Inspiration is a crazy thing… people ask me all the time “What inspires you?” …truth is it’s anything and everything. And most of the time an image just pops into my head fully formed (but loose). Here’s an example… I was sitting in my booth space at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar listening to the stellar live music and this image popped in my head. I quickly scribbled it down on the back of one of their announcement sheets that they leave at our booths every morning. Then finally about 4 months later, I got around to pulling it out again from my “paint soon” folder. I tightened up the puppy and then got after it. Super fun, this was… and I’m just getting started with this instrument tree theme! Thank you ACB for leading me here 🙂

You can zoom in and see a larger view of the finished piece here (Original is 36 x 36 inches. Sold it at Bayou City Art Festival in March 2017):…/519049953/puppy-pluckin-cross-texas

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April Murphy

When I was in college, I was captivated by a painting at a nearby art museum: “The River Seine at Chatou” by Andre Derain. I would go and sit in front of it every week. Something about the colors…It JUST made me feel good. No matter what my mood, when I looked at it, I smiled. When I left, I felt happy. My goal as an artist is to do for others what Derain did for lighten a mood and bring a smile….a pretty top-knotch way to make a living in my book!

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