Selling Paintings at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

This is first post I have written in a very long time, I’ll admit. I have some good news.

Not just good. Ecstatic.

A family member and I went up to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, CO this weekend. I took along a couple of paintings to show them, just in case they would consider carrying a few paintings in the gift shop.

Mated pair of Apatosaurus. Acrylic on wooden plaque, 3 x 5 inches.

Mated pair of Apatosaurus. Acrylic on wooden plaque, 3 x 5 inches. Sold to someone in Woodland Park.

Another wooden plaque with acrylics.

Another wooden plaque with acrylics.

As it turned out, they ended up liking the art so much (particularly the one showing the dinosaur silhouette), that they invited me to be a vendor to sell artwork at an event in early August, and at an arts and crafts festival in July 2015. And as a bonus, someone ended up buying the dinosaur painting mere minutes later!

I’ve pretty much been walking on air ever since. It’s a little daunting, since I have a lot of paintings to do before the first event. But this is the kick in the pants I needed to get this whole painting gig turned into a small business. I am so thankful that events were arranged in just the right way for this to happen, even ones that seemed like hindrances and delays.

There will be more art and writing coming to this blog soon. And I’ve got more stories to work on, as well. Have a great day, everyone!

-John

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Paintings: Dinosaur Sunsets

There’s a series of paintings I’ve started to create, and would like to make more of. “Dinosaur Sunsets” has four works done so far, and there seems to be a lot of excitement about them. So as long as I can find dinosaurs with nice silhouettes, I’ll keep making them and hopefully selling them to anyone who’d like to have one on their wall.

All of these are done with acrylics on tiny square canvases, 2.75 inches to a side.

Here's "Primal Colorado" again. The very first one.

Here’s “Primal Colorado” again. The very first one. It’s a Stegosaurus, of course — the Colorado State Fossil.

"Hungry."

“Hungry.” Brachiosaurus.

"Disagreement." Tyrannosaurs.

“Disagreement.” Tyrannosaurs.

"Mother." Triceratops.

“Mother.” Triceratops.

Thank you again for looking. Have a blessed day!

Additional Paintings: Landscapes

Greetings, everyone. I haven’t been doing as much writing as I’d like, but there are more paintings I have done. People have even started giving me paid commissions. Commissions!

Six months ago, if you told me I’d be getting commissions for paintings, I wouldn’t have found it the least bit believable. Life seems rather full of surprises like that. By the way, if you’d like to commission a painting, my email address is to the right.

Here are some of the landscape paintings I’ve done these past few months. All of my paintings so far have been done with acrylics.

"Fourteeners." 8 x 10 inches.

“Fourteeners.” 8 x 10 inches.

"Sturdy." 4 x 6 inches.

“Sturdy.” 4 x 6 inches.

"Colorado Dawn." 2.75 inches square.

“Colorado Dawn.” 2.75 inches square.

Untitled. 2.75 inches square.

Untitled. 2.75 inches square.

A miniature version of "Fourteeners." 4 x 6 inches.

A miniature version of “Fourteeners.” 4 x 6 inches.

"Lakeside." 4 x 5 inches.

“Lakeside.” 4 x 5 inches.

"Rocky Mountain Retreat." 4 x 6 inches.

“Rocky Mountain Retreat.” 4 x 6 inches.

This last one, “Wild Colorado,” is being auctioned off for Crosses for Losses. They are an organization that’s doing incredible work to support Black Forest, Colorado after the fires last June.

"Wild Colorado." 4 x 6 inches.

“Wild Colorado.” 4 x 6 inches.

Thank you very much for your time, everyone. The writing is getting back on track, slowly but surely. Take care!

If Bob Ross Visited Jurassic Park…

The result might look something like this. “Evening Drink,” acrylic on black mat board, 8 x 10 inches.

The dinosaur is a Parasaurolophus, a duckbill or "Hadrosaur" from North America.

The dinosaur is a Parasaurolophus, a duckbill or “Hadrosaur” from North America.

Obviously I don’t mean I can paint half as good as Ross. That would take several lifetimes and a lot more patience. It’s just the kind of style he often did in his paintings, with a diluted light source, trees, and a waterfall. Ross would probably hide behind the happy little trees when the happy little Velociraptors broke loose.

Forgive me for disappearing for such a long while and not having much to contribute. I have managed to get some more paintings finished and shared with other people. This is the painting I am most satisfied with, so I wanted to share it with you (and I’ve spammed Facebook with it enough).

Anyway, I will be returning to this blog when possible. Instead of ruffling more feathers than I already have, I’m going back to basics: share my writing and paintings, and talk with all of you. It’s been a roller coaster year for me, but let’s see if we can get this blog back on track. Thank you all for your patience, and may God bless your new year with incomparable riches.

More Visual and Verbal Inspiration

This post is especially for all those artists, poets, writers, songwriters, and people who just needs a break from the world.

I decided to throw a couple more writing/creative prompts at you. Or maybe I’m just getting lazy. Or distracted. Or something. In any event, I hope you get inspired by these, somehow. Have a great day, everyone!

Visual

 

 

Verbal

1. The first line of dialogue is, “You’re a little creepy, you know?”

2. How creatively can you or your character swear?

3. You see a crossbow on the nearest table. How do you react?

4.Write or draw the ending of your project/story/song/poem. Now write/draw the exact opposite. What if you included that instead? Does that work, or not?

5.Your location is the Tower of London. Now, go wild and do whatever you want.