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River Walk

February 17, 2018

Sneak Peek


River Walk, 24 x 30, Acrylic

This is a sneak peek at a new acrylic painting, large for me at 24 x30. The Mason Gallery in Mason, Texas recently took seven of my 16×20 acrylic paintings and Bob Terrell the owner requested a 24×30 to serve as a “center piece” for the others. This is the painting that resulted, and we’ll be taking it to Mason next week. My apologies for the poor photograph.

Because we live in an RV, space is limited to store finished work as well as materials, especially stretched canvas, which the gallery prefers. I had resolved not to paint any more “large” paintings until the finished ones moved out. Fortunately, the gallery solved the crisis by taking the entire batch of finished paintings. This large one has been a challenge in our limited space, but it has been a joy to create a scene at this size.

I love painting. I love drawing. But over the past year, I’ve found myself a bit at loose ends occasionally, and my concentration has suffered. Part of that could be residual effects of open heart surgery. But I’m convinced that part of it is Facebook.

I was, honestly, just one click away from closing my Facebook account this afternoon.  Nell convinced me that the benefits of seeing new art every day, along with the contact with so many artists and friends old and new just might outweigh the political snark and general meanness that was affecting me. So here we go with another new leaf being turned over, a renewed commitment to limited Facebook time, aggressively scrolling past the things that disturb me.

I would much rather reconnect with the readers of my blogs, so many of whom have been so gracious in their comments, comments that really do give me a feeling of accomplishment. I want to clean up and update my website. There is a lot of older work that doesn’t excite me anymore and it needs to be removed or replaced. I want to spend more time with Back Roads & Brushes. I love writing, and would like to make our local excursions interesting, even if we aren’t moving around in an RV. And I have books to write. Poor Sherwin has been badly neglected and deserves his own book.

So my commitment is to spend a limited amount of time on Facebook and more on the things that make me happy and give me a feeling of worth.

Stand by.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret H Quin permalink
    February 17, 2018 6:01 pm

    Ralph, your paintings are wonderful! I still think of that beautiful first 16×20 peinting you did of the bridge and trees and road that disappeared into the distance. You told me it was $360,00.
    Oh, ho I wished we had that extra $$! It gives me a great deal of pleasure to gaze at your artwork. It is so real looking! I find myself wondering where that read leads and then looking into the trees and seeing the depth of the shadows. I imagine that the creek below and wonder how deep the water is and what kids nd of fish are swimming around in there. Plus what birds and small animals look be in those woods. I love to follow what you are doing now!
    Thank you for sharing your artwork, Ralph!
    Sincerely, Margaret Quin, your former neighbor.

    • February 17, 2018 8:12 pm

      Margaret, your note is very timely. I’ve felt a little down lately (no particular reason) and this is a great pick-me-up. I believe that painting is “Secret Bridge”. While in Ohio, we went with one of Nell’s sisters so they could pick some green beans Nell is especially fond of. When the lady who owned the garden heard I was an artist, she suggested I might be interested in the creek that was around a curve on a road that ran through the garden. I walked down there and remember not being real impressed with the creek, but the bridge got my attention. I did walk further around the bend and saw a house, so someone must have lived back there. I didn’t go further, thinking they might not appreciate a stranger just walking onto their property. That painting is still one of my personal favorites. If we lived in a house, it would be hanging on a wall.
      Thanks so much.

  2. February 17, 2018 8:51 pm

    Ralph I’ve had similar thoughts about Facebook but I have so many friends now that I never knew and get to see somebody’s new work each day. If someone gets off on some subject, etc that doesn’t interest me I just unfollow them for a while so I don’t see it in my daily News Feed. After a while they usually get back to posting the kind of things that I was interested in in the first place and I follow them again.

  3. Marsha Layman permalink
    February 17, 2018 9:36 pm

    I agree that Facebook is a mixed “blessing.” There are riches to discover, but you must filter! I am currently living in a very small town (5,000 people), so FB is my opportunity to connect with other like minded art-inclined souls. Thus it is a lifeline for me. You are living my dream: wandering the back roads with someone you love and recording what you see. Keep it up and keep in touch.

  4. February 18, 2018 2:49 pm

    I enjoy hearing from you and offer congratulations on finding a home for your art.

  5. Kathryn permalink
    February 18, 2018 3:30 pm

    Hi Ralph! That is one breathtakingly beautiful Texas landscape painting. You seem to have transitioned from gouache to acrylics flawlessly. Congratulations on having a gallery pick up so many of your works. But gallery or no gallery, your work has beauty, style and good technique. You have accomplished what many artists spend their entire lives trying to accomplish. Live your best life by filtering out the negativity you have encountered on FB and anywhere else. I like your site because you share your journey, and we all benefit from learning from you. Thanks!

    • February 18, 2018 4:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathryn. Those encouraging words are greatly appreciated.

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