New Item in Etsy Shop--Gift Tags


I've just put a new item in my etsy shop. Gift tags that turned out just the way I'd hoped. I used an original drawing of an angel with a dove on his shoulder and printed them in a dark teal color. I've used that teal as an accent color on my new website and really like the way it looks with black. I wanted to keep the cards simple so I decided to use the one color to make them a bit more festive for use on gifts. Please take a look and learn more about them! http://tinyurl.com/ob5lce3



Art Galleries and Artists of the South


Thanks to Art Galleries and Artists of the South for including me in their "Of Interest" section in their latest issue (Vol.11 No.2). They've done a fantastic job. They really do a great job keeping us up-to-date on art created in the South.

Bibb Graves Bridge Wetumpka, AL


Commissioned by a client in Ashland, AL, he'd taken a photo of the bridge years ago that he said wasn’t very good so he threw it away. He asked me if I would draw it in pen and ink for him in a very horizontal shape including the Presbyterian Church at the end of the bridge. The bridge crosses the Coosa River, is 83 years old and is a favorite landmark in the area. It was filmed in the circus scene in Tim Burton's movie "Big Fish". The original is 11” x 25 5/8” and is available as a print through my etsy shop.

Samford Hall at Auburn University

 

My newest drawing is of Samford Hall. In 1859, the original Samford Hall was constructed as a main building for the East Alabama College and referred to as “Old Main”. It was a four-story Italianate building and was erected at a cost of $75,000. School was suspended in 1862 due to the Civil War.




 Sherman’s assault on Atlanta meant reopening “Old Main,” and other facilities of the closed East Alabama Male College for care of Confederate wounded. The State of Texas helped pay for the services, and the place became known as the Texas Hospital. In July 1864, more than 400 Texans were treated there. Many Texas soldiers never made it home from east Alabama and are buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.

On June 24, 1887, Samford Hall burned.


Samford Hall in the 1890s

It was rebuilt in 1888 from plans by Bruce and Morgan, architects with James Smith as the contractor. A ceremony was held the first day of construction with Charles B. Glenn, at the age of eight, laying the first brick. Samford Hall was officially named for Governor William James Samford in May, 1929. Through the years, the interior of this building has been renovated many times to meet the changes of a growing college. Samford Hall originally had a bell that rang every hour for classes, and although the bell still remains in the tower, an electrically controlled clock marks the time now.

Prints can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/ptftnbe


Anniversary Commission



This drawing was commissioned by a client as an anniversary gift for her husband. His father owned a small newspaper which was published in this building. It was called the News Bee and sold for 5 cents a copy back when he was helping his father as a young man. My client even helped when she was dating her husband. The building was torn down several years ago so she's giving him the drawing to bring back warm memories of a special time in his life.

It's not too early to commission a special drawing for someone you love for Christmas. Please email me and arrange a call to talk about what you'd like me to create for you.

"Often during the day, I return to my childhood home. I approach it from my favorite angle by way of its curving driveway that ends aside three graceful arched windows bringing light into the sun porch. I approach by the side of a grandfatherly oak tree, majestically standing.

Melissa Tubbs makes this daily journey possible.

As soon as I asked her to draw the home my siblings and I soon would be selling, Melissa began asking me what I hoped to be preserved in an ink drawing she would render. It's as though she listened into her hands.

Melissa's drawing jumps off the page and into a mind of memories. It's warmth of light and the shadows formed when that light is filtered through trees is astounding. It offers the chance to stand again in that place and to appreciate fully the moments spent inside a grand, old friend. Thanks to Melissa's exquisite drawing of fine, simultaneously strong and sensitive lines, of contrasts that form texture and depth, I'll forever feel--no matter how far away--I'm driving up the driveway, home."

                                                                         --Jan Weil, New York City, NY


 

Commission for CD Cover Drawing

 
I was recently commissioned to create a drawing for a soon to be released CD by Ben deHoedt of Melbourne, Australia.  Indians to Heaven is built on the idea of reversing the meaning of lyrics to Pantera songs. (Pantera was an extremely popular metal band from Arlington, Texas, formed in 1981.) Indians to Heaven (the name itself an antonym to Pantera’s moniker, Cowboys from Hell) represents the work of Aleks Habus and Ben, who have each written and recorded their own “antonyms” of Pantera’s album “The Great Southern Trendkill.”
Aleks has titled his album “A Quiet Life Up North,” and Ben has titled his “The Gentle Northern Wind.” They have co-written one song which appears on both albums with a different title, lyrics and production. While each album is a complete package, written and performed independently by Aleks and Ben, they are both “Indians to Heaven” albums.
“A Quiet Life Up North” is a pastoral celebration of life in Ascot Vale, a suburb north-west of Melbourne. Songs about love, domesticity, lemon trees and the Ascot sunlight are occasionally interrupted with the atmosphere that the dusk brings to the Vale.
“The Gentle Northern Wind” tells the story of a charismatic stranger who offers salvation to a community of defeated people, in a narrative told from multiple perspectives. Conceived as the lyric “reversal’ process for the title song, the emerging themes were shaped into a story reminiscent of Stephen King or Clive Barker and musically traverses several genres, although mostly serving as a love letter to 1970’s progressive rock.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process and experience of working with Ben to create the drawing for his cover. He sent me the lyrics to his songs and described what he envisioned for the drawing including samples of Alfred Rethel’s prints for the look he was interested in achieving. (Rethel was a German printmaker in the early-to-mid-1800s.) He wanted a skeletal reaper “pied piper” on a white stallion with sad, tired, frightened people following him. The setting is the desert in the American west of the late 1800s.
After emailing sketches back and forth, tweaking and fine-tuning here and there, we had the final drawing (above right) which we’re both extremely happy with.
Both albums will be released via Bandcamp very soon with singles from each to be released prior to this. Ben released his single “His Softly Spoken Words” April 25th and you can to it at http://indianstoheaven.bandcamp.com/


New Auburn Prints and Note Cards

I've just completed this pen-and-ink drawing of Toomer's Drugs, Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn, AL which will be part of my exhbition at Stonehenge Gallery in May. I've created prints and note cards of the drawing and you may now purchase them in my Etsy shop (scroll down to the link on the right side of the page) Toomer's has always been well known for their fabulous lemonade and it's always one of your stops when you're in Auburn. This would make a great graduation gift for an Auburn graduating senior. Or, you could by the companion piece, Auburn Oak, for a set.