Glass Half Smashed

I wish I had more time to paint.  But at least my mom gets me going when she decides to redecorate.  This time it is the dining room and she needed me to find time to make her something.  “Wouldn’t it be fun to do something with glass?”, she points to the wine glasses.  “Something with a little shine?”

I remember going on vacation to Watercolor and seeing lots of painters using seaglass in their painting.  Since I didn’t have have seagrass, nor did we have another vacation scheduled to collect it, I broke up some vases of my own.

Here it is….


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The Bent Canvas

We took “E-motion” off the wall for a few days while we painted and reworked the living room.  When we put it back up, it was bent.  We were bummed.  My mom’s photographer friend, recommended a local framer named Debra Stevens.

Not only did she re-stretched the canvas, but she put on a super nice frame.  I also loved her house.  She has some amazing pieces and gave me a tour of the place.  The most eventful part was when we went to put it in our Honda Pilot.  It wouldn’t fit.  Luckily my neighbor Beth has a suburban and it fit perfectly.  My mom and exchanged glances and decided that future painting might want to be sized small than this one…

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In February 2016, my family visited the Dallas Museum of Art.  Jackson Pollock’s work on was on tour and I wasn’t going to miss it.  His work speaks volumes to me.  His paint strokes and splashes all combine in the most complex meaningful way.

An hour or so later, we were sitting in the main lobby enjoying some great food and music when a woman stopped at our table.  She introduced herself said she couldn’t get over how a mother and son showed such an interest in art.  “I actually took this photo of the two of you and wanted you to have a copy”.  We couldn’t thank her enough. It was a photo of my mom and I contemplating the creative movement of Jackson Pollock’s Convergence, 1952.cropped-img_0129.jpg

E Motion

E-Motion caused a bit of a stir in my house.  When people came over they couldn’t believe I had actually created it.  I wasn’t really sure why.  Perhaps it was because modern art was somewhat in style and it looked like something my mom commissioned or perhaps it was the fact I was just starting out and was a young 8th grader.  Either way, visitors would often ask me how I created it.  I often pointed out a few my strokes within the painting, the dolphin on the lower right, the bird, a pencil…and my parents reminded me,  it is always good to practice speaking to adults.  J and E living room painting



In some families, there is a golden child.  In our family, the golden child is the golden retriever.  Named Paws in attribute to her large feet, she was become an important member of the family.

It didn’t take long for my mom to find a combo that fit me well.  Painting with a Twist was having a “Paint your Pet” night.  She thought it was be nice for us to spend an evening together attempt painting of our beloved dog.

Melanie Brennan was our teacher, and later my creative mentor.  She allowed me to join the group, despite my young age.  Many of the people that came brought wine and were celebrating something special.  At the end, they all accepted me in the group and even gave a toast at the end, “To Ethan”.