Here is a sample of some of the altered balls I've been making. I have 10 more balls I will be painting soon. I wanted to share a sampling of these with you.
They're a lot of fun to make. I never know what sort of personality they will take on. Painting these balls is a continuing part of my art making idea of refurbishing or reclaiming items to make them into something new.
Shawn was invited to display art at fashion designer Billy Reid's Shindig in Florence, AL. Alongside designing a t-shirt for the Shinding, Shawn was honored to participate in this invitation only event.
You can purchase Shawn's t-shirt design ( the second on the page) online by clicking here to be taken to Billy Reid's website or going to the Florence Alabama store. A portion of the sales from the t-shirt will go to Shawn. So be sure to buy one. We thank you.
We are very proud to announce that Shawn is one of only 3 artists chosen to design a t-shirt for fashion designer Billy Reid during Reid's annual "Shindig." Shawn is extremely honored to have this great opportunity to have his design on this
"That is quite a work of art and I can see why it took so long. Most people will be awed by it and that is as it should be."--Jim Avett, Father of Scott and Seth Avett. (The Avett Brothers)
This piece is currently hanging at The Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts in Florence Alabama for the Mostly Blues Show that runs in conjunction with the W.C. Handy Music Festival. The work will hang during the month of July. The arts center is open until 4p.m. each day and admission is free.
I painted this work specifically for the show. It took me 120 hours. There are over 30 characters in this work. Some I have used in other works such as "The Dancers" 16in x 20in Acrylic SOLD, featuring Jesco White and my own characters Too Tall and Too Big.
I've added several new characters also that I will certainly be using again. Many of the people in my works are inspired from real people I've known, met or seen at one time or another in my visits to Bluegrass shows or around home in the Appalachian Mountains.
A running theme in my art is also folklore, so you can find The Mothman hidden away at the dance too. I have fun with my art, while painting this piece I would frequently burst out laughing. When I haven't personally seen a certain character I'll research until I find them in magazines, books, the internet, or in local papers such as Busted. Busted features criminals and they have some of the best faces around.
Here's a link to a March article written about me in No'Ala Magazine. This is one of the best articles published about me to date. I'm very proud of this article and think you will find it very informative.
Shawn will be at the 10th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival in Hamilton, AL this upcoming weekend. March 3rd and 4th. The location is indoors and the weather is suppose to be a wonderful 60 degrees. This will be your first opportunity to see all of Shawn's new work for 2012. He will have over 70 new pieces never before seen!!! We hope you will be there.
This painting was done for a gentleman who collects my work. It is a painting of his cabin in Waterloo Alabama. There he has a hog cooking event every year. He wanted the title of the piece to be "Hog KooKing."
If you look closely in the woods there is a strange figure peeping out from around one of the trees. I was allowed to put my own twist on the painting, which I enjoy. When I take a commission I like the freedom to use my own style. Many times people have a very specific style in mind and want me to recreate their idea of a work. It's nice to collaborate and have freedom of expression in a work.
I painted this piece of the Red Baron recently. I've always be fascinated with the Red Baron, WWI and Flying. I've always wanted to be a pilot and often dreamed of flying growing up. This painting is a one of my childhood daydreams of seeing the Red Baron Flying over the Appalachian Mountains. Of course we know this would be impossible, but the nice thing about painting is that you can make the impossible...possible.
You may click on the image to zoom in for a larger view.
"The False Prophet"
This is a mixed media (pencil, acrylic, and ink) work on wood. It's an illustration of a recurring character in my work called "The False Prophet." This is a flamboyant, charismatic preacher, armed with every device for captivating a crowd...except for the truth.
He wears a the mask of "Jesus" to deceive the multitudes. His coat is made of sheep's wool which covers his wolf skin shirt. This makes him the epitome of a wolf in sheep's clothing all while clutching God's word.
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.