Jan Perdew Art Blog
by janperdew , April 2, 2010—03:35 PM
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. This membership was and still is a source of pride with me; I still have all my leather name badges and signs. This was back in the late 1980's, and in Silver Dollar City itself there was another painter who was doing this type of work.
It was then something unusual in decorated objects, drawing its roots from Tole Painting, which I did do for a time also. Flowers, fruits, and decorative paint strokes, were very popular and I even taught some classes in this art. But eventually I began changing the theme back to barns and things landscape instead of flowers and fruit and then again I was back to my canvas as the tole painting craze seemed to pass.
When I was on the road, the clients would say, "I really like your work, but do you ever paint on saws, too?" And since I like all of you like to eat and needed to pay my bills, I began to paint on these objects, taking them to the shows. Saws, cans, jars, and anything that holds still long enough, because I even did some face painting at festivals. The sales of these unusual "canvas" pieces became about 90% of my total yearly sales.
To this day, I do one show each year that my clientele comes to for these paintings, many have "collections" of these paintings as each one of these is an original and even though the basic scene may be repeated it is not like a print, every one done has subtle differences.
Painting these things that were just junk to most, and turning them into works of art has been a fun project over the years. I was dubbed a "Genuine Recycler" because I was taking things that had long since seen better days and no longer had a function, and turning them into something beautiful once again with another use, to beautify the home.
Then clients would come to me with these things that were left to them by their grandparents and parents, the things of their childhood memories and ask me to paint from photos of the old home places on them so that the saw or whatever could be preserved and not lost to all rusting away in an old building until it was no more. This was a way of recalling those times past, my ultimate passion in my painting.
And so, now you have a bit of an idea why I paint saws, and still do to this day when here in the Midwest there are few artists who do. It is by request and a love of all things that bring back those happy tears thinking of the "Seasons Remembered" that I paint.
And again you get another peak into what makes me paint the things I do. Until we talk again.