Friday, May 20, 2016
This 36by48 in painting was a commission from a retired naval officer. He wanted something done in classic Hatfield style that was reminiscent of his three children--two girls, one boy, with dad. He was not concerned about likeness but wanted the relative sizes to be accurate--all of which made this painting very difficult. I used about 6 pieces of reference material and completely made up the rocks and water and sky. When it scanned my printer said it was one of my best--made my afternoon. The family liked it so all is well.
I am sorta stuck in commission ville, but it keeps me in the paint and in the money. I am pinned with hugh expenses for my kids and I love meeting the responsibility with my art--God's great gift for times like this. Maybe someday I will do a painting without hearing voices from clients--if I never do--that's OK--but a dear friend said to me the other day"....Don, your best stuff is ahead of you, and you will get to it."
So far it looks like my Summer workshop in Harbor Springs is not going to make it--not enough interest. People are sick of me and my work. But I know Donald Trump will save me! We are keeping the offering open just in case for a few more days--so if you are interested call me at 707-815-5790 or Julia McGrath at (248) 842-8656.
20-20 is airing their treatment of Rachel's story on June 10. Check for local times.
Down the Road--Don
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Just finished this very difficult painting. It's 36X40 and provided all of the problems of creating likeness, effect of light, composition, atmosphere and a few other things. One hears many voices doing these commissions--all of which drive me crazy! Anyway, I am happy for the work. I know I can count on Donald Trump to help me. How do ya like me now? See ya down the road. DonI AM DOING A WORKSHOP IN HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN FROM THURSDAY, JULY 28 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 31. CALL JULIA MCGRATH AT 248-842-8656 OR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org for details HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT--THIS IS THE 4TH YEAR AND THEY ARE FUN. YOU CAN CALL ME AT 707-815-5790 ALSO.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
I think of Moses--had it all, screwed up, was run off for 50 years or so--then God gave him something really interesting to do. So for all of you half--assed christians out there--get ready! God's love will find you at some point and give you something interesting to do--guaranteed! Don't worry you will love it. Talk to ya down the road. Don
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Saturday, December 12, 2015
This is a re-run of Rachel's story. Four years now and it is still of interest. For those wishing to donate to Rachel's Children's Fund click on this linkhttps://www.gofundme.com/g4bew. The private school, St. John's Lutheran in Napa, CA, is a magical place for Rachel's kids, Eva (8), Ariel (6), and Alex (4)-- it has given them a beautiful supportive environment. The funds go to their tuition. Thanks, Don Hatfield