I was honoured to be accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 2019 Best of America Show hosted by Montgomery Lee Fine Art in Park City Utah. 125 artists were accepted into the show. I was even more honoured and delighted to later find out that my painting ‘Red Pipe Wrench’ was awarded ‘Best Technique and Handling’ Congratulations to all the other accepted artists and award winners. Check out all the great art at www.noaps.org
When I was young I would spend hours looking through the ‘Le Baron’ catalogue that I picked up at the Sportsman Show. I would study all the fishing lures and tackle trying to decide what belonged in my collection. When I got to visit a store where fishing gear was sold I would be in awe. All the racks of colourful lures and equipment would be on display like sparkling jewelry. After selecting what ever I could afford at the time, I would go home and organize my tackle box, while at the same time anticipating and dreaming of the next trip out on the water. When I finally got out there, usually at the crack of dawn, it was time to select the right lure and cast it across the still water in hopes that that bass lurking under the surface would see it as ‘Fish Candy’ and go for it.
I am very pleased and honoured to have received an award from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society for my painting, ‘The Last Glass’. Congratulations to all the other artists who were recognized and chosen to participate in the NOAPS Spring Online International Exhibition. Visit www.noaps.org and check out all the amazing art.
My grandfather was able to fix almost anything. Sitting down usually, and smoking his pipe, he would calmly tinker at his repair projects in the driveway or at the kitchen table. When he needed a tool or a part he would provide me with pin point directions and send me off to his garage to retrieve whatever he needed. Eager to help, I would have to navigate past disassembled engines, a boat, tires, tool boxes and various other obstacles in order to make my way to the work bench. Amongst the cornucopia of tools and hardware cluttering every square inch of horizontal surface I would have to find, for instance, a 7/16” spanner. It would usually take me two or three trips, each time obtaining a more detailed description of the tool and it’s location, before I was successful at locating it.
At times I stood lost in that dimly lit garage and would say to myself, “Why couldn’t he just ask me for the Red Pipe Wrench?”
When you slice open a lime there is usually something good that is going to follow. It could be a garnish to enhance a cocktail or a cool drink, an ingredient for a marinade, or a great addition to a salad or vegetable dish. Limes smell good, taste good and look great. Just a ‘happy fruit!
I included the Japanese Sandoku knife in this painting because of it’s broad blade design within a short length, which worked out perfectly to capture the reflection of the limes.