2006-12-04 That ain’t no Fiddle

2006-1204 THAT AINT NO FIDDLE 3 desatt“That Ain’t No Fiddle”

I painted this study in oil on paper.  The buttery smoothness of oil paint is unrivaled for skin tones and smooth color transitions.  As much as I love working with oils, the odor of the mediums I like best don’t agree with me.

I’ve always wondered what the difference between a Fiddle and a Violin was. I’ve never gotten a good explanation, so I just figure a violin is for fancy pants city folk, and a fiddle is fer fiddlin’ around.

This Framed 14×18 Original Oil painting on paper is available in my Studio. A limited number of 8×10 prints are available matted to 11×14, with or without a frame, upon request.

1998 The Whittler

1998-WhittlerThe Whittler

On the courthouse square, local old timers often still gather to share the comins and goins of their busy days.  When I approached this man, I asked what he was making.  He looked at the piece of cedar in his hand, looked at his pocket knife, and the pile of chips on the ground, slowly looked up at me, and said … “wood chips”.  We talked for awhile after that, and I learned the difference between a “Whittler” and a “carver”.  A whittler makes “wood chips”..

The original painting and a large print edition are sold out.

1988 – Walking Back from the Garden

1988-Walking Back scannedWalking Back from the Garden

.. is Ernest & Buelah Ponder from Salem Arkansas, and they pretty much represent the perfect traditional Ozark couple. Almost everyone relates to this picture on some level. Many folks see their relatives in these non-distinct figures. It brings back memories of Pie suppers, Church singins, gardening, Family reunions, auctions, and carrying spring water.

It is one of my earliest acrylic paintings. It was at a time when I was mostly using Pencil, Charcoal, and Pen and Ink, and had just began incorporating color into my work. I had played around with copying pen and ink drawings, and then overlaying a little watercolor.  This was one of my first works done without drawing at all, it was done very fluid like a watercolor, on watercolor paper. The entire picture took about half an hour, and I have since sold thousands of prints.

The Original Acrylic 8×10 painting on Watercolor Paper is in my personal collection.  8×10 prints, matted to 11×14 are available with or without a frame.