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Dee JayI’ve known Dee Jay Bawden since I was in first grade.  He’s always been a lot of fun, but the great thing about him is he went after his dream.  He always wanted to be a sculptor.  He spent years of hard work, losing everything he had, but never gave up.  Now he is a well known master sculptor and owner of Total Statue.  His work can be seen all over the world — in fact, look at https://www.totalstatue.com/custom-art-portfolio.html to see examples of his work.  He’s married to the wonderful Deana Johansen Bawden and his sons are sculptors, too, working with their dad.  What a great guy he is, and what an example to those trying to achieve their dreams!

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In the New Testament, Luke 2:8-14 we read of angels watching their flocks by night.  Angels appear to them to announce the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  The last thing said to them in verses 13 and 14:

“ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

With the condition of the world right now, I think we need a little “Peace, Good Will Toward Men.”

 

 

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Town Square 1This is a demo for another class I’m teaching.  We went  to Danville, Indiana where they took several pictures of the town as well as a railroad bridge.  They have painted scenes from that day.

This painting shows atmospheric perspective — the closer cars are larger than the ones further back, giving the impression of depth.   The same thing happens with linear perspective — the sidewalk is wider at the bottom of the painting, but gets smaller the further back it goes.

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Geist MarinaThis is a demo for an art class I’m teaching.  It’s at Geist Reservoir, northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana.  I’ve tried to create drama by the strong contrast of the dark trees against the background of the boats in the marina.  The fall leaves are a complimentary color next to the boats and water.

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Oranges, apple and bananasI’ve been having my classes paint still-life paintings and I figured I should do one, also.  I always use a lamp to give a highlight and shadow.  This makes the painting more dramatic.  It is important to break down the individual shapes seen in each object, then paint the actual color seen in those shapes.  Contrast is very important, also.  I’ve got a dark background which really brings out the other parts of the picture.

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image (51)Born in Utah from a Salvadorian mother and an Anglo father, Karla moved with her family to El Salvador when she was three years old. When she was almost eleven years old the family moved to Honduras, where she grew up and married a Honduran named Luis Alonso Hernandez. In 1995, she and her small family moved to the USA with her parents and siblings. She and her husband have three children. Being bilingual, Karla is a successful business woman in Hispanic advertising, acting, modeling, and as spokesperson for several organizations.

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I have a wildflower garden right outside my studio window.  It’s magic.  Beautiful birds visit it every day.  What I really love are the butterflies.  They are one of  God’s most beautiful creations.  I can’t imagine any person being able to design anything any better.  The painting has the butterfly and the cone flower  painted very clearly, while the rest is blurred.  This gives the illusion of depth — the butterfly and flower are in the front, the rest of the scene is behind them.

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commissionA few weeks ago I was approached by a businessman about doing a commission.  A partner in the company was going to retire, and I was asked to do a painting as a retirement gift.  The retiree had been involved selling business buildings.  I was asked to do a painting with several of them he had been involved with.  I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I could portray them together.  This is the retiree with the painting I did.

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