For Valentines Day I posted a picture of a bleeding heart on my Social Network and wished everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Immediately I received a response that said, “Hey, if you make that into a Tshirt, I want one.”
I decided to give it a go and rather than creating something in photoshop, I decided to paint the picture the way I wanted it and see about getting the colors separated to enable to make silk screens for a shirt. As soon as I finished the painting, my son said, “If you want my opinion, bag the shirt and sell the paintings.” I laughed at him, but everyone kind of gave me the same impression.
I love all kinds of art. I just love creating anything and I love to paint. I just was never very good at it. I guess the closest I ever got to painting seriously was in High School. Art was and always has been my passion. I decided as a senior in High School to go for the Sterling Scholar Award in Art. It fit perfectly with my schedule because I was taking Oil Painting 3-4 and I had to turn in oil paintings of different types showing different forms of Art such as Impressionism and Pointillism, etc.
Everything was going very well until my art teacher decided to change the class to Still Life Water Color. I argued that it didn’t make sense to be doing water color in an oil painting class, but my art teacher didn’t much care for my opinion.
I was in the middle of a painting when he made the switch, but I kept oil painting to try and get the project completed. My art teacher got pretty upset with me and continually threatened to fail me if I didn’t switch over to water color. I told him I would as soon as I finished my painting. That didn’t go over well with him at all.
A week later I finished my painting and took it to my art teacher for grading. I still remember the painting well. It was a dark painting of a sailboat caught in a storm and being pummeled by the huge waves. My art teacher didn’t even want to speak to me at that point. I pleaded with him to grade it so that I could turn it in for the Sterling Scholar. He finally said, “If you want a grade, I will give you a grade.” Whereupon he took the back of his pen and scraped a huge “F” across the wet paint.
I won’t go into detail of what I said at that point that got me kicked out of class, failed art, and had to spend that period in the counselors office for the remainder of the semester, but that was the last time I ever painted.
My dad was a freelance commercial artist by trade and it was very difficult for me to try and tell him that I had failed art. However, I was surprised that when my parents had to go talk to the principle about my behavior, my dad’s response to what the teacher had done was the only thing that kept me from getting kicked out of school altogether.
So, I was a little bit concerned about painting anything again, but it sounded fun and thought I would give it a try.
I decided to paint three different pictures. Each representing a different facet of Halloween. I wanted it to be simple, very contrasty, yet have a bit of creepiness to it as well.
I hope you like these pictures.
At this point, I am going to paint several sets of these and try and sell them at the shows this year, just to add a bit more variety to my offerings.
I do hope you like them.
These paintings are done in acrylic on 11×14 stretched canvas.
Happy Halloween Everyone!