As my brief biography to the right says, I'm Jim Throne. I'm an amateur acrylic painter. I began painting air brush acrylics more than 35 years ago, when there were no commercially available airbrush acrylics. I watered down the tube acrylics and sprayed the masonite panels for a few minutes, until the paint clogged the brush. I then cleaned the airbrush and started all over again.
I gave up painting when I started my engineering consultancy in 1985. I tried to restart acrylics, this time brush acrylics, in the late 1990s, but it wasn't until most of my clients went offshore that I have had time to really delve into painting again. Occasionally, I've taken workshops and short courses, but for the most part, I'm largely self-taught, as you will quickly see.
I work very quickly. After all, acrylics dry like crazy, particularly here in Florida. For my 'studio' work, I work in my garage, with my easel propped on a workbench. Not bad in the fall and spring, quite humid with mosquitos in the summer, and quite chilly in the winter.
This blog consists of several threads, ranging from portraits that I do at a local Thursday Night Sketch Group, to vehicle paintings, land- and seascapes, still lifes, surrealism, and nudes.
[YES, THERE IS A THREAD DEVOTED TO NUDES! YOU SHOULD BE 18 OR OLDER, GUYS!]
I am a member of a couple of local art groups and am a semi-regular contributor to the on-line Wet Canvas.
Where do I show my paintings? Usually locally, at H'Art Gallery, the local Fine Arts Center, a local library, at one or another local art group. Years ago, when I did 48 x 48 airbrush paintings, I exhibited at Chicago Juried shows such as Oak Brook and 60th Street Art Fair.
I'm always asked if I sell. The answer is yes, but my prices scare people off. For example, my 16 x 20 vehicle paintings are $1000. My 24 x 30 still lifes are $4000. On the other hand, my 8 x 10s go for as little as $50 (but they don't sell either).
A NOTE TO THOSE PERUSING THE THREADS.
I RARELY START NEW THREADS. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I COMPLETE A THURS NITE SKETCH, I ADD THE PTG TO THE TOP OF THE PORTRAIT THREAD.
SO EVEN THO IT LOOKS LIKE I'M NOT UPDATING THE BLOG, I AM! REALLY!
YOU GOTTA KEEP COMING BACK FOR THE NEW STUFF!
By the way, earlier I had posted a Work In Progress (WIP) of a 24 x 36 painting I'd done of an early 1900s Postman. He was sitting on a two-wheeled cart that was drawn by a single red ox. There were probably a dozen or so photos of the WIP. I had rendered a B+W newsprint photo in acrylics. When I queried one of my artist colleagues about offering the ptg to a local African American Historical Museum, he advised me to check the copyright info. Sure enough, if the photo was taken by an unknown person, the copyright is valid for 120 years from the expected date of the photo. Because it was estimated that the photo was taken in the early 1900s, the copyright is valid until at least 2020. Meaning of course, any public display of a copy is in violation of the copyright. Ergo, I took down the WIP thread on this website. Sorry!