One visitor remarked that he liked the full-bodied texture of the impasto – which can also be done with a brush. Another, an acrylic painter, commented that he used impasto sometimes, but used a brush. I agreed with him that his acrylic and my impasto oil don’t give us much time to finish. I get about a day and a half for the light colors and less for the darks; he gets even less time, even though he uses slow-drying acrylics. My hat’s off to him. Traditional oil painters get weeks or months to finish a painting.
A few visitors told me that they like the fact that I write a story about the painting. The painting I did for the demo, “A Slave’s Pride,” the only barn in Kentucky I’ve painted, has a wonderful story behind it. It’s on this site under “Other States.” I shared it with several of the visitors, including Peggy Warner, a board member of the John Parker House Foundation, which will benefit from a fundraiser involving my paintings of Brown County.
If you’re not familiar with this house, check out its website. John Parker, a slave in the South who earned his freedom with his foundry skills, set up a business in Ripley, a small town in Ohio just across the river from Kentucky. He helped many slaves escape to Ohio, a free state then, and guided them up the Underground Railroad route to Canada. “A Slave’s Pride” is a little different in that a former slave came to own the farm he worked on in the 1800s in the slavery state of Kentucky and has passed it down to his descendants, now in the fifth generation.
I hope you can visit me at the gallery’s open house on July 20 when I’ll paint the John Parker house.
And, if you want to take a mini-vacation, drive to northern Indiana to Columbia City, about 20 minutes west of Ft. Wayne, for an auction of my paintings to benefit the Agricultural Museum, which is a work of art in itself. It’s on Saturday, July 15. Columbia City is a delightful small town in the middle of Indiana’s farm country. And, on the way home, stop at the Castle Gallery in Ft. Wayne, housed in a marvelous stone mansion, a century old. Fine art at its best – including C.W. Mundy and other representational painters. A hidden gem!
Last week I traveled north to Columbiana and Mahoning Counties and made a presentation of my paintings of Ashtabula County to Jeff Scribben, president of Habitat for Humanity of that county. I’m happy that my paintings will help fund their current projects – three homes. If you’re in the area, stop in at the Habitat’s store.
On the way home I visited Knox County where I finally met Jeff DePolo and presented him with one of my favorite compositions, The Saltbox of Ohio. Larry Hall of the county 4-H and David Greer gave me a tour of their impressive ag museum. We discussed plans for my paintings to raise money for their programs. Their fairgrounds are magnificent!