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Charcoal Painting. My YouTube Channel

I have had a YouTube Channel for a few years now.  You can see anything from digital drawing, clips from my favorite models, tutorials on color separating for screen printing, some short clips of me drawing or inking.  It’s a mixture of everything.

In the next few weeks I will be posting newer videos and deleting some older ones in an attempt to organize things.

Here is my latest video.  My daughter, Tori and I were experimenting with equipment and set up.   Usually, I have her prepare it and edit it for the final, but this time I attempted it.  With that said, there is a section that is MISSING A LINK, just forward through it.  This was a bit of a crash course for me.   As I add more, this one will surely be deleted.  But for now, I wanted to give you a preview of my technique.  In the coming future, there will be more start to finish time lapse videos.

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Going to Boonsboro

An old art school friend of mine recently found me on Facebook after about, well almost 20 years.  See! Facebook isn’t all bad.  Anyways, he sent me a PM (private message) letting me know that he and his wife would like to get together with Nikki and I sometime.

Excited, I replied right back wanting to set a date.  So after a few schedule conflicts we set the date.  We were going to meet for supper on April 11th at The White Rose Bar & Grill in York PA, one of Nikki and I’s favorite haunts (I heard that on an episode of Frasier and thought it sounded pretty cool)

Well, I noticed a conflict in my schedule.  Saturday April 11 is Nora Robert’s Book Signing in Boonsboro.

As you all know my original art is bought and sold exclusively through Gifts Inn Boonsboro, which is owned by Bruce Wilder (Nora’s Husband) who also owns and operates the bookstore next door, Turn the Page Bookstore,  where all the signing goes on.

Nikki and I try to go down every chance we get to show my support for the store and to Nora. In fact, if it wouldn’t have been for Nikki wanting to go there for a book signing several years ago, my work might not have ever been there for sale.

The first time we ever went there was in February (I think. All I remember was it was cold out.) Nikki is an avid romance reader and noticed a posting on Facebook that Nora was having a book signing in Boonsboro, Maryland.  So she begged and pleaded for us to go.  (Ok, maybe she just asked and I said yes.) Just the same, we went.  I froze my keyster off and Nikki got some books signed. I am an artist, blah blah blah. Here’s my stuff. Sell it. And that’s exactly the way it went.  Ok maybe I left out a few details.

While waiting for Nora to sign Nikki’s books. Just so you know, you are given a number and a time to get in line. So you have time to spare.  So we toured the Boonsboro Inn, ate lunch at the local pizza joint (which was about the best Pizza I ever had and I’m a self proclaimed  connoisseur of pizza) and after drinking beer and eating pizza, we went walking around again.  We ended up in the gift shop beside the bookstore, Gifts Inn Boonsboro. Now, up until now, lunch was the only thing that fascinated me (well the Boonsboro Inn did too). But this place had art.  (BTW I’m an artist. Did I mention that?)

I inquired about a few pieces out of curiosity, unaware that I was leading these folks into believing I might buy it.  Now, prior to talking with anyone I told Nikki not to mention anything about me being an artist.  (Apparently, I’m modest) Well, I didn’t know it at the time, but the lady I was talking to, Natoma, was the store’s manager.  Nikki, who I told not to mention that I was an artist, informed the lady of that with a follow up of “Do you have any pictures on your phone of your work.  Wait, I do.”  I was pretty much taken off guard.  The nice lady acted interested in my art, but being the modest human being I am, chalked it up to her just being kind.

So to make a long story short and since I am totally off course of my original subject, it wasn’t until August of that year when I finally did call Natoma to arrange a meeting.  After seeing my work, she welcomed me to place it in their store.  Now mind you, I underestimated this place even from the very beginning.  I figured, “Hey, it’s a small store in a little town, how much will really sell?”

The work that I had put in there was from my first series, The Ireland Series.  A collection of places that Nikki and I went while visiting Ireland.

Well, that little store just amazed me. All the pieces sold but one.  Which incidentally was one of the winners of the international 2013 Strokes of Genius Contest.

Aillidh by Gary Rudisill

 

I get side tracked, so lets get back to my original subject.  On April 11 at 12pm until 2pm Nora Roberts will be having a book signing in Boonsboro, Maryland.  I will be stopping in at Gifts Inn Boonsboro to say Hi and I will be eating pizza at Vesta Pizzeria right down the street.

Here is a link to the event on Facebook CLICK HERE

Nora Roberts Book Signing

 

 

 

Inspirations

The Story of Windsong

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This is the fifth drawing of the Ireland series and the most dearest to my heart. Even though none of the reference pics or model were from Ireland, the inspiration came to me while visiting Ireland.

This was a trip my wife and I took about 8 months after my father’s passing. He fought esophageal cancer for over a year, with operations and chemotherapy. As a son, this was a terrible hard thing to watch someone you love go through. Now, with tears in my eyes as I write this, I feel the need to explain this in the best way. But this was for my dad, he was my biggest fan. So here is the story of “Windsong”

Standing outside one night while visiting Malahide Ireland, I noticed how quiet and peaceful the night times were in Ireland. It had been only since February since my father’s passing. It seemed like a slow process watching esophageal cancer drain the life out of him. I had stepped outside of the San Juan bed and breakfast that night to smoke a cigarette. Everytime I smoked, I had to stop and think about him. Each time telling myself, I must quit this aweful habit. I looked up into the sky to notice drifting clouds and a full October moon. The only sound that I heard was the gentle wisping of the wind. A memory of my childhood came over me of my parents listening to music one evening as the often did. The lyrics to John Denver’s Windsong ran through my mind. A song I haven’t heard for over 30 years and to still remember the lyrics so clearly, seemed like a sign. I instantly had a feeling as if something or someone was trying to connect with me. One part of the lyrics that stuck with me was “In your heart and your spirit, let the breezes surround you.”

This image of a majestic full moon casting light and creating deep shadows acrossed an open field with a lonely violin player. She is caught in the moment, playing her song. It’s only her and the gentle breeze on an October night. It has to be October, all good things are present upon full moon of October. Or at least I think so. She is dressed in dark gypsy like clothing. She plays the violin with her eyes closed. She is one with nature, she is part of the elements.

This piece took the longest to complete. I had started and stopped several times due to the overwhelming emotions that it took on at times. This piece from the start was special. I just didn’t know at the time how special it really was, because it was the first real major piece of art I would sell.

This is now owned by someone, who I know loves this and has it hung so she can see it everyday. She tells me she does each time I see her. “Windsong” is now part of the Nora Robert’s collection. This creation that I poured so much into, is now in the best place I could have ever asked.

From the first time I walked into that little store in Boonsboro, I had this feeling come over me that this town was something special place. And you know what? It was.

Inspirations

The Story of Windsong

This is 16″x21″ Charcoal illustration on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is the fifth drawing of the Ireland series and the most dearest to my heart. Even though none of the reference pics or model were from Ireland, the inspiration came to me while visiting Ireland.

This was a trip my wife and I took about 8 months after my father’s passing. He fought esophageal cancer for over a year, with operations and chemotherapy. As a son, this was a terrible hard thing to watch someone you love go through. Now, with tears in my eyes as I write this, I feel the need to explain this in the best way. But this was for my dad, he was my biggest fan. So here is the story of “Windsong”

Standing outside one night while visiting Malahide Ireland, I noticed how quiet and peaceful the night times were in Ireland. It had been only since February since my father’s passing. It seemed like a slow process watching esophageal cancer drain the life out of him. I had stepped outside of the San Juan bed and breakfast that night to smoke a cigarette. Everytime I smoked, I had to stop and think about him. Each time telling myself, I must quit this aweful habit. I looked up into the sky to notice drifting clouds and a full October moon. The only sound that I heard was the gentle wisping of the wind. A memory of my childhood came over me of my parents listening to music one evening as the often did. The lyrics to John Denver’s Windsong ran through my mind. A song I haven’t heard for over 30 years and to still remember the lyrics so clearly, seemed like a sign. I instantly had a feeling as if something or someone was trying to connect with me. One part of the lyrics that stuck with me was “In your heart and your spirit, let the breezes surround you.”

This image of a majestic full moon casting light and creating deep shadows acrossed an open field with a lonely violin player. She is caught in the moment, playing her song. It’s only her and the gentle breeze on an October night. It has to be October, all good things are present upon full moon of October. Or at least I think so. She is dressed in dark gypsy like clothing. She plays the violin with her eyes closed. She is one with nature, she is part of the elements.

This piece took the longest to complete. I had started and stopped several times due to the overwhelming emotions that it took on at times. This piece from the start was special. I just didn’t know at the time how special it really was, because it was the first real major piece of art I would sell.

This is now owned by someone, who I know loves this and has it hung so she can see it everyday. She tells me she does each time I see her. “Windsong” is now part of the Nora Robert’s collection. This creation that I poured so much into, is now in the best place I could have ever asked.

From the first time I walked into that little store in Boonsboro, I had this feeling come over me that this town was something special place. And you know what? It was.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Rebecca Röske for allowing the use of her image.

*Original SOLD from http://www.giftsinnboonsboro.com/ or contact Natoma Vargason (301)432-0090 or email info@giftsinnboonsboro.com

Art for Sale

“Tir-Nan Og” The Land of Ever Young in Boonsboro Maryland

The exhibit at Gifts Inn Boonsboro went very nice.  I sold a few prints, a few greeting cards and one of my Originals.  “Whisper – The Cliffs of Moher” sold.  Which always make one happy.

The highlight of my day was when at the beginning, Nora Roberts stopped over before her book signing.  This was the release of her first book to her new series, “DARK WITCH”. We talked briefly about my art, “Windsong” (which was my favorite too) She actually said that she loves it and sees it every day because it hangs in her living room. (If you don’t already know, Nora owns several of my works. “Windsong” and “Fairy Dust”)

I even had the opportunity to introduce her to my wife, Nikki.  (for those that don’t know, she is one of Nikki’s all time favorite authors)

Here is a picture of me with the girls that work at Gifts Inn Boonsboro.