Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Art Fun with Mr. Ricky

Yesterday was the kick-off for our summer art fun here in Bay Minette.  Debbie and I, through our gallery, are working with the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education with some great art camp plans for the summer.   The first one was with artist, Ricky Trione.  Ricky is an inspiration to all who know him, and once you meet him, you'll feel as though you've known him forever.  He was blinded by two separate accidents, and now he paints using memory from his sighted days, puff paint, and acrylic paints.  He outlines his sea creatures with the puff paint, then paints within the raised areas with his index finger.  He has his paint situated on his palette in a certain way so that he knows where each color is located.  He is a very popular teacher with the children, and we all just love Ricky, his wife Bonnie and their little helper, John.  Pictured here are the children who participated.

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