Silent Partner

Silent Partner was selected for the 2017 Georgia Watercolor Society Members Exhibit

Juror: Jeannie McGuire

About the Process

What's the story?

I took this photo one evening while at one of favorite places, Seagles Bar, in St. Mary’s, Georgia,  We own a 1905 Victorian home there, right across the street, so it is a great place to stumble home from. 
And it has the most awesome people.  This is Bob, the husband of the bartender, Cindy.  Cindy’s famous for her loud, boisterous personality, and Bob works silently in the background, helping her out. 

My Artist Bucket List

Have you ever taken one of those left brain/right brain tests on the internet?  Supposedly, creative and artistic types are right-brain dominant.  But not me.  Every test I take (and I have now taken many) always score me at exactly 50/50.  Wierd, right?  

And even stranger, I am left-handed and paint with my left hand.  But do all of my computer work with my right hand, including Illustrator and PhotoShop. 

My mom just nicely told me, as moms can, that she has always thought I am OCD.  An OCD artist. That explains a lot. Painting is the only time that me right-brain takes over completely, which is why I am addicted to it. It calms me down.

Anyway, as a result of this divisive brain-cleaving, I am a list-maker.   After a short life-hiatus (of 20+ years) I dusted off the fine arts degree, set up a studio in my garage, and . . .yes, made a list.  How do I go about making a career as an artist? 

I had read somewhere that a week-long study with an artist in your field can equal to a year in the studio alone.  Makes sense.  So I researched who I wanted to study with. 

 

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  • After 3 years, and acceptance into 6 consecutive exhibits, I have earned my signature status for the Georgia Watercolor Society.
  • Next up: the Southern Watercolor Society
  • And my ultimate goal: Signature Status in either the NWS or AWS
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High Brow

What's the story?

One of favorite things to do is take photos at parades.  You can capture so many different faces, without people giving you suspicious looks. 

I have no idea who this man in; he was just riding his golf cart around the parade route at the Fourth of July parade in St. Mary’s, Georgia.  But I just adored his eyebrows. 

My title came even before the painting started.  High Brow.   Which made me start thinking about the background.  

In this day and age, the “average white guy” is in a tough spot.  This man’s look, and the wrought-iron gate behind him, made me think of the difference between his small-town existence and the perspective of those that now look down on him.  So I went with it.

I am not really a political or “statement” artist, so I guess I will go back to painting adorable kids and pets.

About the Process