Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sun Splotch

Oh, when I saw this I was rocketed back to afternoon art classes in elementary school. I can smell that tempera paint still. Almost good enough to take a taste of right there on the brush. A glob of yellow resting 3/4 of the way up the paper was my start. There that was to be the sun, and I was off. I always started with the sun. It was hard, in my mind, to screw up starting with that glowing, yellow  orb. That was a safe bet. In art class with the nuns, it was gonna be a 'sunny' day. I would make it that way. A round splotch of the brightest yellow, right out of the jar, that did the trick. Kids to the right and left got on the 'kick' that the sun was always going to be coming out of the top right hand corner at the 90° angle. Of course, they had to add the 4-5 rays sprouting forth to the scene below. So realistic!
When I left class, I was pretty proud of my work. The next morning however, my wrinkled, dry effort looked the same. Pitiful!
I knew then a life of Rembrandt wasn't going to be my calling.
I can roll a wall quite nicely with the best of them. I've gotten quite adept at it.
As for the sun splotches, I'll leave the artistic stuff in more capable hands.
I can be a bit foolish at times, but I ain't crazy!
Be nice, I hear some chuckling.


  1. Cute story! :)
    I think the important is to express art as you feel inside the heart!
    "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
    By the way, I love sunflowers!

  2. Beautiful shot Birdman! There seems to be quite a few sunflowers in Blogland the last few days.

  3. Oh, but I'd love to see what you'd paint now, if you just went wild w/the paints! I have no history of drawing/painting talent but lately have taken to experimenting nonetheless. Great fun.
    P.S. re: 'the Wanderer' and I met in Camden at an art festival.

  4. I've had a similar artistic background but, I'm about to try it once again. Wish me luck.

  5. The good thing is that you're still producing art Birdman..verbal and visual!

  6. I was a connoisseur of the paste. What a happy shot this is!

  7. Your wife, Elenka, is a wonderful artist. I bet you could be too just by observing her creativeness. -- barbara

  8. Laugh is what you make me do! I know just how you feel. You are the artist because you see stuff & make people see new things, no matter what your medium...photos, words....

  9. Methink Elenka is your best bet. But it's a terrific photo!

  10. Oh, I was a failure in art. My suns were in the top left corner for some reason.

  11. Sunflowers and bees seem to be popular subjects this week!