More on my artistic side.

I would like to share some of my paintings and drawings.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Slow to promote......

As a followup to the mural story, my wife and I gave a phone interview about the painting of the mural. We were able to meet an editor of the county newspaper during a Friends and Neighbor parade and he took our names down for a later article in their paper.   The county paper places the local news of a certain town on the front page of that towns edition and a neighboring town may never see the article. It helps to sell papers as it probably will be the only article about something going on in Woodward and the rest will be the larger town's news.

A very nice college student called and we helped her with the interview process telling of what is involved for two people to paint a mural with a specific historic time.  We sent her pictures as they didn't have any and we shared the details of how the depot had been restored the past two years.

My wife and I were asked to help illustrate a book for a local women who had written a book of poetry.  It was called  I Will Meet my Maker in Bluejeans.  I was reminded of the painting that I created for her many years ago and wanted to share it with you.  It is a water color that has been painted with thick watercolor  on watercolor paper.  It was an illustration for one of her poems and I felt I needed to work the paint thicker to get the detail I needed to get the glowing sunset effect.

I was reminded about this all because the local PBS stations are running programs today about Iowa's one room school houses and the salvaging of the barns in the state of Iowa.  The barns are being torn down because they are not being used or that they have fallen in from decay. The country schools that exist are 200.  There had been over 12,000 schools in Iowa at one time and the state forced them to be closed in 1966.

It would be fun to paint an old school house but I need to find one that is still standing in my area. 


Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Larry, I was glad to hear that the paper picked up the story. Perhaps you should write something up and send it into Reminisce or something similar! :)

Sunny said...

I hope you and your wife get a lot of recognition for your wonderful art and hard work. The poetry book sounds like an interesting project.
☼ Sunny

L. D. Burgus said...

The book "I'll Meet My Maker in Bluejeans" was fun but we both look back and wished we could rework all of our pictures. It has been over 20 years since we did the work and 15 years since it was published. We have improved in style and skill since then. I see one can still by it on Amazon as the company who printed them had some mistakes so they are now selling them.

Bachelor said...

I enjoy seeing old barns and school houses. It makes one stop and wonder about times when they were actively used and some of the stories they hold. :) The Bach