the menu and hit the contact button if you’d like to rock one yourself.

This Celtic influenced design, with the Battle Axe and Dragon, pays homage to the band leaders roots. As the band name pays homage to his childhood roots and a love of  Memphis wrestling legend Jackie Fargo doing the Fargo Strut.

I’m going to take you back on this one, with Take Ride. This video was the first live show that “Fargo Strut” played… hosted by yours truly @ FultzFest.   Still finding themselves, this three piece version of the band features Chad Grant on bass, who happens to now be killing it with Killing Grace. Since then Tony Emerton (bass) and Mike Porter (guitar) have joined Jeffery Turner (lead guitar) and the man behind the band Billy Atkisson on drums, vocals and visions! Still love this song and thanks for letting me ride along!

And the flyer from that event…

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The SOAC Mural Art…Start to Finish

 

10 Artists, 11 Days, 1 Incredible Work of Art!!

Wow!! What an incredible adventure this turned out to be, for the Outdoor Adventure Center and the town of Smyrna, AND our growing artist group, the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.

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When Co-op member, Susan Gulley ( Carpe Café/ Carpe Artista ) initially presented this opportunity to the group in one of our monthly meetings, I honestly had some reservations on how a group mural may turn out. Although we have a lot of talent within the membership. Obviously we are all completely different styles of artist.. I for one am proud of how this team pulled together and accomplished the mission at hand with a depth and cohesion that appears as if it had been done for the most part solo.

The Place

The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 100 Sam Ridley Pky E. Within the remodeled Smyrna Event Center.

 

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Opening in the spring of 2017

 

The Artists

From left to right: Phyllis Razzo, Leah Boorse, David Fultz, Jimbo Eanes,  Charles Cole, Suzanne  LeBeau,  Susan Gulley , Larissa Reed , Anna Creel, Gracie Jay Vanlangen

 

 

The Art In Progress

Day 1

It began on Saturday morning at 9am. The 17th of Feb. Working from Phyllis Razzo’s initial watercolor sketch that she composed from a handful of hiking photos and google animals. The idea was to do a woods and water theme which included Tennessee state specific animals, flowers and trees. An education room as it is, the mural would be used as a teaching aid.

 

As Phyllis and I began sketching out the shape of the water and the general placement of things. Larissa jumped into the sky color while Susan planted a large corner tree.

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The day continued with Charles giving a basecoat to the dirt and deciding where some rocks would live. While Leah and her daughter Rocksea began shading the water, Larissa continues the sky.

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End of Day 1

Day 2

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It was an incredible experience for me to watch everyone attack different areas, and how quickly this scene started to look like something. So much vision and understanding in what they see.

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Day 3 and 4

Unfortunately for me I missed out on the fun due to work . But was amazed to see how many things had “grown” while I was away As Phyllis, Susan, Leah, Suzzanne and Larissa kept painting away.

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Day 5

By day 5 we had enough of a foundation for the animals to begin showing up.

13 year old Anna Creel brought a nice raccoon to the scene. One of Larissa’s art students, this child gets it!! I saw her artwork in the first Smyrna Art Crawl  last year and I could not believe the drawing ability of a 12 year old. I’m glad we had the chance to include her on this project and hope it encourages her towards bigger things in her future art career.

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Suzanne paints as I search for the right shade of SmallMouth Bass color

 

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Day 6

Progress continues and it’s really coming together quite beautifully

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At this stage, the background trees have a nice shape and shadow. Larissa has the depth of our forest coming together and I’m getting really anxious for that white extinguisher box to disappear. 🙂

The Next 3 Days

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Red tailed Hawk Referenced from the wildlife photos of Bob Timmerman, of Wizardpix Photography fame. Big Thank you to Bob for all the inspiring work! We could fill the wall with your birds and animal photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ahhh, Much better 🙂 What a difference it made to the entire scene when ( former Artist Cooperative President ) Jimbo Eanes came in to work his magic and made this unsightly box disappear into the hole in the tree.
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Thanks to another one of Larissa’s art students… 16 year old Gracie brought us a nice coyote to sit near my rattlesnake. I love to see young artist involved!!   And I love the touch added in the distant dark of lightning bugs. This group has thought of everything.!

One thing that amazed me with this group, which turned out to be 10 in all. Was the ability to work together cohesively like we had done it before. Though we started with a sketch and a general direction. Several beautifully creative minds and a lot of “what if we did this?”‘s later it just all came together. It isn’t always easy to do that with artists and their singular visions, Where I may be weak they picked up and vice versa . I could start an animal and come back to it finished , and it worked! A very enriching process to say the least!

Wrapping it up

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This could have went on for weeks, refining and adding detail, But at some point you have to call it done. There are over 30, State of Tennessee symbols, flowers, animals, or state specific items included in this educational wall, Including a Saber-tooth tiger fossil, and representations of thousands year old Native American artifacts found here by a collector friend of mine.  I think collectively as artists , we are all very pleased with the end result. Something bigger than any of us individually. Not only did we succeed in giving the town of Smyrna exactly what they asked for, I believe, together, we exceeded expectations. The best part of this journey for me though is that I think we all became a little more of an art family through this process. We laughed together, and shared some music. (Sorry if you didn’t like it, lol)  Scratched our heads and wondered together , We were inspired together . As Vice President of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, THAT was worth the trip!

 

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Included in our signature rock is a Cherokee pictograph , the symbol for “WE” as arrowhead artifacts lie near the waters edge. The hand print (painted in purple for Smyrna) reminiscent of the painted war ponies, signifies Success. Mission Accomplished!!

Well Done Team! I cant say enough about each and every one who came together to make this happen in 254 combined man hours. May the children of Smyrna enjoy it for years to come!

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The Smyrna Artist Cooperative meets monthly to promote art and opportunities for artists. Feel free to contact me for more details!

 

 

10 Artists,11 Days…1 incredible work of Art

On Feb 17 2017 Our local art group joined forces to do a mural for the soon to open Outdoor Adventure Center in Smyrna Tn…Start to finish story coming soon…

 

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Day 1, the basic placement of things to come

 

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Suzanne helping to bring it all together

 

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13 year old Anna dropped in to add some nice touches

 

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More from day 1.. Phyllis , Leah , and Larissa making it happen

 

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Almost done

Stay tuned for the final photos and artist spotlights from the Smyrna Artist Cooperative

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I bought a Boorse!!

All of my life I’ve been inspired by skilled craftsmen in the arts. People who have dedicated their blood sweat and tears to developing the gifts they have been given, and living out their passion to create. Through that love of art and inspiration, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some incredible people as well as damn fine artists through a little group called the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.(group project post, coming soon) 🙂  That is where I had the “chance” meeting with Leah Boorse and her family.

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That being said, I don’t believe in things happening by chance, We are intended to cross paths with certain people, and who knows in the beginning where those roads lead. But if the mind is open, more often than not, doors open too.  In that same vein, Sometimes things happen that could be called accidents, or mishaps , if you choose to see them as such…  but just maybe the end result is better than where you started….So is the case with this work of art that I recently purchased.

An incredible work of art with a great story behind it. 🙂

 

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18×24 Pencil drawing with acrylic touches

 

I saw this piece when it was finished and really liked it and the skill with which it is drawn…  Kudos to that. But when I saw the direction it took after a painting mishap with Leah’s  daughter working in the studio… I absolutely loved it! The color against the graphite really makes the picture pop. Plus the fact that it is a woman covered in paint after a day in the studio…even sexier 🙂 I had to have it!!

To see more art by this artist and perhaps own some for yourself.. Check out

Leah Boorse at paintingpositiity.com

 

 

Everlong

The last couple of days have been a little rough, and I guess it’s what I get for bragging that I never get sick. It has been at least 15 years since I last had the flu. And I really don’t know why I have been blessed with such a good immunity. I have never taken the flu shot either. Maybe my poor eating habits since moving into this house are finally catching up with me.  What started with a slight cough and sneezing at work on Monday, progressed until I was certain I might die coming home Tuesday night.. I went ahead and requested a vacation day for my next day back ( Friday) just in case.

In bed by 9pm, I didn’t really get up for any real period of time Wednesday. Nor did I Wednesday night.  It wasnt until Thursday morning around 9am before I felt I should , or could, manage a shower and some breakfast. I did manage a little cleaning today and some artwork.

 

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Mascot for “Tennessee Moving Waters” .. Musky Fishing Guide Service

 

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Then mostly just sat around editing photos to make myself look cool …

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