In 1996 I attended Jefferson State Jr. College, and took a psychology course. As we were discussing Freud teachings, I was distracted and began to sketch Freud. We were discussing the fact the Freud says men think about sex usually 6 times per hour on any given day. I was listening, but sketching at the same time. The teacher/professor approached me from behind and discovered what I had been doing. He was going to send me out of the class for not paying attention, but then he saw this sketch. It now hangs on his classroom wall....13 years later, I think it is still there......
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1966 VW Beetle - pen and ink on art paper. I haven't posted any pen and ink drawings on here....this one is the first. I was only going to use this blog for paintings, but after much thought, it is what I've created. During the 1990's through 2000, I completed and sold over 300 pen and ink drawings, mostly portraits of children or pets. This one is one of the favorites.....
Screaming To The Mountains - 10x12 acrylic on art board and framed. A sensitive subject for me to paint. This painting depicts a mother holding a child and not letting the male in the background be with the child. Obviously, the male in the background will cross mountains and streams, letting nothing keep him from his child...........
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
The first show I will be participating in for 2009 will be the Scottsboro Three Art Club "Art in the Park" show, September 6th in Scottsboro, Alabama. I was in this show last year and actually won a "Merit" award. This is a 1 day only show on Sunday.
The second show I'm participating in is "Arts on the Green" at Ross Bridge Golf Resort in Birmingham, Al. on October 24th & 25th. This is a 2 day show....both Saturday and Sunday. This is the third annual event and I have never shown at this show before. I hope all goes well.
Everybody come out to the shows and support local artists!!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I have found art to be my one true unconditional love. It has been with me through all of my most intimate thoughts, through good times and bad. It has seen my ugly and my sweetness. It gives me peace of mind and brings out the best in me. My art is one thing that never fades. People can come and go....my art stays and remains constant.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Currently I have over 20 canvases of unfinished paintings. Most are about 90% complete. It's the last 10% that frustrates the heck out of me and the hardest part of painting. I can see the finished project in my head, but getting it out takes time and effort. Maybe that is the reason I've been focusing on pottery and glass lately. Making pottery pieces is so much more relaxing and instant gratification. I can complete several pieces in 1 setting. Glass melting/sculpting is much the same. Less tedious, less time consuming. I'm not giving up my painting or even slowing down, I've just discovered more creative outlets. I will be posting pottery photos soon, as I'd like to add them to the TerryDoesArt site.
With the economy in the state it is, I will only do 1 or 2 art shows this year. The 1st will be the Montevallo Art Assoc. show April 18th at Orr Park in Montevallo. Last year I won 2nd place at this show for painting. I will also apply for the Kentuck Art Festival held in October, in Northport, AL. It takes several years to get accepted into the show, and this will be my second attempt. I do not expect to be in the show this year, but my chances increase with each new batch of painting. Another artist told me of the Kentuck Show....."someone has to die and give up their spot before another painter is accepted." I don't want anyone to die, but I dream of having a booth at this show one day.......
Monday, March 23, 2009
Song of Solomon
11x14 Acrylic on stretched canvas
Another in a series of paintings inspired by our church pastor. We did a 2 month long series discussing what the Bible says about relationships, love and sex. This painting was the result of several sketches completed during the examination of the book of Solomon.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
48x36 Acrylic on 1/2 inch press board. Unframed. Another favorite BB King painting using only white paint on a black board. Using a reference photo, I chose to paint only the highlights. I loved the expression in his face and the stance of the photograph....not your typical straight-on photograph.
24x48 acrylic on hardi board. Unframed. I've been a life long fan of both jazz and blues music. In fact, it is what I usually paint to most of the time. I can get lost in hours of blues music and complete a painting from start to finish. This is of course BB King. I used a reference photo and only painted with white paint onto a thin black board, and I chose to paint only the highlights from the photograph. Several more in this series are to follow.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm supposed to write an "Artist Statement" to describe myself as an artist, but I stink as a writer. My wife was a English major in college, so maybe this is a task better left to one more gifted with words and spelling. I can draw and paint better than I can tell you about my art. Basically, I've been drawing and painting since early childhood. Some of my most vivid memories are drawing for the praises of my preschool teacher. I use to draw her portraits using all black crayons, thus causing her to believe I was a depressed child, although gifted in art. In second and third grades, I had a private art teacher whom I visited every week and completed many large paintings, one of which is framed and still hangs in my parents bedroom. After moving back to Birmingham from Decatur, I tried a few more private art teachers, but didn't find "the one", so I never took any art lessons from then on. I've continued to draw and paint ever since. Throughout the 1990's, I sold over 300 pen and ink portraits. I spent the entire 1990's without touching a paint brush and focused mainly on pen and ink skills. At the beginning of 2000, I started painting again and haven't stopped since. The number of completed paintings is unknown, due to a failed marriage and the destruction of numerous canvases.....many of which were never shown to anyone. I kept them for myself only. My own art therapy, I guess. Currently I am remarried to an incredible, supportive art loving wife, and the paintings are continuing faster than ever. 2008 was the first year I've publicly shown my paintings in various art shows around the southeast. I displayed about 20 paintings at 5 different shows and had great success. I won second place in the Montevallo Arts Council show and another second place at The Scottsboro 3 Arts Club show. Now I've even ventured in pottery and some glass melting.......
Who knows where this will take me.......