Oil Painters of America National Show

"Train Crossing'
11"x 14"
This is going to be a big week for me. I had my painting "Train Crossing" chosen for the Oil Painters of America National show!  The show happens to be in my home state of Texas in Fredericksburg, so there was no way I could miss this. I was estatic when I was accepted into the OPOA, but my jaw literaly dropped  to the floor when I learned I was accepted to the national show and on my first attempt! I'm not taking this blessing lightly. The talent in this group is outstanding and the compition for the show is unprecidented. I know literaly hundreds of incredible painters that didn't make this particular show and it left me wondering "why me"?. I'm trying to get past those thoughts and just accept God's gifts and try my hardest to get the most of this opportunity.
I am attending the national convention starting this Wednedsay and it kicks off with a "Pampered Paint out" hosted by Southwest Art magazine. Among other events and classes there will be demos by the likes of Kenn Backhaus, Scott Burdick, John Michael Carter, John Cosby, Elizabeth Robbins and Sherrie McGraw!   
22nd Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception
Location: InSight Gallery — Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Collectors, artists and art lovers are cordially invited to attend the opening of this year's 22nd National Exhibition at InSight Gallery featuring over 200 of the top artists from the United States and Canada. Come enjoy complimentary wine and celebrate the beauty of representational work at its finest. The exhibition will be on display from May 18 to June 17, 2013.

Wow! One of the top 200 artists from the U.S.! How cool is that?

Here is a link to view all of the outstanding paintings that I have been blessed to be included with.
 One of Texas best galleries, the Insight Gallery is the host for the show. This is a drop dead gorgeous 2 story gallery that until now, I could only dream of hanging in.  


Big Boy Needs a Home

"Big Boy"
10"x  10"

I was trapped in my studio, looked around for some inspiration and found this vintage trade figure from Big Boy restaurant chain that my wife had bought for me. I wanted to try something different and went for it. This came together really fast and it was pretty fun.
My wife thinks it looks like me, but I don't see the resemblance. ;?) 
What do you think?