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Palmer House Chicago – Shaken, really?

  
I watched in horror as my bartender shook my drink as if it was some type of Shake Weight workout regimen.  My Basil Hayden bourbon had no chance of making it out alive. Despite having a nice flavor, my Manhhattan had a head. There was a “mousse” loose in Chicago. Thank the gods it had 3 Maraschino cherries which made me smile a little.  

The Palmer House Hilton Lockwood Bar has a great vibe but somehow the steps to make a great cocktail got lost 😦

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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Happy Hour

 

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Night Race

  
This was fun to paint with vibrant Holbein paints (I always use Holbein), using only a few colors, one brush and my fingers. Somehow I got technically lucky and was able to let the two sailboats pop off of the canvas in a sea and sky of the same colors – … well, I think I pulled it off :-). 

Also, I have recently realized that a lot of my works have unfinished edges.  At first I thought I would cut things down to size, but I am starting to realize I like the look. Especially with this piece, I think the right edge adds to the speed of the light-blue boat.  

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Gulf Morning Storm

  
Living in a sub-tropical climate has its advantages. One advantage is wicked storms coming across the Gulf and hitting an unsuspecting beach.  

This is another one of my own works – it plopped out of my head this morning and I was able to paint it with a cup of coffee in hand.  It is no masterpiece, but I had a relaxing time doing it.  Also, I played around on this one using my fingers as brushes.  I am back in kindergarten (with caffeine). 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Highlighted Artist -Judy Hawkins 

  

Judy Hawkins has an electric yet peaceful style that I admire very much. A true intensified, but peaceful, take on the impressionistic masters.  Her luminosity and brightness are created by laying down rich thin glazes of oil paint on canvas. She has clearly mastered this technique as her works vibrancy jumps off the wall.  

Fine other fine information about her at The Gallery Walk and some of her available work can be found at The Artful Home  and Bluestone Galley.

  

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Florida – Down on The Dock 

  
I have been experimenting with taking old (pre 1950) original photos I find at flea markets and playing around with them to make them a little happier. Amazing what some color and attitude can do. This one shows a person fishing on a backwater intercoastal  waterway around 1950.  

In my true form, my lack of any actual floral knowledge allowed me to paint this tree as wacky as I wished 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Blue Day Flowers and Green Day Flowers – Micko Con Carne (mmh)

  
I am greedy today, posting two more of my own. I am very happy that I see in wacky colors. Additionally, since I know nothing of actual real plants and flowers, I get away with painting ones from “Fluorescent Land”. 

Today was extra special as my father sat beside me as I painted (his reward for being my painting buddy was that he got to sign it with me). What was funny was that he asked me “what type of flower has magenta petals and orange dots”, of course I replied “this one”. (Yes, I was a snarky a-hole).  

  

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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Setting Sun #1.  – MickoConCarne Art

  

So, I am cheating today, I am highlighting myself.  My own painting, named Setting Sun #1, had siblings, but they have all been placed on a funeral pyre.  What can I say – I am brutal on myself.  

I not sure how to define my work style, or even if that is important.  I guess I would say I have my own, … which is inspired my Peter Max, Van Gogh, Versace, and any 2nd grade finger painter. 

I paint to have fun.  I paint to learn and explore what I can do. I paint to express myself when my words can’t find a way out of my mouth. 

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Art, Highlighted Artist

 

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