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by janperdew , July 21, 2017—01:18 PM

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I have been a bit hard to reach it seems. I have responded to several inquiries about paintings but have not received any replies back, so Im not sure if my messages are going in your spam folders or what. So please if you do not get a response from me, do check the spam folders. I try my best to answer everyone who inquires even though life has made it so my art work is not my primary source of income. At age 64 I now have college degree in Technology and am working for John Deere as a Customer Service Tech for region 4. I am not doing many commission pieces but will sell my prints and saws. I no longer can travel and set up displays at the shows, and I do miss the chance to interact personally with the clients and friends, as my clients are friends… Continue reading… 0 comments

How do you say goodbye to someone you have been married to for over 38 years? Maybe not lived with all that time, but remained married none the less. There were a few years we did not speak because of the things that had gone on in the marriage, things that I had come to terms with and forgave the actions of one who was not in control of his mind and that after finally getting the help and treatment that was needed , asked his children and I to forgive. Saying the final goodbye is always hard but in the week just before the normally joyous Christmas season is harder still, but we have peace knowing he is no longer in any pain from his battle with diabetes… Continue reading… 1 comment

Home After Old Threshers Reunion

by janperdew , October 16, 2010—03:50 AM

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Well I made it back home again. It's great to be home again after a week in Mt Pleasant, IA, but still sad at the same time. This show is so special to me, lots of old friends in customers and fellow crafters. Some dear friends we have lost over the almost 20 years I have been a part of this show will never be forgotten. It is always sad when the show comes to an end and we bid farewell for another year to those friends. I now find myself trying to get everything organized and get my free time away from my weekday job to get the numerous commission pieces done for special Christmas gifts… Continue reading… 0 comments

I now have my youngest and first married daughter's wedding done. We had a fabulous time, an all the decorations and flowers were my creations of love for her. Now I am back to painting and working at my other job in a factory so that I have my health insurance, this is not exactly what I want to be doing but for now a necessary thing. I recently attended the Southwest Iowa Relay for Life, celebrating the victory over Cancer and honoring those who have lost the fight. Being a 12 year cancer survivor and a never give up fighter, it was an emotional night for all of us, if you ever get the chance do go and support those of us who fight on every day. When I was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer, I knew I was not ever going to give up… Continue reading… 2 comments

As I began my travels with the Craft Guild of Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO, I was painting primarily on canvas. The shows I was doing for them were traveling shows at shopping malls throughout the Midwest. We were a showcase group representing the park at Branson, MO, a presentation in costume of what would be there in craftsmen. It was a fun time and the group members were a family sharing each other__™s joys and sorrows on the road each weekend. I really miss those days and some of the dear friends that are now gone to "Crafter's Heaven". Sorry to get a bit off question but this brings me back to happy times past. A subject I am sure will be touched on sometime soon. When I was selected for membership in the guild, I was painting my scenes on canvas of all sizes… Continue reading… 1 comment

I've Gone to the Dogs.....Moonlit Point.

by janperdew , March 13, 2010—11:57 PM

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Yes, I have gone to the dogs. As you may have noticed, I have quite a number of paintings featuring dogs and they are most prominently Brittanys. There is a reason for that, I have a client and friend that raises these registered hunting dogs. He is one of my oldest and favorite clients, not because of his ever growing collection of my originals but because of his friendship, he went out of his way to visit me when I was hospitalized for treatment of cancer in 1998. This wonderful man, who at that time I had never met face to face stopped on his trip home to find me in the Univerisity of Iowa hospitals to say hello and extend a hand of true frendship. Before that night, we had only communicated by phone and mail… Continue reading… 0 comments

Ah yes, some of you are probably wondering about that painting, the only large painting in my gallery that is for sale. This painting was a different endeavor on my part. A call for a midwestern magazine publisher started the project. They had already used Moonlit Point in one of their publications and were looking for a painting of my style featuring ice fishing on a frozen lake. So when they called, a scene much like the movie Grumpy Old Men came to mind. Snowmobiles, International Travelalls, Jeeps etc. would be vehicles in that cold place. The activities of the ice fishermen and children were some I had experienced briefly since I do not like cold and winter at all except in pictures… Continue reading… 0 comments

Glorious New Beginnings, Hope for the Future

by janperdew , March 1, 2010—12:00 AM

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This painting will be the completion of the four "Seasons Remembered" paintings. The scene had been carried in my mind and in several rough sketches since I first started the set. I had just not begun to finalize it until my youngest daughter, Krystal and her fiance decided to set the date on their 2 year engagement. As we begin those plans for a wedding in May 2010 I knew I wanted to do this painting now. The desire to do a scene with a rainbow and a wedding had been there for some time, ever since I did some art shows in the early 1990s and met an artist who was one of my favorites, Jesse Barnes. He is a softspoken man and always so nice to talk to… Continue reading… 0 comments

To Grandmas House We Did Go!

by janperdew , February 27, 2010—12:00 AM

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Ah yes, I remember those days well. The times when the whole family always came home for the holidays. The pace was much slower and families always spent the time together. Again I draw some part, the family togetherness from my own youth, some from my own family for this scene the third release of a series of prints I call Seasons Remembered. There are to be four in the set, Fall- Sunshine Napping, Summer- The Watering Hole Saturday Night, winter- To Grandmas house, We Go, and spring which is the one that is yet to be released , Glorious New Beginnings. Due to the economy right now the plans to print have been delayed until we fee the time is right and the country is really recovering. Believe me I am ready for that time… Continue reading… 0 comments

The Watering Hole, I wish I were there!

by janperdew , February 25, 2010—12:00 AM

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As I sit here trying to keep warm in what seems like a never ending winter, I think back to the memories that inspired me to paint ___The Watering Hole Saturday Night___. And so much wishing the out of doors right now was like that night that I painted. I am very much a spring , summer and fall person, I only like winter in paintings. I have a great love of old cars and the good old days for me in the late 60__™s and 70__™s. My ex-husband told many stories of his wild youth and since he was almost 10 years older than me, it gave me additional inspirations. Some of the activities in the scenes are from first hand though, but I will never tell which… Continue reading… 0 comments

Sunshine Napping , a return to my childhood

by janperdew , February 22, 2010—12:00 AM

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Since my childhood I have always loved art, my mother would draw birds for me to color most nights. Growing up on a working farm, and when I say working farm I mean the farms of 50+ years ago, when the farm family was a almost totally self-sufficient unit. We had cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, dogs, cats, and many other varieties of animals and fowl on the farm. We raised the grain, fed the livestock, milked the cows, fed the chickens and gathered the eggs. It was hard work but I would not trade that life I had as a child. From this time came the inspiration for ___Sunshine Napping___, for across the section, ( for those of you unfamiliar with farm life, a section is a square mile) from our farm was the Smith Store… Continue reading… 0 comments