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Tom Neel


female in a wheelchair

I saw a play a week ago. It was fun. All of the actors were entertaining. Oh, and all happen to have disabilities. Despite their disabilities, all mustered up some real - ability.

Writing a Book

Girl writing in a book

I’ve been working on a book, or maybe I should say, the book has been working on me. Writing comes easy to me, that part hasn’t really been a problem, though I know it is for some, which is why often one book can take a lifetime.

Live Music is Alive. Live Performance is Too!

Photo of the Contra-Tiempo Dance group

We live in an amazing artistic world. There are millions of humans who devote themselves to creativity and presenting that creativity to others. Just imagine for a moment a world with no art or artists. Honestly, I can’t imagine it.

Special Projects

Special project require new skills

In my life as a working painter, oh how special projects have served me. Yes, I have happily painted and sold many gallery paintings and commissions. But the special project end of my business has placed a nice bow on the box that has been my gift in receiving a long artistic career.

Art and The Aging

Photo of an art demonstration

Now 63 years of age, I can recall the first time I took a seniors discount. It was for a lifetime park pass which I use to visit Skyline Drive National Park in Virginia. After years, no decades visiting the park with my annual pass, I was honestly quite happy about being able to purchase a forever pass at the age of 62. Did that officially make me old? Well, I hope not, but it did give me a sense of my aging.

Pondering 30 Years and What's Next

question mark - what's next?

Thirty years is a long time to do anything, but I’ve been selling my artwork for 30 years. Sometimes it seems amazing. Many ask how long I’ve been painting and I have always gone straight to the years I’ve been selling my paintings, not just painting.

Cooley Gallery

Cooley gallery sign

A funny thing happened on the way to the show. Back in July, Linda and I visited Leesburg, Virginia for the town’s First Friday festivities. It was a mob scene, with crowds of visitors, live music everywhere, impossible parking and much to see.

Time Away

View of the Blue Ridge

Last Friday I left on my motorcycle for a three-day adventure with a few old friends. Along with time spent with them during lunches and dinners, this was a time for me to become one with my motorcycle, and in the process it allowed me to become one with myself and the environment I was in.

Where's The Light, What's The Color? Part Two

Mulberry tree showing different green values

The Value of Things

With last week’s post, I was mentioning hue and value (color and dark and light) being a couple of things I think beginning painters struggle a bit with. So last week I touched on hue or color first and if you missed it, I would recommend reading it first here. This week I’m going into value or the dark and light of things.

Where's The Light, What's The Color?

Example of the different color of green leaves

Linda and I took part in judging an art show today. I usually judge one or two a year and while subjectiveness does come into play in the process, there is skill to think about here.

Taking On A Challenge

Taking on a challenge!

This past week I finished my book “Live An Artful Life”, which will be self-published and available later this year.  I will admit it was a challenge for both Linda and me, as anyone who has written anything knows, there are words and then there’s keeping track of all of those words.

I Can't Get No Satisfaction, or Can I?

Rolling Stones altered logo

What do; The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Adele – “Skyfall”, Led Zeppelin – “Rock and Roll”, U2 – “40”, Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Queen and David Bowie – “Under Pressure”, and many others have in common? 

Feeling Better Through Art

Global country flags

I ask myself this question. What if there were an international day of creativity? One in which every person, young and old, able and disabled, happy, sad, every race, religion, gender, and position in life, everyone, was asked, told or otherwise made to feel it should be done, created art?

Shows and Your Plans To Do Them

Gallery art show

If you are an artist, art shows and exhibits are likely on your radar screen. Shows are in many cases, an essential part of the exposure, sales and awards garnered by you and your art.

Balancing Your Creative Behavior

Old typewriter

This topic has been a red-hot potato for me as of late. 30 years ago I started my painting career and there’s a lot that went on to get me to this point in that career.

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day 2018

The Fourth of July is one of the most artful days of the year. Just think about it, nothing is more freeing to your mind or soul than creativity. Making whatever you want while expressing yourself as you please. Complete independence! Then there’s a patriotic palette of red, white and blue, along with all of those festive and colorful firework displays!

Celebrate this Independence Day with the luxury of knowing you live in a country with protected artful rights! Not everyone can say that, but all of them can appreciate it!  God bless America! Live An Artful Life! Tom

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