Thursday, September 29, 2011

Smoke Jumper 126

24" x 24" acrylic on deep canvas
 Don's wife, Ginny, commissioned me to create this dynamic scene of him in action during a training session.  As an instructor, Don teaches new recruits how to fight fires while keeping safety forefront in their minds.  I've watched them train and am amazed at how they can work so hard carrying the weight of so much equipment!  They must be totally dedicated to go through such rigorous training.
I was so pleased to be present at the Fire Academy when Ginny surprised Don with his painting today.  Now they are good-naturedly arguing over where it will go.... as they both have offices within the Fire Academy.  Hey, you guys....I can always paint another one!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Worth a repost!

Group Think

by Carolyn Henderson

Okay, okay, none of us are islands and all that and we all work together as a team and many hands make the job lighter and we learn at the master’s feet and ad infinitum, but if you are an artist driving and pushing yourself to be at the top of your form, you might find group situations a bit confining, and rather than wonder what’s wrong with you, I suggest you turn the situation around and recognize that, for highly individualized persons like artists, the group is not always the best place to grow. [...]

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