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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Final Rendering - Doctors Finley

Doctors Finley , acrylic on canvas, 40x30", commission
Here's a look at the final rendering of this most recent portrait commission. I love the addition of the stained glass though I won't lie - I loathed the process of adding it! Both doctors have spent their lives working in genetics and specializing in pediatrics. All of this is evident in the imagery. I especially like the symbolism in the stained glass in that it alludes to genetics being the building blocks for life; individual pieces, such as cells, that combine to create a larger entity. This painting will be presented on the 23rd in Birmingham, Alabama. Feel free to opine - Jared K.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Bella, acrylic on canvas, 16x20", commissioned
This painting is for my brother-in-law. His only child is a bulldog named, Bella. I have been swamped in the middle of a double portrait commission and this painting was a fun diversion for me. It took about three hours from start to varnish. If your interested in a similar pet portrait, please email me. Enjoy - Jared Kelley!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Roman Piazza, acrylic on canvas, 9x12", NFS
Private Collection of Rep. Joseph Mitchell, Montgomery, AL

I love the different colors in this piece, many of which are a change for me - the lavendars, bright magentas, red oxides, and oranges. A local arts and crafts store is going out of business and while I believe the most reasonable prices for paints can only be found on the internet at wholesaler sites, the liquidation prices of these local supplies are unbeatable. So I bought a massive amount of paint. All you artists out there can understand me when I say I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I came home from the arts and crafts store! Expect to see more of these colorful interpretations! - Jared K.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ferry Line

Ferry Line, acrylic on canvas, 10x8", SOLD

My wife and I were able to attend a good friend's wedding in Aransas Pass, Texas. While there we stayed on Mustang Island which required us to use a ferry. This is a mundane system, I'm sure, for the locals who may use it daily, but it was an exciting ride for me as I have never been on a ferry before. Now here's the odd thing - the ferry only carries passengers five blocks across the water. Just five blocks! You can see the other side before you even move. After noticing this tidbit I had to ask myself, "Why not build a bridge instead?" Apparently, the ferry has been in use since the early 80's; over twenty years of maintenance and energy usage when a bridge built for a fraction of the cost would have been sufficient! No doubt it's the product of highly qualified political statesmen putting your tax dollars to good use:) - Jared