Discovery at a Garage Sale!

Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman

Yesterday morning I stopped at a garage sale near my house.  I was enjoying seeing what all was there.  My eye was drawn first to a small yellow frame, then to the small portrait.  It looked very much like my work from several years ago.  Looking closer, I discovered my own signature on the painting!  What a find!

In the late sixties through the eighties I painted quite a few miniature portraits on commission.  Needless to say, I no longer remember who this gentleman is.  (Does anybody happen to recognize him?  If you do, I would appreciate your letting me know.)

When I went to purchase the painting (along with a few other items), the fellow in charge of the garage sale started “singing the praises” of this “actual painting” (as he put it).  When I told him I had painted it, he smiled and said, “Well, you can just have it!”

And now,  one little painting that left my hands twenty? thirty? years ago is  back with me.  It brings a smile to my face.

The size of the painting

The size of the painting

A quarter helps to show the actual size of the miniature painting.

Ice Sculptures in Branson

carvingice Ice swordfish

My son-in-law and I spent the afternoon in Branson marveling at the creativity shown by all the sculptures there.  Watching the artists at work was fascinating!  The weather was way too warm, though, and made their job much, much more difficult.  The bright sunshine was a major hazard; even an overcast day would have been better for them.    I, however, was thoroughly intrigued watching how they added pieces and reattached parts that fell off.

Of all the tools the artists used–chainsaws, chisels, drills, etc.–the most unexpected was the ye ole household iron!  The combination of applied heated board to one surface and dry ice to another seems to act as a glue when the two pieces are then put together.

This was the first time I have seen such an event.  It will not be the last!