Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July ... and Happy Birthday, CBC by Connie Michael

As we celebrate our country's independence today and the birthday of CBC, I'm grateful not only for our independence, but for the fact that as a community of artists we can also take pride in our DEPENDENCE...on each other. With only a few keystrokes we can find (or provide) a helping hand to encourage, advise, praise, critique, share tips and techniques ... anything at all that we need to make us better artists!

This is also our birthday. I love being part of Canvas by Canvas and what the nine of us have come to mean to each other. I love searching the internet for blogs and websites of other artists, and I love leaving them messages and receiving their responses. What artist isn't happy to be noticed and have someone take time to respond to their work? What a great way to meet new friends and see what incredible talent is out there.

The red truck in the photo is the third in a series we've painted of red trucks and it's one of two commissions we've just completed for someone we think is pretty special. Trucks seem to be popular painting subjects for artists and viewers alike. Can you think of anything that has made us more independent that transportation? And to have transportation that's FUN, too ... what more could we ask? Maybe a red truck, a full moon and someone you love to share the fireworks...?


  1. Connie, you are a surprise tonight after a full day of activities and providing us a great post. How thankful I am to have my CBC friends to depend upon. I check in with all of you by email first thing in the a.m. and last thing at night. Happy, Happy Birthday to us as we share in a larger celebration of our country.

  2. Shane, that is not a photo on canvas. There are 9 artists and we each one paint a square for the painting and then assemble. We use acrylic paints and I believe these were 10" squares. Hope this helps.

  3. Really makes some good sense. A collection of photo's capturing the celebration of our Nation's independence. Canvas art exhibitions are being held anywhere and anytime.

  4. I love the red truck. I have made a few truck paintings myself, loving the rust and the "attitude" of the old vehicles. I think it's pretty amazing that 9 artists can come together to do what you guys do. Paint on!