How sad that scammers have decided to focus on artists,or is that they have all along and I have just come in contact with one ?
The scammer in question e-mailed me and wanted to buy ,not one,but two paintings.Yay,great news for an artist !
After a couple of letters (e-mail) back and forth,I began to feel uneasy,so I googled up the adress.Lo and behold ,it came up with over 200 names and adresses of known scammers,and guess what?My sweet lady buyer was on the list.I promptly called my son (a police officer ) and he advised me to call the local cops.Thay were so great.When this great check came ,the cop came and opened it .Well,goody goody ,it was for 1800.00 more than the price of the paintings.He promptly took the letter and proceeded to follow up on it . Boo hoo , scammer , sorry I messed up your quota for the day , or week , or whatever . So my advice to you other artists out there , if it sounds too good to be true , it probably is . And to you art scammers out there , I may be old , but I'm not stupid . Don't try again . I have the police officers number !!!!
Oh my goodness!I was just contacted by another scammer .Same theme ,different story .Do I really look that stupid (or hungry ???For some reason ,when i told him I only accept payment by credit card or paypal ,I never heard from him again !Oh well,guess I didn't sell those two paintings after all .
Summer is here and finally time for work in the studio.
I finished up a graphite piece that had been on the drawing bosrd for a while.Look for it in the Pencil category.
Now I am excited about a new sculpture I am working on ,to be cast in bronze.I am posting the beginning ,so you can see the stages a piece goes through .I start with a "dream" .Usuly from a story told to me by some of the old cowboy's I have known ,or sometimes from my own experiences .
This piece will have a rider,and other animals . Lots of action ,that is what you all look for in my work,and I hope I don't disapoint . This next posting shows the "cowpony"as he starts to develope.The feet and legs will be last as they get damaged so easily.
Kinda looks like a dinosaur at this stage .
As you can see,the clay begins to talk to me and sometimes it undergoes a lot of changes before it reaches the final stage.
One of 'God's Creatures" a lifesize bronze sculpture of a new born fawn and a beautiful oil painting of a fawn lying in the forest ,titled ,"Mama Told Mer To Hide"went to a new home.The painting was purchased as a wedding gift. What a wonderful way to recognize the love and committment of two people.
A lovely oil painting of " Lois Lake " also found a new home ,where it shares space with several other works of art by Margie .
Several other paintings and prints,as well as tiles cups and coasters have gone to new homes.
Spring found us in the gardens daily ,working long hours ,but the results are beautifu l.
We have watched the birds nest in our hanging baskets and raise their little ones in beauty.Unfortunately,the flowers did suffer from the want of water , just a trickle now and then so we wouldn't get the tiny babies wet.
Now all but one clutch have flown on ,and we are hoping to see this last batch take their first flight.
What a glorious time ,the renewal of life .
Bill has been busy with his leather work.He is braiding beautiful dog leashes and collars ,and our granddaughter in Yakima sells them in her dog training shop.Keeping him busy.I will post a picture soon.
I have had some eye surgery and hope to get back to work in the studio next week.I'll post new work soon.
We are still planning to hold our annual open studio show this year. I will publish the times and dates later. Have a great Summer !